December is a month full of special days, and Room 100 capitalized on students' excitement. Lessons combined fun and learning to deliver a holiday presence in the classroom.
Enjoy the break. Classes resume January 4, 2016
Students were asked to write a descriptive paragraph about a winter scene. A descriptive paragraph gives the reader a visual picture of the topic. It gives a point of view about how something looks, feels, tastes, smells, or sounds. The writer’s goal is to involve the readers so that they can experience the event through the text.
With this assignment students had access to word processing software, that software made this activity fun -- and magical. All they had to do was input their descriptive paragraph into Google Doc. Students set up the paragraph so that the first line was the shortest one. Then each line grew successively longer, until the last three lines, which were short.
After the paragraph was typed, students highlighted the text and centered it on the page. In Google Doc that is accomplished by changing the ALIGNMENT from LEFT to CENTERED
Student writing and crafting created a tree-mendous seasonal hallway!
The latest Box Tops Contest was a 5th Grade vs. 6th Grade challenge to determine “Who Rules the School” – at least in terms of Box Tops!
Today fifth graders celebrated their victory with a pajama and popcorn party. It was a fun competition and students agreed the real winner was the school.
Each Box Top is worth 10¢ and that adds up fast! Please continue to collect box tops. Click the box top for a complete listing of participating products.
A lesson in geometry, a holiday pop of color, and an excuse to begin the month of December with a fun paper craft. Mathematics is so cool.
Platonic Solids are named after the ancient Greek philosopher, Plato. There are only five of these 3-D figures, in which all the edges are of equal length. all the angles of equal measure, and all the faces are congruent shapes: Cube, Tetrahedron, Octahedron, Dodecahedron, and Icosahedron.
We're hoping to create a Polyhedra craze with our holiday door decoration.
IDIOMS can be the most confusing part of any language. Idioms are sayings that have hidden meanings. The expressions don't mean exactly what the words say, like “cool as a cucumber” has nothing to do with food, but refers to a calm person. A number of English idioms revolve around food and names of food items.
During the month of November, students have been feasting on food idioms.
Students tested their knowledge with our hallway display. They discovered the origins of some food idioms are a piece of cake to figure out; they just had to use their beans. Other idioms were so bizarre students went nutty trying to decipher them. The idiom meanings were written on the napkins. There are so many food idioms, we would be out to lunch if we tried to list them all, but here are a few student samples that are the cream of the crop.
Students had a great deal of fun with idioms and we're confident no one bit off more than they could chew during this idiom lesson.
During this holiday season, I give thanks for this group of students. They truly are the icing on the cake! Their pure energy and smiles make learning fun.
Enjoy the holiday break!
Every year, GIS Day is celebrated on the Wednesday of . Fifth grade students celebrated GIS Day and Geography Awareness Week at Northeast's Lifelong Learning Center. Everyone was intensely engaged. Students wrestled with the content, a raft of skills, and some pretty compelling GPS.
GIS Day is One Fun Day to
Throughout the week, JOOI Club members are asking NMS students to help in our little corner of the world.
If everybody gives a little, together we can give a lot!
Donations for the week include:
Monday: spare change to support Mercy Meals
Tuesday: canned/boxed (non-perishable) food for the Norfolk Food Pantry
Wednesday: school supplies for children in need
Thursday: new or gently-used hats, gloves, and scarves for The Salvation Army
Friday: bring any of the above donations
Each day a student particpates a colorful "Do Kindness" bracelet will be given. Simply wear the wristband with pride, saying, "I support world kindness."
It was the perfect day to teach word choice and have a little seasonal fun in the process. Students mourned the loss of the word "said" plus several of his buddies. They learned word choice is the difference between writing that is alive and writing that is dead on the page.
After the burial of several lifeless words, students began to study revision, the third stage in the writing process. Students are replacing vague, lifeless words with words that are clear and specific.
Students learned revision produces words that are much more alive and powerful. Flip through the presentation and enjoy a few samples of student work.
Norfolk Middle School honors students each month who have exhibited great strength in a set of identified character traits also known as pillars of character. These pillars include trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. At the end of each month, one student from each team is recognized as an outstanding role model of the traits. This student receives a Student of the Month certificate.
October's Character Ed Assembly honored Paige from Team 1A. Paige was among several middle school students honored today for the character quality of TRUST.
Red Ribbon Week is October 26 through October 30. Red Ribbon Week is a week to raise awareness about the importance of being drug free. In 1988 President Reagan proclaimed the last full week in October as National Red Ribbon Week. It is estimated that more than 80 million participate in Red Ribbon Events every year.
Norfolk Middle School students will participate in activities and projects to support the anti-drug message of our school.
- Monday, Oct. 26th - Sock It To Drugs! Wear crazy socks.
- Tuesday, Oct. 27th- Team Up Against Drugs. Wear team shirts.
- Wednesday, Oct. 28th- Don't Get Tied Up in Drugs. Wear neck ties, hair ties, tie dye shirts.
- Thursday, Oct. 29th- Put a lid on Drugs. Wear a hat.
- Friday, Oct. 30- Be Drug Free! Wear red.
It is a week of fun themes and serious messages.
Enclosed in this post is information on a year-long project for my language arts students. They are creating e-portfolios.
Please view your student’s e-portfolio. Explore the site, ask questions, and join the fun as your student showcases a wonderful collection of writing.
When Room 100 brought out the paint and rollers, the fun arrived - plus lots of giggles. It tickles when you apply paint! Footprint art is as unique to a child as a fingerprint, and the end result is priceless.
Fall is such a fun time of year! The season inspired some creative Halloween poems. Our ghost prints added to the fun.
With this introduction to poetry, students focused on several elements of poetry, and the lesson dealt specifically with end rhyme, internal rhyme, partial rhyme, verse, and stanza.
Poetry and art now transform our hall bulletin board and serve as a wall-to-wall portfolio of student work - just in time for the seasonal fun.