Our Class on Social Media

Thursday, October 31, 2013

From the Fields of NC to a Powerful Position in Classrooms Across North America!

Pumpkin Lovers Unite With Pumpkin Power!

As I went about some of my favorite fall routines this past month, I never realized how my fall pumpkin purchase in Hendersonville, North Carolina would springboard collaboration and communication from my class to classes throughout North America. I'm not sure my purchased pumpkin realized the journey it was about to go on either!
One of my goals as a teacher is to bring experiences into the lives of my students that they may not be receiving at home, so naturally since I grew up having fun with pumpkins, it made it especially fitting to bring a pumpkin to my classroom.  The difference between having a pumpkin then and now is all the possibilities social media and technology can offer. I began contemplating an idea for collaborating with my Twitter friends, building valuable estimation and thinking skills in students, and vwala, Pumpkin Power emerged! 

My students were excited, our Twitter friends started flying in to join us and so began a joint learning adventure that brought out many connections and collaboration opportunities that I never experienced when I was in elementary school.  My students and I thoroughly enjoyed each time we checked our Twitter feed to find a new development in the collaborative ideas being created in this project.  
So how did Pumpkin Power work? I tweeted a picture of our pumpkin, a google doc introducing the project and let teachers and classes know how they could participate.  
My goal was to give various clues to my students and Twitter classes helping them make reasonable estimates on how much the pumpkin weighed. With each clue, more information would be given to help refine estimates. What made the project especially engaging were the questions being asked by the participants that would then help my class create clues to give out in our tweets throughout the project. 

Here are some of the tweets we used in sharing information during learning process of Pumpkin Power:
1. Pumpkin Power begins with many discussions and observations!
2. Our Initial Pumpkin Power estimates, switch class
8. Clue: Weighs less than 50 pounds (25 kilograms) Absolutely have LOVED hearing all your math adventures!
10. We used a QR code to present our next clue!
11. Final Pumpkin Clue! The pumpkin weights between 5 & 25 pounds! Good luck with final estimates. Submit these next week!
The time came to declare our winners!  We were so proud of all the participants and their hard work! And of course, we wanted to enhance the suspense of our winners by using a QR code!

My students and I developed so many valuable learning opportunities in math, technology and geography that delved way beyond our regular curriculum, but I sensed a genuine student interest in the learning process that can only be described as engaged, motivated learning! 

Thank you to these classes who helped enrich the experiences of Pumpkin Power:

It was such an encouraging experience to develop collaborative experiences and build relationships with other classes through this project.  My students were especially excited to see all the locations that joined us.  They developed an awareness for destinations they had previously no point of reference for.  Thank you to all our participating classes for allowing us to join your class in the learning process and for helping us develop more of a global awareness through the use of our simple pumpkin!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Chaperone Information for Stone Mountain Georgia

Google Doc for Chaperone Meeting

Useful websites for planning:

Stone Mountain Indian Festival Website


The Day's Highlights:

Stone Mountain, Georgia
Friday, November 1, 2013

Ø Students in your group need to be with you at all times—please do not let them out of your sight…it’s the SAFE thing to do!

Ø If any students in your group give you any difficulties,  please call me on my cell phone and I will come and find you. 864-444-9778

Ø Please follow the schedule for our fieldtrip (see below).  We need your help in getting everyone to the necessary places on time! You’re AWESOME

Ø Please have your group seated on the bus by 2:55pm for departure!

Ø Enjoy the trip, HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY and thank you for all your help.

Field Trip Schedule:

5:10am      As soon as you have all your students take them to the restrooms and put on their wristbands.  Listen for me to announce when we will load the bus!

arrival-11:10    Explore the Indian Festival
11:15                Lunch: meet back at the busses
11:30-2:50       Continue exploring the park

 2:55                       Be back on the bus for the final headcount! 
          ***We will leave PROMPTLY at 3pm!

Please contact me with any questions or concerns: kitty.tripp@spart5.net or 864-444-9978

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

iPad Training November 14, 2013

Training Agenda

iPad Apps for Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Amazing Educators to follow for technology integration into your classroom:

1. Matt Gomez, Kindergarten teacher
Twitter: @mattBgomez     Blog: http://mattbgomez.com/

2. Karen Lirenman, 1st grade teacher, former Kindergarten teacher
Twitter: @klirenman     Blog: http://www.mslirenmansroom.blogspot.ca/  and   http://learningandsharingwithmsl.blogspot.ca/

A special message for you!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Water Cycle Exploration

Click the links below for Water Cycle Exploration:

Thirstin's Water Cycle

National Geographic for Kids: water cycle videos (halfway down the page)

The Water Cycle Game

Droplet and the Water Cycle

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Student Interest Inventory~It's a New School Year With So Much to Learn About My New Students!

Students, I want to learn more about you, so I can help you have a successful 4th grade year! The more I can understand you, the better I'll be able to help you learn, think, and operate successfully in our class.

Think carefully about each question and answer them in the best way possible. I look forward to learning more about all my wonderful new 4th graders!

If you would like to see a larger document of this, click here.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Our Class Supply Wish List

I would love your help in supplying the items below for our classroom. Could you donate any of the following?  Send them in with your child, and please know, I am very grateful and appreciative for all your help in making our classroom a success!

Germ X hand sanitizer

Red pens

Low odor thin-tipped dry erase markers
Low odor regular size dry erase markers
Bright colored paper

Airwick Freshmatic Spray, Automatic Spray Refill
Pencil Pouch for 3 ring binder
Thin tipped Sharpie pens

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Give Me The Facts, Just the Facts, Please! Part 1

"Learn how students can use singing, movement, videos and iPad apps to gain foundational math fact skills."

