Thursday, May 25, 2017

Have a Wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

What an amazing Great American Night! The students worked so hard at their writing pieces, creative design boards, and on their wonderful speeches to educate their visitors.They truly brought to life their great American personalities.

Thank you to all of our parents for their encouragement, and support with costumes and board designs. We hope you all had as much fun as we did.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Great American Portrait
Happy Friday!

This has been a busy week of learning, creating, reading, and writing. Students continue to plan, create and write their Great American essays while creating pieces of writing for their Great American presentation boards. Our classroom has been a collaborative workspace for classmates to work independently as well as together, helping each other with editing, opinions, writing, and drawings of Great Americans. We are very excited to share all of our hard work next Wednesday(5/24) at 6:00 pm.

We also had opportunities to read our independent books for reading pleasure as well as continue our read aloud, The Watson's Go To Birmingham-1963. Student's are enjoying learning about our main character Kenny and his troubled older brother Byron. Byron has been getting into all kinds of trouble at school and home. His parents decide to take him to Grandma for the summer in Birmingham, Alabama. What Byron does not yet understand, is that life is pretty good in Michigan compared to what is coming his way in Birmingham. Students engage daily in discussions about civil rights topics as we experience a little bit each day through Byron's eyes.

On Friday, we met our 8th-grade buddies for a presentation from "Engineers without Borders." This presentation taught us about small villages in Ghana who do not have clean safe drinking water. These engineers taught us about how they went over to think of a new solution to help these people. They taught the students about rainwater collection and recycling. The engineers explained how the only building in the villages were the schools with metal roofs.
These roofs soon became the collection devices. Please ask your child to share with you what they learned about the engineering of these new systems to help clean water for a few villages in Ghana.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Happy Friday!

Great American work continues to be our focus all week.
Ms. Agell treated us to a fun lesson on great "Leads" to hook our readers for our essay work and we focused our creative energy on preparing work for our project boards. The excitement is growing for our "Great American" night on May 24. Mark your calendars for 6:00 pm.

To all of our moms who love and support us so we can come to school prepared and ready to learn, THANK YOU and ...

Friday, May 5, 2017

GA research and writing
Happy Friday!

This week flew by! We continued to read, research, and note-take character traits of our Great Americans. Some students are already designing their titles and researching pictures for their presentation boards. Read the email note below sent home from Mrs. Rollins.

Good Morning Parents,

This is a check-in email.

Your children are working hard at note taking and writing about the character traits that helped make their American Great. 

At home, students should be designing a theme and completing the background of their trifold. Students were encouraged this year to let their creativity take the lead. There are no boundaries to their designing. They can turn their board into a 3-dimensional display, build, transform, or leave alone. The theme of their background should represent their Great American or something that their Great American accomplished. 

The "To-Do" list for the week of May 8 will come home on Monday.

Thank you for your support and help with this project.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate.
Mrs. Rollins

We got to start a new book this week, The Watson's Go To Birmingham. 

Enter the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There's Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron, who's thirteen and an "official juvenile delinquent."

When Byron gets to be too much trouble, they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the one person who can shape him up. The Watson's set out on a trip like no other. They're heading south. They're going to Birmingham, Alabama, toward one of the darkest moments in American history.

This book is a Newberry Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor book dealing with Civil Rights.

We ended our week with Career Fair Day. The students had a wonderful day visiting four different careers and learning about the duties and education of that career choice. Be sure to ask your student about their favorite career visit.