Second Graders Learn about Penguins
Penguins are the hot topic for second graders in Ms. Nice’s classroom.
“We learned a lot about how mother and father penguins work together caring for a brand new penguin egg in Penguin Chick by Betty Tatham,” said Ms. Nice. She explained that the book is a narrative nonfiction book, which is a true story about a topic.
Did you know that female emperor penguins lay their egg and then the father penguins keep it snuggly warm and safe from the cold in their brood patch over their feet for two whole months? After that, mom comes back with lots of food and takes over caring for the young penguin while the father goes to get more food. What teamwork!!!
Ms. Nice continued, “We have practiced teamwork too, working together to research 14 different kinds of penguins on our iPads and in books so that we could write research reports about their characteristics and habitats. When our research was completed, we wrote books using the facts that we learned about our penguins.” Students had a lot of fun working together, reading books for one another, and finding out lots of new information about these birds! The second graders also loved watching videos of penguins living on the land and swimming underwater in their natural habitats! “Penguins are a big hit in our classroom,” concluded Ms. Nice.
5th Graders Prepare for AIR Testing
Mrs. McKanna’s fifth grade ELA students are currently focusing on preparing for the Spring AIR tests. Students are spending time reviewing the skills that they have been working on all year. Mrs. McKanna explained that students have collected notes in their interactive notebooks throughout the year. Now, they are going through the table of contents and reviewing the skills listed. Additionally, students are working on an opinion essay using the OREO format in order to remember all of the aspects required to write an effective opinion essay. The “O” stands for opinion, the “R” for reason, the “E” for explanation, and the final “O” is for restating the opinion. Students have even gotten creative enough to pack two additional “R’s” and “E’s” to make a triple-stuffed OREO! Of course, students have also indulged in a few delicious OREO cookies along the way!
Additionally, students are doing other review activities such as using pairs to work their way around the room where short stories are placed on the wall. Students work together to determine main idea and theme. They work in small groups to read other cards in which they have to create a summary. Students also play “I Have Who Has” as a class. Additionally, students have found various apps whose format for questioning closely matches that of the AIR tests. Students read short stories, read paired texts, and sometimes listen to embedded videos before answering questions. Students have been able to share short answer responses from their iPads to the Clevertouch so that they can learn from one another about what makes a great response. Students have enjoyed their opportunity to “be the teacher” as they share their work on the Clevertouch board.
Mrs. McKanna added that as the testing days draw near, it is important for each student to remember to get a lot of rest each night, eat a great breakfast, and come to school prepared to focus. Each student will need headphones for the testing weeks, and they will need to have their iPads fully charged every day! Mrs. McKanna concluded, “We have worked so hard all year and soon we will be able to show what we know!”
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