Throughout Miss DiTullio’s solo week, student and adult amateur photographers snapped photos (Thank you to our fantastic instructional assistants!). She commented that it felt like the paparazzi were following her! Students videotaped memories and reflected on their time with our amazing student teacher. Once we had our footage, I edited them into a video scrapbook of her student teaching journey. The first program I experimented with was Animoto. Animoto created a fun video, but it was challenging to hear some students’ comments. In the end, I used a video editing program to create a DVD that included pictures and video clips of our time together and ended with student reflections. We enjoyed watching the video with Miss DiTullio on her last day! I’ve embedded the Animoto video below for all to enjoy!
We have a test on unit 10 tomorrow. This unit covered reflections, rotations, and translations, as well as lines of reflection and lines of symmetry. As always, students are encouraged to create a 20 problem practice test and solve it OR play Jeopardy and record their answers. All practice tests and Jeopardy boards will earn 5 bonus points on tomorrow’s test. Everyone is encouraged to practice for our test 🙂
What is a reader’s workshop? Reader’s workshop is an approach to reading instruction that includes both guided and independent reading experiences in a workshop format. What does a reader’s workshop look like? Reader’s workshop follows a predictable format and includes tons of READING!!!!
We begin each workshop with a mini-lesson. This is my opportunity to teach reading strategies and model my thinking to the class. Last week we read a Discovery magazine article on the Titanic and learned how to link text clues with our background knowledge to infer the meaning of unknown words. This was a challenging skill for most of the class, so we will continue to practice in guided reading groups for the next several weeks. This week we are inferring the meaning of inferential headings and subheadings in nonfiction. We use National Geographic Explorer magazines for practice because every issue is engaging, current and full of inferential subheadings!
The majority of our workshop is devoted to reading. Students alternate weekly between self-select independent reading and guided reading groups.
- When students spend their week reading independently, they write a letter about their thinking by Friday. Students now have a choice of how they will share their deep thinking: traditional letter or blog entry. Our blog has been active with thinking as most choose this option. Students enjoy having a choice of format. We also work with fluency groups during this time and confer 1:1 with students about their independent reading.
- When students participate in guided reading groups, we meet every other day for a guided reading lesson. Guided reading groups utilize short text and focus on specific skills students need. Reading self-select books is at the heart of our reader’s workshop, so students in guided reading groups usually have enough time to complete their group work and spend time reading their self-select book.
We end workshop most days with some type of sharing activity. This often is a “turn and talk” with your nearest neighbor about your thinking or your work during reader’s workshop.
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Miss DiTullio has been teaching us all about plants. Katie and Livy were amazed when they found an acorn had sprouted a root just like the seeds we are growing in class. What a great find out on the playground!
Check out the slide show below . . . we searched for seeds in different fruits, counted them and created a class histogram on the interactive white board.
Mr. Lamphier and Mr. Martin donated their time for IBM’s E-Week. They taught our class about wind turbines and led them in a design challenge. They had to design their own wind turbine, test it and then redesign it to make it better! They loved designing their turbine’s blades and wanted more time to work on them. Check out the video highlights below 🙂
We have a test on unit 9 tomorrow. This unit covered fraction, decimal and percents, as well as multiplying and dividing decimals. As always, students are encouraged to create a 20 problem practice test and solve it OR play Jeopardy and record their answers. All practice tests and Jeopardy boards will earn 5 bonus points on tomorrow’s test. Everyone is encouraged to practice for our test 🙂