Welcome to Sora!
Hi Kiddos! It’s time to hit the books and to make personal connections with the text using a strategy called the Double-Entry Journal. We will be reading the picture book The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca.
Here’s a preview of the book:
Here’s what we need to know about using the strategy of a Double-Entry Journal. (Mrs. Baker will guide you through this resource.)
Time, Sami & Amro Reading. “The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin | READ ALOUD PICTURE BOOK |.” YouTube, YouTube, 15 Oct. 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPj0SaapJMs&t=15s.
Here’s some research guidance for you as you entice tourists to visit your country. Be sure to brainstorm and consider all the things that appeal to you when you travel. It is especially important that our information be from reliable and relevant sources, so we will be using the databases to which we subscribe through the Cobb Digital Library. Let’s get started!
Remember: You access Cobb Digital Library at home by using your Office 365 username and password (firstname.lastname@example.org) and your school computer password.
Introduction: What is Sway? (This video will be shared via direct instruction in class.)
How to Sway by TTIS, Whitney Prather (Here is a step-by-step how to if you need additional guidance while off campus. Direct Sway instruction will be provided in class by Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker. THIS VIDEO LIKES MICROSOFT EDGE!)
Helpful Hint: If you face obstacles or have questions while creating your Sway, be sure to utilize the Help feature within Sway.
The above allows access to the shared folder on Microsoft Office 365 and includes the primary source documents utilized via the Propaganda Museum Walk.
POST LESSON REFLECTION
Through collaborative instruction with Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker and Media Paraprofessional, Mrs. Webb, Mrs. Dean’s and Mrs. Slade’s sixth grade AC Literature classes dove into Poe with Breakout EDU. In order to solve hidden clues, students were tasked with evaluating evidence and reading closely with a detective’s eye. Here are some images of their efforts.
Hi 7th grade Scientists! Let’s use Cobb Digital Library to locate the BEST, most timely and relevant information on how organ systems interact to carry out life functions. Humans–and other complex multicellular organisms–have systems of organs that work together carrying out processes that keep us alive. Here’s how to get started using Cobb Digital Library to learn all about human body systems.
Science Databases are arranged in a group for quick access and include:
*All of the above resources feature content on Human Body Systems
|S7L2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to describe how cell structures, cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems interact to maintain the basic needs of organisms.
c. Construct an argument that systems of the body (Cardiovascular, Excretory, Digestive, Respiratory, Muscular, Nervous, and Immune) interact with one another to carry out life processes.
(Clarification statement: The emphasis is not on learning individual structures and functions associated with each system, but on how systems interact to support life processes.)
Cite Your Sources!
Use the Citation Tool features in Gale’s Kid InfoBits and Gale in Context Middle School.
DK Findout and BrainPOP resources should be cited using www.citationmachine.net. Choose MLA format and follow the prompts.
Here is an example of a citation generated from the Digestive System resources in BrainPOP:
“Digestive System.” BrainPOP, 10 Oct. 2019, https://www.brainpop.com/health/bodysystems/digestivesystem/.
Cobb Digital Library (CDL) Access: On-campus computers, offer a shortcut on the desktop. From home, the link to CDL is available via both the Cobb County and Durham websites as well as through the Durham Library Learning Commongs blog. Students will be prompted to use their Office 365 username which follows this pattern: email@example.com. They will then use their individualized school computer password.
Oh what a month it has been! September was fast and furious in the Durham Library as the 2019-20 school year picked up steam. Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb hosted Book Tasting with Mrs. Slade’s 6th grade ELA classes. Mrs. Baker taught collaboratively alongside Mrs. Slade and Mrs. Dean as 6th graders created Blackout Poems and wrote Inner Dialogues about their experience. Also, the library staff hosted class book checkout and supported research lessons across grades and subject areas.
Check out some of the fun from the Book Tasting:
Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker and 6th grade teachers Mrs. Dean and Mrs. Slade recently led 6th grade AC ELA through the creation of Blackout Poetry! Students chose pages that spoke to them from stacks of discarded paperbacks. The books were far past their prime and were actually on their way to the dumpster, but new life was found!
Here’s the prep:
Instruction was provided that included examples of Blackout Poetry some of which were from McEachern High School’s Advanced Content Art Class! Thanks to Media Specialist, Mrs. Buckert for connecting Durham with them.
Next students shuffled out and began connecting with texts.
Here are the steps the students used to create their poetry.
Gather the interesting words.
Scan the page looking for words and phrases that jump out at you. BE PATIENT! This is the most challenging yet most important step.
Circle those words lightly in pencil.
Determine what words to keep.
Read through your list of circled words to see if you have a poem forming.
Remember, we read from top to bottom and left to right, so the words need to be in that order.
Decide if you want to eliminate or add words. Do that now!
Refine word choice.
Write your poem out (on notebook paper) and read it aloud to yourself to make sure it makes sense.
Decide what you want the reader to understand or feel after having read their poem?
After circling the words, you can sketch (in pencil) a picture or design that fits with the theme or images of the poem.
Use a sharpie or flair pen to outline.
Then, erase all the pencil marks.
Use markers, colored pencils, crayons, to complete your blackout poem.
The final results are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Here are just a few of them:
After the Blackout Poetry, the students reflected on their experience by writing inner dialogues.