Our 6th grade project class worked on creating digital books using Book Creator. These books were about topics they felt passionate about. Some of the issues that students wrote about included: Mental Health, Sustainable Communities, Sexism, Drugs, and Animal Abuse. We did some research, met with experts to guide us in designing our book, presented to our classmates for feedback, and did some revisions. We conducted our own voting panel to narrow down the top three books to enter into a competition being sponsored by Book Creator. Take a moment to read the three entries and leave us some feedback. Good luck to our top three Grandview authors!
Have you ever said, “There is never enough time”? This is what I hear a lot from colleagues and my own thinking. How do we manage to tackle the benchmarks that we want our students to know, fit in all of our lessons, and allow for room to be creative? There has to be a balance in everything, and that includes the way we ask our students to showcase their learning. After over sixteen years of teaching, I have found that students need choice to stay engaged and creative. As a teacher, I have to get really creative in how I make sure students make connections across all subject areas and fit in all of my lessons for the year.
Do you remember being a kid and being assigned a book report? I remember going through lots of paper before I settled on my final draft. Geez, did my hand hurt after all of that writing! Fast forward to today, there are so many choices for sharing a favorite book. Students love to be creative in how they share their knowledge of benchmarks that they have been taught. I have found that Bookcreator is a great digital tool that allows students to grow as readers, writers, designers, and researchers. And, it’s a great way to practice using 21st century skills and prepare for the future. After meeting a guest author who wrote a scary story we decided to try our own. Check out our collaborative collection of spooky stories! Let us know what you think.
As a culminating project to a novel my 6th graders read in class, they were assigned to write a spin-off story. We read Restart by Gordon Korman in small, whole group, and independently. Then, students chose one of the characters to do a spin-off story for. We used Book Creator for this project, which the students were excited about. Check-out some of the stories below by my writers!
My third graders have become great bloggers! Each student has decided on what they would love to blog about, and have been working on their pieces during stations. I am very impressed with their level of prior knowledge, research ability, writing, and typing abilities. Please click on the links to read each of their posts. Also, don’t forget to leave a comment for us!
Our Weekly Fashionistas Column by Jolie https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NrD9lMC1UVUUFL55JsTeISHIaF1KwSSch7CQBYMSpzM/pub
Our Weekly Column on Architecture by Elia https://docs.google.com/document/d/1X4ajrAh87Z70nj8JRXcCT230p-nB9VJ148yVkb7UeQQ/pub
Sports Cars by Josh SportscarsbyJoshReiter-18ppsq2
All About Chickens by Carlos https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iQY89HDqAcJLP1cqCI2uqZ-1qg1PMZmndlh6RnqaZKg/pub
Technology by Jordan https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jvltdur5RipzKr_vDdwb43JCnh3Kptp9oMul94CElOE/pub
By: Marley flores
Johnny depp (John Christopher ll) was born 6/9/1963. He is known for his great acting. First I’m going to talk about Rango. Johnny Depp is Rango. When they were making the movie they weren’t just doing the voices for it, they were actually getting into character. So when they were doing the voices, they were actually acting. Johnny Depp’s first movie that he was in was Nightmare On Elm Street. Johnny depp is truly a great actor, I researched some of my information on the link below, thank you.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000136/bio This website tells about him, so if you want to click the link.
Click on the link to read Livvie’s review of the musical, Hamilton.
We will continue to add more student blog posts, so keep checking in!
My amazing third graders have been working on all types of poems for the last month. We started our celebration of poetry month early in March. The students have been reading and writing poems. They have become true poets, and I’d like to showcase some of their poems here. Please keep visiting this page, as I’ll be updating it in the next two weeks.
Fashion is lots fun.
Fashion makes you look pretty
I love songs so much
Singing is what I do most
Songs are the best things.
I love dancing lots
I start to dance at night time
And that’s why I dance.
A Haiku Poem About Chickens
Chickens are awesome
Chickens are cool and harmless
I like to eat them
Swimming, picnicking, sweating
Flowers sunny, windy, frosty
Snowing, sledding, raining
Our class has 16 people,
none of us are purple,
our teacher is super awesome,
she is not a opossum,
we are super heros,
we never get zeros
Haiku Poem By: Olivia M
Dogs are very cute
Dogs can be nice to people
Dogs are furry pets
Narwhals are so cute
They have so very long horns
I do love narwhals
A Haiku By: Marley
Gardens have flowers
Gardens have a lot of dirt
They are so pretty
Ellie and Little Bun
A Poem about a Puppy and Cat
Diamante Poem by Izzy
Cuddling, barking, loving
Nice, friendly, mean, vicious
Hurting, biting, growling
My Life’s Journey with Grandview – by Zora Szasz
I, for one, want to have this opportunity to write about my favorite school, Grandview. When I first joined Grandview, I was not sure what to expect. Having moved so many times in a short period of time when we first arrived in the U.S. 3 years ago – from Las Vegas to California, and finally in Florida. In that mark of my journey, such leap has been a culture shock to me – not knowing anyone, the different terms and expressions used in everyday language, getting use to the ‘American’ accent. Initially, I was somewhat inhibited to make conversations even asking my teachers if I can use the ‘loo’ which they call, the ‘restroom’. It was not a big deal, I did catch on and learned their terms and everyday language fairly quickly.
