Patton's Poem in your Pocket Day was an awesome tribute to poetry of all types, sizes and kinds. In preparation for the day, students perused poetry books and websites or wrote poems, copied them and created origami pockets to hold them. Today, students walked around all day with their chosen poem, or two, in their pocket, and shared them in class, at lunch, and in specials. Principal Larson started the day off with a poem on the morning announcements and then some classes shared poems with Dr. Bein and Dr. Olson through Google Hangout, classes at Ivy Hill read us their original poems, and one class even shared a few poems with Governor Rauner, who recited Casey at the Bat, for us. We hope everyone will continue to keep a poem close by, all year long.
Thanks to the Patton PTA, Bill Buczinksy, the poetry man, visited Patton on Tuesday April 28 for a full day of poetry rhythm, metaphor and images. Kindergarten - 2nd grade participated in a poetry performance in the Commons featuring, guitar, bongos, Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein and students too, with plenty of rhythm and song. 5th grade classes and two 3rd grade classes participated in poetry workshops in the LMC where students learned about what makes poetry different from prose, making lists of words for an image and turning those words around until a poetic image came through.
On April 22, Patton students traveled to the Randhurst Theatres to view the Disney Nature Movie Monkey Kingdom. The movie features the life and challenges of the unique Toque Macaque monkeys of Sri Lanka, and proceeds from the movie are used in conservation efforts all over the World. Find out what our students learned, wondered, and loved best:
After reading riddle books about animal camouflage, animal shadows and animal tracks, Kindergarten students created their own animal riddles. Each student chose one insect or spider to learn about on PebbleGo and wrote or drew notes about its features. They chose two of the features to use as clues and created a riddle in the app Shadow Puppet. To make the riddle, students learned how to select a question mark image and an photo of their insect or spider, and then record their clues and the answer! Here are two examples:
4th graders read beautiful "picture biographies" which provide a glimpse into the lives, challenges and accomplishments of some of our great well known and not so known heroes, or innovators, or pioneers. They read about Joe Louis, Nikola Tesla, and Louise Smith, just to name a few, who overcame great odds to achieve high honors in their sport or discipline, effect change, or innovate and create, providing a mentor for others. Working in pairs, they created a Google Slides class presentation on each person's challenges, accomplishments, character traits and memorable words! Enjoy Mrs. Cioni's class presentation:
As first grade classes studied the U.S. symbols in the classroom, in LMC, we used the Presidential portraits of Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln to practice observation, reflection and questioning and see what we could learn about the President from his portrait. As a class, student's observed how the President was dressed, his expression and stance and the objects he included with him in the portrait. We asked the students to reflect on what their observations could tell us about the President. For example, Washington is holding a sword, while Jefferson has a scientific instrument in his portrait. Each student chose one President to reflect on in the app Explain Everything and they each also created their own "portrait" in Pic Collage with three objects that had meaning for them. Here are a few examples:
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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.