Thursday, May 31, 2012

Restoration and Rowboating

Each year the 6th grade classes have the opportunity to complete a restoration project along the Pewaukee River. This year's class cleaned up the area around the new trail near Oakton Ave. and did planting/brush clearing near the outfall behind the Chocolate Factory.
The 6th grade should be proud of the work they did! Here are some pictures of the restoration and the rowboat trip that followed.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Ted Talks...What Adults Can Learn From Kids

As I continue to try and find unique ways for the students to respond through writing, I stumbled across an old Ted Talk today. It was by Adora Svitak, and the topic was "What adults can learn from kids". At the time Adora was only 12 years old! My students were amazed at her speaking ability. Their job was to then respond to that same question on their blog, after watching the video. You can read their responses here. Hopefully Adora inspired them to think "outside of the box" and do great things!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Earth, Moon, and Sun...Dance?

Today we wrapped up chapter 2 in our space science unit. Our project based assessment was related to the movement of the Earth and moon, and their effect on seasons, equinoxes, solstices, and tides. The students' assignment was to create a skit that included a series of movements or dances to explain the aforementioned concepts.  They did a great job and had a lot of fun performing. One group even performed a rap!


A Knight to Remember

Today we were lucky enough to attend a presentation called "A Knight to Remember". Mr. Tuzzio does a wonderful job of engaging the students with factual information, as well as humor and terrific artifacts. To learn more about his presentation click here.  Please ask your son or daughter to share what they learned.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Character Interview

Recently the students used their iPods to conduct an interview of a character from their novel. Voice Memo is a simple app that iPods come with, was what we used to create the audio recording. These memos were then sent to me via email. The requirements included 5-10 thought provoking questions, and that the answers must be given in the voice of their character (they had a lot of fun with this!). Since we cannot really know what a character sounds like, students were able to infer using clues about the character's personality. Unfortunately audio cannot easily be embedded into Blogger, so I used Posterous to embed the audio. Here is the link to the recordings. Or, scan the QR code below to take you directly to the interviews. The students would love comments!