Engaged Learning

Bicycles Class Writing Celebration

To culminate our unit on narrative writing we wrote “small moment stories” which were detailed true stories from our own lives.  To cap this off, my class had a writing celebration and invited family and friends to join us for a reading.   The process leading up to the celebration – choosing a story, revising,…

International Peace Day: The View from Daley Plaza

The school community took one of its guiding principles out for a walk today. The students, teachers and many parents boarded the red line elevated train for Daley Plaza where we lifted our signs and waved our flags for peace on Earth. International Peace Day is a celebration of humanity’s wish to live free of…

Creating Worlds

In my classroom, we are well and truly launched on creating our own worlds! As a culmination of our Earth science unit, our literature studies, and our social studies emphasis this year on government circles of influence, responsibility and authority, each student in our class is designing a world of their own.  There are four…

2nd Grade Math: Minding the Store

The second grade math group culminated a unit on money by creating their own pretend store.  Each student drew 6 items on little pieces of paper, and labeled them with their prices. The prices had to be less than $10.  Students were encouraged to choose prices that they could comfortably and automatically compute change for.…

The Earth Moves (And we take note!)

3rd-5th grade science right now is focusing on the concept of plate tectonics and the structure of our planet. We had two very different science lessons last week: On Tuesday, the 3rd and 4th graders took part in a very simple experiment. I had collected some small rocks and wood chips during recess, and I…