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.

 

Reader’s Response: How Santa Lost His Job

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Reader's Response | Posted on 12/17/2013

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In this story, Santa lost his job due to his lack of planning skills. From the elves’ point of view, Santa wasted a lot of time and energy. Surprisingly, one of the elves had an idea to solve the problem. He created the “Deliverator” to replace Santa. This machine looked -at first- very promising until there was a problem…
After comparing and contrasting Santa versus the “Deliverator”, we discussed the pros and cons about replacing people by machines in the world we live in. So for this post, I want you to evaluate about the advantages and disadvantages about having Santa or the Deliverator.

Human Rights: 20th Anniversary

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Book Reviews, Global Education | Posted on 12/10/2013

If you are looking for ways to introduce the topic of Human Rights to your students, I highly recommend the following books.
We Are All Born Free ~ The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights in Pictures
I would use this book particularly with K-2 students because it is not only beautifully illustrated, but the language used is at level they can easily understand.

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 The other great resource I found is an introduction to the concept of Human Rights from a child’s perpective: I Have The Right To Be A Child. It was written by Alain Serres and illustrated by Aurelia Fronty. It provides a general overview of children’s rights in a meanigful and direct way.

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These two books are just a perfect reminder about how important it is for our 21st century learners to become aware of the significance of Human Rights is this global society they live in. As educators, we should not only teach our students about their rights; we must celebrate them everyday!

Reader’s Response: If the Shoe Fits

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Reader's Response | Posted on 10/08/2013

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If the Shoe Fits“, is a story about Rigo, his family, and the brand-new-shoes he got for his birthday. While working with this text, we were able to infer character traits from Rigo and his uncle Celso. We also discussed how the events of the story can affect characters’ feelings and actions. So, for this post I want to think about the specific event where Rigo was being bullied by Angel.

1-How did this particular event change Rigo’s feelings and actions?

2- What could have been different about this event? Did Rigo do the right thing by ignoring Angel?

Reader’s Response: A Bad Case of Stripes

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Reader's Response | Posted on 09/14/2013

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Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them because other kids in the school don’t like them. And Camilla is extremely worried about what other people think about her. While reading this book, we were able to determine character traits by combining evidence from the text with your own inferring. So in this post, you will answer the following:

1) How did Camilla change from the beginning to the end of the story?

2) Provide at least three quotes from the story and the character traits that you infer from them.

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