5th Grade Speeches

Shana’s Good Manners Speech

Jonathan’s Snowboarding Speech

Silva’s Homework Should Be Banned Speech

Luke’s Cats Are Better Than Dogs Speech

Luke’s Riding Your Bike Speech

Brooklyn’s Good Manners are Important Speech

Ethan’s There Should Be No GMOs In Food Speech

Michael’s Homework Should Be Eliminated Speech

Madi’s Wolves Are Intelligent Speech

Isabelle’s Stop Global Warming Speech

Stella’s It’s Important to Socialize Speech

Julia’s We Should Have a Class Pet Speech

Nik’s Homework should be banned

 

Public Speaking in Encore Literacy

1st grade students in Encore Literacy have created an interactive notebook, and each week they record and practice phonemes (letter sounds) and categorize words with each week’s phoneme into word families.

3rd and 5th grade students are writing an original speech as part of a public speaking unit. Students have self-selected a topic and are learning how to write good beginnings and good endings for presentations. Students will present their speech to the classroom and also use technology to record their own speech. The public speaking unit will help students prepare for presenting their genius hour research, which is the unit of study that will follow public speaking.

Encore Lit March 2017

1st grade students have been studying poetry, using their imagination and ‘poets eyes’ to see things differently. Students have also learned how poets use line breaks, repetition, and rhyme to create a poem.

2nd grade students are working in teams with each team required to create a poster about a different author. Students are currently preparing their posters and they will make a presentation before spring break.

5th grade students are working on their second Genius Hour projects. Students have self-selected a topic and are using online sources to research and document their findings. Student presentations will be held after spring break.

Encore Lit December 2016

1st grade students have each been researching a different animal using non-fiction books in the library. Students focused on the illustrations in non-fiction texts, documenting each animal’s habitat, food, body and life-cycle.

2nd grade students have learned about the differences between character traits and character emotions. Students are working in pairs, reading stories, and identifying character traits in main characters. As a culminating activity students documented their own character traits.

5th grade students are working on Genius Hour projects. Students have self-selected a topic and are using online sources to research and document their findings. Student presentations will be held after winter break.

November 2016 Encore Literacy

1st grade students have been practicing “how to” writing in Encore Literacy. Students have written how to essays on different topics including how to draw a spider, how to wash your hands, and how to be a good friend.

2nd grade students have learned about the differences between character traits and character emotions. Students are working in pairs, reading stories, and identifying character traits in main characters.

5th grade students are working on Genius Hour projects. Students have self-selected a topic and are using online sources to research and document their findings. Student presentations will be held after winter break.

September 2016 Encore Literacy

1st & 2nd grade students are practicing library skills in Encore Literacy, learning about fiction and non-fiction books, ABC order, choosing just right books, and manners in the library.

5th grade students are working in teams, teaching each other about different kinds of figurative language. Students will be making presentations on 9/12 and will then post presentations to student blogs. Be sure to comment on the terrific work they have completed.

Research Projects – February

4th & 5th Grade –Fourth and fifth grade students are completing the note taking & organization process of writing a research paper, and many students have begun writing their final paper. Each student will post their essay on his or her blog and then begin the ‘next step’ in this process, which is preparing a presentation for the class  based on their research findings.

2nd Grade –  Second grade students are also nearing completion of their animal research project. Initially students in second grade used non-fiction books and encyclopedias as sources for their research, but recently some students have used Pebble Go software to gather additional information from online sources. As second grade students finish their research paper, they will begin the ‘next step’ in their research process, which is to use Pebble Go software to  find a second animal to compare and contrast with the animal they originally  selected for their written research project.

Research Projects – November

5th Grade – Fifth grade students have begun the note taking process for their research paper. Each student has self-selected a topic and generated a research question. Students in fifth grade will use online sources for their research and they will take their notes in an online format.

4th Grade – Fourth grade students are continuing the note taking process for their research paper. Each student has self-selected a topic and generated a research question. Students in fourth grade are using non-fiction books and encyclopedias as sources for their research, and they are using note cards to document their research facts.

Some fourth grade students have completed the note taking process by collecting fifty ‘facts’ and have moved on to ‘next steps’ which include sorting their research notes into topics, creating an outline for their paper, and writing a thesis to answer their research question.

2nd Grade –  Second grade students have also begun working on a research project. Each student has self-selected a different animal to research and generated a research question about this animal. Students in second grade are using non-fiction books and encyclopedias as sources for their research, and they are using a research packet to help document and organize their facts.