Room 307 News
I hope this newsletter is finding you well! I assume everyone is enjoying their Fall Break. I apologize for not sending out a newsletter last week. We have been doing a lot of learning these past few weeks. I will do my best to fill you in on what has been happening in room 307!
Class Reward: Bring your own Technology to school was a success! The students had a great time sharing their favorite games and apps with friends. There was NO arguing over technology. I saw a lot of collaborating and sharing going on which was great to see:) I can't wait to see what the students pick next time for their class reward. They sure earned it!
PBL: Our first PBL is in full swing. Our driving question is: How can we, as Noblesville citizens, help to improve our community? We are going to be trying to answer this question over the next couple of months. As you know, we already interviewed Noblesville community members to see what they thought were some problems in our city. Students also brought those same interview questions home to interview family members or neighbors. We used that information to make an idea board. If you would like to learn more about what we have come up with some far, check out this link: http://ideaboardz.com/for/Community%20Interviews/2492486 Our next steps are to have students make generalizations about the information we gained. What problems came up a lot? What do we already do well? Then, the students will each pick one of the problems to try and solve. I am excited to see what they come up with!
Reading: We have been talking about making reasonable and realistic predictions based on the information read as well as retelling the story. We were using the book Stone Fox to learn all of these strategies. We have since finished the story. We found that the end is somewhat of a cliffhanger, so the students are currently in the middle of creating their own "final chapter" to answer a question they were left with. Did Little Willy win the race? What happened to Grandfather? Did they lose the farm? What did Stone Fox do after the race? We also worked on context clues this past week. Students were able to be "Word Detectives" to figure out the meaning of words they are unfamiliar with.