Barbara taught writing and reading at Springman and also has a degree in drama, radio, and television. By the end of this year between us we will have completed 21 long-term positions since our retirement, about evenly split between Attea and Springman, including two previous gifted positions. While I am the teacher hired to fill this particular position, she will be volunteering in the classroom with me until February when she begins another maternity leave at Springman. I will then join her there to finish out the year. We enjoy teaching together and the students benefit from working with a second experienced teacher.
We are currently completing a writing piece titled “The Storm Paper.” It is a descriptive writing experience utilizing a “camera eye” view that focuses on particular skills. These include eliminating passive verbs and replacing them with active verbs, the use of participles, varying sentence starts, shifting adjectives out of order, and transitions. For our first reading lessons we read a pair of short stories and then considered how the authors used four techniques to reveal the character of people in each story. We are now just beginning a unit on Greek Mythology, led by Mrs. Buzard. We will be considering the following questions: “What are the qualities of the gods and goddesses?”, “How does myth explain human behavior?”, “How does myth explain elements of the natural world?”, and “Why does myth endure?” The unit will include reader’s theater and also crossover assignments in writing.
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We have continued to work on identifying theme across different genres, including stories, novels, poems, and movies. As a wrap up of our novel unit with The Giver, we watched the 2014 film adaptation, after which students compared and contrasted the elements of plot, themes conveyed, and overall effect on the audience. Students also practiced annotating and analyzing poetry to identify figurative language, symbolism, and theme.
In writing, we continue to work on vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation, as well as different strategies for elaborating on ideas in order to express ourselves through writing in a thorough and concise manner.
Students were very excited to meet Mr. Buzard yesterday, who will be guest teaching with his wife while I am on maternity leave. Eight days until the expected due date … the countdown begins!
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Students concluded their review of describing and measuring matter by completing the Rainbow Lab; a lab that reinforces students skills in measuring liquid volume with a graduated cylinder. Ask your child to describe the lab to you. Next week, students will start exploring atoms and elements.
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|OMNI/JOURNEY SUPPLY LIST 2018-19|
|Box of Kleenex (120 PIECES)||3|
|Earbuds or headphones TO BE KEPT AT SCHOOL||2|
|Stylus for iPads TO BE KEPT AT SCHOOL||1|
|Pencil case (ANY TYPE) - with three grommets||2|
|Pack of EXPO dry erase markers (ANY COLOR) -||1|
|Set of 12 colored pencils (CRAYOLA brand)||1|
|Set of 8 Markers (CRAYOLA BRAND-thick)||1|
|Set of 12 crayons (ANY COLOR, CRAYOLA)||1|
|3x3 Post-its Individual pads (ANY COLOR)||5|
|Pack of Flags (ANY COLOR)||1|
|#2 Pencils with eraser (Ticonderoga)||60|
|Pair of scissors (STANDARD SIZE)||1|
|Glue stick (LARGE) - Elmers||3|
|Roll of tape (DISPENSERED ROLL)||6|
|3 x 5 notecards (LINED on one side/Blank on the other)||4|
|Case-it Large Capacity 3-Inch Zipper Binder||1|
|Pack of 12 blue or black pens||1|
|Pack of 12 assorted colored pens||1|
|Pack of 4 assorted color highlighters||1|
|Clorox Wipes (ANY SIZE)||1|
|100 ct. lined loose leaf paper-wide ruled||1|
|Two pocket folder (NO PRONGS) - plastic||1|
|White Pearl Eraser (Or Comparable)||1|
Blocks 1-4 will have the test on Tuesday, January 23
Block 5 will have the test on Wednesday, January 24