Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tremendous Tucson

This is our Our City podcast
It can also be found here along with other "Our City" podcasts

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Busy, Busy Week

In class we listened to a pod cast from a class in Omaha. In their pod cast they told us about their city. So now in our class we are making a pod cast too. If you have any ideas about Tucson and only Tucson then please leave a comment and tell other people about it and tell them to leave a comment.
We did our final map test including the second and first quarter. A lot of us had to study really really hard to get 100%. We also had our concert for band,choir and orchistra. If you want to come and listen to them perform it is on a Wednesday night at 6:30 at Walker Elementary. If you go please leave a comment about what you thought of it.
In math we are learning about how to make pie graphs and percent. We are also studying how to make a fraction into a decimal and a decimal into a fraction. The steps to doing that is first you need a calculator to do it the easy way. Say you had a fraction like four tenths and then divide ten into four and then when you get your decimal and multiply it by one hundred.
In this last week of school, student council made three days called Spirit Days. On Monday it was Hawaii Day and on Tuesday it is Sports Day and on Wednesday it is Twin Day and also on Wednesday we have a pep assembly.
We also are close to finishing The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Explorer Posters

The student written rubric that we used to rate these posters can be found here. Click on the poster to enlarge.
We felt this group worked well together to create an excellent poster. It included many meaningful facts about Columbus.They created a scroll like effect to enhance their display. We felt this could have been improved by neater writing, a better use of space, and better name placement.
This group had a well organized plan but had difficulty carrying it out. The pictures supported the topic. It could be improved by focusing on neatness and checking the spelling.
This group was well organized.The pictures supported the topic and they included a timeline for each explorer. They could use their space better by using drawing tools, such as a staightedge, and darker colors.
This group made good use of pictures for effect, especially at the bottom of the poster. They used large lettering and a good organizational plan. There were some meaningful facts but also some that were inaccurate. Their name placement was a poor use of space.
This group made good use of color with a theme pattern that ran around the border of the poster and through the web. However, the writing is small and hard to read. The poster feels cluttered. More meaningful facts would also have improved their project.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Map Locations

Here is the information you need for this week's map test. Remember, next week is a final test on all locations from first and second quarters.
Map Locations

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Lemons for Literacy

As the old saying goes, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” Over 40 million Americans struggle with literacy problems. People who struggle with reading can be seen as having been given lemons in life. With the support of effective reading instruction, these people can turn their lemons into lemonade.
How to Play
Click on the correct answer.
If you get it right, you will get a harder word. If you get it wrong, you will get an easier word.
For each answer you get right, we will donate money that goes toward literacy materials for a person in need.