We love our kindergarten buddies! Buddies help both older students and younger students. The older students take pride in helping their buddy and are motivated to do their best. It also helps them further develop the skill of teaching others. Younger students enjoy the one-on-one attention and can learn new skills from their buddy. It teaches both students cooperative learning and develops friendships. (I'm sorry several of the photos are sideways.)
Book Club is going very well! Students have read chapters 1-8 in The City of Ember and we have had 3 book discussions. Students are getting better with discussions, I am saying less and students are beginning to discuss the book without my help! What is happening to Ember? Today we tried to figure that out by attempting to decode the Instructions. As to why they are a mess in the first place, well we can blame the seventh Mayor and Poppy for that!
Students successfully decoded the Instructions through instruction number 3! What about you? Think you can decode the Instructions? Give it a try!
We have officially started Book Club! This is where several students all read the same book, respond to guided critical thinking questions and have discussions about the book. The objective of Book Club is to teach students to think deeply about the book instead of reading the book on the surface. Students facilitate discussions with the help of guided discussion questions, this helps students talk about the meaning behind the story with each other.
To begin our Book Club we are all reading the same book, The City of Ember. Each student has a copy of the book on their Kindle. I have been teaching students how to respond to guided questions and facilitate discussions. So far, everyone is doing fantastic!
Look for the orange Book Club folder! It will come home sometimes for homework assignments!
Starting this month, students will begin monthly book reports. Each month, I will help your child choose a book to read. They will need to read the book and complete a book report by the first Friday of the following month (schedule listed below). I have given each student a list of creative book report ideas (a copy has also been attached to this letter). They may only use each idea once during the school year.
In addition to the book report, students are responsible for completing “Stop, Think and Respond” entries in their reading response notebooks. I will help each child set up places throughout their book to respond.
Students are responsible for managing their time. They will have time during class each day to read their book, however they will have to read at home too in order to complete the book on time. The book report will have to be done completely at home, there will be no class time given to work on it. Students may turn in their book reports early, as long as they are in by the due date. I have also attached the rubric I will be using to grade the book reports.
In Science, we have been working on our Planet Research Project for the past two weeks. Students each chose a planet to research and become an expert on. Their objective is to use the project rubric and planning guide to find both specific information and information they find interesting and display it on a poster. Currently, all students have found all of their information and are in the process of designing their poster. Some students have even chosen to type their information. The project is due Friday October 10. Check back for updates and photos of this project! Our experts and their planets: Mercury-Hasan Venus-Taqwa Mars-Alvina Jupiter-Ibraheem Saturn-Yasmin Uranus-Muzzammil Neptune-Ghada