Sharing the Gift of Reading

What an amazing time we had yesterday as we shared the gift of reading with our PreK friends. Our fifth graders had a wonderful time reading to their PreK buddies and we all learned the true meaning of the saying “It is better to give than to receive” The video captures some of the MAGIC, please watch and enjoy! A huge THANK YOU to all of our 5th grade families who helped us make this such a huge success! May each of you have a very Merry Christmas!

What a Week!

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It has been quite a week! We started the week by electing a new president and ended the week by celebrating Veteran’s Day! In the readers theatre War Stories students heard stories of veterans who had served in various wars. We finished the class by making cards to share with veterans we know or to send to veterans in the VA Hospitals.

Do You Have a Growth Mindset?

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Did you know that your brain works like a muscle, and the more you use it the stronger it gets? In class this week, we began to explore what it means to have a growth mindset. Students were challenged to work together to recreate a model. There was a lot of confidence early in the challenge, students were heard saying “This is easy.” and “I know exactly what to do.” There were groups who strategised, “Wait let’s think about it first.” and “Imagine it before you cut anything.” As students began to realize that the challenge was a little more difficult than it first appeared, things like “It’s too hard.” and “It’s impossible.” were heard around the room. Only one group completed the challenge, but every student learned something about themselves. They also learned about having a growth mindset. Below you will find a link to the video we watched, feel free to join us on our growth mindset journey!

https://youtu.be/ElVUqv0v1EE

It’s Homecoming

Homecoming in  White Oak is something special. It only happens every three years and Exes from all over the country come home to celebrate and catch up with classmates.  My fifth graders are just learning what it means to be a Roughneck and grow up in the Valley of the Roughnecks, check out their Homecoming posts.

 

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