We shared our predictions about what might happen next in “Stargirl” on Hillari Kimble’s birthday!
We were able to ask interesting questions that could relate to our own future writing:
How soon is too soon for a character to react strongly?
How does a character’s emotional reaction to an event match their previous reactions?
What kind of characters are likely to react in the moment, and which characters are likely to be sneaky later?
We added another theme to the book:
In Stargirl, The culture of the school is created by students who are not involved, don’t want to stand out, don’t want to be different, and don’t want to celebrate school spirit (attending or cheering at games)
. So far, no one is challenging The school “leaders”, Hillari Kimble and Wayne Parr. Stargirl is challenging the culture of Mica Area High School by being very enthusiastic, and the students are loving the changes in themselves!
We created an anchor chart about how to write effective predictions, based on student ideas. we decided that predictions are reasonable if they match the events that have already happened in the text so far and if the characters’ thoughts and actions match the characters’ thoughts and actions in the text so far.
After our DPA break, we read the next chapter to discover what actually happened. We were able to confirm some predictions and disprove others.
Now that we have used a place value chart and a grid for showing decimal numbers in both grades, we spent time figuring out how to represent decimal numbers with base 10 materials.
We got together with Mr. Lee’s and Mrs. nights classes for buddy time. Today, we drew portraits of our buddies, while continuing our conversations/getting to know each other! Here are a few samples 🙂
We spent time individually searching out answers related to our Passion Projects. Here’s one student example of research into an actual mystery. The final product that will be an actual mystery story that the student will write –– – readers will discover the details of the mystery by reading the story.
Mrs. Holton took over for Miss Fawcett, who went to attend a meeting for teacher inquiry. Teachers are also developing questions for how to improve student learning. Teachers are meeting in teams with our new instructional coach teacher, Ms. Johnston.
We finished our day with Mrs. Crocker in the arts room. Students may reflect on what they did in the future blog post.
p.s. Thanks to the student who got creative with our bathroom sign out at the end of the day 🙂