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 framework. We had a blast and came back so energized and motivated!

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

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Apple and a Book Day

It truly fills up my tank to see so many families enjoying a book and an apple together! Bridgewater was filled with the sweet sounds of chatter as families filled the media center to enjoy an apple while reading together.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Choo Choo Full STEAM Ahead!

The school year certainly has picked up STEAM! The media center is buzzing with activity from small groups, book groups, testing groups, and more upon our return from two back to back snow days this week!

I had to bundle Macee up for a "first blizzard" picture in our backyard!

In media classes we are in our second week of learning to code. Kindergarten is learning to code using Kodable while first through fifth grade is using the curriculum from The engagement and enthusiasm that I am seeing from students with this unit is phenomenal.

Fourth and fifth grade students created code for different cup stacking formations.

We received our first shipment of new stools for the media center classroom! More stools and tables are on the way and we couldn't be more excited! Our long-term goal is to update all the furniture in the media center to more flexible and moveable pieces. The media center space is shared with all the learners in the school and it is important that each learner feels comfortable and welcomed in their learning space. The benefits of flexible seating include: choice, movement, comfort, collaboration and fun!

Adjustable Oodle stools

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 1...