April 26, 2017

Reading Goals

Dear Families, On Thursday, your child came home off with a copy of their reading goals and a letter stapled it to from yours truly explaining the goals, and their purpose, to you. This copy is yours to keep. Many… [Read More…]

Reading as Writers

Dear Families, We are extremely excited about our new reading unit, and that is not an exaggeration. A huge emphasis of this reading unit is on writing about what we read. We’re learning to be stronger writers through analyzing, reflecting,… [Read More…]

Speak the Same Language

Dear Families, There’s a lot going on this time of year. From our final units of the year in reading and writing to fundraisers to field trips, there’s a lot to cover. Here we go… CURRICULUM We started our new… [Read More…]

Spring Break!

Dear Families, First and foremost, I wish you and your family a terrific Spring Break! Whether that means lying on a beach somewhere, skiing, or cleaning out the garage, I hope you enjoy it. In geography, students are focusing on… [Read More…]

March Slideshow

Last Thursday, students planted trees at Thousand Acres, followed by a hike. What a beautiful sunny day we got, but there were still enough puddles to make for some fun! Getting our directions on where and how to plant our… [Read More…]

Ice Dam Challenge and Author Visit

Students were challenged to build an ice dam (marshmallows and frosting) strong enough to withstand a pool of water (blue jello). They worked in groups of 3 to construct their walls, and then took them outside to flood them. The… [Read More…]

Odds & Ends

Dear Families, This week, students will be wrapping up their independent argumentative thesis essays. Mrs. Carroll and I are both been extremely proud of the effort the students have put into gathering evidence for this essay. Their excitement and attention… [Read More…]

Churn Out

Dear Families, We are engrossed in our new read aloud, The Port Chicago 50, by Steve Sheinkin. We are learning about how racism was embedded in our nation’s society during a huge chunk of our history and how it affected… [Read More…]

Hibernation Day & Diorama Museum

Friday was a double-whammy of fun, between our Hibernating/Reading Day and our Diorama Museum. Thanks to those of you who worked hard to complete a diorama, and those of you who were able to come view them. They turned out… [Read More…]

Our Own Seminar Course

Dear Families, I am ridiculously proud of the hard work students have been doing in both reading and writing to strengthen and expand their literacy skills. Their nonfiction reading skills have grown. Students created and gave a presentation last week… [Read More…]