Are you feeling anxiety over state testing? Don’t Stress on the Test, just Let It Go!
We began our state, M-STEP, testing this week. Our class is doing a great job trying to show the best of what they’ve learned. Since they’ve been working so hard, I wanted to make a fun parody video to make our students smile and encourage them. Inspired by my students and my own little “Elsa” and “Anna” at home, here is what we came up with.
(The cutie little dancers you’ll see are my two punkins!)
Our first day at STARBASE was amazing! STARBASE is a special STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program that we have been invited to participate in. Take a look at some of our incredible learning experiences.
This week, the fourth and fifth graders participated in the first ever,
Reading Super Bowl!
Mrs. Yax, Mr. Bohon, and Mrs. Kreller & Mrs. Moore’s classes all competed to see which grade level could score the most points by reading. For every 10 pages read, the students scored a six-point Touchdown. Every 10 pages read at home required a parent/grandparent signature. Each student scored an extra point for their team by returning their Tuesday reading homework with a signature on Wednesday. The winning team got a popcorn reward.
Congratulations to the 4th graders for winning the Reading Super Bowl!
With an astonishing 895 Touchdowns, the 4th grade secured their victory!
Well done, 4th graders!
Both teams had a fun bonus activity and we wore football jerseys and sports shirts, too.
Make a paper football with us!
Mr. Bohon’s class recorded their own Super Bowl commercials.
This week, we were all cheering, “Touchdown!”
We’ve begun reading a new book together in class, The Secret Zoo, by Bryan Chick. This story has an exciting beginning that’s not to be missed! This VoiceThread is for our Techie Kid who was out of school last week. You are welcome to listen in on the beginning of our adventure, too!
This is a Student Post by Danielle, one of our incredible fifth graders. Read on to learn about a wonderful program she was able to be a part of.
We’ve been talking about a new vocabulary word, symbolism.
First, we looked for the root word, symbol. Then, we started to make connections.
We knew that a symbol is something that represents something else.
Our class pair-shared their examples and shared as a whole class. Some of the connections we made were to the wolverine being a symbol of our state as our nickname, The Wolverine State, and the mascot for the University of Michigan. Other Michigan state symbols shared were, the white pine as our state tree, the robin, and the Petoskey stone.
We thought about our nation’s symbols, like the bald eagle and our stars and stripes flag.
After this discussion, we looked at the end of Chapter 21 in, The Fourteenth Goldfish.
Ellie dreamed about candles.
Here are some of the ideas we came up with.
Do you have any other examples of symbolism to share with us?