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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Annual History Program

Our students did an awesome job of making history come alive this year. Each grade put their best foot forward and I am very impressed with what our students were able to accomplish!

For some reason, not all the videos are showing. But you can follow the links and watch them on Youtube!

(complete with drums)

(Mr. Kirby's job each year is to see how many teachers and parents he can get in tears)

**Follow the link**

Reciting a poem

1st Grade
Reciting a poem about Harriet Tubman

2nd Grade
Reciting a poem by Langston Hughes

Reciting a poem about Martin Luther King Jr.

Famous People: African American and Hispanic

** follow the link**

(this was a tribute to famous musicians, I didn't have the video space to get everyone)

Fabulous job, Students!

Fairy Tale Adaptations- Little Red Riding Hood

For this unit in writing, we have been working on writing adaptations of our favorite fairy tales. We started by creating anchor charts of how writers map out their adaptations. Here are the anchor charts that Mrs. Wheeler created!

I am in awe of her chart creating ability. Seriously. Just to show how pathetic mine are in comparison:

So, my class worked for 2 weeks creating their own adaptations for Little Red Riding Hood. They could change the characters, the setting, character motivation, or events. I decided to write my own adaptation called Lil' Camouflage Coat. You can read it {HERE}

Once again, my students proved to be incredibly creative!

We decided to share our brilliance with one of our 1st grade classes. They were also studying fairy tales, so this allowed them to see that fairy tales are for all ages!

Here are some pictures of my Soldiers sharing their stories with 1st grade.

Some of my students even included comprehension questions at the end of their stories. A few added glossaries of vocabulary words that they were convinced that 1st graders wouldn't know on their own. :)
I am so proud of my students! They were creative and thoughtful with their stories. When school gets back on from Spring Break, I'll have some of the kids read their stories for the camera so you can be impressed too!

p.s. It was pajama day at school when we got these pictures. We aren't usually so casual! (I wish!)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Family Art Night with Creative Discovery Museum

2 weeks ago the Hills was lucky enough to have Creative Discovery Museum come and host a Family Art Night! 
Creative Discovery Museum

They brought the materials, and we provided the workers (teachers), tables, and families!
I manned the Collage table. Students were encouraged to add pieces to a picture of our school mascot, then they could make their own collage egg to take home. 

Of all the pictures I took, I didn't get one of the group collage! We are going to have it hung in the office. I'll get a picture and update the post!

Thanks for everyone coming out for Family Art Night!