A session in the Upstate Technology Conference 2013 session on Tuesday, July 9, 10:45-11:45am and Wednesday, July 10, 1:15-2:15pm in Greenville, SC. 

Edmodo Code: sd7wpm

PollsEverywhere: How do you currently study math facts in your class?

1. Enter your answer with a text:
Text to: 37607

In the body of your text type: 270029 and then your answer

2. Enter your answer online:

Web address: http://PollEv.com

In box, enter your answer.  
Type 270029 and then your answer

"Creative repetition under the "guise of fun" heightens mastery!" --K Tripp

Give Me The Facts, Just the Facts, Please! Part 2

My Strategies

1. Skip-counting ~ a NECESSARY foundation, a point of reference to figure out a basic fact.

2. Combine skip-counting with the basic facts ~teach the facts as fact families.

3. Be creative with a variety of approaches ~ use these approaches throughout the ENTIRE year in whole group, small group, and individual practice!

"Creative repetition under the "guise of fun" heightens mastery!
--K Tripp

4. Give your students a "real" audience ~ move your creations beyond the walls of your classroom:

*Embed in your class blog or website
*Share with other classes via Twitter, Edmodo, FaceBook, email and other forms of social media
*Send home QR codes for parents and students to use outside of school.

Creative Approaches: used as either whole class, small group or individual practice.  

A. Singing:
*Listening stations
*Google voice

Addition Unplugged
Subtraction Unplugged
Multiplication Unplugged
Division Unplugged
Multiplication Hip-Hop
Multiplication Rap & Hip-Hop

B. Video and movement: Allow students creative license in developing their interpretation of the music then capture the video to use throughout the year.


Join the Conga Line! from K Tripp on Vimeo.

C. iPad apps
iPad apps for studying and practicing basic math facts.

1. Hungry Fish: students group numbers to equal a given number

2. FactFamily
3. FactFamilies

4. Mult Div

5. MathFacts: individual student accounts allow progress to be tracked

6. FastFacts X

7. Timed Test: timer can be turned on or off.  Students have their own accounts and can email progress reports to you, parents or themselves.

8. Wings: individual student accounts allow students to return to where they left off in their adventure

9. SushiMonster: higher level thinking challenges and provides for larger math problems beyond the basic facts

10. HyperBlast (our class favorite, especially the boys!)

VERY IMPORTANT: Continue to review math facts all throughout the year.  This reinforced practice will pay dividends as you move to longer problems involving multi-steps processes.  Students will be able to focus more on the process instead of trying to remember their basic math facts!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Looking Back And Remembering the Special Times in 4th Grade!

Spend some time going down memory lane as we look back over a wonderful year in Miss Tripp's 4th grade class. Have a wonderful summer and come back to see all of your Wellford family very soon! 

The Beginning of 4th Grade

 A Glimpse Into Our 4th Grade Family Album

The Best Field Trip of All Times!


Field Day 2013

Having a Blast With Our Kindergarden Buddies~
Happy Chicken Dance Day!!!

"Thumbs Up" Award

Who will be our "Thumbs-Up" Award winners in our new school year?  

Each day, Miss Tripp awards the "thumbs up" award to students she catches doing something special.  It could be something said or done towards another student that was meaningful or thoughtful.  It could also be something a students displays in their academic abilities.  This award is for highlighting and encouraging students to move above their normal behavior into the unusual, rewarding, and challenging choices that make them uniquely special!

Each time a student wins the "thumbs up" award, there name is place in a drawing.  At the end of the month, the name that is drawn is awarded that month's trophy to take home. Congratulations to all my students who daily strive to win the "thumbs up" award!!!

I purchased these trophies from a company called Smilemakers...here's a link to order these awards.  

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Jelly Bean Day Fun!

Students celebrated Jelly Bean Day this Monday, April 22, 2013 with using their math skills of estimation and measurement of capacity.  This activity was so much fun, we decided to include our Twitter friend in the learning process. We were so excited about the response we received from different global location.  It's amazing how one simple activity became a global outreach of learning! Thank you Twitter friends for joining us. We would love to hear from you again, what you're studying and how we can join you in the learning process. Watch our Animoto for the names of our winners!

We Skyped our winners to share the good news with them!

1. Our Twitter friend, Mrs. Midthus' 4A of Cresco,Iowa @Midthus4A
2. Wellford Academy winners: Nadallie (4th grade) and Mikiyah (Kindergarten) 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Life at the Beech, That is Beech Springs Intermediate

Every year the 4th graders at Wellford Academy of Science and Technology look forward to their spring visit to Beech Springs. This visit wets their appetite for the adventures of 5th grade. 5th grade is a new step because the 4th graders graduate to a new building! Experience the excitement of my students as they visit their new school home for next year.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Classroom Snapshots, 2013

Our mind is always making mental snapshots of our daily experiences. Come join our class as we share some of our daily moments. Also, follow us on Twitter, Gr4Tweets to experience even more of our class activities!

It's Electric, March 2013

Tangram Exploration, February 2013

Friday, January 11, 2013

Skip Counting by 7's

A very important part of learning our multiplication facts is skip counting.  Can you count by 7's?  Join our class as we sing the 7's song.

Skip Counting by 7's ~ Witherspoon from K Tripp on Vimeo.