"A Swisstastic Journey of Me and My Students"

Friday, March 27, 2015

Biographies with first graders

I LOVE teaching 1st graders because they are so excited to learn new things.  I introduced them to BIOGRAPHIES recently.  We started our unit by reading On A Beam of Light:  A Story of Albert Einstein and talked about what difference he made in our world.  Over the past two weeks we have begun each class with a read aloud and then we break out into our partner groups and get to work on PebbleGo.
  

More books we read outloud:




                                         

The process:

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Examples of their research:




              


Students created drawings of their person on ArtPad.com and we printed these.  They also shared them with me electronically.

Mrs. Werking's Class Shares their Biographies



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Mrs. Beiting's Class Shares their Biographies

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Miss. Huntington's Class Shares their Biographies



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Miss. Brown's Class Shares their Biographies
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March Madness has Arrived!!! Who will prevail as our SBY?

VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN!  We now have our SBY (Summit Book of the Year).  The WINNER with 53.1% of the votes is...drum roll please....

The results broken down below.

Summary

Pick your top book for our March Madness Bracket. Which book will prevail?

Wonder2653.1%
Diary of a Wimpy Kid2449%

WE NOW HAVE OUR FINAL TWO!  Which book will prevail as our SBY (Summit Book of the Year)?

Pick your top 2 books for our March Madness Bracket. Which books will prevail?

Wonder7649.4%
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone5737%
Diary of a Wimpy Kid7649.4%
Because of Winn Dixie7146.1%

We have our FINAL FOUR!  We will now narrow it down to the FINAL TWO!!!

 

Smile3534.3%
The One and Only Ivan4039.2%
Wonder4948%
Lightning Thief4241.2%
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone4746.1%
Diary of a Wimpy Kid5452.9%
I Survived the Great Chicago Fire of 18713433.3%
Because of Winn Dixie5251%

The NCAA tournment doesn't have anything over on us....we are inviting all 4-6 graders to vote for our SBY (Summit Book of the Year).  We started with the top 16 books from these grades and had students cast their vote on a Google Form to narrow it down to their top 8.  We will continue narrowing it down to we get to the champion...

Here are our TOP 8 (not in any order):

Smile3348.5%
The One and Only Ivan3044.1%
Wonder3044.1%
Lightning Thief3145.6%
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone3247.1%
Diary of a Wimpy Kid4058.8%
I Survived the Great Chicago Fire of 18713044.1%
Because of Winn Dixie5276.5%





























Monday, March 23, 2015

When I Grow Up- Why I love asking Preschooler and Kindergarten this question

Preschool and Kindergarten has been learning about what they want to be when they grow up. Don't you love when an adult asks a 4, 5, or 6 year old this and expects them to know the answer. Even though that may seem like a crazy thing to ask such a young child you will never again witness such an innocent response. I love asking this before the reality of "life" sets in as they get older. Before they realize how long they may have to go to college to achieve their goal, or how much money they would make at a specific career, or before someone "heaven forbids" tells them they can't be that because it is silly. We started our unit by reading When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic.
  We moved on to:  

Students will complete a drawing of their chosen career and then film their creations.  I can't wait to see them!

                                              Mrs. Julie's Preschool Class "When I Grow Up" video
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Mrs. Kris's a.m. Preschool Class "When I Grow Up" video

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Mrs. Kris's Preschool p.m. class "When I Grow Up" video

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                           Mrs. James's afternoon KINDERGARTEN "When I Grow Up" video
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Mrs. Geiger's Thursday KINDERGARTEN "When I Grow Up" video

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Mrs. Geiger's Monday KINDERGARTEN "When I Grow Up" video

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