Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Saturday, March 8, 2014
How can using text features help you locate facts and answer questions?
Bibliography Bold Print Bullets Captions Colored Words Labeled Diagram Fact Box Footnote Glossary Graph Heading Illustration Index Italic Print Map Parentheses Photograph Pronunciation Sidebar Subheading Table Table of Contents Time Line Title
Grade 4 students this week went on a QR Hunt looking for text features. Students worked collaboratively with a partner and first read the description of the text feature on a pirate themed card and then scanned the QR code to see an example of the text feature. Using a clipboard and worksheet, students kept track of their answers. When all 24 text features were discovered, students scanned the last QR code and checked their answers.
Quotes from students:
"Text features are right in your face to help you read."
"It was a lot of fun searching the library."
"They make the reading easier."
"Photographs are real pictures taken with a camera. Illustrations are drawings."
"I think of my head when I think of heading and I think of my feet when I think of footnotes."
|Students working together to discover the text feature.|
A special thank you to Mrs. Gilkison for the design of the QR Hunt Text Features.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Guest bloggers Bella and Jolie had the job of photographer and reporter.
"Today in school after lunch Mrs. Kelleher's class traveled to the library for a special treat. Mrs. Kelleher's class had the opportunity to mystery Skype with a class around the world. The whole class was ecstatic to know their different job to figure out where the class we are skyping lives. It's very suspenseful to find out where the other class lies on the earth. We asked many astute questions. In the library we have shared many giggles and have been starting little chats to figure everything out. We figured out they are in Glen Allen, Virginia. We also found the name of their school David Kaechele School. It was an exciting experience for Mrs. Klelleher's class."
|Students are asking thoughtful questions to help figure out where the other school is located.|
|Photographer at work!|
|Think Tank has questions ready!|
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The non-profit LitWorld has designated the first Wednesday of March as World Read Aloud Day. Steward School students celebrated today with three author skype visits. It was such an exciting day in the library as we listened to stories read by authors from other parts of the country.
|Ammi-Joan Paquette entertained Second Grade while reading Ghost in the House.|
|Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen had students snoring as she read Snoring Beauty to Grade 3 students.|
All Aboard! Patricia Newman entertained K students with her reading of Jingle the Brass.
We tweeted out during our skype visits and even got retweeted.
What a fun day we had while Reading Aloud.
It’s hard to imagine a more delightful holiday: “to celebrate the power of words and create a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people.” Never underestimate the power of reading aloud with your children.
On March 5, 2014 we raised our voices for every child's right to read. Over 78 countries participated in this global movement. Together we are changing the world. quoted from LitWorld
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Steward School students and teachers celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss on Friday with a morning assembly where our guest readers were introduced. Each class escorted their reader back to their classroom for a Fun Reading Party. This is always a fun time at Steward School.
Using the app Dr. Seuss Cat Cam to take some Dr. Seuss style pictures and the app animoto here is a snap shot of the morning.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Once Upon A Time Queen Dunn and Her Royal Subjects studied Fairy Tales.
|Students Brain Stormed the Elements|
|Students drew detailed pictures.|
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Second graders have been reading nonfiction text as they study the polar regions. After writing a paragraph to describe the most fascinating fact about their polar animal, students used the app drawing pad to illustrate their animal. When these were done we recorded these facts in the app educreations. Click on the link below to learn some new interesting facts discovered by Mrs. Madden's class.
|Using a graphic organizer for my drawing pad picture.|
|Mrs. Madden taking a picture of our art work.|
|Almost done drawing!|