Sunday, October 22, 2017

Found Poetry

After creating a concept web on the Declaration of Independence, students used their web to help them search for words that would communicate about the Declaration of Independence.

Using old books, (Promise! They are discarded from the library) students looked for words to compose a simple phrase or lines to synthesize the document that declared the Colonists independence from England.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

Word Work with Contractions

A small group worked on contractions and how the apostrophe signals that two words have been combined to create one new word. Typically, the apostrophe takes the place of the vowel. But in a few examples, can take the place of most of a word!

This category is the "a" replacement.
The "ha" and "o" replacement.

The unique "almost a full word-woul" and the "i" replacement.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Collaborating on Planning a Narrative

Students are working with their writing partners to lay the foundation for a planned story. Narratives have a "way of being". Knowing that we can use this as a formula should provide us with support as we produce our own narratives.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Taking our Notes and Making our Presentation on Colonists

Last week, students spent time researching information about the colonists. Students used their textbook, primary sources, video, and trade books.

Students took notes and are now ready to collaborate to build their presentation. Each group member is responsible for contributing to a slide in the presentation. Our lesson for today was how we need to put "highlights" on the slide so that the text is not overwhelming. Students also were introduced to the "speaker's notes" where they can add additional information to help them when they present.

You can see there are six students working on this presentation at the same time. 

Students will be presenting their portion of the presentation while the rest of the class is taking notes. This will be their first attempt at taking notes while a speaker is presenting. In other words, they have to summarize the information they hear and write down the important parts. A valuable skill to have!