Monday, April 23, 2018

Mrs. Speer's Reading Log 4.23.18

This week I've continued reading... 

Pax by Jon Klassen [Genre: Animals, Adventure]

I finished... 
Rise of the Earth Dragon {Dragon Masters series} by Tracey West [Genre: Science Fiction] I gave it 3 Stars
I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda with Liz Welch [Genre: Biography]  I gave it 5 Stars

With my boys I've been reading...

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, pictures by Clement Hurd

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, pictures by Clement Hurd

Steam Train Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker  Michael gives it 5 Stars!
Time for Bed by Mem Fox, illustrated by Jane Dyer

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

4th grade Lab

Online Research: Britannica (Day 1) OR Earth Day Research (Day 3)
21.3-5.TL.1 Use technology resources to create original projects, identify patterns, make predictions, and propose solutions.
*I can choose from a variety of resources to add content to a project.
21.3-5.TL.4 Use technological resources to develop and refine questions for investigation.
*I can use more than one source.

4th grade STEAM

Coding with Sphero
  1. I can code the Sphero to go in a triangle or square.
  2. I can debug my program if it does not make a triangle or square.


5th grade Lab

continue National Women's History Month: Creating a digital "scrapbook" to showcase the accomplishments of women
Check out the National Women's History Project* to see the 2018 honorees!
21.3 -5.TL.3 Utilize digital tools and resources to investigate real–world issues, answer questions, or solve problems.
*I can follow a plan to find information using digital tools.
21.3-5.TL.4 Use technological resources to develop and refine questions for investigation.
*I can use information from more than one source.
21.3-5.TL.5 Understand and practice appropriate, legal, and safe uses of technology for lifelong learning.
*I can use copyrighted materials responsibly.

5th grade STEAM

Poetry Activity Choices: Blackout Poems, Concrete Poems, Poetry Performance, and Free Writing


6th grade Lab

continue National Parks Research Project - finding information about a park and creating a slideshow to share that information
Mrs. Speer's Sample - Denali National Park
21.6-8.TL.1 Demonstrate creative thinking in the design and development of innovative technology products and problem solving.
*I can work individually and collaboratively to create and display, publish, or perform products.
*I can create and share new ideas and products related to curriculum content.
21.6-8.TL.3 Plan strategies utilizing digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
*I can locate and utilize information from a variety of sources.
21.6-8.TL.5 Understand the legal and ethical issues of technology as related to individuals, cultures, and societies.
*I can use copyrighted materials responsibly.

6th grade STEAM

Nation Parks Breakout Edu



Monday, April 9, 2018

Priority Standards for April 9-16

4th grade Lab

Online Research: CultureGrams (Day 1) OR Britannica (Day 3)
21.3-5.TL.1 Use technology resources to create original projects, identify patterns, make predictions, and propose solutions.
*I can choose from a variety of resources to add content to a project.
21.3-5.TL.4 Use technological resources to develop and refine questions for investigation.
*I can use more than one source.

4th grade STEAM

Rube Goldberg Machines continue

5th grade Lab

continue National Women's History Month: Creating a digital "scrapbook" to showcase the accomplishments of women
Check out the National Women's History Project* to see the 2018 honorees!
21.3 -5.TL.3 Utilize digital tools and resources to investigate real–world issues, answer questions, or solve problems.
*I can follow a plan to find information using digital tools.
21.3-5.TL.4 Use technological resources to develop and refine questions for investigation.
*I can use information from more than one source.
21.3-5.TL.5 Understand and practice appropriate, legal, and safe uses of technology for lifelong learning.
*I can use copyrighted materials responsibly.

5th grade STEAM

Coding with Sphero

  1. I can code the Sphero to go in a triangle or square.
  2. I can debug my program if it does not work the first time.


6th grade Lab

continue National Parks Research Project - finding information about a park and creating a slideshow to share that information
Mrs. Speer's Sample - Denali National Park
21.6-8.TL.1 Demonstrate creative thinking in the design and development of innovative technology products and problem solving.
*I can work individually and collaboratively to create and display, publish, or perform products.
*I can create and share new ideas and products related to curriculum content.
21.6-8.TL.3 Plan strategies utilizing digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
*I can locate and utilize information from a variety of sources.
21.6-8.TL.5 Understand the legal and ethical issues of technology as related to individuals, cultures, and societies.
*I can use copyrighted materials responsibly.

