Wednesday, May 27, 2015

5th Grade Band Concert

We certainly enjoyed listening to our wonderful Fifth Grade Band today in their concert. Please click here to enjoy a sample. 

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Making Butter

In an effort to get students to understand the scientific definition of work, we worked together to create homemade butter. Work happens when a force changes an object. The students got to see how their work changed the cream into butter. One student remarked, "this shows how hard work pays off. This is the best butter I ever had!"  There is nothing better than an edible science experiment.



Art Show

Kids enjoyed visiting the South Portland Art Show. We were especially impressed by some of the graphic and 3D work done by some high school students.



Friday, May 8, 2015

Author Sarah Thompson Visits Skillin

On Wednesday, we enjoyed a visit from author Sarah Thompson. Sarah shared her writing process, tips for revising, and shared some of her published books with us. Our favorite part was when she read aloud to us. It is really fun to hear a writer read her own book aloud. Thank you Sarah!

Winter Camp Graphic Novel Page

This week's reading task asked students to turn the climax of the novel into a graphic novel page. Many students enjoyed the opportunity to visualize the scene through pictures. Check out some of this great work:

Friday, May 1, 2015

Building Weather Graphics

Students spent time this week using Google Slides or paper to create weather graphics to be used in their forecast videos. They picked it right up and ran with it!

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.