Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Primary Sources - More pictures

Great work today!

Primary Sources Hours 1 and 2

My students were learning about primary sources today in Social Studies. The activity I prepared for them was to have them practice drawing conclusions and making inferences, just like historians do every day.

I chose Civil War images because it was a very well document period in history. Pairs of students were given various pictures from the Civil War.  It was also an easy thing for them to practice the specific skills I wanted.  Students were also given a record sheet with three columns.  The first column was to put down what they observed.  The second column was for them to tell the story or drawing conclusions/inferences.  The third column was for questions they still have.

Since I didn't have magnifying glasses for the class to view the pictures, students could use their iPads to magnify.  Some chose to take a picture of the picture.  The attached short movie clip is from my first hour class.  These two students had the right idea and used their technology to practice the skills taught!  YAY!!

I thought you'd enjoy this.

Artifacts Day - Hours 1 and 2

These students brought special family artifacts from home.  These include Civil War discharge and enlistment papers, money, paper dolls, and an old ancestor's picture.

Science - Hours 5 and 6

Students are in groups to discuss the results of a lab activity.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Exciting News -- For Me!

It has been almost 37 years since I started teaching in the School District of Waukesha.  The first ten years I taught bilingual 3rd grade at White Elementary School.  Then I transferred to Bethesda Elementary School.  There I taught for 23 year at the 6th grade level, all subjects and specializing in Science for all sixth grade students.  Four years ago, sixth grade moved to the middle schools and I found myself teaching at Butler Middle School.

For me, teaching has been extremely rewarding.  This year's students are especially enjoyable to teach.  What better way to end my career as a teacher with such wonderful students.  Yes, I will be retiring at the end of this school year.  I turned in my letter of retirement today.

To celebrate, I have a Hershey's Chocolate candy bar to the first student in each hour who congratulates me on my retirement!!!  Let's see who reads this blog!

Mrs. Evans

iPad Roll Out This Week

Our sixth grade students are excited for the iPad roll out this week!  Some might already have them, but the evening dedicated for 6th grade students is tomorrow.

These are the two signs that will indicate whether iPads are needed to be brought into the classroom.  Students have already been given a lesson on Class Expectations with respect to iPad usage.

ABC Posters - Close Up

Here are pictures of a few ABC projects that were exceptional.

Preparing for the project by taking notes using the alpabet:

Ancient Rome and Medieval Projects!

Here are ABC posters students in my Hours 5 and 6 made for the Ancient Rome unit.  They turned out very well!

Rome Projects, Part 1

Rome Projects, Part 2

Medieval Shields
You will also see shields theses students created for their Medieval unit.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Second Semester Science Classes - Cup Challenge!

There was a lot of excitement during today's Cup Challenge in Science!  Take a look!