Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mike Artell Author Visit

It was so exciting to have the opportunity to have Mike Artell visit our school! Mike is an author, illustrator, and musician from New Orleans. He shared some of his books, including Petite Rouge, with the students and showed them how to draw several different things. I think they were most excited about the drawing lessons! Thank you to our PTA for sponsoring this great opportunity for the students!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

White House Glogs

Mrs. Badgett's third graders worked with me in the media center to brainstorm their own questions about the White House and then use the Big 6 research process to find the answers. We then learned how to create Glogs to present the information and I think the kids had a blast! They really took off with the Glogs and you can see the different personalities shine through. They had creative control as long as they answered their questions and cited their sources on the Glog. There are some examples of the Glogs here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here and some pictures are below. 

Working on citation maker to cite sources

2011 Literacy Day

On March 2, 2011, we celebrated Literacy Day at Caleb's Creek by dressing up as our favorite book characters and decorating our classroom doors! We even had lots of Mystery Readers come throughout the day to read to different classrooms and upper grade students partnered with lower grade student reading buddies! It was a lot of fun helping the older kids pick out books to read with the younger ones.

 Mrs. DuBois and Mrs. Martin as Elephant and Piggie
 The office staff covered all the main characters from Wizard of Oz!
We always knew the fourth grade teachers were sweet!
M & M's for Chocolate Touch
The door decorations were great this year too! The staff is so good at coming up with creative ways to represent the books without breaking copyright laws by using the characters. They use themes, student writings, purchased book jackets, and more to create such wonderful works of art!

 Favorite Books
 Get that Cat a new Hat!
 There's a What in My What?
 We Love Books!
 Bats Around the Clock
 Harlem Renaissance Poetry
 The Indian in the Cupboard
 The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
 George Washington's Breakfast
 The Crayon Box That Talked
 Chocolate Touch
 Oh The Places You'll Go
 The Sign of the Beaver
 Elijah of Buxton
 Soft Rain
 The Cay
 The Million Dollar Putt
 Where the Wild Things Are
 Harold and the Purple Crayon
 Oh the Places We'll Go
 The Cat in the Hat
 Matthew and the Midnight Tow Truck
 The Kindness Quilt 
Ten Black Dots

I can't wait till next year to do it all again!! 

Author Visit!


Mike Artell will be here on March 15th for an author visit! Parents are encouraged to attend.

PK, K, and 1st - 10:00
4th, 5th, and 6th - 12:45
2nd and 3rd - 2:00

All sessions will be in the gym.