Thursday, January 17, 2013

Red Clover Wrap Up

I have begun to read the final Red Clover Book this year to all the 3-4 grade classes. It is a great story about goal setting and the importance of family... persistence and surprises.

Each reading class has been keeping track of the Red Clover rubrics so that when it comes time to vote, students will have the evaluation they completed for each book accessible to them.

Voting begins in March!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Kidspiration

The lessons for the next week or two with the first and second graders will incorporate the Red Clover Book Me... Jane, by Patrick McDonnell and will ask students to extract from the text examples of how the author showed us that Jane was an animal lover. We will use a program called KidSpiration which will offer an alternative to paper graphic organizers and additionally, takes their work and moves it into outline format.

I have found that when teaching note taking, an organizer such as this reinforces students to only use keywords, and puts their work into outline, thus allowing them to focus on their understanding of the concepts, rather than risk that they are simply copying ideas verbatim from the text.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Happy New Year!

The details of my recatagorization of the library are on the Metis Blog and I will not go into detail here, but you should know I have spent the last week reassuring students that while things are getting "shuffled" (I have likened the reorganization to shuffling a giant deck of cards!) I still know where everything is!

I will begin some pre-research lesson with the first and second grade over the next few weeks, involving the computer lab and bubbles! Ask you students for details :)

Found this the other day!
Spoiler alert-- stop reading if you want to find Mrs. Daigle yourself...


















Second row, fourth from the left