Friday, December 10, 2010

Sharing December Traditions

Our recent "Tech Time" has been spent creating a Mixbook about the students' December traditions.  The students did an amazing job on this project.  They really enjoyed learing how to use Mixbook, which is a virtual book creator.  Posted below are the student examples that have been  finished so far:

Emma C.
Ryan B.
Ryan S.
Emma S.

Ancient Indian Caste System

Each day this week the students were divided in to Indian Castes.  The castes then had tasks that they had to perform throughout the day.  Castes that were "higher up"  had the privilege of giving orders to those in lower castes.  Students who were in the lowest caste had to sit on the floor for most of that day.  (Although I think some enjoyed it!)  The castes listed from highest to lowest are: Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaisya, and Sudra.  The students rotated everyday to get a feel for each particular caste.  Hopefully the students got a better understanding what it might have been like to be placed in a societal order in Ancient India.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Mix of "Things"

Currently in socials studies the students are busy re-creating the city of Mohenjo-Daro.  They were asked to pull ideas from the chapter and illustrate them on a map.  Details taken from the book may include what jobs people performed, or what their city's defenses may have looked like. 

In language arts the students have begun the process of writing classification essays.  Expository writing has been our focus for the last few weeks.  They seem to be excited!  Students were asked to think of a topic that could be divided in to parts or categories.  I really believe that the students' writing improves when it is a topic they enjoy.

Within their guided reading groups the students are about half way through their current novels.  All students seem to be engaged, which is evident in their blog posts.  Our hope is to finish these books before holiday break.  If you happen to see a students with a book, ask them to explain the book's plot to you!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Making Connections

I would like to announce that our class will be connecting with another school in Van Meter, IA!  Teacher Librarian and Technology Coordinator, Shannon Miller, and myself have set up a wiki in which the students will be sharing their work.  Our first assignment will be creating Glogs.  Each Glog will essentially be a book review.  The students and I are excited to see what will come of this wonderful opportunity!  If you would like to learn more the schools in Van Meter, IA, click here.  To learn more about Pewaukee Schools, click here.

Monday, November 15, 2010

All About Mesopotamia

Today the students were installing their final touches on their presentations related to Ancient Mesopotamia.  Students are required to present about the "day in the life" of a boy or girl.  Also, they need to tell us how religion, education, contributions, etc.  relate to that daily life.  I will add some of the presentations to this post later in the week.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Becoming a Positive Digital Citizen

As a class we have begun making a wiki that revolves around the nine elements of digital citizenship.  Students were place in groups of three.  Each group is responsible for researching one of the nine elements and creating a page on the wiki to education others.  Our goal as a class is to finish and share the wiki within the next couple of weeks.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

Today the students were assigned to research the daily life of ancient Egyptians.  Each group of 3 students was given 6 different roles to study.  They included: slaves, woodworkers/toolmakers, homemakers, farmers, children, and scribes.  The group is now creating a poster that depicts each of those groups.  Under each picture the requirement is to write a short paragraph describing that group's role in ancient Egyptian society.  They are off to a great start!
Students showing off their collaboration skills!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Ancient Egypt, Mummies, and Canopic Jars

In social studies we are currently talking about ancient Egypt. A topic discussed the other day revolved around ancient Egyptians religious beliefs and mummification. We watched an awesome clay-mation video on   explaining the process. In addition we discussed how the process involved placing the organs of the person being mummified into canopic jars. I have invited the student to make their own canopic jars as extra credit, which will be due next week Wednesday (see pictures below). Click on  to access the directions.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Glogster, Here We Come!

Today the students began creating their book reports on Glogster.  If you are not familiar with Glogster, it is an online program in which students can create interactive posters.  The students were given the criteria for their poster on our classroom management site, Edmodo.  Here is an example of a Glog Book Report.  It does not match our criteria exactly, but it helps visualize what they will be like.  I will be posting the Glogs on the blog by the end of next week!  The criteria for the book report can be found here

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What's a Cartographer?

As the students finish up their mapping unit they are learning the difficult job of a cartographer.  They were asked to select a region, state, city, etc. that they have visited or are interested in.  The students will then be asked to create a map that should include information about it.  They will then share their map with the class and explain their selection.  A rubric has been provided so that the students know exactly what needs to be accomplished.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Excited Writers!

As we finish up our narratives, it suprises me how excited the students are about their writing pieces.  Final drafts are being typed up tomorrow.  Posting on the blog will begin Thursday!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Personal Narrative

Today the students began writing their personal narratives.  The essay should reflect an event in their life they feel strongly about.  They hope to entertain their classmates with stories from real-life.  Pre-writing has started, and tomorrow we will begin to write our rough drafts.  The students should be prepared because we did a warm-up assignment in which they had to write a narrative paragraph.  All students have the option to continue with the same topic from their single paragraph, or start a new one.  I am expecting to post some of these essays on our blog!  Stay tuned...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Mastering the MAPS

Today the students began MAP testing.  We started our day with the Math MAP.  The students did an awesome job of putting in 100% effort!  Our next MAP test will be next week Thursday.  It will test their knowledge of language arts.  Remind them to get plenty of sleep the night before and eat a good breakfast.

Monday, September 13, 2010


The students wre assigned to navigate through our 5 acre prairie and find examples of forbs and grasses.  In the picture above they are creating a poster to share their finding with the rest of the school.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

All About Maps!

The students continued with their mapping unit today.  We discussed the differences between physical and political maps.  Students were asked to display their knowledge by identifying objects/places on these two types of maps.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Writing Circles!

Today we worked on Word Choice.  The students did a great job!