6th grade STEAM


Coding with Sphero

  1. I can code the Sphero to go in a triangle or square.
  2. I can debug my program if it does not work the first time.


Mrs. Speer's Reading Log 4.9.18

This week I've started reading... 

I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda with Liz Welch [Genre: biography]

This week I've continued reading... 

Pax by Jon Klassen [Genre: Animals, Adventure]

I finished... 
The Only Game by Alan Gratz [Genre: Sports Fiction] I gave it 3 Stars

I also want to mention what a great experience the Benton Bookworms had at the Battle of the Books in Winterset on Saturday. While we didn't win, we had fun and are ready to try again next year! Awesome teamwork Bookworms!

Check out my rating system here.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Priority Standards for March 29 - April 6

4th grade Lab

Online Research: CultureGrams continued
21.3-5.TL.1 Use technology resources to create original projects, identify patterns, make predictions, and propose solutions.
*I can choose from a variety of resources to add content to a project.
21.3-5.TL.4 Use technological resources to develop and refine questions for investigation.
*I can use more than one source.

4th grade STEAM

Read Around activity


5th grade Lab

continue National Women's History Month: Creating a digital "scrapbook" to showcase the accomplishments of women
Check out the National Women's History Project* to see the 2018 honorees!
21.3 -5.TL.3 Utilize digital tools and resources to investigate real–world issues, answer questions, or solve problems.
*I can follow a plan to find information using digital tools.
21.3-5.TL.4 Use technological resources to develop and refine questions for investigation.
*I can use information from more than one source.
21.3-5.TL.5 Understand and practice appropriate, legal, and safe uses of technology for lifelong learning.
*I can use copyrighted materials responsibly.

5th grade STEAM

Coding with Sphero


6th grade Lab

continue National Parks Research Project - finding information about a park and creating a slideshow to share that information
Mrs. Speer's Sample - Denali National Park
21.6-8.TL.1 Demonstrate creative thinking in the design and development of innovative technology products and problem solving.
*I can work individually and collaboratively to create and display, publish, or perform products.
*I can create and share new ideas and products related to curriculum content.
21.6-8.TL.3 Plan strategies utilizing digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
*I can locate and utilize information from a variety of sources.
21.6-8.TL.5 Understand the legal and ethical issues of technology as related to individuals, cultures, and societies.
*I can use copyrighted materials responsibly.

6th grade STEAM

Group 1: Coding with Sphero
Group 2: Sphero TAG


Mrs. Speer's Reading Log 3.30.18

This week I've continued reading... 

Pax by Jon Klassen [Genre: Animals, Adventure]
The Only Game by Alan Gratz [Genre: Sports Fiction]

I finished... 
What We Found In the Sofa and How It Saved the World by Henry Clark [Genre: Science Fiction] 
I gave it 3 Stars
Check out my rating system here.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Mrs. Speer's Reading Log 3.23.18

First, I have to say, if you haven't read it - you NEED to read Wolf Hollow. It is really a great book! I don't want to spoil it, but if you want a quick idea about the book, check out this synopsis from goodreads {and you could sign up for a chance to win a copy}.

This week I've started reading... 
What We Found In the Sofa and How It Saved the World by Henry Clark [Genre: Science Fiction] 
Pax by Jon Klassen [Genre: Animals, Adventure]
The Only Game by Alan Gratz [Genre: Sports Fiction]

I finished... 
Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar [Genre: Scary, Mystery I gave it 3.5 Stars
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk [Genre: Historical Fiction] I gave it 5 Stars
Refugee by Alan Gratz [Genre: Historical Fiction] I gave it 4 Stars
One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth [Genre: Science Fiction] I gave it 4 Stars

Plus I read some new books and old favorites with my boys...
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Pete the Cat books by Eric Litwin
various books by Eric Carle

Check out my rating system here.