November 11th is Veteran's Day. We honor those who have served in the armed forces - Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard. It is thanks to these very folks that we enjoy the freedoms we do in the good old USA.
Shared Reading: The Wall by Eve Bunting Here is a picture of the Vietnam Memorial located in Washington D.C.
Learn about our armed forces and military:
Brain Pop video - search under "Armed Forces"
Operation Got Your Six video clip
History Channel - Veteran's Day by the numbers
There are parades scheduled in both Marietta and Smyrna on Saturday. You are likely to see older men and women dressed up in uniforms all around town. People will be placing flags on the tombstones at the Marietta National Cemetery and elsewhere to show respect for and to honor our veterans. Remember, we have an all volunteer military. No one is making them sign the 4 year contract to join. They do so willingly and know that there's the possibility they could make the ultimate sacrifice (die) while defending their country. That is why we should thank them at every opportunity.
What are some ways you can show gratitude and appreciation to our members of the military? Here's a list to get you started.
We have five staff members @ The River who are veterans:
Coach Bachelor - Army
Mr. Oliver - Air Force
Ms. Martin - Air Force
Mr. T. Williams - Marines
Ms. Neal - Army
David Harris, son of Ms. Harris, also serves in the Navy.
Upper grades will be writing thank you notes to one of these individuals.
Lower grades will be decorating pictures and writing a 1-2 sentence personal note to accompany with their picture for one of the individuals listed above.
Yes, there really is an official National Candy Corn Day.
Do you know the secret ingredient that makes candy corn so creamy?
Watch and learn!
Social studies standards changed this year so that our third grade friends are now starting to learn about the European explorers who discovered the New World.
Click on a name below to go to an explorer mini-biography from Enchanted Learning:
Vasco Nunez de Balboa
Hernando de Soto
Jacques Cartier (you will need to find his name on the page)
Assignment: Choose an explorer. Read his biography. Create a trading card for your explorer (form provided). You may print ONE picture to paste onto your trading card, but ask for assistance with sizing the picture before printing.
What was life like in the 1500's (also known as The Renaissance or Medieval Times)?
Assignment: Click on the links above to learn about daily life in the times of our explorers. Read carefully and take notes if you wish. Pretend you are Christopher Columbus (or another explorer from this time period) coming to the New World in 2492. What do you think he will find? What do you think his reaction will be? Share your thoughts on the paper provided.
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.
Mrs. Kent, Media Specialist