Southern Oaks Middle students learn to use media center

Southern Oaks Middle students learn to use media center

Sixth grade students at Southern Oaks Middle School have been coming to the media center for an orientation and a scavenger hunt using the Dewey Decimal System.  After a brief orientation, the students were instructed on how to use the Dewey Decimal System to find non-fiction books. Students were placed on teams of two and given three slips of paper with types of books written on them, such as basketball, poetry, or cooking. When media specialist Cathy Odom and clerk Kim Johnson gave the signal, the students moved through the library to find their books. When the students found a book, they raised their hands and Ms. Odom or Ms. Johnson checked to see if they had the correct book. The first three teams to find all of their books won prizes.

F. K. Sweet students work on writing

F. K. Sweet students work on writing

Isabella Lott in Kasey Ascani’s second grade class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School is building “work-on-writing” stamina as a part of the Daily 5 reading block. Students have the freedom of choosing what they want to write about during this independent practice time.

Forest Grove Middle students get to know each other

Forest Grove Middle students get to know each other

Students in Charlene Carter’s reading classes at Forest Grove Middle School got to know each other recently using a series of activities meant to gather information about classmates as well as build knowledge of thinking maps, note taking techniques, Kagan structures, and cloze sentence templates. Pictured, from left, are Cicilio Ramirez and Enoc Lopez.

Students work with numbers at F. K. Sweet

Students work with numbers at F. K. Sweet

Fourth grade students Janyla Rolle, left, and Caleb Militello in Nardi Routten’s class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School worked together to create large numbers. They then wrote those numbers in three different ways: standard form, word form, and expanded form. This was a fun way to practice place value.

F. K. Sweet students become scientists

F. K. Sweet students become scientists

Fourth grade students Kayla Ceasar, left, and William Nelson in Nardi Routten’s class at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School became scientists last week as they explored ice balloons. Students used their observation skills to explore the surface of ice balloons after salt and food coloring were added.They then wrote down questions their observations inspired. Questions were sorted and new investigations were designed to answer some of those questions.