It is time to get those creative juices going again! Mrs. McBride is offering an opportunity to 4th graders ONLY! Let’s put those problem solving and designing skills to work. Find out more details for this month’s challenge here – The Valentine Challenge.
We can a learn a lot about perseverance from Martin Luther King, Jr. On Monday, January 21st we observe his birthday and honor all of his accomplishments. Listen to Kid President’s video on how King taught us that things won’t always be awesome, but your response can be.
Remember, things don’t always have to be they are. We can change them! Kids can change them.
- Post your poem to this blog.
- Here is a Martin Luther King, Jr. Internet scavenger hunt. Information is from the official U.S. Government website on Martin Luther King, Jr.
Let’s enjoy some creative writing. A diamante poems is an unrhymed seven-line poem. The beginning and ending lines are the shortest, while the lines in the middle are longer, giving diamante poems a diamond shape. “Diamante” is the Italian word for diamond, so this poetic form is named for this diamond shape.
A diamante poem is made up of 7 lines using a set structure:
Line 1: Beginning subject
Line 2: Two describing words about line 1
Line 3: Three doing words about line 1
Line 4: A short phrase about line 1, a short phrase about line 7
Line 5: Three doing words about line 7
Line 6: Two describing words about line 7
Line 7: End subject
An example of a diamante poem
Read Write Think is a great resource to help you develop your diamante poem.
Challenge – Go to Mrs. McBride’s website to find out more about the Snowflake Challenge.
This week, we have begun our next reading unit on theme, and have been talking about about themes of songs that we love. Part of your homework was to choose your very own theme song for your life. Journal entries are due tomorrow, but please post the title and performer of your song below!
SOCSD afforded an amazing opportunity for students in grades 5-8. Malala Yousafzai spoke to our students about the importance of education and especially for girls. She has a new book called, We are Displaced. Please read or listen (scroll to the bottom of page) to her biography – Malala Yousafzai. Watch an interview with her below.
“Malala is a symbol of hope and an inspirational role model, particularly for girls. On her 16th birthday, she gave a passionate speech to the United Nations. She was inundated with awards, culminating in the ultimate honor in 2014, the Nobel Peace Prize.”
Read more here:
- Kids Rights – Malala
- Biography – Malala
- Time – Malala
- Time for Kids: Heroic Returns
- CBS interview “We are Displaced”
What amazed you most about Malala? Post your comment to this blog.
Welcome to an exciting New Year, and may you achieve all your goals in 2019.
This month’s assembly, Colors of Character for January, reminds us that perseverance is essential to success.
What can you learn from:
- Understanding Talent
- Your Brain on Books
- Ezra Frech Sports Illustrated’s SportsKid of the Year Award.
- The Royal Bee
“YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU WANT. YOU CAN DREAM IT. YOU CAN HOPE IT. OR YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!”
Post your goal for 2019 and the steps you will take to achieve this goal.
Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Everyone is out looking for great deals on holiday presents. Don’t fall into this shopping craze. Use some imagination and creativity with Mrs. McBride’s monthly challenge, The Paper Bag Challenge. Save money and the environment! All entries are due Monday, December 17th.
Please visit The Paper Bag Challenge blog post for additional information, ideas and resources.