This is an instance where real life matches up with the curriculum pacing guide. Hurricanes Harvey & Irma are in the news about the same time our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are learning about land forms, weather and destructive forces in nature.
Resources: BrainPop videos on hurricanes, natural disasters and flooding.
Shared Read A Loud: Hurricane by Demas
Can you believe it's already September?
I realize many of you are looking forward to making SLIME this rotation. However, due to schedule changes brought on by CogAT, ITBS, and other parent meetings being held in the Media Center over the next three weeks, we MAY have to defer the slime experience until we see you again in November. It's a messy process and not one we can easily transport to your classroom for enrichment.
You will still have the opportunity to make something this rotation as part our "If You Give A Dog A Donut" unit.
Shared reading: Any Laura Numeroff book that deals with donuts, cookies and brownies.
Learn donuts are made:
https://youtu.be/YHArD6LgTAI How It’s Made - Donuts
https://youtu.be/0gpt5aTABdY Krispy Kreme UK
https://youtu.be/fiEhW53ImGU Dunkin Donuts
Activity: Create your own donut using the templates and materials provided. Write about your experience, describing your donut and why it is your favorite. You will have an opportunity to edit your masterpiece before sharing with the class.
Donut Synonyms - How many of these do you recognize?
Of course, we have coloring sheets, mazes and word searches to keep your creative minds engaged.
During our shared reading time last week, I shared a fractured fairy tale (or "messed up") version of Little Red Riding Hood. This week, we will continue discovering variations of Little Red Riding Hood as we explore a digital version in Tumble Books that deals with Red, Grandma, and internet safety.
Vocabulary Words: browse, virus, dog, public, box, secret, email, safety, shopping, software, number, surfing, internet, computer, permission
Students will be asked to independently log into Tumble Books and complete a comprehension activity.
Students will work in small groups to use Story Cubes to generate an original paragraph or two.
Students will look up 5 vocabulary words in the dictionary.
Over the next two weeks, we will incorporate fun, drama and a little augmented reality in the Learning Commons.
Legos, Magna Tiles & Board Games
Scavenger Hunt (TBA)
For all those who asked, the slime experience has come to a close for this rotation. Block B will have their slime experience after Labor Day.
This week our slime making adventures continue for our 1 hour block classes and selected 3rd & 4th grade classes. Slime has been a big hit! Remember, we use only Elmer's clear glue, glitter, food coloring, baking soda and contact lens multipurpose solution to make our slime - no borax.
If you have already had your slime experience (or your class is not partaking in the slime experience), you will improve your keyboarding skills with Typing Club while your classmates check-out. Then, we will switch.
For our eclipse lesson:
Shared Reading: The Insomniacs (or similar title)
Discussion: How to find eclipse resources using the Cobb Digital Library (specifically Brittanica Learning Zone) and a discussion of the different types of resources available. If time permits, we will also look at Brain Pop and Discovery Learning resources on eclipses.
Live Destiny demo prior to checkout.
Note: Lesson is subject to change based on collaborations with teachers and individual class needs.
This week, our 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. classes will be learning about the scientific method/process by making glitter SLIME.
Recipe that we used for our experiments:
1 bottle Elmer's clear school glue
1 tbsp glitter
3-5 drops of food coloring (match or coordinate with glitter)
1/2 tbsp baking soda
1-1/2 tbsp contact lens solution
- Empty contents of glue bottle into a bowl.
- Add glitter and food coloring. Stir until well mixed.
- Add baking soda. Stir until completely dissolved.
- Add contact lens solution. Stir until it starts to form a semi-solid ball.
- Knead glitter slime. A squirt or two of contact lens solution will keep it from being so sticky.
- Store in an airtight container.
Other recipes to try:
Glitter GAK and regular GAK
Check-out begins this week! During our library lesson, we will review check-out procedures and how to find a "good fit" book using the 5 Finger Rule. (Grades 3-5 will have a Destiny lesson in lieu of the 5 Finger Rule.) We will also demonstrate proper shelf marker ("stick") etiquette and observe students to make sure they understand our expectations regarding check-out.
STEAM comes to the library this week for our 3rd & 4th grade hour long blocks. These students will divide into groups for center activities. Each group will be testing a keyboarding program called Typing Club. (We are evaluating the program using a small sample group before making the decision of whether or not to buy it for the entire school.) Groups will also be participating in a slime experiment in which students will make slime from different ingredients (no borax) and record their findings on an official Lab Report.
60 minute class schedule:
20 minutes - Lesson
30 minutes - Center rotations + checkout/read to self
10 minutes - Clean-up and prepare to transition to next class
45 minute class schedule:
15 minutes - Lesson
20 minutes - Center activities + checkout/read to self
10 minutes - Clean up and prepare to transition to next class
If our center rotations work well, we will roll out an abbreviated version to our 45 minute block classes.
Pete the Cat has a new book!
The video clip to the right is from Saturday Night Fever, which came out in 1977 - right in the era of disco. Do you think this video inspired the Deans to write their latest Pete the Cat book? Why or why not? Explain your answer using examples from the book and video(s).
Hi River Role Models!
Boomer and I hope you are having a fabulous summer! You guys are AWESOME! We are currently in the lead for elementary schools in our South Cobb cluster! Brooke and Jewel are almost tied for the lead in total number of minutes read for the Scholastic Summer Reading Program! I'm also happy to report that participation is double what we had last summer. If you need help remembering your log-in information, please ask Ms. Roman at the South Cobb Public Library or send me an email: Teresa.Kent@cobbk12.org.
This week marks the beginning of testing week and a varied enrichment schedule.
During testing, if you come to the Media Center due to tardiness or ELL deferral you may choose one of the following activities:
Library Lessons - Earth Day Theme
Shared Reading: Grandpa Green, Yoko or The Tree Lady
Earth Day Response to Literature & Vocabulary Activity
Brain Pop - Climate Change segment
Mrs. Kent, Media Specialist