French and Indian War

Today we started our exploration into the causes of the French and Indian War. Please read the pages below to get an understanding of why the war occurred. My scholars went outside to briefly “reenact” the war. We then can back inside to discuss what we learned through that experience. In addition, please ask them […]

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Nature’s Classroom Update

Here is some information regarding Nature’s Classroom: The trip will take place in Andover, CT, which is about 1 1/2 – 2 hours away on September 29th, 30th and October 1st. The bus will leave Rippowam around 8:30 am the morning of September 29th. We will be returning around 2:30-3:00 on October 1st, pending traffic […]

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Theme in Literature

Today I read “My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother” by Patricia Polacco. Students listened to the story as I read it aloud and them identified theme using our “second teacher” chart and evidence from the text. Theme is defined as the lesson or real world connection the author is trying to convey. Be sure to ask […]

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Fictional Summary

Today my scholars learned all about fictional summarizing. I used the anchor chart below. I re-read “What do you do with an Idea” and modeled how to write a fictional summary. It’s imperative that students really only write about the main characters, problem that gets the story going, main events, how the problem is solved […]

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Determining Tone and Mood

Today I read “What do you do with an Idea.” Prior to reading, I played a very ominous and dark song, which was followed up by something upbeat and positive. Students were asked to discuss the differences. I then tied that into how authors have tone and mood in their stories. After reading aloud the […]

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