Today was a special day at our school, and an even specialer (yeah, I know that’s not a word but it sounds cool right?) day in our town. We celebrated Hats On Day to collect money for kids with cancer, but it was also Cardinals Opening Day–which is really worth a day off in my book–but alas we together at school. Here are a couple of pictures from both of these special activities:
If only I could crop myself out of this one…the other two are so cute, right? 🙂
Those are some pretty awesome Cardinals’ fans, aren’t they? Look, C.J.’s backpack even has Cardinal red on it! Looking good, kiddos!
Another fun day in Rm. 202 at Robinson and a great start to a super week! 🙂
A couple of weeks ago we were invited to attend a very special writing celebration. Our next-door-neighbors (Ms. Turken’s class) had been working on writing persuasive arguments and wanted to share them with us!
She had kiddos divided into small groups, and everyone went around the circle and read aloud their essays. Their writing was great! We heard about a variety of topics, from girls being able to play traditionally “boy” sports, wearing helmets while skateboarding and bike riding, wearing seat belts and many more. We were definitely treated to many great essays, and are thinking differently about these topics because of the evidence they shared with their opinions. It was also helpful because we were getting ready to start this unit in our own Writer’s Workshop next! It has been great to be able to use this day as a touchstone in our own persuasive work. Great job, Ms. Turken’s class!
Check out a few more pics from this super learning opportunity:
What do you know about persuasive writing? What topic would you choose to write about if you had an opportunity to write an opinion essay? We’d love to hear your ideas–we’re just about ready to choose the ones we’ll write about! 🙂
I’ve written before about how we use the Writing Cycle in our classroom, and how important celebrating our work is once we’re all finished.
Recently we had another one–this time with Expository Nonfiction Writing that we had done!
Our nonfiction pieces were all based on the structure of introduction, 3 paragraphs on specific topics, and conclusion. They were written in many different forms, but all followed that same structure. Rebekah’s final piece was handwritten on paper.
Many students wrote their essays as feature articles using Pages templates. All they had to do was replace what was there with their info and voila! I was impressed with the variety of topics: Sophia wrote about Artemis, Anna C. wrote a piece about tennis player Althea Gibson, ZB202 wrote about poodles and Natalie wrote about the evolution of the telephone.
Some essays were made with a flier template, and Keelan wrote his as a brochure.
Here’s a great picture of the different end products: Anna K. used Pages to write about Greek Mythology, Devan made a poster that was SHAPED like his topic of tops, and Sammy made a poster about mythology, too.
Some posters were small, like Jernandra’s about lions, Don’s about bulldogs,
and Aiden’s about diamonds…
…and some were big, like Seamus’ about Paul Revere,
Owen’s about Gravity Master Isaac Newton,
and Fiona’s about Queen Elizabeth II.
And thee were even some Keynotes created about nonfiction topics, like Ames’ slide show about fossils,
and Peter’s about Ray Lewis. What a great example of how we can all accomplish the same thing in whatever way makes sense to us!
What do you do to celebrate your writing? How do you “send your writing out into the world?” Tell us what you think!
Ever heard of a flash mob? Ever seen one? Well if you were at our school last Friday, March 30, you could have both seen one and participated in one like we did!
It was our principal, Mrs. Sisul’s, birthday that day, and our head custodian, Mr. Maus’ birthday was on Saturday. So Mrs. Kesler, our music teacher, helped our whole school learn a dance that we surprised them with that afternoon. The dance was planned by another 5th grade class, Mrs. LeSeure’s class from Rm. 202 next door.
Check out the video here:
After the flash mob-dancing-singing part, we all got to enjoy an ice cream sandwich treat before we went back to finish out our Friday. What a great end to a great week back from Spring Break!
Check out how great we all look there on the driveway! We’re getting ready to surprise Mrs. Sisul.
Mrs. Sisul sharing some hugs with our class! WE LOVE HER!!
Happy Birthday to Mr. Maus, too! (Sorry I got your balloons instead of your smiling face!)
One thing I love about our school is that we really know how to celebrate each other! Great idea, Mrs. Kesler and super job on the dance, Mrs. LeSeure’s class!
How do you celebrate birthdays at your school? Have you ever seen or been a part of a flash mob? Tell us about it!