First graders got a chance to explore Dryden's magazine collection this week. They used Vocaroo to hear articles from Ranger Rick Jr. read aloud to create webs organizing animal facts. They also used stories in Click Magazine to read "readers' theater" style with a small group. Students used the table of contents in these magazine to locate the articles they were looking for.
After reading the literary non fiction ebook Lookin' For Light, first graders loved doing a Nearpod interactive lesson about the book. The determined the difference between opaque, translucent, and transparent and explored reflection and refraction. Working with a partner and getting instant feedback on the big screen helped to make this NEarpod lesson a hit.
Our second annual Family Reading Night at Dryden was a big success. It was great to see students and parents come to school in their jammies to have a cozy night of reading. Thank you to the many teachers and staff who read stories and did crafts in their classrooms. Thank you to the PTA to providing the bedtime snack during our last story of the night in the cafeteria.
Having the book fair in the LMC was such a treat! Thank you to our Dryden PTA for putting on such a wonderful book fair for our students!
The fifth graders had a wonderful leadership opportunity this month. They helped the muti-age first and second graders use their notes from China research to create Adobe Spark videos. These videos about Beijing, Hong Kong, The Terracotta Army, The Forbidden City, The Yangtze River, The Dyjiangyan Panda Base, and The Great Wall of China were shared with the class to teach each other about the places we researched.
The second graders used Brainpop Jr. to research about how wind, water, and ice can cause erosion. We also worked in teams to look at pictures of different examples of erosion. Our teams had to discuss and share how each rock formation ended up the way it did and which type of erosion was responsible.
The fifth graders have been thinking about whether space exploration is worth the cost...or not. What does "cost" mean? Not just money...they discussed the cost of health, human life, resources, time. Our first step in discovering where we stand on this issue is to educate ourselves on the history of space exploration. The class split in half to research about the race to the moon and also Mars exploration. We then worked on ways to teach the other half of the class about what we learned so everyone has the big picture. After this week's research, some of us decided to change our stance on the issue!
The third graders practiced using Destiny Quest to look up call numbers and locate materials in the LMC during a book scavenger hunt. We look at the first part of the call number to help use figure out what section the book is in. Next we look at the second part of the call number to locate the book within the section. We discovered that the majority of the books are arranged by author's last name with the exception of biographies. Having them arranged by the subject's last name makes it easy to research a famous person!
After reading the Monarch book award nominee Families, Families, Families! the first graders used Pixie to create their own family trees. The students recorded a description of their familiy and its' members. We had a great time walking around and listening about each others' families. All of our families are so different and special!
As part of National Computer Science Education Week, the Dryden students participated in the Hour of Code. As the use of technology increases, so do the number of jobs that include computer programming. It is important to give our students exposure to coding. Here is the link to many of the coding resources we used with students this week in the LMC.
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