Sunday, August 28, 2016

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Slice of Life: It's Numeracy Night

What: PI Day 3.14

Event: Numeracy Night

Action: The hallways and classrooms of our school added energy filled with math games, digital programs, and families participating. We multiplied that energy with laughter. We divided laughter among participants. And we subtracted pizza pie from the awesome kitchen staff, Deanna Kuehne and Denise Hannahs after the numeracy tour!

What did it look like?




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Writing Strategy:

Layering: I layered the event action with math words:  added energy, multiplied energy with laughter, divided laughter among participants, subtracted pizza.


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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

SOL Sun Beams




Sunbeams


Tired after work, I needed a walk. I walked with my head down, kicking at the dust as the shadows darkened beneath the fir trees lining the road. I sighed. Suddenly, the dust beneath my feet transformed into a yellow as bold as gold. I stood up straight, looking forward and up at the turn in the road where the beams of light thrown from the setting sun engulfed the forest, creating a haloed glow against the black of evening. A mourning dove cooed behind me. I hurried forward, hoping to find something special, something left by the sun. I jogged up into the light and found it: the hope of a better day in the setting sun and a smile to return home as I remembered its beauty.








Writing Strategies


Description [sight]: the setting sun engulfed the forest, creating a haloed glow against the black of evening.


Description [sound]:  A mourning dove cooed behind me.


Details: Tired after work, I needed a walk. I walked with my head down, kicking at the dust


Emotions:  the hope of a better day in the setting sun and a smile to return home as I remembered its beauty

Image Source: https://pixabay.com/static/uploads/photo/2015/11/07/11/30/sunbeam-1031201_960_720.jpg

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Learning Together


Some interesting things happen when we learn together, and when students have the chance to think for themselves.

Take the day we worked in teams to analyze a text.  Students were looking for the main ideas  and for the transition / connecting words that tie the evidence together. 

The group above above worked out a plan.  One of them found the transition / connecting words, one of the found them main ideas, and one of them checked for accuracy.  

And one of them said, "I found a new transition word not on our lists.  It's "including."  It's used to add new information."

That's the beauty of time to work in teams, analyzing the work, and applying it to discover additional strategies and terms we can use--- and sharing those ideas in our learning community.

On another time, the fifth grade students were teaming up to search information about presidents. And one of them tried to type in a URL and said, "There should be a .com on the keyboard!"  Good idea!

Our current project is a presidential argumentative essay.  We're learning basic parts of the argument, including claim, evidence, warrant.  You can see our lessons here:


The Presidents Day Assembly is Friday, February 19th at 1:30 PM. Hope to see you there!





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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Presidents Day Writing Contest

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Guess What?

Mrs Armstrong-Montes is sponsoring a writing contest for Presidents Day.  

A writing contest!  [click for larger image]

Due: Tuesday, February 16th, 3 PM

Who: Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and Resource Room

Winners in each grade:  $10 Gift Certificate to the School store for one composition from each grade
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Just choose a theme:
Either 


My Hero,  President _____________      
 or          
A Historic Leader,  President __________________

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For grades 5 6 7 8, the prompts will be:



Which president is a hero? 
or  

Which President is an historical leader?
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Students in grades 5 6 7 and 8 look here for more expectations, directions, and resources. You'll want to make a copy of that document to help guide you in creating your notes and final essay. 

Resources for planning and documenting your process and skills:

Lessons





Create a document called “President Notes Code Name” for your research.
Begin your task with these directions: Presidents Day Directions [make a copy; includes resource sites]

Document your investigation and skills using our Essential Questions with this Progress Tracker: 

Here is an example of the tracker: Process Example

Here is an example of organized notes and essay drafts: President Notes Example

Here is an example of my planning Presidents Day Directions sheet: Presidents Day Shee

Here is an example of a final essay:  President Jimmy Carter, Hero by Shee

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Add a comment below with a link to your essay !

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MODEL ESSAY

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President Jimmy Carter, Hero


by Sheri Edwards


We can choose to alleviate suffering.

We can choose to work together for peace.

We can make these changes — and we must.   

Jimmy Carter, Nobel Lecture

These words are life words, words lived by and promoted by former president, James Carter. Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize helping people’s human rights, promoting democracy and social programs, and finding peaceful solutions to conflicts. A hero is, according to the dictionary, a  “person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.” As a man of ideals and a role model for the possibilities that can happen when we say and act on these words, “We must make these changes, ” Jimmy Carter is a model for all of us. As a man of peace and champion of human rights, President Jimmy Carter is a Presidential Hero.
The Presidency

As President, Jimmy Carter promoted peace, programs for people, and protected our lands. Even as Governor of Georgia, he was known for “emphasizing ecology, efficiency in government, and the removal of racial barriers” And as President, he wanted to continue this; he said he wanted government to be “competent and compassionate.” He continued fighting the racial barriers being both compassionate and competent by adding eight million jobs, especially for women, blacks, and Hispanics. He protected millions of acres of lands in Alaska. He promoted peace because he kept the United States from wars and negotiated treaties and diplomacy.Today, Obama benefits from Carter with his energy policies because Carter started the Department of Energy to help stop the use of polluting oil fuels. A good president develops programs and policies that help the country’s people and its land and resources. As President, Jimmy Carter’s actions did just that.

