• 4th Grade National Park Project

    Posted by Christine Lorenzo on 6/17/2022

    National parks are areas of land that protect native plants and animals and their habitats, places of natural beauty, historical heritage and cultural heritage.

    For this assignment, our Denton fourth graders used the outline feature in Snap&Read to take notes on their assigned National Park that is located within New York State.  The kids then created a presentation in Google Slides to encourage our Denton kids and families to explore one of the National Parks in our great state of New York! If you know a Denton fourth grader, ask them about their National Park Project.  

    Did you know that all 4th graders and their families get into our National Parks for free?  Follow the link below to get a pass for your fourth grader.  


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  • The *NEW* NYS Computer Science & Digital Fluency Standards are Coming!

    Posted by Christine Lorenzo on 6/17/2022

    Here is an overview of the *NEW* NYS Computer Science & Digital Fluency Standards! 

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  • Computer Science is everywhere!

    Posted by Christine Lorenzo on 2/1/2022

    Steve Jobs Grace HopperValerie ThomasElon Musk

    Bill Gates 

    Our Denton fifth graders participated in CSEDWeek by creating portraits of people who have had an impact on computer science. The theme #CSEverywhere "highlights the impact that computer science is everywhere and the relationship that computer science has [an important connection] to [many] different subjects, industries, career paths, and our [even our] everyday lives."  These are topics that we discussed in technology class as the students researched computer scientists and created their presentations. 


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  • Hour of Code 2021

    Posted by Christine Lorenzo on 12/23/2021

    Primary student codes a robot. The intermediate students participate in the #hourofcode.






    During the month of December, also known as Computer Science Education month, all classes at Denton Avenue School were introduced to coding. The students learned coding vocabulary and about block coding and coding languages.  The students also participated in various digital coding activities where they had to program robots or other sprites through various challenges.  

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  • Lorenzo - Back to School Night 2021

    Posted by Christine Lorenzo on 9/30/2021

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  • NWEA Math & Khan Academy

    Posted by Christine Lorenzo on 6/14/2019

    Khan Academy has resources available for the Math NWEA based on students' RIT scores.  See more here: www.herricks.org/nweakhan

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  • 5th Grade Pixel Art

    Posted by Christine Lorenzo on 6/13/2019

    In fifth grade today I taught the children about Pixel Art and they created some Pixel Art of their own.  According to Wikipedia, Pixel Art is "a form of digital art, created through the use of software, where images are edited on the pixel level. The aesthetic for this kind of graphics comes from 8-bit and 16-bit computers and video game consoles, in addition to other limited systems such as graphing calculators." - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixel_art

    Running Man on Cell Phone Pixel Art

    Running Man by 5L 01 Aaron 

    Floppy Disc Pixel Art

    Floppy Disc Legend by 5L 02 John 

    Mouse Pixel Art

    Mouse Legend by 5L 03 Daniel 

    Hourglass Timer Pixel Art

    Hourglass Legend by 5L 21 Natalie 

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  • 5th Grade - NPR Podcast Project

    Posted by Christine Lorenzo on 6/13/2019

    Student records podcast on school laptop.  Student records her podcast on school laptop.


    Hi everybody! It's Mrs. Lorenzo the computer teacher from the Denton Avenue School computer lab. I am here to introduce to you the 2019 fifth grade podcast project which was inspired by the 2019 National Public Radio NPR Podcast Challenge https://www.npr.org/2018/11/15/650500116/npr-student-podcast-challenge-home! What's a podcast you ask? A podcast is a digital audio file made available on the internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device.

    The New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards require our 5th grade students to use their writing skills, such as the ability to plan, revise, edit, and publish work in school.  So, inspired by the 2019 National Public Radio Podcast Challenge, our Denton Avenue Fifth graders wrote and edited their own scripts that they eventually recorded for your listening pleasure.  

    Our Denton fifth graders used their district Google Documents, a web tool that you can use to create and edit text documents right in your web browser.  The students knew what to do because I posted this assignment in my Google Classroom account for them. Google Classroom is a web service developed by Google for schools that allows me, the teacher, to assign tasks to students in a paperless way.  

    I want you to know that this Podcast project also touches on the NYS Common Core  ELA Speaking and Listening standards which require our fifth grade students to develop a range of broadly useful oral communication skills.  For this project they learned how to pace their speaking and how to engage their listeners with their tone of voice and interesting vocabulary. Then the kids use their speaking skills to record themselves using a technology software called Audacity to record their podcasts for you, their audience!   I hope you enjoy their podcasts! - Mrs. Lorenzo 

    You can find the 5th grade Podcast Project as a link on the sidebar and/or you can click here:  https://www.herricks.org/Page/13299 


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  • Device Free Dinner

    Posted by Christine Lorenzo on 4/30/2019

    Although I LOVE technology, taking a break from technology devices is proven to have positive benefits for kids, from better nutrition and focus at home to fewer problems at school. 

    From the Sesame Street family to our Denton Avenue Families:
    Try a #DeviceFreeDinner tonight!

    Here are some more resources for families: 


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  • 3rd Grade Technology Skills

    Posted by Christine Lorenzo on 4/12/2019

    The Denton 3rd graders have been visiting the computer lab this season to practice their keyboarding skills, log into Google Classroom and to type their final drafts of their writing assignments in Google Docs. 

    Snapshot of 3rd grade Google Classroom

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