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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Caldecott Mock Elections....better late than never!

With the Hour of Code and our winter break I was a bit behind on starting my Caldecott unit but it is so much fun that I am squeezing it in.  I love to watch students browse, read, and discuss books.  This week in the Media Center third and fourth graders have led literature circles while discussing possible Caldecott 2016 winners.  They have 3 minutes to look at the books and decide how well the book meets the Caldecott criteria:

1.)  Excellence of Technique

2.)  Appropriateness of Technique

3.)  Importance of illustrations

4.)  Appeal to children

Here is what the process looked like...

They then cast their votes!

The fourth grade Caldecott 2016 Mock Election Winner was Waiting by Kevin Henkes.

       Caldecott Mock 4th grade Election Breakdown Results

Night Animals1719.1%
If Your Plant a Seed1112.4%
My Pen66.7%
Lenny and Lucy22.2%
Water is Water1314.6%
Finding Winnie77.9%
Yard Sale11.1%
Last Stop on Market0

The Mock Caldecott 2016 3rd Grade Winner was If You Plant a Seed with 30.4% of the votes.  
Night Animals811.6%
If Your Plant a Seed2130.4%
My Pen57.2%
Lenny and Lucy00%
Water is Water1420.3%
Finding Winnie1217.4%
Yard Sale22.9%
Last Stop on Market00%

Sunday, January 3, 2016

My 6th Graders are Geniuses

My 6th graders are embarking on their Genius Hour time.  The first step on this journey is for us to start thinking about deeper questions, such as "Not what do I want to be when I grow up, but what problems would I like to solve" This changes the conversation from who do I want to work for to what do I need to learn to be able to do that.  -Jamie Casap (Google Global Education Evangelist)

Click on the AnswerGarden below and post your answer to the question.  You must post in 40 characters or less.  You do NOT need to put your name on your post.

Students watch inspirational videos to help them start thinking about their interests/passions.