Fourth graders used information they've learned from analyzing primary source documents and information from their history books to create real estate advertisements for the three colonial regions. Each group worked together to create an ad that informs colonists about their economy, job opportunities, climate, and government, while persuading them that it is the best region to live. They did a great job taking on the colonists' perspective and putting a positive twist on their facts.
To kick off their research on Chicago landmarks, third graders took a 360 degree virtual field trip to many famous places in the city. Each student will be in charge of researching the history, importance, and interesting facts of one Chicago landmark. We will use this research to create a giant "Chicago-opoly" game board, with each student in charge of his or her property piece and questions related to the landmark. We can't wait to play the game and learn about one another's landmarks!
Fifth graders used True Flix to research questions about the Oregon Trail. They used the True Flix video and ebook to work in teams to find answers to their group's essential question. They skimmed for keywords, used headings, captions, pictures, and diagrams to work efficiently. Next, each group used pictures and words to create a visual to teach the rest of the class about the information they discovered.
Kindergarteners loved reading Duck Rabbit by Amy Krouse Rosenthal this week in the LMC. They decided whether they agreed that the picture was a duck or a rabbit. Next, they colored their picture to show which animal they decided. After coming up with reasons why it was a duck (or rabbit) each kindergartener used SeeSaw to create a video stating their opinion and their evidence. It was amazing to see how quickly the students became teachers helping their peers to create their videos!
A huge thank you is due to our Dryden PTA for bringing poet Bill Buczinsky to visit our school last week. Not only were Bill's messages about each child's voice and poetry inspiring and empowering to students, they were also very relevant to what students have been studying. The poetry workshop unit in our Schoolwide literacy program sparked the interest of poetry in our students. Bill's visit helped to enrich the unit and foster a love of reading and creating poetry! Thank you Dryden PTA!
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