The students have created a newsletter to describe some of the happenings in Room 17. Each student contributed to write the articles and to take photos. We hope you enjoy their work!
Tis the season to be jolly! Please tell us about your holiday reading. Is there a favorite holiday book you love to read? Do you have a special book you read as a family? Do you enjoy reading with a special person, or in a special place? If you don’t have a special reading tradition, think of one you would like to start! Please respond to one or more of these questions. Use correct spelling and punctuation, have an adult check your work. Make sure to check out what your classmates are writing as well, then respond responsibly and kindly. I can’t wait to read your posts!
Today was Jumpstart's Read for the Record Day. All across the world, millions of people read the book Quackers by Liz Wong. Room 17 read the book Readers' Theater style. If you would like to check out the electronic version of the book, check out the link here:
If you read the book today, post your numbers on Jumpstart's site to be counted in the record book!
Room 17's Durham Fair Project for 2017 was a green sea turtle and a yellow tang fish with an ocean background. The turtle and fish are made completely out of recycled plastic, except the eyes, which the students designed themselves and printed on the school's 3D printer. The quilt background was made with fabrics we brought to school for a getting to know you activity. Everyone's fabric went into the piece. The only additional item was made to the jellyfish. Mrs. Davis taught several students how to finger crochet to make these creative and colorful tentacles. The rocks at the base were collected on our field trip to Hammonasset. The students created the structure to hang the quilt and sculpture out of PVC piping we had in the classroom (plus a bit extra that we needed to purchase). They also wanted the turtle to be able to spin, so we had to engineer a solution to that as well! There was a great deal of creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication that had to occur to make all of the elements of this project work!
Below is a sneak peek of the structure the students designed to hold up the quilt, and the turtle support, including the extra post they decided to add for stability when it kept tipping over. Also, we filled the base with rocks to add weight to help the counterbalance... then we taped it all to a piece of wood just to make sure it could make it to the fair ground without falling apart!
To start working with this concept we learned the following song about Commutative Property. We had fun flipping our hands around to this little tune as we thought about math. The students then worked on flipping numbers using dominoes to learn addition problems. We used a lot of dominoes to practice these facts!
Here is a link to find our most recent classroom book... about our classroom! You may order your own copy on Bookemon.com.
It is hard to imagine that our year together in Room 17 is coming to an end. Students please take time to write your top three memories of the year in this blog. It would also be nice to comment on other people's favorite moments... they might remember something you have forgotten! This has been an amazing year. I hope to remember all of the great times we have shared!!!
The students decided to share their family heritage. First we had to discover where everyone's ancestors came from. We listed our countries in alphabetical order and made a chart so we could see the information. The students looked at the flags of each country to determine the color used in the graph. Once we could see who was from which countries we could start planning. The students wanted to show this information through dance. They decided to select a folk songs for each country. We listened to lots of different music and each group made a song choice that they enjoyed and could inspire a dance. Next, we began to choreograph the dances. After that, the students decided to learn the greetings in the language of the country. They also created a tree in the middle of the performance which they named the "Tree of Life." They decorated this tree with photos of ancestors at the bottom and their families at the top representing generations. Click below to see the performance.