Monday, May 4, 2009

We are hearing about Swine Flu everywhere. BrainPop, an educational website that produces videos and computer simulations for teachers and students, has created a video to help kids understand this pandemic and know what to do to keep themselves safe. Please take some time to view it!!!

We have been finishing up our Inspirations graphic organizers in writing. Wow . . .this helps make essay format really easy for 9 and 10 year olds to understand. They are pros at it now!!

In reading we began a new skill: determining importance. When we determine importance we decide what the most important information and do some deep thinking and connecting to make sense of the material. We will be using lots of nonfiction for this last reading group of the year ūüôĀ

Thursday, April 30, 2009

We’ve been VERY busy this week!! But it has be SOOOOooooo¬†much fun learning with our new interactive whiteboard (IWB)! We use it throughout the day, and we’re figuring¬†out how it works together. ūüôā

In writing, we’ve been learning how to organize and write essays.¬†¬†This week we utilized Inspirations, a tool that helps children visualize, think, organize and learn by creating graphic organizers of complex concepts.¬† Our complex concept this week is essay structure for response to literature (Amazing Grace).¬† Inspirations has two modes:¬† Outline and Diagram.¬†¬†Students with different learning styles are supported in their effort to organize and add details to improve their essays.¬† I am eager to see their improvements.¬† Look for a copy of their graphic organizer to come home in their Friday folder.