Got HOPE?

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Book Reviews, Critical Thinking, Global Education, Reader's Response, Teaching Ideas, Writing | Posted on 07/31/2014

 

Poetry for Hope is a book of poems written and illustrated by my 4th grade students. It was the product of a unit on poetry at the end of the year in the 4th grade class that I co-teach with another teacher.
We started by analyzing different poems and we soon realized how difficult it was for them to grasp the concept of metaphors. The poem that we were reading was about hope, which they did not know the meaning of, but the poet was comparing it to a bird. When it was time for them to write their own metaphors, they struggled because they did not know what hope was. We were using a metaphor to introduce the concept, but they did not know what the word’s meaning. Until I thought about connecting it to something that almost all of us in that class had in common (including the other teacher)… and that is: Immigration. So, picture this… two immigrant teachers teaching the meaning of hope to immigrant students! It was the most amazing teaching moment ever! So, that is how the book was developed.
We started off by asking: What does hope mean to you? before they wrote their own metaphors. We sat we them, one by one to bring out their personal experiences and feelings that most of them had never dealt with. It was an incredible experience to make them feel successful by sharing their own stories. Then, they started producing their metaphors; hope is…
We ended the unit with a presentation for parents, other teachers and students and school administrators. While we were guiding them in their writing, I immediately thought about a book, but I wanted it to be different, so I recorded their voices and created QR codes so you can scan and listen to them reading their poems too!
After finishing the presentation, I told them that we thought we were teaching them something, but instead they taught us a lot more! We learned not only the meaning of determination, resilience, family, but also why we do what we do!

We say no to FRACKING in North Carolina!

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 06/11/2014

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 05/06/2014

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Reader’s Response: Facebook Blues

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Informational Text, Reader's Response, Research | Posted on 04/25/2014

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According to a new study, emotions spread over social media can create a contagious effect. This week, we have discussed the effect of facebook on people’s moods. We have analyzed this article to open a class discussion. So, for this post you will state whether or not you agree with this finding and why.

Happy Earth Day

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Global Education, Teaching Ideas | Posted on 04/22/2014

Why do we celebrate Earth Day every year on April 22? This infographic will take you to the past and back to the present while providing you with great details.


Earth Day graphic produced by the Kars4Kids car donation program "Responsible vehicle recycling for future generations

Media Response: “Failure” Part II

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Media Response | Posted on 04/10/2014

We have worked with this commercial to show your understanding of how you can integrate your kowledge of character traits and theme. Now, it’s time for you to determine the tome and the mood of this commercial. So the questions for this post are the following:
1) What is the tone of this commercial? Remember you can use more than one word to describe it.
2) What is the mood? Remember to explain why.

How to properly use apostrophes

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Teaching Ideas, Writing | Posted on 04/04/2014

Apostrophes The Story of Bob and Muffin
by MKayMann.
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Media Response: “Failure”

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Media Response | Posted on 04/01/2014

In this unit, we have been learning about how to determine the theme in a story, poem, or passage.
Today, after watching this commerical and reading the script we had a class discussion around the tone, mood and the type of audience that creators wanted to target. So for this post, you will be answering the following:
1) What character traits can you infer from this commercial?
2) What is the theme of it?

Rules for Capital letter usage

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Teaching Ideas, Writing | Posted on 03/28/2014

Common Rules for Capital Letter Usage
by grammar.net.
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Reader’s Response: The Secret to Freedom

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Reader's Response | Posted on 01/24/2014

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In this text, Lucy was just a little girl when her parents were sold off the plantation where her family lives.  With no family other than her siblings, Lucy learned from his older brother Albert that their lives could be different thanks to a secret code displayed on a number of quilts. The code  was part of the Underground Railroad: a system to help slaves be free. Using the information from the quilts, Albert escapes leaving Lucy behind.  Lucy was afraid that he would be caught and she would never see him again. Until one day…things changed.

In this story, we learned through these characters about how important family bonding is,  how difficult it could be to make some decisions and the importance of never giving up.

This secret code was created by the slaves to find freedom. For this post, I want you to think about what code would yu create if you were in a situation like that? Would you use a quilt or something different? Provide a brief description of your code and how you would use it.