2nd Grade students have been studying different types of figurative language used in poetry. Earlier in the year, we learned about similes and metaphors. We also learned the poetry style of haiku and created our own haiku poems. At the conclusion of the unit, we learned about personification. Students did a close read of the poem “Autumn” by Kristine O’Connell George. To respond to the poem, we completed a Literature Web to help us keep track of our thoughts as we read the poem several times and analyzed and evaluated the use of personification in the poem. Next, we read and discussed other poems that use personification. Finally, students wrote their own poems about a season using personification.
3rd graders in Ms. Berry's math class presented their Genius Hour projects today. Students had to choose a topic to research, create an interesting research question, investigate the question, and then present their findings to the class, complete with a product or visual display. We were very impressed with the diversity of topics and creativity with which students presented their findings!
5th graders have been delving into the novel The View From Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg. They have come up with some thoughtful interpretations of each character in the novel. Students created "graffiti wall" images by choosing an important quotation for a character and then creating 3 - 5 symbols to represent that person.
Third graders studied a story from Junior Great Books called "The Fisherman and His Wife." We uncovered important lessons through a Socratic Seminar about whether the author of the tale thinks it is wrong to want more than you have. Students came to a consensus that you should be grateful and content with what you have and not try to gain more than you need. Afterwards, students displayed their understanding of the color imagery in the setting of the story by creating sequence strips to show the main events of the story.
3rd Graders kicked off their study of tall tales by discussing characteristics of heroes. They listed many different types of heroes, created categories for each one, created names for the categories, and then listed ideas of people that are/were not heroes. From there, our students created generalizations, or general statements that are true about a concept. We were very impressed by their ability to create these statements! Finally students wrote examples of each generalization from stories and books they have read. As we read more tall tales, we are adding more examples of each generalization to our list. We noticed that for one of the generalizations, "Heroes have an impact on society," students were unclear about what that meant. As a result, we had a Socratic Seminar to discuss that question, and now students have a much better understanding about how a person can have an impact on society or on the world. We are looking forward to seeing our Tall Tale heroes come to life on stage in a month!
2nd Graders began the year by studying how poets can create new and interesting images in our minds by using comparisons. They read poems comparing the moon to various objects, and then created moon poems of their own.
3rd graders read biographies about famous people who had experienced "The Dip," or a setback during their life, and learned about what they did to recover and move forward to accomplish great things. Our students then made a poster to teach the class what they learned about perseverance from studying these famous people.
2nd graders will take their data pre-test on Wednesday, March 23.
4th graders participated in a culminating activity to demonstrate all they had learned about Colonial trades. They wrote and performed original skits to show the tools, skills needed, and other interesting facts about the trades they had researched, as well as the interdependence among different trades in a settlement. The teachers have been very impressed with how the skits turned out, and the students seemed to have a lot of fun creating them! Unfortunately, Mrs. Gaines was so entertained by the skits that she forgot to take many photos!