The first graders read Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Exclamation learned that what makes him different also makes him special. We talked about what makes each of us unique and special and how those things help us to make a mark on the world. Here is a video from Mrs. Johnson's class! How do you make your mark on the world?
After reading One of Those Days by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, second graders decided to pass on positive messages to their fellow Dryden students. We brainstormed messages that might cheer up someone who is having "one of those days." Each student wrote one message on a post-it. Next the second graders found a favorite book in the LMC and placed a post-it with a positive message inside. The next person who checks out that book will be surprised and hopefully have a great day!
As part of The Global Read Aloud 2015 that the first graders are participating in, fourth graders came in to share their expertise in reading skills. The fourth graders read Duck! Rabbit! to their first grade friends, analyzed vocabulary, and used discussion questions they prepared to engage the first graders in thoughtful conversations about the text. They also helped the first graders to form opinions about Duck! Rabbit! and support those opinions with reasons. The fourth graders did a wonderful job taking on a leadership role and the first graders enjoyed learning from them!
Dryden kindergarteners have been researching apple. We read a non-fiction and a fiction book about apples. We labeled parts of an apple and created an "I Wonder..." list. This week, we logged on to Pebble Go. The kindergarteners explored this online database, practiced using it's search features, and learned about apple harvests.
Dryden's first grade classes and multiage classes are participating in an author study of Amy Krause Rosenthal. This is part of the Global Read Aloud 2015 that connects students from different places around the globe as they discuss Rosenthal books. This week, we read the book Chopsticks and then created an Adobe Voice slideshow about other things that come in pairs. We plan to share the slideshow with other first graders.
After learning about the negative impacts are consumable energy sources, fifth graders have been diving in to research different renewable energy sources including: biomass, geothermal, hydropower, wind, and solar. They've divided into groups to use bookmarked websites to research how their energy source is used, how it is collected, and the pros and cons. They are taking notes in their google docs using note-taking templates shared with them through Google Classroom.
Some of Dryden's fifth graders had fun with Wildcard Wednesday by sporting their Cubs gear. Thanks to all the Dryden dolphins who wore their favorite team's gear or colors!
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