Next, It has been forever since I've had a chance to blog. Grad school is no joke! I have been trying to get some projects up and running with each grade level this year. So far the second graders' Symbolic Monarch Migration is successful. One first grade class was able to plant tulips for the Journey North Tulip Test Garden. Third graders have created their "Flat People", but we haven't been able to mail them yet. Fourth and Fifth graders had to put their projects on hold for a little while, until the Book Fair and Christmas activities are over.
|L is for Llama|
First graders have been doing an Author Study with Jan Brett. We have read Hedgie's Surprise, the Mitten, and Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve. The students researched hedgehogs and used a tutorial by Jan Brett to draw a hedgehog. Jan Brett was nice enough to send me teacher packet of activities for some of her books. It included a really cool tote. I was able to see Jan Brett at Quail Ridge Books and Music in Raleigh, recently. I bought two copies of Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella. I got autographed book plates for the books that I bought. I really enjoyed hearing about how she came up with the idea for Cinders... and some of her other stories.
|Me with Hedgie|
|Jan Brett and One of Her Silkies|
|Jan Brett with Her Drawing and Book|
The second graders are using Wixie, Blabberize, or Animoto to present information about insects. One class will use Wixie to make trading cards. Another class will use my account to create a Blabberize. This should be fun.
My resource for 5th grade's Revolutionary War project will be available after Christmas. Fourth graders' NC Native American project will also need to wait until after the winter break. Currently the fifth graders are reviewing genres and Big 6. The fourth graders are reviewing Dewey and Big 6. We did a Genre Sort Activity. The students really liked using the iPod to self-check with QR codes.
I will post about the Book Fair later.