Saturday, May 19, 2012

We are Authors!

This semester our 3rd graders have been busy writing their own stories and poetry. Students worked in pairs and individually to express an interesting story or inspiring poetry. They also added to their writing by including some original artwork. Have a look at their final products below.

As a culminating activity, we had a Skype chat with our new friends in Ms. Anderson's class in Minnesota. They showed us a poetry skit they had made about their interpretation of the poem,"I Found a Four-Leaf Clover" by Jack Prelutsky. Have a look at our Rocketeers sharing their work below. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Novel Trailers

As a culminating project, our 6th grade Rocketeers created some iMovie Trailers for the novel, The Giver. Students had two options for their project: 1) Create a trailer to summarize the novel or, 2) Create a sequel to the novel. Our Rocketeers put their creativity skills to the test and opted for the sequel. Check out our final products below!

Group 1: Alissa & Christian 

Group 2: Michael & Alexandria 

Group 3: Josiah, Zoey & Zacch 

Which trailer was your favorite? Which one would you (if given the chance) watch and why? 
We would love to hear your comments! 

Acknowledgements: We would like to thank Mr. Robert Scruggs, our district instructional technology specialist, for teaching us iMovie and providing support and feedback throughout our project. We had a blast, Mr. Scruggs! 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Culture Day 2012

Last week our school hosted its Second Annual Culture Day.  Each year we host this event to explore and celebrate diversity in our school and around the world.  The event included guest speaker presentations by international students along with two variety shows with student-led performances and presentations.  So it comes to no surprise that our 4th and 6th grade Rocketeers have been busy as bees this semester! They took on the task of preparing introductions for our performances, serving as helpers (who took pictures and escorted speakers to their designated classrooms) during the classroom presentations, and even preparing a performance of their own! Check out clips of our show below.

Overall, our Rocketeers did an amazing job of multitasking. They got the chance to see the ins and outs of preparing and planning for a school-wide event. The event and day was a huge success!