Cardinal Library

Newsday Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Another thank you

These last few newsletters of the school year serve as thank you notes to the teachers that have shown a special interest in getting the Cardinal Makerspace up and running. Mrs. Black has always been the kind of teacher that isn't afraid to take on a new challenge and many of her classroom activities are unique, hands on application types of learning opportunities for her students.
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Day of the Dead

After a hallway discussion of possible projects to add to her unit on the Day of the Dead, we brought all of her students down here to make tissue paper flowers, banners and paper mache sugar skulls. These would be combined with family memorabilia to create an alter for each of her classes.
Day of the dead

Convince me in 6 words or less

This project also came from another conversation I had with Mrs. Black and a slide show she asked me to prepare about influential images related to social issues. Students were asked to find an image and then create a 6 word pitch line to convince the viewer as it relates to a social issue such as texting and driving, drugs or alcohol abuse or environmental issues. We constructed posters with the images and slogans and displayed them on the library bulletin board. The response to the display has been very favorable.

Titanic

Each year Mrs. Black puts together a unit on the Titanic. It includes reading activities and then an experience in social order when students are separated into social castes and a tea is served to show them how the different classes were treated. it is always a wonderful event and this year Miss Ellie and I were invited to join the first class passengers.

thank you, Mrs. Black

We have had a great year with her group of 7th grade students and look forward to next year and seeing what great things she has planned for her students.