Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day!


 
To share the message of Earth Day students created a giant poster. 
Each student was given one piece of the poster. This project was so much fun because students had to work together as a group to solve the problem of "How to color and assemble a grid poster?" 



And since we were pledging to make a difference, students made simple bird feeders to take care of the birds right in the school's own yard.  




A giant thanks to Art with Jenny for her giant poster pattern!
Happy Earth Day!  

Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Fair

Students preview the spring Book Fair.
The whole school is excited about our upcoming Book Fair. An amazing selection of books is headed our way! At the Book Fair you will find the latest and finest titles for kids, as well as books of interest to parents. 
Mark your calendar for April 22, 23, and 24. The Book Fair will also be open during Dad's Night Out, Thursday, April 24 from 6 to 8 pm. If you are out of town or can't make it to our Book Fair, you can also help support our school by shopping online. Please click here.
The Book Fair is a great way to get everyone excited about reading. 
Here's a brief video that highlights the importance of raising readers.


See you at the Book Fair!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Poetry Slam


Our Poet-Tree

Each year the month of April is set aside as National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poets and their craft. Room 100 will celebrate National Poetry Month with a poetry slam. A traditional poetry slam is a contest in which poets recite poems in front of an audience, usually in a public performance space such as a cafĂ©, and a panel of judges rates the performances by giving them numerical  scores.
Students have selected poems and they are settling in on discussions of rhythm, consonance, metaphors, and imagery. They are coaching each other to stand alone in front of their peers and recite poetry, using voice and gesture to bring their words to life. 
We're going to showcase our talented middle school students. 

Students will step up to the microphone on April 22
In preparation for our poetry slam, students are transforming our classroom into a coffeehouse. Today everyone's poem was hung on the classroom Poet-Tree.


A little poem will sing to you
A little picture bring to you
A dozen dreams to dance to you
With a poem kept in your head. 

~By Beatrice Schenk de Regniers


Happy Poetry Month!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Paper Blogs

Social software, such as a blog, is all about sharing and exchanging ideas to build new ideas and new knowledge. Room 100 is learning about blogging. Students completed a Paper Blogging Workshop. That's right! Paper Blogs! It's a clever way to introduce fifth graders to the idea of blogging and commenting.
Students studied the layout and graphics of several student blogs and brainstormed ideas for blogging. Students were given poster boards and instructed to create, decorate, and personalize their blogs. This represents customizing the appearance of blogs on hosting sites. Next, they wrote a post to share with classmates.  
Students were then allowed to post comments on blogs. The comments were written on sticky notes and attached to individual blogs. They practiced writing purposeful comments. Students were anxious to read the comments and get feedback from peers.  
This Blogging Workshop was a fun way to introduce the idea of blogging to a room full of middle school students. 
The intent now is to get students blogging on the web. Reading and writing texts online are basic skills that students need to be literate in the 21st century. Teaching with blogs engages students in both these activities.
When students write entries and comment on the entries of their peers, they are writing for an authentic audience (not just their teachers). Once a student posts an entry, others in the class can respond and offer additional perspectives. As a result, students focus on clear communication.  
We are using the multimedia blog found on our school fusion page. It is a safe and secure blog host, and students select code names. The plan is generating a great deal of excitement among student writers. Click the icon to follow student bloggers. 




Thank you Leonard Low and Karen McMillan for sharing this lesson on paper blogs.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Saxon Celebration


Students studied hard all year in Saxon Math and our recent MAP testing confirmed we have grown! I am so proud of these kids. It was time to celebrate, so today's 100th lesson in math was center stage. 
Students were all kinds of excited. 
There was plenty of sillliness as students entered through our decorated classroom door into a celebration of math. We started the morning with a math trail mix recipe. Each student brought 100 items in a baggie. We mixed all the "ingredients" together and this bowl of goodies was a fun treat for a morning of munching. Thanks, parents, for contributing!
Our project for the day combined math and art. Students created mosaics.  A mosaic is an art form made with small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. Individual pieces are called tesserae. The pieces fit together to form a design.  To celebrate our 100th math lesson, the students were given 1-inch paper tiles and the task to create a mosaic person. They then calculated the ratios and percentages of our Fraction People.  
You may join the fun by watching our video. 




Thanks, Amanda, at The Teaching Thief for sharing this lesson.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Leprechauns and Limericks

Room 100 is beginning the season with limericks, a style of poetry popularized by Edward Lear in the 19th century. Limericks aren't Irish, but there is a Limerick county in Ireland where limericks gain fame. These nonsensical poems are a fun way for students to celebrate the season.
A clever song about how to write limericks, sung in limericks, guides students through the steps of writing a great limerick.
Little leprechauns motivated students to write!    

        


We combined writing and crafting in this fun activity for St. Patrick's Day. 






The mischevious fun has begun!
What WILL Monday bring?


Thanks, Cindy, @ Primary Reading Party for this clever leprechaun pattern!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Water Days


Students celebrated Water Days at Northeast's Lifelong Learning Center. Students wrestled with the content, a raft of skills, and some pretty compelling experiments. It was fabulous! Water Days consists of four 30-minute classroom sessions featuring hands-on learning. Natural Resources District is the festival sponsor. 
One core session that is always among the students’ favorites is the water rocket launch. Water rockets are used to help students understand the principles of aeronautics. 
Two-Liter Pop Bottle Rockets may well be the greatest physical science teaching tool ever created! Middle grade students can manipulate and control variables and see their hypotheses verified or refuted.

In the “Edible Aquifer” session  students constructed model aquifers with cereal, ice cream, and pop. This activity was a fun and easy way to understand the geology of an aquifer. 

Huh? Coco Puffs equals bedrock?


And there’s the icky “Garbage-ology” activity that has students sort through garbage and make garbage pizza discs. “Boys tend to like it better than girls, I think,” Mrs. Miller, Keep Norfolk Beautiful, said with a laugh. “It’s very educational and a fun way to show kids what a landfill is.”

Students participated in a Jeopardy game which proved the Water Days festival  greatly improved participants’ water knowledge. Any session that gets children moving is popular and provides an opportunity to incorporate education. After all, education is the NRD's mission.
A big thanks to the middle school science teachers who organized and registered students for this field trip.