Thursday, December 1, 2016

Come to my Colony!

5th graders, you've been investigating the successes and failures of English colonists at four different colonies: Jamestown, Plymouth, Popham and Roanoke.  Now it's time to imagine that you are setting off for one of these colonies and need to rally other people to join you.

Can you convince other English people to leave their homes and set off for an adventure of a lifetime?  What specifically about your colony makes it a good risk for colonists?

We will use Explora and NearPod to gather and share our information.  

Learning Targets:
I can use print and online texts to gain new understandings.
I can draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection and research.

Monday, November 21, 2016


4th graders, I am excited that we can continue our exploration of ocean creatures with a virtual field trip to visit with a sea turtle scientist!

Before we go on our trip, let's do a little investigating on our own.  Please work with your table team, using MARVEL, books, and magazines to share what you know and to gather new information about sea turtles.

Learning Targets:
  • I can access MARVEL and do a keyword search.
  • I can read informational texts to gain new knowledge and understanding.
  • I can collaborate with my classmates and work together to learn new things.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

We Could Have Been Famous!

5th graders, the Popham colony came so close to being the first successful colony on this continent!

Today we're going to research and think together about the reasons that it failed as a colony.

Here are some links for you to use in your groups for your research:
History of the Popham Colony
Audio recording of Popham information

Learning Targets:
  • I can draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection and research.
  • I can share what I've learned with my peers on NearPod (and face to face too).

Monday, November 7, 2016

2nd Grade Skype

Second graders had an amazing virtual field trip today with the Second Chance Ranch in Sammamish, Washington.  We've been reading many nonfiction books about animals in our library class, and we very much enjoyed Al the Alpaca by Diane Gockel, a true story about one of the animals that lives at Second Chance Ranch.  After reading that book we did research on alpacas and developed some questions for our trip.

Diane read us a story and gave us a tour of the farm.  We were pretty psyched to meet Al the alpaca!  Finally, Diane answered all the questions that we still had about alpacas.  It was a wonderful visit and we are grateful to Diane Gockel for welcoming us (virtually!) on her farm.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Pax and Peter

Peter and Pax have both been through an awful lot.  Do you think that they are going to reunite at the end of the book?  Why or why not?

Once you have posted a comment in reply to this question, please head on over to OneMotion to design your own Pax cover. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Mystery of Vola

5th graders, we have talked about how interesting Vola is as a character in Pax... now we have a challenge!  Can we describe her in 10 words or less?


Thursday, October 27, 2016