As part of our Mo Willems author study with the 1st grade, we discussed Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog, Don't Let the Pigeon Stay up Late and The Pigeon Wants a Puppy, focusing on the persuasive arguments made by the pigeon to get what he wants. The students chose one of these stories to write their own persuasive reasons, using some evidence from the text, to persuade the reader "why the pigeon should not have a puppy", "why the pigeon should or should not share his hotdog", "why the pigeon should not drive the bus" or "why the pigeon should or should not stay up late." Next they created a persuasive story using the My Story or Chatterpix apps on the iPad. Here are Mrs. Copersmet's class persuasive reasons:
In celebration of Earth Day, Patton School had a special outing to view the Disney nature movie, Bears, at the Randhurst Theaters. Students from Kindergarten to fifth grade were enthralled by the story of Sky and her two cubs in the first year of their journey from birth to their first winter hibernation. Following the movie, each grade examined one aspect of what they learned about the bears; their experience with their habitat, their predators, their diet, or their interaction with their own community. Each class created a poster outlining their learning which were posted all around the school, creating our very own "bear hunt".
As students learned about the water cycle and the distribution of Earth’s water in 5th grade science, they became aware that although water seems to be abundant here in Arlington Heights, access to fresh clean water is not a fact in all parts of the World and there are many problems, debates and questions regarding collecting and conserving it as a necessary resource for all. In LMC we challenged students to choose a water issues to research and create a presentation to share their understanding with the class. The issues students delved into included some newer technology such as desalination and hydroponics, as well as pervasive problems with diseases in water, the debate about tap versus bottled water, the problems with trash in the Oceans, and oil spills. They were given their choice as to the tool with which to share information and chose Prezi, Google Presentations, iMovie and Comic Life. Below is one example. See their work on the 5th Grade Student Projects Pages.
Bottled Water versus Tap Water? Ask a 5th grader which is better!
Through two ABC/25 grants, the LMC received 12 new Kindle Readers for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students to checkout and 6 iPad Document Cameras, for use in the LMC and five additional classrooms!
Andrea Beaty, author of Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect and many other books for Kindergarten through middle school reading, entertained the primary grades at Patton today, brought to us by the Patton PTA and the AHML! She read from both books, pointing out some of the connections between the characters and challenging students to find more. She also told the students a little about the inspiration for Rosie, the real Rosie the Riveter. Patton's Kindergarten, first and second graders impressed the author with their insightful questions and excitement.
Second grade classes participated in a research project with the LMC in which they first studied the Presidents who are carved on the Mount Rushmore monument to learn why Presidents Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt were chosen. Students used what they learned to generate a list of qualities that they believed make a great leader - helped people, inspired or set a good example, improved the country and was fair. Next they tested those qualities as they each read about either President Eisenhower, President Franklin Roosevelt, President Kennedy, President Johnson or President Carter and shared their understanding with the class. Together the class wrote to a Mount Rushmore National Park ranger with their conclusions and he wrote a detailed response very excited about their research! Finally they created a "motivational poster" for the President they believe should be added to Mount Rushmore including three pieces of evidence from their research. Here are a few of their posters:
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I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.