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TAG Team Check-In

What's your sentence?

Students watched this video by Daniel Pink and became motivated to develop their own sentence. I was so impressed with their thoughtfulness and creativity during the development of this project. Once they crafted their "sentence", I asked them to design a TIME magazine cover to illustrate themselves as "Person of the Year" and include their "sentence". Below are a few of the final products, but you'll have to wait until the end of the year to see the final show...

The Great Depression

From the Roaring 20's to the Great Depression...

Students have been learning about the economic effects of the 20's in our nation through studying the Great Depression. They have learned about the Stock Market Crash, the conditions of the Great Depression, Dust Bowl, and Soup Kitchens. Next week, they will learn more about FDR's election and the recovery programs provided by the New Deal. They will conclude the study with a simulation that puts them in the shoes of a person living during the Great Depression and they will "visit" a Soup Kitchen. (If you would like to make soup for this experience, please let us know!)

To expand their learning experience, we have provided a project-based learning experience that puts students in the shoes of American families during the 1930's. Students have worked in pairs to research a New Deal program that wold benefit their family and build a house using a budget reflective of that in the 1930's. Students have been researchers, engineers, architects, and CPA's through this work. Not only have they learned more about what life was like during the Great Depression, but they have really learned how to work as a team and hold each other accountable for the work to meet deadlines. This interdisciplinary experience has incorporated ELA, social studies, and mathematics standards (coordinate graphing, algebra, area, perimeter, etc.). Be sure to ask your child about these projects that are due January 30 (The majority of work is to be done at school as we allow for approximately 1.5 hours each day.).

The New Deal products will be for a grade, as well as short exams on Friday, January 23 (Conditions during the Great Depression) and Friday, January 30 (The New Deal). These exams serve as practice with responding to constructed and extended response items.


Students are now learning how to form an opinion and write to defend it using evidence from various resources. Next week, I will present a hot topic, allow them time to research and write, and then we will have debate about the issues.

Head's Up!

  • Mrs. Cavin and Mrs. Fowler will be out on Friday, January 23 for a leadership cohort meeting. They will also be out for part of the day on February 12 for a system leadership presentation.
  • There will be a meeting to discuss Wahsega on February 12 from 5:30-6:00, before Family Reading Night.
  • If you would like to send in Valentine treats or do something else special for the class the week before Valentine's Day, please let us know.
  • In February, students will begin making "Victory Gardens" in our backyard. If you are willing to donate soil, your time, and tools to make this happen, please let us know!
  • Student-led conferences will be scheduled for March 2, 4, & 6. Sign-ups will be shared in the next few weeks.