We are excited to announce that students in room 209 have started their student blogs. View the links on the right to click to your favorite student blogger. I hope you will come back often to see what our bloggers are thinking and writing about this year. And please don’t forget, we love comments. Let’s get a blogging conversation going!
During the first weeks of school we talked a lot about what kind of classroom we wanted and what kind of students we wanted to be. We got inspiration from the lyrics of Brave, a song by Sara Bareilles and from 2 Kid President videos that you can watch below. We decided to make our own video. Here’s the link.
Please comment and let us know what you think?
How will you be awesome? How will you be brave? What will you teach the world?
This year we have accepted the #classroombookaday challenge! It is our goal to read aloud at least 1 picture book per day. (Mrs. Rosenquist would like to thank 2 teachers, Jillian Heise and Donalyn Miller for the idea.) Why, you ask? There are so many reasons! It’s fun, it helps build classroom community, gives us all common stories to talk about throughout the year, helps us appreciate art, inspires us as writers, and inspires a joy for reading…to name just a few reasons. Picture books are for everyone, not just little kids.
What is your favorite picture book?
Which of our #classroombookaday books is your favorite so far?
To prepare for fifth grade this blog is getting a new look! As I write this post I am enjoying the last moments of summer vacation. If you’re a new fifth grade student or parent I’m so glad you stopped by to visit our class blog! I am excited to start the new year and meet you all! We will use this blog to share our life in 5th grade with the world. To all my prior students, I wish you a wonderful school year and hope you come by and visit.
This month we have been reading and writing about slavery for our inquiry unit. We read about slaves and we wrote what we learned about them. We used a website to do our research. We had a 3 T-chart. One section had new learning another had question and the last one had reflection. We read about the house conditions, the punishments, how they escaped, and Harriet Tubman. We learned a lot of things. We also Wrote a slave narrative. We pretended we used to be slaves and wrote about ourself. We made up a story about ourselves and we put some real information in it! We had a lot of fun doing that! There was four sections to it. One was Life As A Slave, another was My Escape, and the last two were Reaching Freedom and The Civl War. The last thing we did was we presented our work.
We also read a book about slavery. We took information from a book, wrote it down, and put it into a presentation. We had presentation words we wanted to use. Each table had different subjects and presented it to the class. We talked about what we learned, taught new things to the class,on a chart we wrote things the other tables taught us, we asked a lot of questions, and we had a lot of fun!! We loved the subject and everything about it!!
Our class learned how to use Google Drive. Google Drive is a website our class uses for our work.You have many things you can do to pick from on Google Drive. We started to create a slide show, it is about our favorite book we read at independent reading. There is three slides. We wrote the tittle, why we like it, and we made a bubble map for the main character. We put all our slides together and made one slide in all. It looks really cool. Please view the video.
PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF OUR SLIDE SHOW!
This past week we held a Mock Caldecott in Room 107. The Caldecott Medal is awarded each year to a picture book by the American Library Association. Mrs. Rosenquist chose/nominated the 15 books for our Mock Caldecott, but the third graders in Room 107 read, reviewed, reread and debated the books and their illustrations very carefully before they voted at the end of the week.
On Thursday we Skyped with Mrs Sokolowski’s 3rd grade class because they were doing a Mock Caldecott also! We shared our favorites and found out we read similar books.
We would like to announce our Mock Caldecott winners for 2016.
MOCK CALDECOTT HONOR AWARDS go to:
Leo: A Ghost Story written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Christian Robinson
The Whisper written and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
MOCK CALDECOTT MEDAL awarded to…. Drum roll, please…
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear written by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall
What 2015 picture books are your favorites? Have you participated in a Mock Caldecott?