Monday, November 9, 2015

Digital Citizenship

The sixth grade classes are focusing on two big questions during the month of November.
What is Digital Citizenship?
How does Digital Citizenship affect us?

Students are creating short cartoons using PowToon to share the importance of being a responsible digital citizen. Check back to see our finished projects.


Atkins Kindergartners have been practicing their Jolly Phonics as well as learning some new math games, such as these games that give students practice using ordinal numbers.

Ordinal Number games:
Turtle Diary - video and several games
Race Cars

Friday, November 6, 2015

Atkins Second Graders Creating Book Trailers

The Atkins library has lots of new books. So in order to help students choose their next book, Atkins second graders are creating book trailers to show off some of those new library books.

Students are working with a small group to read the books, write a script without giving away the ending, and then create the short video using the iPad app Tellagami.

Stop in the Atkins library to check out one of the exciting new titles. And don't forget to check back to see the finished projects.

Mrs Sonka's Class:
The Day the Crayon's Quit
Ninja Red Riding Hood
The 12 Days of Christmas in Iowa
Monsters Love Underpants
The Dot
Prince Fly Guy

Mrs. Leatherman's Class:
Caterina & the Perfect Party
Row Row Row Your Boat
The Watermelon Seed
The Pout Pout Fish Goes to School
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
Memoirs of a Hamster

Mrs. Jones' Class:
Painter & Ugly
The Frog with a Big Mouth
The Black Rabbit
Puddles the Skunk in Who Ate My Corn?
Dig Dogs Dig
Scarecrow Magic

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 2, 2015


Throughout the year, Benton Community student in grades 1-6 will occasionally use a website called ‘SUMDOG’  (  On Sumdog, students can play games to practice hundreds of free math games.  The questions are tailored to your student’s grade level and individual needs.

I encourage you to help your student log in and use this website at home. There is no charge to play the games (other than your own internet fees).  If you do not have internet access at home, your local library has computers for public use.

I hope you and your child will enjoy using this resource! Please let me know if you have questions.

1. Access the Internet.
2. Go to
3. Click on the word LOGIN to the right of the screen.
4. The student will be asked to put in their login information (which you can contact your child's classroom teacher or myself to obtain if you did not already receive it).