Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A Terrific Tuesday

This morning we woke up to some snow and a two hour delay.  Even with the extra sleep, we were all still a bit drowsy as we entered the classroom.  So, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to take a bit of a break from the routine and give me a chance to catch up on some data collection.

With this in mind, the students focused on two tasks during our literacy block, creating a "trading card" for a famous Black American and writing an opinion paragraph explaining which is better, a two hour delay or an early dismissal.

To create some background knowledge, before we went to lunch, we were treated to a history lesson about the Gullah people who were kidnapped, from Africa, and brought to the United States to become slaves.

After lunch, we read and discussed a story given to me by Mrs. Sligh, called,  "Mom, What if There Were No Black People?"  This was a cute narrative which focused on the MANY every day items we use that were invented by Black Americans.

So, while I met with individual students to perform my monthly, informal, reading assessments, the students research a famous Black American, using Pebble GO or Encyclopedia Britannica, and then created a "trading card" that listed their stats.  Then they wrote an opinion paragraph stating whether they preferred a two hour delay or an early dismissal and explaining their reasons.

Finally, we ended the day in the media center, with Mrs. Allaire, using books to research our state for the inquiry project.

HOMEWORK is posted on Google Classroom.

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