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Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year!

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Welcome to a New Look!

Welcome to Tunaruna! Tunaruna is turning 12 this year. I thought that I would give Tunaruna a new look as a birthday present. The site is supposed to remind you of a comic book. Learning should be exciting and fun and that is what I want this site to reflect. Action learning, All day, everyday!

Tunaruna is a work in progress and I will continue to add, change and tweak as I try to perfect the ultimate learning Web site for elementary school learning!

What's new?

Besides the new look here are some other things that you will be able to find:birthday_cake

  1. Relevant vocabulary for each lesson.
  2. Links to documents that we use for each lesson.
  3. More video links to help learning.
  4. Grade level parent notes (here on the Home Page).
  5. Club news for programming club and board game club.
  6. AND... RSS feed to News You Can Use.

All the best and happy computing!

Dr. Bernal

Kindergarten News

Last week we typed some phrases about the Chinese New Year. This week we are going to learn about friendship and how friends can look much different than ourselves. We will explore the story of Owen and Mzee. Next week will will type a bit about how Owen and Mzee became friends.

First Grade News

Last week we typed some phrases about the Chinese New Year. This week we are going to learn about friendship and how friends can look much different than ourselves. We will explore the story of Owen and Mzee. Next week will will type a bit about how Owen and Mzee became friends.

Second Grade News

Collaboration is how we get things done. The Common Core and NETS standards recognize this as a critical 21 Century skill. We will be researching dinosaurs as a team of two. The children will collect critical information about one dinosaur species that they research. They will then write a summary about the dinosaur and then narrate information about the dinosaur into Pixie. The end effect will be a multi-media encyclopedia about a dinosaur collection from one class. Happy researching and stay warm!

Third Grade News

Note to come.

Fourth Grade News

This lesson is a long-term project that includes research, programming, and ecology. Students will create a computer program using SCRATCH from the MIT Lifelong Learning Lab. I strongly recommend that your child create a Scratch account. Copy the username and password into your child's agenda so that they have it for school. This is a highly engaging unit and most students are very interested in the programming and the topic.

The topic for the program is recycling. This subject is an ever-increasingly important topic to our world. Sustainability is the most important concept of this unit. Students should come away from the project understanding that many of our natural resources are finite and we should consume with prudence.

Ideally, the Scratch programs should work and should be complete. However, as is the case with all computer programs, updates are an important part of the programming process. The programs will be graded using the rubric that is linked on the 4th or 5th grade page.

The introduced vocabulary is: Recycling, 3 R's of Recycling, Carbon Footprint, Single-stream Recycling, Landfill, Recycling Codes, and Sustainability.

Fifth Grade News

This lesson is a long-term project that includes research, programming, and ecology. Students will create a computer program using SCRATCH from the MIT Lifelong Learning Lab. I strongly recommend that your child create a Scratch account. Copy the username and password into your child's agenda so that they have it for school. This is a highly engaging unit and most students are very interested in the programming and the topic.

The topic for the program is recycling. This subject is an ever-increasingly important topic to our world. Sustainability is the most important concept of this unit. Students should come away from the project understanding that many of our natural resources are finite and we should consume with prudence.

Ideally, the Scratch programs should work and should be complete. However, as is the case with all computer programs, updates are an important part of the programming process. The programs will be graded using the rubric that is linked on the 4th or 5th grade page.

The introduced vocabulary is: Recycling, 3 R's of Recycling, Carbon Footprint, Single-stream Recycling, Landfill, Recycling Codes, and Sustainability.

Programming Club

 

Board Game Club

 

News You Can Use

Think of the links below as your morning newspaper. I'm loading it with cool and useful information to make you know more about the world around you.