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9 and 4 Collaboration

So, how did you find the experience of sharing your migration story with a ninth grader? State a reaction, a wondering or a discovery you made. Mira: "The ninth graders were not as scary as I thought they would be. My partner made me feel comfortable and we shared some connections." Callum: "My partner thought my story was really good." Robert: "I realized Read full article »


Dear Ravenclaws, Check out this link to hear about the stories of five different immigrants around your age. As you read and listen, consider how you might SHARE your latest migration narrative in the most creative or expressive way. These are possible ideas. Read full article »

How do writers learn from other writers?

"They help each other become more aware that there is a balance between feeling and telling statements when they are writing." -Mira & Stella "They help spot errors in capitalization, punctuation and spelling." -Callum & Vidyut "Writers can inspire other writers." -Jacob & Dylan "Writers give each other advice, like to add more interesting details." -Robert & Ted "Writers might feel inspired to write Read full article »

Migration Jigsaw

This week, we engaged in a Jigsaw activity where students became "experts" on a migration story. There were five titles we analyzed, including: My Name is Yoon, Erika-San, My Freedom Trip, Gleam and Glow and El Chino. We then used the Connect-Extend-Challenge thinking routine to consider what links we could make between our lives and the events/characters in the stories, Read full article »


Check out this fun reading site: BiblioNasium. Sign up is free. Take a tour through the site to discover more books you may want to read, make recommendations, vote for favorites and build your own virtual bookshelf! Happy reading! Read full article »

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Literacy this year will involve: Thinking like an author, book clubs, genre studies, creating or maintaining a passion for reading, reading responses, developing effective communication skills, planning presentations, using appropriate resources, developing interesting vocabulary, enriching voice, finding purpose within reading and writing, and integrating IT skills.


Numeracy this year will revolve around: Core concepts from Investigations and Erma Andersen, Marcy Cook critical thinking and exploratory games, inquiry-based projects and integrating IT skills.

Units of Inquiry

Our units this year will include: Learning to Learn Together: Creating a Classroom Community, Media Literacy, Migration, Child Rights and Thinking Like a Scientist.