Recent pictures of my fourth graders enjoying their new netbooks and participating in Wacky Tacky Day during spirit week! Can't help but smile... I'm reminded every day how fortunate I am to have a job I love so much.
Friday, September 16, 2011
It's been a busy and wonderful week... Every now and then I look up at my group, and think - I am one lucky teacher... My students are kind, respectful, and insightful. I love our discussions!
This week we took a peek at the book we will be reading as part of the Global Read Aloud Project, Tuck Everlasting. The read aloud begins Monday, so we made some predictions this week. The book has to do with living forever. We talked about the pros and cons, and found out that the main character in the book finds out about a family who is drinking from a special spring that gives them eternal life. Does she drink from the spring? Does she keep their secret? We can't wait to start reading! On Thursday afternoon, we Skyped with a great class from St. Mary's Visitation in Wisconsin who shared their predictions with us. We are looking forward to having book talks with them, as well as participating in the Edmodo discussion group.
We also visited the library this week, and since my 4th graders are so mature, I've decided to let them use the main library in addition to the lower school room. The library is open and light, and everyone loved the freedom to explore the stacks and curl up with a good book. Today the librarian came to our room and showed us how to use the online library search to find books! We bookmarked the library catalog search and the AR Bookfinder on our Diigo so we can look up books at any time! Very cool.
Finally (I told you it was a great week), we got into the lab today to look at some REAL plant and animal cells. We looked at onion cells, and at the cells I scraped from the inside of my cheek!! We were able to see the difference in the cell shape/structure, and could even see the nucleus of many of the cells!
Our school motto is "Think, Explore, Discover". I feel like we did service to each of these this week, and most importantly, had so much fun!
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
We posted our first blogs today, about our passions. It was great to think about what we have an interest in, or would like to learn more about! We made an image using Tagxedo (http://www.tagxedo.com/), and learned how to upload it to the blog. We also learned about hamburger paragraphs - beginning with a topic sentence, providing supporting details, and using good vocabulary to add excitement. We wrapped up the paragraph with a sentence to summarize or ask a question so that our readers will want to further the discussion! I tweeted out our blogging, and within 10 minutes, we had several comments. So exciting!! I love having the netbooks so handy. Want to comment on our blogs? Check them out at http://kidblog.org/mrsgraysonsclass!