Dawn’s Year End Review – Looking Forward

rsbsadmin 3rd Grade, Dawn Smith, Year End Review 0 Comments

It is hard to believe that another school year is going to be over in just a few days! It seems like it was just yesterday that started. With all the craziness that come with closing up a classroom for the year, and the fun activities that are scheduled, I find myself reflecting and thinking about what I plan to …

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Background Knowledge in Streams

rsbsadmin 4.3 Streams to the River, River to the sea, Background Knowledge, Janet Erickson 0 Comments

One reason I love the third CIA unit for 4th grade, Streams to the River, River to the Sea, is the opportunity to integrate Social Studies content and skills throughout the book.  Students use skills like reading maps, making and using timelines, and of course learning about the explorers and Native Americans of the Northwest.  They will start using these …

Castle in the Attic Project

rsbsadmin 4.2 The Castle in the Attic, Additional Activities, Janet Erickson 0 Comments

As I mentioned in my last post, I decided to have the student create their own coat of arms to use as a cover for the collection of work from Castle in the Attic.  Online I found a list of attributes often symbolized in coats of arms, as well as the colors, animals, and symbols that represented each one.  The …

Book Club with Janet Erickson

rsbsadmin 4.1 Shiloh, Book Clubs, Janet Erickson 0 Comments

Starting the Book Clubs The Book Clubs are so much fun.  Every student is reading, talking about their book, or writing about it for the entire Book Club time.  It’s such a great use of reading time – no one is waiting!  I have three groups.  In the below-grade-level group there are six kids reading Shoeshine Girl, and in the …

Student Writing and Projects with Shiloh

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Shiloh Writing Two very exciting things have happened recently in our reading of Shiloh.  First, we reached the end of the first quadrant, so the students had their first opportunity to respond in writing individually, using the writing frame.  To make this a little more accessible to my students, who have very little prior experience with this type of writing, I …

Classroom Setup – Janet Erickson

rsbsadmin 4th Grade, Classroom Setup & Routines, Janet Erickson 0 Comments

My CIA Classroom The first full week of school is over, and the kids are already so excited about reading Shiloh!  It’s surprising how quickly students learn the routines of Read Aloud the ‘CIA way.’  Last weekend I made a list of reading partners, and introduced the “red and “blue” partner roles on Monday.  (Disclaimer – our school colors are …