Monday, March 23, 2009

The Iditarod Begins! March 9 - 13, 2009

And their off! The 2009 Iditarod begins in Anchorage, Alaska and will end in Nome. Students in the fifth grade have been researching the Iditarod to develop a PowerPoint presentation to incorporate researching skills with technology. We will spend the next four class sessions learning about the vocuabulary, types of dogs used for the Iditarod, rules of the trail, routes traveled, the history behind the Idiatrod, as well as some information about Alaska. Students will also choose one musher to complete a biographical sketch to add to their project. Students decided on the types of slides and how many slides to include. Reference should include one print source and at least one other nonprint source. Good luck fifth grade!
Fourth graders completed their Danny the champion of the world video.
Third grade read about Louis Braille. He accidently hurt his eye when he was three years old. It became infected and spread to the other eye. Within a short period of time, Louis was totally blind. He became a great teacher and musician. His gift was perfecting the dashes and dots used prior to "Braille."
Students observed a book written in braille for second grade pupils. We also learned had Louis lived today he probably would not have lost his sight.
Second grade continued with their unit on Bill Peet. Selections included Buford the Bighorn Sheep who learns to accept his special horns and finds friendship at last. We paired this story with Scaredy Squirrel finds a friend. This was a winning combination.
First Grade continued with Big Anthony and the Magic Ring written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola. Sometimes we have to be careful what we wish could come true!
Kindergarteners listened to Patrick and the dinosaurs. We used our imagination like Patrick to imagine how a dinosaur would look if we were to become the illustrator of the book. Some were way too scary! We also discussed what veggie eaters teeth looked like and what meat eaters teeth looked like....ooohhhhh!!!!!!