Two years later, Grandview has become part of my life’s journey and has taken me to the level where I am now. I am one of the lucky ones to have been accelerated a year ahead of my peers. I cannot thank the teachers enough, that helped and trust me with my advancement. I have enjoyed every facet of my academic and social life in Grandview ever since. Where I am destined, I do not know. One thing for sure, this school is helping me prepare for my future. For now, I will continue to enjoy my time learning in this school.
If I would vote, I would give this school a 5 star rating. Grandview’s teachers are very polite, kind, and very understandable when we are taught by them. We have normal switching in class (We move from classroom to classroom), and we are required to bring certain items to each class. If you ask me, Grandview should be all around the world. If you went there, I bet you would do the same. This is a definite recommendation for other pupils who might want to come to Grandview.
In Grandview, we have a beautiful gazebo with plants the students planted surrounding it (As you can see in the photo). We also have a greenhouse very near to the gazebo that the higher grades built. Jr. Innovators (Lower school students from 3-5th grade.) planted some plants surrounding the gazebo. We planted somewhat called “Hybrid Plants.” Hybrid plants are cross-pollination with a male and female that form a non-gmo hybrid. For example, maybe a green pepper and a red pepper. It’s probably mostly used with the same kind of species. Also, we are working on building a new dream playground for next year. We also made a pachinko machine.
Mrs. Westerfield, Grandview’s principal, is special. She is also very kind. I love her as our principal, and she seems to love being our principal too. Ms. Debbie was Grandview’s receptionist. She is nice, and always sees us as happy and lovely students. “The best part of Grandview is when I see the students come in the morning with smiles on their faces.” She quotes truthfully. Our other teachers should be recognized also. Without the peaceful teachers, this would not be a school. Some of the lowerschool teachers are Ms. Hayden (Teaches 1st grade), Mrs. Morie (Teaches 2nd grade), Mrs. Darden (Teaches 3rd grade), Mrs. Leech (teaches 4th grade), and Mrs. Kittredge (Teaches 5th Grade).
At Grandview, we have this program called Prideville. The purpose of Prideville is to get ready for our working lives when we get older. Prideville is when a group of lower school students get to be citizens while another group of students get to be workers. After about 20 minutes, we switch our role. As a citizen, you go around the hallway/stores and find a way to spend your money. As a worker, you do the job you’re assigned to as citizens come to your shop. You get paid a certain amount of (fake) money after your shift, in which you can cash out at the bank (3rd grades classroom) and you can either spend your money or place it in your bank account that you should have made. Special teachers are Mrs.Charles, Mrs. Furman, Mrs. Petronio, Ms. Fantozz, Ms. Diperna, Ms. Avrith, Senora Van Hissenhoven, and Ms. Mimi. Mrs. Charles is a decent artist, yet teaches art! We have new art projects every week, and fourth grade has art twice a week (Tuesday and Wednesday). Mrs. Furman and Ms.Fantozz are the music teachers, and both of them play piano. They both sew, and bring plays together like Chicago. They also sing, and Mrs. Furman mostly teaches either singing or music. Mrs. Furman once took us to Orlando, Universal. We had some free time to play around, before we sang ‘What a Wonderful World’ and ‘Believe’. A few hours after we sang, we went to an awards ceremony and won a spectacular trophy. We had fun on that trip. It was a long drive, and I was tired when we got back at 7:00pm. Mrs. Petronio has a love of dancing, and she’s the dance teacher. She also helped with the play Chicago, all the choreography and ‘all that jazz.’ Ms.Diperna in the Physical Education (P.E.) teacher. Every year we do something what’s called ‘Fitness Testing’. We run a mile, do sit-ups, pull-ups, and shuttle run. I am completely red after the mile, because we have to do 19 laps around our big gym. Ms. Avrith is the coding teacher. She helps us code anything. Grandview provides more than enough computers and chargers we can use. Senora Van Hissenhoven is the Spanish teacher. On May 5th (Cinco de Mayo), Senora organizes a super fun event. We dance and sing and after, we get Chipotle! Last but not least, Ms. Mimi is the librarian. She reads books to us, and we check some out.
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I was invited to the White House for the Easter Egg Roll. Here is my invitation.
I was thrilled and excited I had no idea this was going to happen. Most kids make it in by entering the lottery, but I was invited personally from my letter that I had written a while back. It was about how I was concerned about bees and dropping numbers of population. He wrote me back and said he was glad that I was concerned, and that he was helping them by putting flowers near the highways.
This is the White House. It is humongous. There were many layers to the doors that opened. There was a huge crowd and there were Secret Service agents standing everywhere. I met one and asked if he was in the CIA. He said “yes” and showed me his badges. In this picture, we are standing in front of the White House waiting for the President and the Easter Bunny to come out. There was a military band playing music. Barack Obama has been president for most of my life. I support him because he cares about the bees. I was amazed when he and the First Lady came out to talk about how this was their last roll and their goal was to make the White House accessible to everyone. I felt light-headed because I was so close to him and was actually in front of me.
Later, I got to pet a bat. I touched it and it felt super soft and light. His face looked like a weasel and his tongue was sticking out. I learned that bats only eat insects and fruit. After we learned this fact, my dad lost his fear of bats. They seem like good pets to have so they could eat mosquitoes—a natural mosquito repellant.
In this picture, I got to meet Obama’s bee hive. The hive was closed for the day’s events. I was concerned because the hive entrance was closed off with a piece of wood. They should use wire mesh to block the entrance so the bees don’t get too hot in there. Plus, the bees like to see what is going on. In conclusion, the day was exhausting and amazing. My favorite part was watching the crowd go crazy over Beyonce. Here is her picture.