Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Making Connections and Reading Together

Reading Together 

This year I am reading Hatchet by Gary Paulsen with my 6th graders.  Reading a book together at the same pace with all students helps my auditory learners tremendously, and it helps other students with their listening skills if this is a weakness.
 There is no other time of day when you can "hear a pin drop"  like the read aloud time.  It helps that Hatchet has cliffhangers and suspense throughout.



Along with reading the book we were able to make a number of curricular connections.

  • Research Connections
  • Reading Connections
  • Survival Education Connections
  • Sensory Connections
  • Fiction / Non-fiction Connections
  • Critical Thinking
  • Teamwork and Discussion

We are using non-fiction books about survival to compliment the reading.  We also tasted dried Aronia berries.

We are partnering with our Wilderness Instruction and Leadership Development (WILD) program to combine the classroom with the outdoors.  The student leaders in this group demonstrated fire-building skills for the sixth-graders.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Annotated Bib

Accurate Scholars

The first big assignment for the Senior Project is due next Tuesday.

Minimum of 8 annotated citations due Tuesday, November 18, 2014. 
Sources should be: scholarly articles from a database, Internet sites like .edu, .gov, or from a professional association.  Do not cite Wikipedia as one of your 8 sources [you are welcome to scroll to the bottom and borrow the Wikipedia sources if those are scholarly]

How to write your annotation:

  • Summation of the source [focus on what is unique about the source]
  • A brief evaluation statement(s) [is this a "scholarly" source or not]
  • How the work is relevant to your research [How, specifically, do you intend to use the source (e.g. as evidence to support a claim, as a counter-argument, etc.)]

  • Research Databases

     Please Use Easy Bib - http://www.easybib.com/  

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

    Scholarly Sources

    Two big projects this week

    Physics project 

    We are a physics first school, so this course is for 9th grade and HS students new to Webb.
    Mr. Feldbruegge is assigning a physics research paper that requires the use of three scholarly sources.
    Mrs Little will visit non-AP classes to show databases and how to find a book in the library.
    Click here for Journals

    Ethics debates

    Mrs Little will visit Dr. Chapman's 10th grade Ethics classes.
    Resource for the Ethics Class Debate Opposing Viewpoints in context

    Thursday, November 06, 2014

    US ARMY visits today

    ARMY visits today  push up contest

     Come see the Veteran's day display

    Tuesday, November 04, 2014

    Meeting the authors


    I had the best time attending conferences this year.  The TASL Conference was awesome!
    There, I met Sharon Draper, Vince Vawter, and Annette Laing.

    Dr. Laing is a British American historian and author determined to make history fun and interesting for kids and teens.
    Checkout the author and her books http://www.annettelaing.com/

    Sharon Draper made an impression on both me and my best friend Blaine Little the Magic Mentalist.  She really liked the Magic.  http://youtu.be/fMoJmtc8Ieg 

    Vince Vawter is awesome ... and he is from Tennessee!  I must have him visit my school.
    Hope to arrange a visit in the Spring.

    We plan to read his book Paperboy with the sixth graders, in January.   The paperback comes out December 23rd.

    Saturday, November 01, 2014

    Halloween in the Library

    Halloween Costumes

    Some students had book and media inspired costumes.
    This student was inspired by "Rosie the Riveter"
    We have a documentary in the library about Rosie

    These students are fans of Laura Numeroff's "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie"   Ms Numeroff tweeted a reply to our photo https://twitter.com/LauraNumeroff/status/528437660054876161

    This Student is a fan of Scott Westerfeld's -
    Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras 

    Dance in the Library

    We also held a Dance in the library over the weekend 

    Card Games

    Green Screen