Engaged Learning

Spring And Poetry Are In The Air

Being that it’s poetry month, my Kindergarten-first grade class started reading more poetry over the past two weeks and we have started writing our own poems!  The kids are so creative and motivated, it’s a treat to see. We started with acrostic poems. Acrostic poems are very concrete and accessible for students writing at all…

K-2 Artifact Detectives

In social studies this year, we have been learning about the history of Chicago, using machines as a lens to guide us.  Recently, we studied the Great Chicago Fire. Students were fascinated with learning about the second star on the Chicago flag and one of the reasons Chicago is nicknamed the “Second City”.   I…

Team Time meets the Escape Room

Team Time is a weekly event when teams made up of students from different classrooms and grades come together for fun, friendly competition and time together.  Sometimes it is hard to find an activity that works for all ages in the team, but this week’s activity worked!  For this week’s team time, students had the challenge…

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,…