Sunday, February 5, 2017

Five For Friday - Stone Fox, Black History Month and More

Happy Weekend!  It's Five For Friday time!
Here's a look at five events from my teacher life this past week.

We started Stone Fox as a read aloud.  I LOVE this book, and so do my students.
To invoke curiosity about this book before we begin reading I put a potato, a dog collar, and a tax bill in my classroom mystery box.  I pull out each item and explain that each one is somehow important to the story.

On to number two!

I'm part of a teacher book club, and this was the book we read this past month.
I'll admit that it was hard to read, but it really got me thinking.
The author spent time living in two separate poverty-ridden areas in Milwaukee.
We had a great discussion, and all agreed there are no easy answers for solving the problem of housing in low-income areas.

We do a poem a week, and this is our poem from last week.
I created a template of the poem for students to revise, putting their own spin on the concept.
I loved their ideas.
We just don't get to do enough poetry!

I have ten iPads in my classroom, although obtained through grants.
Recently, the screen on one of our oldest iPads shattered. 
I heard about a match offer on Donors Choose from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The crux behind the match offer is that the project must support student/parent communication.
We use the Seesaw Learning Journal app to communicate with parents throughout the school day, so it seemed like a no-brainer to write the project with this idea in mind.
The wonderful parents and grandparents of my students funded this project in
We are so lucky to have such supportive families. 3>

Black History Month has begun, and we will soon tackle some research about Famous Black Americans and their contributions.
My students love the projects within this packet.
There are guidelines for working through the projects, as well as rubrics for scoring.
Take a look at this product here.

Below, you can see one of the projects included in this packet.
The product also includes a colorful display banner!

If you'd like to use the poem by Eloise Greenfield to begin your study of Black History Month, 
you can find it here.

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