Day 24: Mrs. Bartelstone’s ELA classes

BREAKING NEWS: MRS. BARTELSTONE’S 8TH GRADE STUDENTS HAVE OFFICIALLY TURNED INTO NEWS REPORTERS!

STUDENTS HAVE BEEN SEEN DOCUMENTING, INTERVIEWING, OBSERVING, AND YES, EVEN REPORTING OUT ALL OF THE CHANGES IN THE BUILDING. THE STUDENTS HAVE OFFICIALLY BECOME AUTHENTIC NEWS REPORTERS BY CRAFTING THE PERFECT REPORT TO SHARE WITH THEIR PEERS.

BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR THESE JOURNALISTS!

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Day 15: Mrs. Gossler ELA Class

IMG_1614 (1).JPGWhether it’s comfortably reading independently or quietly listening to an audio version, we are learning about news and informational writing in Mrs. Gossler’s ELA class.  The San Francisco Fire of 1906 was a major event that impacted a large number of people much like the terrorist attack of 9/11/2001, both of which we read in order to better understand how events are communicated to us in the news.  Be sure to share some ‘news’ with your 8th grader 🙂

Day 13: Mr. Lonsdale’s 7th Grade ELA Class

Mr. Lonsdale here. Greetings from C-20! Today, students embarked on an exciting long term project called Genius Hour.

Genius Hour, also known as Passion Project or 20% Time, is a form of learning that empowers students to explore their interests. Students choose their own topics and conduct research to learn more about their self-selected subject. Students then deliver some form of presentation to illustrate what they have discovered throughout this process.

Today, our class went through a topic brainstorm. Students moved around the room to respond to a variety of writing prompts. These prompts pushed students to consider and reflect on possible topic ideas. Next week, we will make our topic selections official.

Choice is a powerful force in learning. When given the opportunity to take ownership over content and make their own decisions about what to explore, students become intrinsically motivated to learn. This is the path to lifelong learning.

Stay tuned for more Genius Hour updates from our classroom! To keep with our progress, follow @lonsdale_ela on Instagram.

Day 8: First Connections!

Today we kicked off our first Connections block with a school-wide paper-chain making contest.  Using the character counts colors, homerooms needed to construct the longest paper-chain using a limited amount of supplies.

7th Grade Squires swept the competition with the following results:

3rd place – Mrs. Duggan (81 feet)

2nd place – Mrs. Thomas (85 feet)

1st place – Mrs. Voigt (91 feet)

Great job to everyone!  We love our students here at Indian Valley!

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