Monday, September 17, 2018

September

We are back in the swing of things and it feels great!

Here is a sneak peak of what we are up to in each grade level:

Kindergarten: Chromebook challenges

First Grade: Touchpad practice on the Chromebooks

Second Grade: Practice logging into Google Drive

Third Grade: Destiny Quest (how to look books up in the media center)

Fourth Grade: Learning about Schoology and the MHL books

Fifth Grade: Learning about Schoology and the MHL books


Monday, July 23, 2018

Summer

I sure miss all of you! I hope you are having a splendid summer. We will be reunited before you know it! I've been very busy reading, working on our backyard, chasing Macee (and Louie, ruff ruff), and planning Macee's first birthday!

Enjoy some family pictures we took recently.







Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Summer 2018 Reading Calendar

The 2018 summer reading calendar is all set! Each day that you read 30 minutes you will color in the full day on the calendar. If you read 15 minutes you can color in half of the day. You can read with an adult, by yourself, or as a family. Happy Reading!


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Pear Deck

I am always up for trying new ideas to engage students in their learning. Often times I try out new ideas with the students. Literally right in front of them I try something that I am by no means an expert in. I may have just discovered it the night before! I model how I am a lifetime learner and I am learning new things each day just like they are. In third grade we started our research unit on nutrition. For this activity students were in groups of four. Each member of the group selected a color to read from the article. I highlighted the text in each article ahead of time in yellow, blue, pink, and orange.

After reading the article each group was provided an iPad. They entered in the code to join the online interactive lesson. We used Pear Deck for this. I had prepared the lesson with open ended questions regarding the nonfiction text that they had just read. Some of the questions were to share the main idea, illustrate a fact from the article, and to state the title and author of the article. The answers were displayed on the SmartBoard as they answered in on their iPads in their groups.

I enjoyed seeing the excitement and engagement during this lesson. The third graders were able to read one article yet learn about five others articles regarding nutrition and were able to share their learning with an authentic audience in just a 20 minute lesson. An iPad disconnected during the lesson and with another class an iPad would not display correctly and this is ok! We worked through it together as a class and learned some basic technology troubleshooting tricks for next time!








Tuesday, April 10, 2018

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month and we are celebrating across most grade levels with a variety of activities. We have been discussing how poetry has power to make you feel. Poetry can make you feel happy, or it can make you sad. It can make you laugh or give you goosebumps and butterflies in your stomach. We've also been discussing how poetry is often left to the reader for interpretation and that every word in a line of poetry matters.



Activity Focus:
Kindergarten: Spring Theme Poems
First Grade: Acrostic Poems
Second Grade: Haiku
Third Grade: Shape/Concrete Poems
Fifth Grade: Studying "free verse" by reading The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go" - Dr. Seuss 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Spring Break

I hope everyone is enjoying their spring break relaxing and rejuvenating! I am doing some spring cleaning, playing with Macee, reading, and preparing for our first mini vacation as a family of three (well four with Louie, our fur child). 


The quote from above has been my mentality for this break!  I can't wait to "be all there" with you all in April! See you soon!


Thursday, March 15, 2018

March Mashup

We are in the midst of research projects across all grade levels right now with the exception of first grade. First grade is working on publishing their very own book using Book Creator. They created a  how-to book in their classrooms and have been working on that same book in media. Collaboration with classroom teachers creates such a meaningful and powerful learning experience for the students.

Snap shot of the research going on:

5th grade: Decades
4th grade: States
3rd grade: Ancient Civilizations
2nd grade: Minnesota Dakota People
Kindergarten: Bald Eagles

Last week a group of BW teachers went to a training in Waseca on coding using the code.org framework. We had a blast and came back so energized and motivated!



and of course I need to post some updated pictures of Macee!



September

We are back in the swing of things and it feels great! Here is a sneak peak of what we are up to in each grade level: Kindergarten: Chro...