This week our kindergarten students learned about the computer mouse, what it is used for, and how to hold it. We went to Paint, and they created pictures. This was an excellent opportunity for students to practice clicking and dragging the mouse. I was very impressed with how quickly the students figured out how to use Paint to create pictures. I was planning to do a demonstration on the Simplicity Touch screen, but before I had an opportunity, they were already busy creating their works of art. Here are pictures of our little technology artists in action.
Kindergarten and first grade students enjoyed the same read-aloud this week: Crazy Hair Day by Barney Saltzberg. This is one of my favorite read-alouds, because I think that we can all relate to the way that poor Stanley feels when he arrives at school all ready for Crazy Hair Day, only to discover that Crazy Hair Day is not until the following week. Oh, no. What will Stanley do? This is a great story for inferencing, as well as retelling by using only the pictures. In addition, it is a great lesson for students on how to be a good friend to someone who may not be having the best day.
2nd grade students enjoyed another fractured fairy tale. This week, we read Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz. This is a fun spin on the beloved classic, with a lot of ninja action included. The students enjoyed comparing and contrasting this story with the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood.
5th grade students continued their research lesson. This week, our focus was on taking notes using the Trash and Treasure method. The students had an opportunity to work in groups of two and read a short database article on the Spanish American War. They underlined important words as they read. The focus was on finding information that would answer the Five W's: what, where, when, why, and who.
Kindergarten through second grade students enjoyed read-alouds in the Learning Commons last week and this week.
Kindergarten students listened to Knuffle Bunny and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. We talked about the roles of the author and the illustrator in creating a book and how the pictures help us understand so many things about the story, such as how the characters are feeling and what the characters are doing.
1st grade students listened to This is Not My Hat and Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type. Our focus for both stories was on inferencing. The students used context clues to determine what happened at points in the story when the author did not explicitly write it.
2nd grade students enjoyed A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale and Adelita: a Mexican Cinderella. We compared and contrasted Adelita to the Disney version of Cinderella that so many students are familiar with. A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale featured a few different classic fairy tales, but each had been fractured in a different way. The story was very engaging, and the students enjoyed hearing the different versions of classic fairy tales.
5th Grade students visited to learn how to access their Office 365 accounts. One of our 5th grade classes also began a research lesson on good, reliable print and Internet sources.
This summer, four of our students participated in the summer reading challenge and logged the number of pages and minutes that they read into Biblionasium. I am so proud of these students and their accomplishments! As a reward, they each received a certificate documenting the number of pages that they had read, as well as a brand new book!
Calling all 3rd - 5th Grade Students
The Coding Club will start meeting on Tuesday, August 28th at 7:15.
We will meet every Tuesday morning at the same time.
Please see Mrs. Wilson if you are interested in participating.
I am so thrilled to be back in the Library Learning Commons and seeing all of our students again! Last week was our first full week of classes, and most of our students have visited to participate in orientation. This year, 4th and 5th grade students participated in a QR code scavenger hunt orientation, and I was thrilled with how well it went.
The students were so actively engaged in the process and really enjoyed having the ability to choose the order in which they reviewed the orientation videos. Please watch the video below to see our awesome students at work.
Our Kindergarten, first, and second grade students all had a read-aloud to either introduce them or remind them about book care and library procedures. This is an ongoing process for all our students, and they will continue to hear these reminders throughout the year.
I am looking forward to the school year. I am certain that it will be fantastic!
Argyle students, come find purr-fect books for the summer at our spring Paws for Books book fair!
Come and Shop: April 23rd – April 27th
The schedule for morning shopping (7:15 AM – 8:00 AM):
**Unless student is with a parent. Students with a parent may shop any morning.**
Parents, if you are unable to attend the book fair, but you don't want to send cash with your child, we have a new digital payment option for you. It is called eWallet. These are the steps:
As always, parents may also shop our online book fair to purchase books. The link is www.scholastic.com/bf/argyleelementaryschool2. Our online book fair is available from April 15 - April 28.
The students in Mrs. Kwon's 1st grade class recently added a new skill to their technology toolbox. They each learned about PowerPoint and how to create a presentation. They were tasked with creating a PowerPoint presentation titled "All About Me" with at least 3 slides and adding sentences and inserting images to each slide. Students who finished early were encouraged to add transitions and animations to their slides. I was so impressed by how quickly the students learned how to create their slides, and I was even more impressed by how many of them enhanced their presentation with transitions. This activity addressed their technology standard: "Creates a document using digital tools and media-rich resources." Here are a few pictures:
On March 13th, Argyle students were treated to a visit with author Diane Z. Shore. I'm not sure how many adjectives I could think of to describe her visit, but Awesome, Phenomenal, Engaging, and Inspiring are the first that come to mind. As the students were coming into the learning commons, Ms. Shore wasted no time quickly engaging them and getting them ready for the presentation by sharing a series of knock-knock jokes and riddles with them. By the time all of the students were seated, she already had them hooked. I gave a quick, formal introduction, and Ms. Shore began her presentation. There were a total of 3 presentations: Kdg and 1st, 2nd and 3rd, and 4th and 5th grade; Ms. Shore made sure that each was appropriate for the grade levels. 4th and 5th grade teachers were so impressed with how she was able to connect with the curriculum. Throughout the presentation for their grade levels, she talked about different forms of figurative language, such as hyperbole, personification, simile, alliteration, and onomatopoeia. It was an excellent review! 1st grade and kindergarten had an opportunity to engage in the presentation by participating in a Reader's Theater style reading of Rosa Loves to Read.
None of the students could believe it when Ms. Shore told them how many times she had been rejected before she was finally able to get her first book published. Her message to them all: Keep reading and never give up on their dreams. When she began receiving rejections, she took writing classes to improve her writing, and she started writing poetry.
Some of the questions that our students had for Ms. Shore included:
Here are a few pictures from her visit:
We are so grateful to Ms. Shore for sharing with us and inspiring us to keep pursuing our dreams!
Last week, as a part of our Read Across America Week celebrations, students were invited to the learning commons to participate in a Book Tasting. Students entered the learning commons to find tables set with silver serving trays holding a variety of books, place mats at each chair, and a menu on each place mat. They were also treated to the sounds of jazz music- all to create the ambiance of a nice restaurant. As the students sat in their seats, they were told that the book tasting is an opportunity for them to sample books that they may not have ever considered reading. As they reviewed each book, they completed their book tasting menu by responding to various questions on the menu, such as: