Friday 12-15

HW 12-15

Today was our beloved student teacher Hannah Miller’s last day, so both classes had some time to say goodbye, and to give her advice as she continues her journey as a teacher. We will miss you very much, Ms. Miller! Thank you for all that you have done for us!

Students also finished reading, “Tom’s Secret.”

Ms. Miller continued to read Odd and the Frost Giants.

Students also created a chart, and looked for characteristics in Tom, Huck, and Becky in the movie Tom and Huck. Students will continue watching this next week.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday 12/14

*No Homework Tonight! There will be silent reading homework over the weekend that students will get tomorrow!

Today, students started a new excerpt from Tom Sawyer called, “Tom’s Secret”. They looked at key details in the first part of the story, and then used that to write a summary.

Students also reflected on their experiences with service learning. As we finish up our unit, students thought about:

  • What does service learning mean to me?
  • What does service learning make people feel?
  • What advice would you give to students about to start their service learning projects?
  • What is the lasting impact we can take away from service learning?

Today, Rahini presented her project on working with Thursday’s Lunch, an organization that gives food to people experiencing homelessness.

Again, I am so proud of the work that the students have accomplished this year. It is incredibly moving to see the work that the students have achieved in such a small amount of time, and I am sure that their impact will continue to inspire people into the future. Thank you for all of the support from families to help students with their projects!

Tuesday 12/12

*No HW tonight!

Today, students completed their writing lessons with Ms. Miller. Students also had the opportunity to share their writing in class. They did a great job!

Students also went to the media center. Ms. Gretchen talked to students about award winning books.

Have a wonderful evening!

Monday 12/11


*No Homework Tonight!

Today, students continued their creative writing work with Ms. Miller.

Students in block one took an assessment, but we will not be taking a grade on this assessment.

Students in block two reviewed objective point of view and were asked to find examples of that in CNN student news.


Wednesday 12-6


Today, students learned about many service learning projects.

Audrey invited a speaker in from the Raptor Center! Here are three birds that we were able to meet:




Keon and Evan M. presented about volunteering with a local food shelf named Secondhand Harvest.

Torin presented about creating a project to benefit hurricane victims. He raised money and donated it to the American Red Cross.

Evan B. completed a project where he taught senior citizens origami at an assisted living center.

Julia completed a service project about improving the daily life for patients at the Minnesota Children’s Hospital.

Eleni participated in a project where she wrote 90 nice notes and gave them out anonymously.

I am so pleased to see that work that all of our students are doing for their service learning projects. Thank you to families for all of your support! I am hoping that all service learning presentations will be done by winter break. Students should be letting me know if they think they will need additional time, since I will be taking a maternity leave soon after winter break.

Thank you!

How to use

Hello students and families!

Here are directions for how to use to create a bibliography to keep track of sources for the magazine project main article!

Step 1: Pull up websites that you used. For example, if you were researching Abraham Lincoln on, you would want to copy and paste the entire website from that website.

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Step 2: Copy and paste the website into in the search bar like you see below:

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Step 3: Next, it will ask you if you would like to use the website that you entered. If it is correct, click “Cite This”:

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Step 4: Next, will tell you what it found about your topic. Make sure that this is the correct information. *Most websites will not have the authors listed, so you do not need to worry about this if you cannot find them.

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Step 5: Double check that all information is correct.

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Then click create citation.

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Step 6: Copy and paste the citation that has been created.

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Step 7: Paste the citation into the google doc at the end of the writing that students have already been working on.

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Step 8: Repeat until all sources are added. There need to be three web sources and at least one book source in total.

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Easybib will automatically alphabetize the sources, but if students are copying and pasting the sources one-by-one, they will need to put them in alphabetical order at the end.

This is due with the final draft of the paper, on Friday, December 8th.

Monday 12-4

No homework tonight.

Today, students will be learning about how to create bibliographies using the website

After students have entered all of their sources, they will just need to copy and paste their bibliography into their google doc.

Students are using the MLA format.

Students also looked at inferences from their Tom Sawyer text.

Have a great evening!