Welcome Back Block B!
This week, we are going to spend time reviewing River Role Model expectations in the Learning Commons. This will include transitioning to the tables to work on activities during check-out. Finally, we will practice lining up as we transition from one class to the next. Only when your class is able to meet the Learning Commons expectations will the Maker Space centers be rolled out to your class.
Turkey Day comes really early this year. We're going to talk a little bit about it this week and even more the week AFTER Thanksgiving.
Nelms/Weldon, Ellis-Paul and Ramos will pilot the Read Explore Create concept (Ozobots and Origami, book reviewer and read to a friend centers with Typing Club following the library lesson)
Monday's classes will review Veteran's Day (see previous post).
Tuesday - Friday will learn about Thanksgiving.
4th & 5th - Balloons over Broadway (Videos in Discovery Education)
Students will break into groups to read facts about Macy's Balloons and share out with the group.
2nd & 3rd - Tops & Bottoms (Tumblebooks) + other related stories
Students will a complete reading comprehension activity for Tops & Bottoms. A Thanksgiving art project is also planned, as well as the Turkey Hokey Pokey.
This week we will be learning about Veteran's Day. Since it falls on Sunday, November 11th, I hope you'll be able to attend a parade in person to honor those who served in our country. Smyrna and Marietta both have parades/services scheduled for that day.
Shared Reading: The Wall, Remembering Vera, Tuesday Tucks Me In and other selections.
Veteran's Day Videos & Discussion
PBS Kids Veteran's Day Holiday
Kid President on Heroes
Operation Got Your Six
ECAD (Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities)
Response to Literature: Students will write thank you notes to veterans on the Riverside staff and veterans with ties to the local community.
Our theme for this rotation will be informational writing. To help you with your reading comprehension and writing, we will add two new activities to our weekly class sessions: Typing Club and ReadWorks.
This week we will share the following read-a-loud:
This week we will review continents and map features, plus explore a couple of neat places in the world. There may be a Kahoot! activity as part of the lesson.
Typing Club and Read Works will also be rolled out to select enrichment classes. As we move to a more digital society with less paper, we These two skills are vital for students to perform well on the Mil
We FINALLY get to see the other half of the school! For consistency, we will mirror what we did in Block A as much as possible, but will vary instructional activities in keeping with themes, holidays and events taking place during the months of September and October.
We will take our "show on the road" next Friday, September 7th due to Picture Day in the Media Center.
Link to Orientation Activities from Block A
Ellis-Paul 4th - Genre Review video Kahoot (missglc & eperkins)
Introduction to Book Talks
Ramos - DLI 2nd - Resources in Spanish (Tumble Books & Mango Languages)
Last week we read Be Quiet, the story of Rupert and his quest to make a wordless book. As a follow up, we are going to explore wordless books this week so students will have a better understanding of this particular "genre" of book.
Basically, the reader does an in-depth picture walk of the book to create a story map and then drafts of his/her own version of what happened in the story. No two stories will be exactly alike as you'll discover when we share out.
Let's look at this example of how to "read" a wordless picture book.
This week we'll continue learning about what a RIVER ROLE MODEL looks like in the library.
Shared Reading: Be Quiet (and others, depending on time available).
Video Clip on Book Care featuring our friend Pigeon.
Brain Pop Choosing a Book Video
Book Care activity with real examples, tools of the trade
Book Care Rule Chart for Matching Activity
First check-out to demonstrate understanding of RIVER expectations during checkout process.
(Book care follow-up activity to be completed while waiting to be called for check-out.)
Other: Tumblebooks demonstration for 2nd and 3rd grades (8-10 block); Biblionasium and intro to Book Talks for 4th AC and gifted 5th.
Big phrase for reviewing library rules and procedures, right? Well, this will be the focus of our library lessons for the first 1-2 weeks of both rotations - very much like the other enrichment teachers and your own classroom teacher(s).
BUT...librarians just want to have fun...so...
Second Grade - Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie
Third, Fourth and Fifth Grades - Once Upon a Slime
Lesson: Library Rules & Procedures Video Clip
Whole Group Discussion/Kahoot Quiz (depending on grade/equipment available)
Practice transitioning to tables for 10 minute activity and then practice lining up for dismissal.
Pete the Cat Rock On Activity Sheet
Once Upon a Slime Activity Book
50 ways to make slime
Hi River Role Models!
Ms. Harris and I have had a lot of fun setting out all of the NEW books we can't wait to share with you! At Meet & Greet, we saw a number of familiar faces and met some new friends we look forward to getting to know during enrichment time this year.
The burning question is, "When are we going to make slime?" Answer: Sometime this year!
The next burning question is, "When is Boomer coming?" Answer: More often than last year!
We will definitely incorporate more technology using the Kahoot, SeeSaw and Nearpod applications. You may also have the opportunity to make crystals, sidewalk chalk, fabric flowers and play with food. We'll take a virtual field trip or two around the world (hopefully using some cool VR glasses thanks to our book fair last spring!). The school has purchased a typing software program for the entire school, so you'll also get to flex your keyboarding muscles. Maybe, just maybe, you'll type as fast as me before the year's over! :-)
See you soon!
I hope you are continuing to read this summer...
Jessie A. is in the lead for the most minutes read so far this summer.
Are you recording your minutes in Biblionasium? Be sure to do this.
You can find login information here and on the school's website.
Summer Reading Program Information
CCPL Library Rock SRP Video
All CCSD students are challenged to
read 1500 minutes this summer! Studies
have shown that students who read
more as children learn more and, as a result,
earn more as grown-ups! SO READ!
Log your reading minutes here!
CCSD Summer Reading Program links
Cobb County Public Library links
Don't forget to R.E.A.D. to Boomer
at the Smyrna Public Library.
Biblionasium login: Lunch #/Computer Password
Library PASS login: Lunch #/4 digit PIN
Your PIN = Month + Day of Birth
Boomer's Birthday is January 3rd.
His PIN would be 0103.