Monday, October 31, 2011

Said is Dead

Monday, October 31, Room 102 mourned the loss of the word "said" plus several of his buddies.
The Burial

The Graveyard Cake

Tombstone Brownies
After the burial, students began to study revision- the third stage in the writing process. They are replacing vague, lifeless words with words that are clear and specific. Students are learning to use words that draw a picture in the reader's mind.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week was October 24th through October 29th. Red Ribbon Week is a week to raise awareness about the importance of being drug free.  It is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program.
Students in Room 102 participated in activities sponsored by the Student Council. These activities and projects supported the anti-drug message of our classroom and school.

Lazaro tapes red ribbons to our window . . .
 . . . for the world to see we are drug free!

The variety of theme days gave students practical advice to keep them healthy, safe, and drug-free.

Drugs are a “toe-tally” bad choice.

Don’t sweat it . . . we KNOW drugs are a bad choice.

Drugs won't turn our lives inside out.

Celebrating Red Ribbon Week shows kids that living without drugs is the best way to live a happy life.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Red Ribbon Run

The Red Ribbon Run is an annual run that helps promote the importance of Red Ribbon Week and the communities commitment to keep youth drug free.

Hailie from Room 102 won the women's division of this year's Red Ribbon Run held at Sunset Plaza. Way- to- run- Hailie!

Hailie with Mrs. Reedy -- P.E. teacher and one of the event coordinators.

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Journey of a Shoebox

This year Room 102 can look forward to getting involved in service learning projects.
The best kind of service learning puts an equal emphasis on service and learning. Projects challenge students to interact with the world outside the classroom, and then do something that will achieve real results.
Benefits can be far reaching. Real-world projects give students practical experience in collaborating, communicating, and making critical decisions. What's more, projects allow students to see that they can make a difference. Such experiences stick with kids long after they leave school.
Our first project is to pack a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is the largest children's Christmas project in the world. They have been sending gift-filled shoeboxes to disadvantaged children around the world since 1990, helping over 80 million children across Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.X
We packed two shoeboxes - one for a girl and one for a boy. This year we will follow our shoebox as it journeys outside the United States to another country and into the hands of a child. It's quite a trip!

The journey for these two shoeboxes began in Room 102.
Thanks, students, for your donations.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Working Together

Thanks parents for attending the fall conference.
Room 102 had 100% participation.
As a teacher I was excited to meet with parents of my students. We are a team. Together, we will create a wonderful educational year for "our" student.
Please continue to commuicate with me as needed. I value your input.

~Mrs. Full

Friday, October 14, 2011

Our Pumpkin Patch

Room 102 is creating their very own pumpkin patch. Pumpkins make everyone think of fall and fall holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving. But did you know that pumpkins are healthy to eat? Do you know how long it takes a pumpkin to grow? Did you know there are many different kinds of pumpkins? During parent/teacher conferences, come into our pumpkin patch to learn more about pumpkins. Plus you can enjoy our fall poetry displayed in the hall. We're feeling rather festive!

A shout out to Martha Stewart for sharing the pumpkin pattern found here.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Who Wants to Win a Recess?

Recess in fifth grade?  Students in Room 102 are playing Who Wants to Be a Millionaire to win a recess.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is a popular television game show which offers prizes for correctly answering a series of multiple-choice questions of increasing difficulty. The maximum prize in Room 102 is a recess.
Students are playing this game on the classroom Smart Board.  Hope runs high of making it to the top tier. The questions in the game challenge student understanding of figurative langauage. The game has generated some real excitement over STUDYING the figurative language terms.
Blake takes the class to the next level.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fall Poetry

Can you feel the autumn wind stirring?

Students are experimenting with fall poetry. They are writing diamante poems  - a diamante poem takes the shape of a diamond. Each line uses specific types of words, like nouns, adjectives, and –ing words. It does not have to rhyme.
Students have discovered the thesaurus is a friend!  If you are a writer, this wonderous book should be a quick reach.  makes it even easier with online access. Microsoft Word's synonyms are easily accessed by simply right clicking the word in question. Students have added two great resources to their writer's toolbox.
It's a great time of the year to snuggle in and read. As the weather turns cooler, I'm enjoying homemade pumpkin spice lattes and the poets in Room 102.

Monday, October 3, 2011

My Best "Bud" in Class

Using earbuds and the Ipod Shuffle, Alex listens to an audio book.
21st Century Literacy Skills is a term that is used a lot these days.  What does it mean?  It is learning core subjects with application of technology skills. Students in Room 102 are getting lots of "technology time." 
Earbuds for each student is a great idea. It isn't fun using ear phones that someone else has stuck in their ears. You can get inexpensive earbuds at discount stores. Most students probably already have their own earbuds at home. It would be a great idea to tuck the buds in a Ziploc® bag and carry them  in the binder.