This week has been very busy with The One and Only Ivan as our One Book, One School project. Students have been LOVING this book and really empathizing and making connections. We had guest readers from our District Office, School Board, and community come to read to grade levels on Wednesday.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
If you know me, you know I love to organize! The problem is, I have yet to find a GOOD way to organize 501 library cards. I used to have these small white bins that I put at tables with the cards for that day in there. Problems: I have to put them out and away each day, AND when kids return them on the wrong day, I can't find them because I store them in coupon organizers by day.
Our first graders are working on a Super 3 (Plan, Do, Review) project related to polar bears. We thought about what we already knew about them, read a non-fiction book together, wrote 2-3 facts we learned, then the next week read another book and added at least one new fact and a picture. This week, we read The Best Nest (image from bn.com) as an example of how you can always add to something to make it even better, and filled out our self-reflection rubric. Many really were able to reflect and choose something they could do better next time.
Monday, February 1, 2016
Today we revealed our One Book, One School title! Kohls Wild Theater came to present The Great Global Extravaganza, which talked about ways we can help conserve the world for ourselves and animals, like recycling, eating only sustainable fish, and eating more fresh fruit and vegetables to eliminate packaging.
Our Battle of the Books competition was on Friday! We had the 4th grade battle at 9:15 and it was so much fun! The Speed Readers took the title :)