Posted in Current Events, Reading

Our World… a Little Smaller

Ok… two great days in the books!

This morning, as we journeyed more into our Reader’s Workshop, we continued to talk about growing ourselves as readers.  We then discussed how we could become better “Writers of Reading”.

Writing well... about Reading
Writing well… about Reading

When I say that, I mean, how can we look at pieces that we read, ask important questions, and think of ways to address this reading in a writing manner.

We read an amazing article this morning from the New York Times on mosquitoes and mosquito repellent, we watched a video on it as well.  The students were asked to answer the question, “What would happen if we were to kill off too many mosquitoes?”

We discussed how living in our digital age can allow us to go directly to the source for answers.  It really is an amazing time that we live in.  So, we thought up some questions for the author of the mosquitoes article and I tweeted them to her.  As we were doing this I showed the students the board that I have up with a map of the world.  My goal this year is to make connections with people and sources from all over the world.  So, Paige shouts out, “You mean we can talk to people in China?!” I was so excited when she said this!

World Map: Tianjin, China
World Map: Tianjin, China

I have a friend who teaches in Tianjin, China.  For those of you who do not know, Tianjin just had a huge chemical explosion yesterday.  It was big in the news.  So, I got really excited and said, “YES!  Let’s get questions out to people in China!”  So, that’s exactly what we did!  We now have a pin on the map in Tianjin, China!

As the year goes on, and your child comes home and tells you about things that we have done, said, or talked about in class, let them know if you have any sources in other parts of the state, country or world so that we can take advantage of them, so that we can learn from them, so that we can better ourselves and become more knowledgeable individuals!

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