Monday, September 15, 2014

Dot Day #dotday

September 15th is International Dot Day. It's a day to join other students around the world to "Make a mark and see where it takes you." It's day to discuss how we can "Make a mark, and make it matter." It's a day to consider and plan for how our words and actions have a ripple effect on the world.

How did we do this?  First, watch this animated video of Peter Reynold's book The Dot: 

And follow our lesson outline here: It's Dot Day.

First, we thought about and discussed our place in the universe through images: You're Here!

Although we are a small speck in the universe, we matter. And life happens; we learn to deal with life and to understand the people around us with confidence, trust, perseverance, flexibility, and compassion. How did we do this? We discussed slides, images, and The Dot story: Dot Day. We discussed these words through the eyes of the main character in the book, Vashti. And we discovered the ripple effect of encouragement and kindness.

Then images helped us consider these words for ourselves: Dot Day Traits.

We determined central ideas and their development, forming summarizing statements. We understood the characters over the course of the book. Our conversations built on others' ideas to collaborate on the central idea and summary. We integrated and evaluated information in diverse media and formats.

Finally, we created our own dots and wrote statements of words and actions that would make a mark, make them matter, and have a ripple effect in the world. We used our grammar and conventions to create posters of our ideas. We organized our writing and our style to share with others. We planned our posters and revised our worlds with help from each other. We will blog about our ideas and post our poster dots!

Here are a few; we hope you enjoy them and spread the word --- make a mark; make it matter!

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 Common Core State Standards
Reading
Key Ideas and Details
2.    Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
3.    Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.

Speaking and Listening
Comprehension and Collaboration
1.    Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
2.    Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Language
Conventions of Standard English
1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Writing
Production and distribution of Writing
Model
4.    Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
5.    Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
6.    Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others [working on; need permission forms completed]



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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Grade Eight Leaders

Eighth Grade Leaders are popping up early this year!

They're shining and showing their Eagle Spirit by running for ASB!

When you see them, let them know how great they are!

Kim Iverson and Jenny Hare are our ASB [Associated Student Body] advisors, and they are helping our eagles soar!

Look at these awesome posters!  Best Ever!










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#6connect Twitter Pals

You've heard of pen pals?

Well, that's old news! In today's world we can connect to more friends faster through Twitter!  The sixth grade is part of a network of at least fifteen other schools across the United States who are tweeting and sharing with each other through classroom Twitter accounts.

In the picture above you see how we learned about Twitter by practicing on paper. We paper tweeted on topics, then replied to those tweets. We even learned about hashtags and sorted our papers into the ones we used, just like Twitter:

We also learned about our expected Netiquette Guidelines, and agreed to them. You can see our Digital Lessons from Netsmartz here.

Our Twitter account is @nsdeagles . We're just getting started and on Monday, September 8, we had our first Twitter Chat. We'll have another one next month.

The kids are all excited, and have even gathered questions to ask on a Google Document. As a Google Apps school, we can connect and collaborate with our Google docs. The question document was created simultaneously by the whole class. Each students chose a spot on the document and started typing questions. I hope you notice how Google Docs helped them spell correctly, and that the students remembered their capital letters and question marks!  But most importantly, look at the questions -- so many! They are learning about diversity and digital citizenship -- how to be safe online and work with others who are different.

If you want to check out our sixth grade connection, our hashtag is #6connect. We're excited to learn with our Twitter Pals!



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Monday, September 8, 2014

Eagle Power

Desks waited. Chairs sat. Walls listened. Books shivered in excitement. Computers shone with anticipation. When would they come?

Rinnnnngggggggg!

The first day arrived and students began the day collaborating with activities like this:

Students read and followed directions to sort and seat themselves. Each day we discussed what worked to complete the activity.  Each class discussed collaboration and learning, creating a list of behaviors that help us learn and work together. Here's their lists:

 Eighth Grade

 Seventh Grade


Sixth Grade


We add to the lists as new ideas and issues arise, developing the guidelines together for a successful learning community.

In addition, our new principal, Mrs Pankey, has created an EAGLE goal for us: each day show how you are an Eagle!  When we notice something a person does that demonstrates Eagle Expectations, we write the action on an eagle feather and present it to that person, who places the feather in the Eagle Power bin. Each Monday, a name is drawn in recognition, and all feathers will be placed in display. She explained how important and symbolic an eagle feather is, and that the honor each of us receives reflects on all of us.

Here are excellent examples of Eagle Power from grades six, seven, and eight in Language Arts from the first week of school:




In grades six, seven, and eight language arts, students take a feather to their desk in each class, and during class notice students following our "Learning Community" guidelines we have created in our notebooks. They acknowledge that effort on the feather, and we share at the end of class. It's awesome. We're awesome! We thank Mrs. Pankey for helping see just how well we can soar!

School is great this year! I hope you come visit -- you'll love the atmosphere!





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