Social and Health Programs
As Post-President, Jimmy Carter continued to develop social and health programs for people around the world. He worked to help people all over the world to get homes through Habitat for Humanity. He started The Carter Center, which has eradicated river blindness, caused by parasite larvae in the human body, by providing 200 million treatments of Mectizan, which was donated by Merck. Columbia, Ecuador and Mexico are now free of river blindness. To promote continued social and health programs for people in other countries, he and The Carter Center observe elections to make sure they are fair. Jimmy Carter’s work has helped keep fair elections in 101 countries. A hero acts to help people. Jimmy Carter has helped people keep their rights through fair elections and has helped people obtain health and homes through his service in promoting social programs.

Peace Negotiator
Key to his legacy, Jimmy Carter continued to promote peaceful solutions. Carter has been an ambassador to stop disputes between countries. For example, as President, he brought Egypt and Israel closer together, helped to get treaties made for the Panama Canal, opened diplomacy with China, and limited the use of nuclear arms. In addition, after his presidency, he helped the United States deal with leaders like Kim Il Sung of North Korea and Muammar Qaddaffi of Libya. A hero is a model; a hero keeps people safe, and these show that was always one of his main objectives by remaining a peace-keeping ambassador.

Conclusion

As the facts demonstrates, President Jimmy [James] Carter chose to alleviate suffering, chose to work together for peace, and chose to continue his quest even after he was President of the United States. A hero is model, and this model, Jimmy Carter, helped people, kept them safe, and maintained peace. As the Carter Center motto indicates, Jimmy Carter is “Waging Peace. Fighting Disease. Building Hope.“ This is a life worth modeling after. President Jimmy Carter is a Presidential Hero.








Sources



Our Nation’s Leaders website:

Miller Center:

socialstudiesforkids:


The Carter Center

Images are Creative Commons or Public Domain:
Relations with China [Deng Xiaoping and Carter]: https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/184/441502971_80c53ea982.jpg
Portrait of Jimmy Carter by Robert Templeton <https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3007/2871192373_1d55a8f1d9_o_d.jpg>




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Friday, January 29, 2016

Bounce


I'm standing at the free throw line. Bounce to compose myself. Bounce to focus on the score. That got me thinking about composure and focus in the classroom.

A basketball player doesn't just run up and down the court. No. They've got a plan, a focus, an understanding of what the other players are doing or will do. And they're ready to act on those moves and their plan.

A basketball player as a reader and writer wouldn't just run up and down the court  page -- they'd have a plan, they'd compose themselves to focus on what to do, what the goal is, what to do to meet that goal.  They'd compose themselves, slow down and focus their minds on what ways to win this game.

In reading, I'd be thinking---

  • Bounce: What did I just read? What does the author want me to learn?
  • Bounce: What surprises me in this text?
  • Bounce: What's the main idea?
  • Bounce: How does this key detail [and this one, and this one] support the main idea?
  • Bounce: What's significant about this text?
  • Bounce: What's my next step - goal/plan -- what am I to do with this information?
In writing, I'd be thinking--


  • Bounce: What's my message? What do I want the reader to learn?
  • Bounce: Who am I writing this for? What do they need to know and how will I make it clear?
  • Bounce: Did I stay on topic?
  • Bounce: Did I add enough interesting and relevant ideas for my reader to understand?
  • Bounce: Did I include my voice, my personality, to make it my own writing?
  • Bounce: Did I convince the reader with a claim, relevant evidence, and warrants to build my claim so the reader would believe it?
  • Bounce: Did I include media to add relevant evidence, a visual summary of the main ideas, or quote to remember?
  • Bounce: How's my design? Is it professional: a thorough, relevant analysis with my sources cited?
That's right: I'd be the player with the plan, and I'd be passing the ball -- the strategies of readers and writers ---  to encourage and support my team to win as a learning community.  That's a slam dunk.

How do you compose and compete in reading and writing? How do build your learning community, and what projects have you created -- those slam dunks that demonstrate your power as a player in reading and writing?

  • Bounce.  Think about it.
  • Pass.  Collaborate.
  • Slam dunk.  Projects done.


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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Literacy Night



















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