It is hard for me to believe that this school year is already half way over and we have been very busy with several activities. In
December we participated with 91,755,200 others from around the world
in the Hour of Code. This is a program put on by Code.org and serves as
an introduction to computer programing. The students loved these
activities and will be continued with other coding activities throughout
the rest of the year.
We also worked really hard to complete
and share our biography reports on our heroes. While
projects were being presented we participated in a thinking routine entitled,”Step
Inside”. This routine consists of the following four questions to guide
student to think deeper about what was presented. These questions were
written about and discussed.
What did this person see, notice or observe?
What did this person understand, know or believe?
What did this person care deeply about?
What did this person wonder about?
fourth grader after participating in “Step Inside” for the first time
said,”Before I was looking at what he did, but now I am really seeing
who he truly is."
During the third quarter our fourth and fifth
graders will begin using the Challenge Based Learning (C.B.L.) Framework
to guide our invention process. I for one am looking so forward to
seeing what problems they will choose to solve with their inventions.
The primary students will be participating in a CBL challenge entitled
“Germs Make Us Sick”. They be exploring the topic through research and
science experiments. From there students will work together to build a
campaign to prevent the spread of these germs.
As a reminder, I have
an open door policy and if you have any questions and/or concerns
please contact through email firstname.lastname@example.org.