Friday, December 1, 2017

Priority Standards for Nov. 30-Dec. 7



4th grade Lab
DAY 1:
Continue Design Cereal Boxes (project with Art)

Day 3
Hour of Code activities at https://code.org/learn
-try one of the premade coding games
-create an app, game or even your own Google logo
21.3-5.TL.1 Use technology resources to create original projects, identify patterns, make predictions, and propose solutions.
4th grade STEAM
Hour of Code
“Unplugged” activity Debugging Relay
5th grade Lab
Day 1
Continue Digital Driver’s License

Day 3
Hour of Code activities at https://code.org/learn
-try one of the premade coding games
-create an app, game or even your own Google logo
21.3-5.TL.1 Use technology resources to create original projects, identify patterns, make predictions, and propose solutions.
5th grade STEAM
Hour of Code
“Unplugged” activity My Robotic Friends
6th grade Lab
Day 1
Continue Digital Citizenship Comic Strip

Day 3, 5
Hour of Code activities at https://code.org/learn
-create an app, game or even your own Google logo
21.6-8.TL.1 Demonstrate creative thinking in the design and development of innovative technology products and problem solving.
6th grade STEAM
Hour of Code
“Unplugged” activity My Robotic Friends

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Priority Standards for Nov. 9-16

 


4th grade Lab
Continue Design Cereal Boxes (project with Art)
21.3-5.TL.1 Use technology resources to create original projects, identify patterns, make predictions, and propose solutions.
-I can choose from a variety of resources to add content to a project.
-I can work individually and collaboratively to create, display, publish, or perform technology projects.
4th grade STEAM
4B - 4N - 4T: no STEAM due to the Veterans Day Assembly

4K - 4H: Newspaper Towers Challenge
-check out Instagram or an upcoming blog post for pictures
-follow @norwaysteam on Instagram to see student highlights from the STEAM space
5th grade Lab
Digital Driver’s License
21.3 -5.TL.3 Utilize digital tools and resources to investigate real–world issues, answer questions, or solve problems.
-I can follow a plan to find information using digital tools.
21.3-5.TL.5 Understand and practice appropriate, legal, and safe uses of technology for lifelong learning.
-I can be safe online and keep personal information private.
-I can be respectful of others by not stealing ideas or information online.
-I can use technology to assist my learning.
5th grade STEAM
Monday, November 13 - Tie Blanket Project Completion
Rotations, including
  • Bloxels
  • Sphero
  • Green Screen
  • Snap Circuits
  • Mindstorms
6th grade Lab
Digital Citizenship Comic Strip
21.6-8.TL.1 Demonstrate creative thinking in the design and development of innovative technology products and problem solving.
-I can work individually and collaboratively to create and display, publish, or perform products.
-I can create and share new ideas and products related to curriculum content.
21.6-8.TL.5 Understand the legal and ethical issues of technology as related to individuals, cultures, and societies.
-I can use technology in ways that do not harm myself or others.
-I can use copyrighted materials responsibly.
6th grade STEAM
Continue Flour Challenge 2017 “Follow the Flow”
Overview video

*6F has completed “Follow the Flow”, so they will have Free Choice

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Hispanic Heritage Month Research

Hello Fifth Grade Parents,

In Technology we recently completed a research project to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month. This project had the student choose a famous person of Hispanic descent to learn more about. Students choose athletes, actors, musicians, politicians, scientists and more. 

The Technology Priority Standards we focused on were:
21.3 -5.TL.3 Utilize digital tools and resources to investigate real–world issues, answer questions, or solve problems.
-I can follow a plan to find information using digital tools.
-I can use information from more than one source.

Students also used the following 5th grade Writing standards:
5.W.7  Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge
L.5.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
L.5.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

You can view the reports here:





Thank you for checking out our work in Technology!

