Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Poetry Cafe

Each year the month of April is set aside as National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poets and their craft. After studying and writing poetry all month, students in Room 100 chose to celebrate poetry with a slam.
Slam Defined
Poetry slams gained fame in the 1980’s. A poetry slam is a blend of poetry and performance in live competitions. Performers use voice and gestures to score points out of the judges.  
In preparation for our poetry slam, we transformed our classroom into a coffee café. Coffee shops always have something in common – coziness and warmth. Desks were arranged into comfy tables covered with tablecloths and battery-lit candles. Dim lighting set the mood. Chalkboard signs and chalkboard menus added an artistic flare to our café, and friendly baristas were stationed behind the counter ready to serve. Judges were selected from our middle school staff and programs were created.  

The Poetry Café Opens 
The energy and excitement displayed by our students from start to finish was inspiring. Scribble linen tablecloths added to the fun and creating the chalk art helped ease the nervousness before the performance.
The judges opened the slam by reciting individual poems written just for our students. These poems set the tone for a fun, enjoyable competition. 

Center Stage 

Each finalist had his or her turn in the spotlight reciting a poem. Apart from the actual poets, the audience played a major role - they snapped their fingers (which is music to the poet's ears), they laughed, they encouraged, and they let the performer on stage know exactly how they felt by their reactions. Snap! Snap! Snap!

Congratulations to the 2015 Poetry Slam Champions 

Austin Miller, Katie Morse, Cydnee Hopkins, and Tyson Test were this year's medal winners. In addition to the winners we want to thank each one of our students who inspired us with their amazing performance of poetry.

Thank you, THANK YOU!  There are so many clever teachers who have posted and shared ideas for a poetry slam: Grace Rubensyein at Edutopia, Beth Newingham at Scholastic, and Brenda Dyck at Education World

Monday, April 20, 2015

Earth Day

Team 1 is gearing up for the Earth Day 2015 celebration on April 22.
Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide. Earth Day and kids are a natural combination - - with their sense of wonder about the environment, as well as their creativity, Earth Day is the perfect writing topic.   
Following the example of the Lorax, students were asked to "speak up" with their ideas about the environment. After brainstorming ideas about recycling, pollution, and how to preserve our planet, students expressed their ideas in poetic form. The inner-poet in each student shared a melodic verse on ways to treat the planet better. 
Students created a craftivity for a hallway display to raise awareness of Earth Day.

Unless Someone Like You . .

Earth Day is right around the corner, and students are heeding the words of Dr. Seuss' favorite eco-activist -  the Lorax.  

This Seuss character has found new friends in Room 100. 

Earth Day

by Ethan Rusk

Don't create pollution
Instead- -devise a solution.
Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!
We all have a life cycle.

We need to save the trees.
So come and help us, please!
We need to take a stand.
Choose to lend a helping hand.

Save trees; don't displease.
Let's work together - you and me.

Thank you, twinkl, for sharing the faces template.