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Friday, May 25, 2018

Our 6th Grade Buddies from Renaissance Secondary School

We now have buddies in Ms. Hanni's crew from the secondary school. We have met with them a couple of times. They are interviewing us, reading with us and getting to know us. They will be writing picture books as their final project in their current Expedition and they need to get to know their audience. We are enjoying having some older kids talk to us, read to us and listen to us read.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Thank You!

We have amazing families at Renaissance. I need to thank each and every one of you for stepping up and jumping in and volunteering to do so many thankless tasks this year. I have been so lucky this year to have all of your support and help that was given so cheerfully. It has made a huge impact on me and on our whole crew of students. The following list is far from complete but shows you just how much you have all done for our crew this year.
Thank you for:
  • Chaperoning Voyages – which includes so many things from being responsible for kids, carrying gear, being role models, helping kids with gear, helping with meals, giving up some sleep to tend to sick kids and/or homesick kids, bonding with the kids and providing emotional support to kids, teachers and other chaperones
  • Helping with the gear check at home
  • Helping load and unload gear
  • Chaperoning other field work experiences
  • Running classroom parties
  • Sending in supplies to help make the parties a success
  • Doing clerical work for me and filing books in the book room
  • Coming in to help with students in class during Exploration Stations and Math
  • Being an audience for students during Writer’s Workshop and Reader's Workshop
  • Belaying for the climbing wall
  • Attending all of the various trainings and meetings
  • Keeping up with all of the many communications sent home (This is no small task when you are in my crew!)  :)
  • Organizing and planning school-wide activities like Life is Art, Teacher Appreciation Month, Challenge Day and more
  • Reading with your child and sending them to school each day well prepared and ready to learn
I am sure that this list is not complete but I do want you to know that I am aware of how hard you all work and how much time you put in to make our crew and our school better. It has such a positive impact on all of the students and all of us as a crew. Thank you.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Questions to Use When Reading With Your Child

It is so important to talk to your child about what they are reading. It doesn't need to be anything formal just talk about what interested them in the story. If you feel like you need a few starter questions, check out the list below.

Questions to use after reading a couple of pages:
What do you think will happen next?
Can you make a prediction about how this book will end?

Questions to use after finishing a book:
What part did you like best in this story? Why did you like that part?
What did this book make you think of?
Did you make any connections while reading this book?
What is the most important event in the story? Why do you think this event was important?
What was the problem and solution in the story (if there was one)?
What do you think the author is trying to tell or teach you in this story?
What character traits did the characters have (kind, mean, creative, patient, messy)? How do you know?

Questions for non-fiction text:
Ask before reading: What do you already know about the topic?

Ask after reading:
What facts were in the book?
What new facts did you learn?
What questions do you have after reading?
What is your favorite fact and why?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Reading and Dancing - Bonus Blog Post

I just happened to look up and notice our readers today. They were so absorbed in their books that I had to grab my camera and snap a few photos. I didn't have time to get everyone but I got several.

Later in the afternoon, we held a book parade for Ms. Lisa. She had asked for some titles of books to give her nephews as gifts this weekend. So we all picked a up a great book and marched through her classroom to show her.

Then Ms. Lisa and her crew invited us to join them in a Brave dance practice session. So we danced with them. Tomorrow is our recording. Remember to wear your Renaissance shirt.

Scientific Drawings

We did some scientific drawings of bees (at a first grade level). We tried to draw bees as accurately as we could and labeled all of the parts that we have learned. Check out a few samples in process. We will finish these this afternoon.

Monday, May 21, 2018

I'm Digging My Doug

Today we had a presentation by the Douglas County Conservation District. It was called "I'm Digging My Doug". We learned a few things, sang some songs, planted some seeds and had some fun.

Important Dates
Library - All library books are due on Friday, May 25th. We will not have another check out time this year so that Ms. Martha can collect all of the books and complete her inventory. Check your car and all the corners of your house for any library books your child might have.
5/23 Third Grade Showcase Portfolios 1:15 pm 3rd Grade Showcase Panel Member Sign Up
5/28 No School
5/30 Sixth Grade Showcase Portfolios 1:15 pm 6th Grade Showcase Panel Member Sign Up
6/5 Sixth Grade Closing Circle 6:30 pm
6/6 Final Closing Circle for Our Crew 11:45 am (Please leave siblings at home for this. Thanks!)