Thursday, January 31, 2019

Our Next Adventure: Makerspaces and Literacy Standards

We are about to begin a very exciting adventure into a world of creativity in order to strengthen and master our content standards! We will be focusing on reading/writing informational texts, researching a specific topic, organizing and producing clear and coherent writing, communication skills, and using technology to produce and publish informational texts ([W.6.2], [W.6.4], [W.6.5], [W.6.6],  [W.6.7], [W.6.8], [L.6.2]).

Research has proven allowing students to explore their interests in the classroom helps to strengthen creativity, ingenuity, problem-solving skills, collaboration, and engagement. Many classrooms are fostering these ideas by creating a Makerspace for students. Makerspaces allow students to become “makers” by researching their interests in order to create an actual product. These spaces allow students to implement creativity as a problem-solving strategy while also applying academic standards. I have included links to research and examples of Makerspaces.

As you know, our 6th grade class is centered around the needs and interests of each student. Each day our lessons are based upon best practices in order to promote success in every student. I have been fortunate enough to learn from my students everyday. In order to continue the creative and intellectual environment that has been created in our classroom, we have chosen to  transform our classroom into a Makerspace! In order for this unit to be successful, we will need a variety of items donated for student use. I am eager to begin this amazing adventure with your students, and I plan to foster their creativity and imagination, while also mastering academic standards, through this unit.

Thank you so much!

Makerspace Resources:

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Flipgrid Book Chats 2019

Flipgrid Book Chats
For our Free Reading Fri-Yay book chats, we are going to begin using Flipgrid, a student-friendly curation tool. Every three weeks, students will shoot a short 90 second video using his/her Chromebook. In the video, learners will select a favorite book that he/she has completed in the last month. In the video, he/she will create a book teaser where he/she gives a brief (and exciting) overview of the book. They need to be sure to "sell" it to their classmates.

This should also include a recommendation of  who would enjoy reading this recommended book. You may not create book chat videos of the books that have been part of our literature groups or that we have read as an entire class. (See list below)

Books that may not be included in the Flipgrid Book Chats

Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Schooled by Gordon Korman
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by  James Patterson
One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Ungifted by Gordon Korman
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade by Jordan Sonnenblick
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Mistakes that Worked by Charlotte Foltz Jones

Friday, January 4, 2019

January-February 2019 Important Dates

Important Dates in January and February

1/11 One Word Presentations
1/11 Report Cards
1/17 Lunch & Learn
1/21 No School
1/23 Lunch & Learn
1/23 Flipgrid Book chats due
1/25 Bring headphones or ear buds
1/31 Lunch & Learn
2/5 Lunch & Learn
2/6 Makerspace plan due
2/8 Progress Reports
2/12 "How To" facts are due (rubric)
2/13 Lunch & Learn
2/13 "How To" glossary due (rubric)
2/13 Flipgrid Book chats due
2/14 "How To" project item due (rubric)
2/15 "How To" conclusion due (rubric)
2/15 Bring headphones or ear buds
2/18-2/19 No school
2/20 Lunch & Learn
2/21 Final "How To" project due (rubric)
2/22 Makers' Faire
2/28 Lunch & Learn

Please check back regularly as these will be updated.
Updated 2/5/19