Priority Standards for Nov. 1-8

4th grade Lab
Continue Design Cereal Boxes (project with Art)
21.3-5.TL.1 Use technology resources to create original projects, identify patterns, make predictions, and propose solutions.
-I can choose from a variety of resources to add content to a project.
-I can work individually and collaboratively to create, display, publish, or perform technology projects.
4th grade STEAM
4B - 4N - 4T:
Newspaper Towers Challenge
-check out Instagram or this blog post for pictures
-follow @norwaysteam on Instagram to see student highlights from the STEAM space

4K - 4H: Free Choice
5th grade Lab
Continue Hispanic Heritage Month Research
21.3 -5.TL.3 Utilize digital tools and resources to investigate real–world issues, answer questions, or solve problems.
-I can follow a plan to find information using digital tools.
-I can use information from more than one source.
21.3-5.TL.5 Understand and practice appropriate, legal, and safe uses of technology for lifelong learning.
-I can be respectful of others by not stealing ideas or information online.
5th grade STEAM
Free Choice
  • Bloxels
  • Sphero
  • Green Screen
  • littleBits
  • Snap Circuits
  • Mindstorms
6th grade Lab
Glogster Sharing Continued
21.6-8.TL.1 Demonstrate creative thinking in the design and development of innovative technology products and problem solving.
-I can work individually and collaboratively to create and display, publish, or perform products.
-I can create and share new ideas and products related to curriculum content.
6th grade STEAM
Continue Flour Challenge 2017 “Follow the Flow”
Overview video

Monday, November 6, 2017

Newspaper Towers (4B, 4N, 4T)

4th grade students created newspaper towers in a two-part STEAM challenge.
Part 1:
All groups received 1 pound of newspapers, 1 yard of masking tape, and a small stuffed animal. Groups had 10 minutes to create a tower that would support the small stuffed animal.
Part 2:
Groups then had the option to use more masking tape, string and a few other materials to improve their original design. The goal was still to have a tower that would support the small stuffed animal.
If you're in the building this week, stop by and check them out in the display case by the gym.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

5th Grade STEAM Project

The Benton Community 5th grade* students have chosen some projects to help the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. We are collecting Fleece for tie blankets and quilting fabric for pillowcases and Care Caps.

We would like bright colors and fun prints/designs to brighten the patient rooms and days.


  • Fleece in sizes of one yard or larger
  • Quilting Fabric in sizes of approximately one yard


We recently held a Pajama Day and students raised $170 dollars to purchase fabric! Way to go Bobcats!

*One class choose a slightly different project, so stay tuned for more information on that student-led project.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Follow the Flow

Sixth graders are learning about how water and gravity work in our STEAM challenge "Follow the Flow." The challenge is based on the 2000-year-old Banaue Rice Terraces in the Philippines. 


Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas

The goal is to use water to move 10 beads from the top layer to the bottom layer to get the most points. However, the materials used have a point cost. While every group has the same material list, each group is able to decide which materials to "purchase" and use in their model. Check out some of the students' works below (and note they are still in the process of building).












Here is the introduction video I shared with students:



Lesson plans from the 2017 Fluor Engineering Challenge

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Priority Standards for October 5-13


4th grade Lab
Digital Citizenship Pre-assessment
21.3-5.TL.5 Understand and practice appropriate, legal, and safe uses of technology for lifelong learning.
4th grade STEAM
Rotations with
  • Mindstorms
  • littleBits & Snap Circuits
  • Keva Blocks
5th grade Lab
Using Email continued
21.3-5.TL.5 Understand and practice appropriate, legal, and safe uses of technology for lifelong learning.
5th grade STEAM
Student-directed project
6th grade Lab
Glogster continued
21.6-8.TL.3 Plan strategies utilizing digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
6th grade STEAM
Flour Challenge 2017 “Follow the Flow”
Overview video link

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Battle of the Books

Do you like reading and have a competitive side? Mrs. Speer is looking for Fifth and Sixth grade students who want to participate in Battle of the Books. 

Important Info:

  • Teams will be up 4 members answering questions about the books on the reading list.
  • There are 20 books and the team will decide how to split up the reading.
  • Students will write and submit questions for the books on the list as a way to prepare for the contest.
  • The contest is Saturday, April 7 in Winterset, Iowa.



Battle of the Books Reading List 2018
  • A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • Finding Fortune by Delia Ray
  • Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
  • Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  • I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda with Liz Welch
  • If You're Reading This by Trent Reedy
  • In the Shadow of Liberty by Kenneth C. Davis
  • Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin
  • Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff
  • March:  Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
  • Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  • One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth
  • Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobsen
  • Stella By Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
  • Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick