Wonder, Explore, Read, Learn & DiscoverMrs. Wagner
Welcome back to an exciting school year! This year when you come to W.E.R.L.D. you can expect to wonder, explore, read, learn and discover! Your time in W.E.R.L.D. will open your mind and heart to reading. From the research process to developing vocabulary to enhancing creativity you will be amazed by these experiences through reading! Please tour this new website and begin your journey traveling Cottage Lane’s new “WERLD.”
- Giant Pumpkin Regatta 2017
- New York Botancial Gardens Giant Pumpkin Exhibit
- Click on the link and read the article about a Pumpkin Regatta. Dynamath Magazine
- Click on the link to learn some spooky facts about Halloween. Frightful Halloween Facts from Dynamath Magazine
The students in W.E.R.L.D. will organize their own mini pumpkin regatta. Check out the photos!
Little Explorers in the W.E.R.L.D. Room
- Hispanic Students Share their Feelings about Hispanic Heritage Month
- What is Hispanic Heritage Month
- Maya and Miguel Share what they know
- Facts about Hispanic Heritage Month
- Maria from Sesame Street is Honored for Hispanic Heritage Month
The Fight for What’s Right
When a Hispanic family encounters segregation, they fight back—and win
Sylvia Mendez was an 8-year-old American child living in California. But because of her Mexican heritage, she was barred from her town’s public school and forced to attend a run-down “Mexican school.” Soon she and her family were in the middle of a legal battle that helped end segregation in California schools.
All readers will travel back in time and place themselves in the shoes of a family that overcame injustice and helped integrate California schools. The readers will identify the theme of the play that is based on real events.
Children everywhere go to school. Children everywhere want to learn about the world and their place in it. The students at Cottage Lane traveled around the world in 45 minutes and captured the diversity of school experiences, compared and contrasted their first day experiences to different cultures. Have your passport ready as you click the link below.
Travel to West Africa to meet Lilly, Charlotte and Esther as they share their first day of school experiences. The program follows the stories of these three girls as they complete their last year of secondary school. Esther shares her daily routine, which involves waking up very early in the morning and working hard throughout the day. First Day Experiences
- School Days in Peru
- Kazakhstan School System
- Kenya Schools
- Facts about Canada’s School System
- Australia School Info.
On Your Mark, Get Set…Go and Make Your Mark
Based on the book, The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds, the story tells about a young girl (Vashti) who thinks she can’t draw. Her art teacher tells her to “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” Vashti jabs the paper with a dot and then signs her name as requested by her teacher. As the story moves on, Vashti discovered that she really can be creative. And, as a little boy looks at all her paintings, she encourages him just as her teacher encouraged her. International Dot Day, celebrated September 15th-ish, is a day to help children (and adults) focus on how to “make their mark.”
How can the students in W.E.R.L.D. celebrate International Dot Day?
1.The students will listen to the book, The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds to kick-off this special day. It’s all about encouraging kids to discover how they can make a difference.
2. Each student could write a short narrative about how they make “a mark” on the world. There is a fun twist to the writing assignment. Students are not allowed to use letters with a dot (in other words no i or j). Yikes! This will force the students to carefully think about word choice and encourage to try out some new words.
3. No Smocks Needed to Make Your Mark- The students could create a masterpiece as they make their mark. Ink will glide and swirl across the paper with confidence and bravery.
We often think of bright colors as belonging to things that people create, like artwork or clothing. But in places all over the world, the natural world shows off its brightest colors, too.
- Morning Glory Pool Yellowstone National Park, United States
- Rainbow Mountains Zhangye National Geopark, China
- Lake Hillier Western Australia
- Rainbow Eucalyptus Grove, Mindanao Philippines
- Tunnel of Love Klevan, Ukraine
- Dallol Ethiopia, Africa
- Fly Geyser Gerlach, Nevada United States