Typing Raffle!!! Cutoff is May 18th!

Typing prizes will be raffled off at the end of the year assembly on Wed., May 23rd. The cutoff for tests & completion of lessons is Friday, May 18th.

Students who earned raffle tickets (see Raffle Rules link below) will be given them just PRIOR to the end of the year assembly. 

-$40 Amazon gift card
-$25 Amazon gift card
-Kindle 8″ Fire Tablets (3)
-Syma X20 pocket drone
-Amazon Echo Dot (white)
-Bluetooth speaker/light
-Bluetooth portable speakers (3: red, blue, black)

GRAND PRIZE: 15.6″ HP Chromebook (5th/6th grade only)

Raffle RULES/INFO: http://blogs.egusd.net/pglab/typing/

Scratch & Tynker Programming

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Scratch (scratch.mit.edu/)
In the winter/spring, we will begin to learn more in depth programming concepts in grades 4-6 using both Scratch AND Tynker.  Scratch was develop at MIT as an easy to use programming language with an online community.
Students will register for a free STUDENT Scratch account under Mr. Le’s teacher account.  This allows students to be grouped into their own class where they can share and view classmates’ projects.  Student accounts are DIFFERENT from standard accounts students may have created that require parent confirmation (only required for sharing/commenting).

Tynker (tynker.com)
Tynker is an offshoot to Scratch block programming.  Students can sign in using their Google accounts for easy access (no account registration needed) and will ‘join’ a class (a closed system with it’s own project gallery) to share & see their friends/classmates projects. Students in 2nd and 3rd grade will be using Tynker starting in March and 4th-6th grade students will continue to use it alongside Scratch as another option to learning block programming concepts.

Survey Link

Computer Science Ed. Week (Hour of Code)…Dec 4-10

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Learn the basic concepts behind computer programming (also known as coding) during the HOUR of CODE. During the week of December 4th-10th, students will have the chance to try their hand at new coding challenges.  Students will learn repeat-loops, conditionals, algorithms and other basic programming concepts adapted for their grade level.  Problem-solving through programming is a desirable skill to have, so why not have fun trying it? Start by choosing your grade level and checking the ‘computer’ box.

Constitution Day! (9/17)

Sunday, September 17th is Constitution Day.  This year, EGUSD recognizes it on Monday, September 18th. Federal law requires every federally funded educational institution to educate students on the history and importance of the U.S. Constitution on this day.  Below are a few links to learn about and commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

Basic Facts: Ben’s Guide (K-6), the History of the U.S. Constitution (4-6),

K-3 Specific Games:
1- Pledge of Allegiance
2- America’s Symbols
3- Pirate Preamble Search

Links for students/teachers:
http://constitutioncenter.org/
https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/constitution
https://www.texaslre.org/games/
https://www.icivics.org/

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