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.
Dryden second graders learned about how digital citizenship this week. They brainstormed ways they can be good digital citizens and they used the Chatter Kids app to crate funny videos to share their ideas.
Our intermediate students learned about the Dryden Dolphin Book Award Books this week. These 20 books were chosen from the Bluestem and Rebecca Caudill Award lists and contain a variety of genres. Students are encouraged to read books from this list throughout the school year. They had the chance to read summaries and watch book trailers of the books. To find out more about the 2016-2017 Dryden Dolphin Book Award Books click here.
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