Allapattah Flats seventh graders prefer the book to the movie

Allapattah Flats seventh graders prefer the book to the movie

Students in Crystal Carrington and Bridget Valinote’s seventh grade classes were  excited to attend a field trip to Rave Cinema to see the new movie The Hunger Games. Students had just finished reading the book in their reading class, so they were able to extend their learning by comparing and contrasting elements of the book to the movie.  The votes are in that the book was better than the movie and gave so much more detail!  Students are now very motivated to read the sequel Catching Fire. Pictured, from left, are Madison Kennedy, Brandon White, and Kylie Coons smiling and eager to board the bus to go watch the much anticipated movie.

Southern Oaks Middle students focus on reading

Southern Oaks Middle students focus on reading

Southern Oaks Middle School sixth grade students recently received small group instruction for reading in preparation for the upcoming FCAT.  Southern Oaks media center’s Cathy Odom and Kim Johnson organized the event for the students.  Sixth grade students from Cathy Ciccarelli’s and Kevin McInerney’s classes participated in the rotation.  Students were placed in groups of five or six each day and traveled through four different classes on reading.  Kaitlyn Granger and Vincia Gavoni taught Author’s Purpose, Cathy Ciccarelli and Tiffany Barrett taught Text Features, Sara Denning and Jo Ann Conard taught Context Clues, and finally Jack Babcock and Kevin McInerney taught Computer Testing Skills.  The student’s response to the small group activities were overwhelmingly positive!  Pictured, from left, are Altynai Davis, River Eichas, Melene Joseph, Charity Richadson, and Alexander Schrimer.

First graders at Palm Pointe help support Relay for Life

First graders at Palm Pointe help support Relay for Life

Students from Desiree Miller’s first grade class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition are seen holding up posters they made for cafeteria manager Nancy DeGuzman, pictured with the students. Students participated in the Walk-A-Thon with proceeds going to the Relay for Life team which helps the American Cancer Society.

Static electricity demonstrated by Palm Pointe fifth graders

Static electricity demonstrated by Palm Pointe fifth graders

Fifth grade twins Rachel and Carly Bentel at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition use balloons to demonstrate static electricity in a recent science experiment for their science club.  The club is sponsored by fifth grade teacher Michelle Powers. Students met once a week in the morning before school and did fun and educational experiments.