Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Making Journals

We have been busy making our own journals for the upcoming Revolution Simulation!




Colonial Square

Check our the shops in our Colonial Square... we are all ready to start our new Revolution simulation after break!



Monday, November 30, 2015

Hour of Code

In the next two weeks, kids at Skillin will be learning about coding and careers in the computer sciences through the Hour of Code celebration. Our class got the opportunity to begin coding today in library. The kids love it! If they have spare time, follow the links from Mrs. Stanbro's library page to explore more...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Making Butter

Today to celebrate our recent studies of life in the Thirteen Colonies we made butter! The kids enjoyed making the butter and tasting it too!



Friday, November 20, 2015

Colonial Slide Shows

In addition to the page in the Colonial Life book, students also worked together to create slide shows to share during their presentations. I am so impressed by their intuitive computer skills. I gave them very little explicit instruction, and they totally ran with it! I can't wait to see the presentations on Monday. Check out the slides shows...


          Food and Drink

        Health & Medicine

     Religion & Education

       Fun & Amusement

      Classes & Occupations

    Travel & Communication

Colonial Life Book

The kids did a fantastic job working to become experts on a certain aspect of Colonial Life. They worked in small groups to study 7 different topics and then created a highlights page for the rest of the class. Please enjoy!

Colonial Health & Medicine
by Emma, Lucas, and Henry

Colonial Food & Drink
by Jacob and Alex R.

Colonial Clothing 
by Anna, Elvis, and Emilie

Colonial Fun & Amusement
by Alex T., Jack, and Victor

Colonial Classes & Occupations
by Holly and Adian

Colonial Religion & Education
by Matthew, Ben, and Maysun

Colonial Travel & Communication
by Caleb, Lilly, and Micah

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Stretch It! Spice It! Age It!

This week during LA Workshop I had the opportunity to work with small groups in writing.  I organized students into groups according to the following goals:

Spice It! - Adding spicy words and interesting details

Stretch It! - Expanding upon ideas and adding more details

Age It! - Adding words and vocabulary to match the style/tone of this particular old world piece

About Me

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I live in Cape Elizabeth with my husband, two daughters, and our cat Nessie. Our family loves to spend time outdoors together, camping, hiking, and gardening. Another past time of mine is triathlons. I have completed nine triathlons, including one Half Ironman. I loved swimming, biking, and running 70.3 miles! You might also find me cozied up with a good book in my free time. I have been teaching for 10 years in a variety of grade levels. Fifth grade is my favorite! The kids are capable of so much! I can't say I have a favorite subject to teach, but love getting students to think deeply. I enjoy getting kids to think critically and be creative in all subject areas. I often use simulations and project based learning to do this. Teambuilding and working on social skills in another major goal of mine. Teaching kids to work effectively together and use good communication skills will help prepare them for life after school.