October 14, 2016
Whale of a Job!
Ms. Jackson-I was fortunate to be a part of a wonderful lesson on imagery in Ms. Jackson's class. Thank you!
Gert-saving our pickles
Ms. Knight-making reading fun with pumpkins
Ms. Henderson-a wonderful, engaging Read Aloud
Ms. Garcia-teaching -ing in an interactive way
Library Committee-wonderful start on our library project!
Ms. Weesner-sharing her classroom
Ms. Canady-always discovering new things
Ms. Glosup & Ms. Archer-being flexible
Thanks to everyone who participated in the potluck! The food was delicious!
Simple Tips for Teaching Imagery!
Follow these few simple steps to provide practice developing students' mental images:
- Begin reading. Pause after a few sentences or paragraphs that contain good descriptive information.
- Share the image you've created in your mind, and talk about which words from the book helped you "draw" your picture. Your picture can relate to the setting, the characters, or the actions. By doing this, you are modeling the kind of picture making you want your students to do.
- Talk about how these pictures help you understand what's happening in the story.
- Continue reading. Pause again and share the new image you created. Then ask your students to share what they see, hear, taste, smell and feel. Ask what words helped create the mental image and emotions.
- Are everyone's images identical? Probably not! This is a great time to talk about why your images might be different. Perhaps experiences have influenced what you "drew." These differences are important to understand and respect.
- Read a longer portion of text and continue the sharing process.
- Once this is a familiar skill, encourage your students to use mental imagery when they are reading by themselves. You can feel confident that these mental pictures will help your students understand the story in an important way.
I am happy to see how our campus has embraced poetry and is using a variety of creative strategies to teach it.
Endangered Species of the Month
Blue whales are endangered due to aggressive hunting by whalers for their oil.
Joni and I will be focusing on Guided Reading/Math during our walk-throughs this next couple of weeks. Please make sure to have your notebook at your teaching table and available to view. We will meet with each team next week during your team planning time to touch base and answer any curriculum questions you have. Below are the times and days I have down for planning for each team. If something has changed, please let me know!
Vocabulary Word of the Week
Sentence: Most parents forbid their children to eat sweets right before dinner.
Character Word of the Month
October-Ms. Kotwitz please send 4 or 5 students to the office for morning announcements
October 17-Lowe's Team to Pumpkin Patch-9:00
October 18-Family Movie Night, Lowder to Pumpkin Patch-9:00, Allen Out PLA
October 19-Faculty Meeting
October 21-Reading Incentive Kick-Off
October 24-28-Red Ribbon Week
October 26-Murdock's Team to Pumpkin Patch
October 27-SST Meetings
October 28-Jackson's Team to Pumpkin Patch/Mohr & Galvan to CPI Training
October 31-Glasgow, Archer, Glosup-LLI Training
Karen Gerken- 10/17