A Real-Live Author Visited Us, Eagles in the Classroom, and Report Writing

Tracey Campbell Pearson Visited!

We were so lucky to have Tracey Campbell Pearson visit us on Tuesday. We learned a lot about how she started to read and to write – even as a young girl. She told us all about the writing, drawing, and arduous editing process that she goes through with each book. It was also empowering for us all to hear that she gets her ideas from everywhere! She made it so easy to see ourselves as writers. We got to help out in the whole school assembly that Tracey led by holding up a whole “dummy” book that was shuttled back and forth to New York City during the editing process. Following the assembly, Tracey came to our classroom and provided further writing inspiration. She showed us how she drew the letters for her book, The Alphabet Story. Then, she gave us our own book to write and illustrate. We REALLY are a classroom of writers, so this experience only fueled this fire. We have been feverishly working on those very books – and I have been feverishly trying to keep up with demand for new books! I will put pictures on the Shutterfly site of our day with Tracey.

The Project READ group sponsored Tracey’s visit and continue to support literacy in our school community. They sponsor the BookWagon in the summer and are putting on our Literacy Game Night on April 7th. In addition, each Kindergarten child will receive a signed book from Tracey courtesy of the Patricia Young Memorial Fund which is part of READ. Pat Young was the Kindergarten teacher at Robinson for over 20 years who passed away 3 years ago. Mrs. Young was dedicated to young children of our town and was a huge supporter of growing readers.

Speaking of Literacy Game Night, here are the details:

Literacy Game Night will be taking place on Thursday, April 7th from 5:45-7:30.  We hope you can come join in on the fun!  There will be a delicious (and free!) meal provided followed by fun literacy games for all ages.  This event is sponsored by Project READ.

 

Eagles in the Classroom

As you might have heard, we are learning about birds and other oviparous animals in our classroom. We were keeping a close eye on the EagleCam on Monday and a bit on Tuesday. It has been pretty darn exciting to see the eagles in real-time as we are learning about the special attributes of these majestic birds. We also learned about Great Blue Herons this week. We compared them to the information we learned about eagle habits and structures to the herons. We explored some other oviparous animals – turtles, snakes, frogs, etc. using a Guided Language activity. This required us to work in teams to observe posters with photographs and make notes and draw pictures about our thinking. It was a good way to get at the content, foster questions, and practice teamwork.I have emailed the scientists at the National Arboretum where the eagle family is growing to set up a Skype session to ask questions about the birds. I will let you know when I hear back from them!

Report Writing

We have begun writing our reports about eagles. I hope that children will also have a chance to learn and to share facts about the birds they chose to study. This week, we wrote about what eagles can do and what eagles have to make them unique. This simple structure allowed us to share our knowledge using pictures and words. We are in the process of creating a StoryThread “movie” that you will be able to see online. I will probably post it here on the blog this weekend when it is done. We have been such a busy bunch of scientists this week!

Upcoming Dates of Interest:

Friday 3/35 – Book Orders Due

Monday 3/28 – 4 Winds – make sure to bring appropriate gear for our changeable weather!

Monday 4/4 – Kindergarten Registration – NO SCHOOL for current K students

Thursday 4/7 – Literacy Game Night – 5:45-7:30 – Dinner Provided

Friday 4/15 – Flynn Field Trip – Peking Acrobats – 9:30 show – Permission slip to come

Mon-Fri – 4/18-22 – April Vacation Week

 

 

 

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