S'more MCS News from Mrs. Drudy
"We exist so children can excel."
What We're Learning in Challenge
We have been continuing our readings and discussions of Charlotte's Web. In small groups we've been working on vocabulary words in the context of the reading. Ask your child how we utilize the Webster's Dictionary iPad app's features to assist with those words we cannot figure out in context. Students will be introduced to amazing classroom technology with Clickers, individual handheld devices that allow students to input answer choices that will be sent to me to assess understanding. In our technology-driven world, we simply must give our students the tools to stay abreast of our ever-changing communication.
The fifth and sixth graders have completed their multiple perspective projects about characters from Wonder. They are proudly on display in our hallway and have received numerous compliments from others in the building. We will continue on the with the novel and have comprehension checks (quizzes) along the way.
Our writing has been focused on opinion pieces and transitioning into argumentative writing. We have started by closely examining real-life samples from the newspaper. Ask your child where (s)he stands on "the great trophy debate".
Like the 3/4 Challenge students, we will learn how to use Clickers (see aforementioned section) as a means of electronically communicating our understanding of concepts. I am certain that, once students get proficient with using them, they'll love them.
Working collaboratively with Charlotte's Web vocabulary
Charting unknown vocabulary words in context
Gallery Walk: Reading Wonder closely in search of text evidence for character traits