Bainbridge Elementary 2019-2020

  • 11/13/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 11/13/2019

    3rd

    We finished writing questions to guide our research, then we used the Chromebooks and available materials to answer our questions.  They did a lot of research on the computers and even watched a few NASA videos. 

     

    2nd

    First, we became penguin scientists and checked in on the Antarctica researchers through their daily journal, selected a penguin nest to observe over the course of the next two months, and checked to see what the penguins are doing today through the penguin camera.  Then we read chapters 2 and 3 from Waiting for Joey.

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  • 11/08/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 11/8/2019

    3rd Grade

    Today we discussed chapters 10 and 11 from Charlotte’s Web.  Then we read the design brief for our Airbag-Landing System design challenge.  Students will be designing and building an airbag-landing system in the style of those used with the Spirit and Opportunity rovers.  They will try to build an airbag-landing system to protect their rover (egg) from the Martian surface (classroom floor). We watched a video animation of NASA’s airbag-landing system.  Finally, they wrote down a few questions that they want to answer when we conduct some research on the Chromebooks next week.     

     

    2nd

    Today we discussed chapters 10 and 11 from Charlotte’s Web.  Then we finished reading the two short articles on Adelie penguins.  They shared what they found most interesting with our group.  I introduced the “Be a Penguin Scientist” activities that we will be doing each time that meet.  We read the Daily Journal that Jean Pennycook (author of Waiting for Joey) keeps and learned about what the penguin scientists are doing right now. 

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  • 11/05/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 11/5/2019

    3rd Grade

    Today we discussed chapters 8 and 9 from Charlotte’s Web.

    We began two new projects.  I began by introducing a new enrichment folder project called Alien Edition.  They create a magazine documenting a new planet that was given to them.  This project connects with their Science and Government units.  They can work on it when they finish things early in class or at home, if they would like.  Our main project for the next month will be designing an Airbag-Landing System.  They read Rosie Revere, Engineer and discussed what engineers do, using a notebook, and the need to modify a design and try again. 

     

    2nd Grade

    Today we discussed chapters 8 and 9 from Charlotte’s Web.

    We started a new project today involving penguins.  Since 2nd graders study animals and animal adaptations in their science class, we will be studying Adelie penguins and the adaptations that they have to survive in Antarctica.  First, we talked about what they already know about penguins and discussed what was wrong in a funny picture of a penguin and a polar bear.  Then we read chapter 1 of Waiting for Joey.  They also began reading two short articles on Adelie penguins and taking notes. 

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  • 10/31/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 10/31/2019

    2nd & 3rd Grade

    We worked hard to finish our essays for the Name the Rover Challenge.  We typed our final drafts and revised and edited with partners.  Their essays turned out great!  We will find out if anyone made it to the semifinals on January 9th, 2020.

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  • 10/28/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 10/28/2019

    2nd & 3rd Grade

    They worked hard today to finish their rough drafts.  Then they shared their rough drafts with each other and gave feedback.  Many of them began typing their final draft.

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  • 10/23/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 10/23/2019

    2nd & 3rd Grade

    Today we discussed chapters 6 and 7 from Charlotte’s Web.  Then we continued working on our graphic organizers and starting our rough drafts for the Name the Rover Challenge. 

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  • 10/18/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 10/18/2019

    2nd & 3rd Grade

    First, they shared a few of their new Greekymons and then we discussed chapters four and five from Charlotte’s Web.  Then we worked on finishing our graphic organizers for the Name the Rover Challenge.  A few students were able to start their rough drafts.

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  • 10/15/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 10/15/2019

    2nd & 3rd Grade

    Today I introduced another Choice Board activity called Greekymon.  They use Greek and Latin word parts to create a creature, define the word parts, write an explanation of the creature, and then draw a picture.  We spent some time creating a Greekymon.  Then we discussed the first three chapters of Charlotte’s Web. 

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  • 10/08/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 10/8/2019

    2nd & 3rd Grade

    I checked in with them on their guided reading work and introduced the Choice Board to them.  When they finish reading the chapters and answering the questions for Charlotte’s Web, they can complete the options on the Choice Board.  Then they worked on filling out a persuasive essay graphic organizer with their selected name and reasons why the judges should pick their name. 

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  • 10/03/19

    Posted by Sara Torchia on 10/3/2019

    2nd & 3rd Grade

    First, I introduced the novel Charlotte’s Web to the group.  They will be reading it during their Guided Reading time.  Then we discussed ideas for rover names, acronyms, the landing location for the Mars 2020 rover, and how to write a persuasive essay.  Students researched and brainstormed ideas for names.

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