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by Sharon Draper Year Published: 2010
"Eleven-year-old Melody is not like most people. She can’t walk. She can’t talk. She can’t write. All because she has cerebral palsy. But she also has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school, but NO ONE knows it. Melody refuses to be defined by her disability--and she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow."
by K.A. Applegate Year Published: 2012
"Having spent 27 years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes."
by Norton Juster Year Published: 1961
"For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason! Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it’s exciting beyond his wildest dreams."
by Gary Paulsen Year Published: 1987
"Throughout the summer, Brian learns how to survive in the vast wilderness with only his hatchet. He discovers how to make fire with the hatchet and eats whatever food he can find, such as rabbits, birds, turtle eggs, fish, berries, and fruit. He deals with various threats of nature, including mosquitos, a porcupine, bear, skunk, moose, wolves, and even a tornado. Over time, Brian develops his survival skills and becomes a fine woodsman."
What a beautiful day! 🌳 From shelter building to learning what plants are safe to eat, and from fire building to team building...we had a wonderful field trip! 💙(Check out the pictures in the slideshow)
Students had fun today completing an art project that will help us remember to follow the school behavior norms "C.A.R.E.S"! 🖌️(Check out the pictures in the slideshow)
Yesterday we were able to make some Marble Mazes with Ms. Williams in the STEM Lab. We will get a chance to finish them next week! (Check out the pictures in the slideshow)
This year during Word Study we are going to study 10 "must-know" vocabulary words per week. Students will not be tested on these words, but I will send home their Word Study packet every Tuesday. This will give them a chance to review them before playing a jeopardy-type game each Thursday!
It was a great (and busy) first official Monday of the school year! I do not assign homework, but do expect kids are reading at home.
Interested in chaperoning a field trip to the Audubon Center? Save the Date: Thursday, September 19th from 8:20-2:00! I'm still missing a few permission slips--they are due next week.
Today we asked, "Why is it so hard to make new inventions?" Students explored ways to "Save Bobby" by trying to figure out how to create a parachute so that Bobby (a bobby pin) could land safely on the ground. They tried many different designs, and I caught one in action!
The 1st field trip permission slip of the year is on its way home! We are going to the Audubon Center in Huntington on Thursday, September 19th! We are also looking for some chaperones. Additionally, the first Scholastic Order form went home today, too. Feel free to order online, or send in a check (to Scholastic Reading Club) or cash by 9/12/19.
Unified Arts Schedule:
Monday: Music (Valyou) 2:05-2:50
Tuesday: Art (Gitlin) 1:05-1:50
Wednesday: Music (Valyou) 2:05-2:50
Thursday: P.E. (Bowker) 2:05-2:50
Friday: P.E. (Bowker) 2:05-2:50