Part 2 – THREE Snow Days?!?!

Have you been anxiously waiting for the continuation from last week’s blog?  I hope so!  If you have’t, please click here to read Part 1.  After reading that, continue your reading enjoyment below.

  • Bully Free Robinson
  • Read Aloud
  • Assessing Writing
  • Squzzles
  • Rollerskating

 Bully Free Robinson: On Friday, January 14, Robinson had an incredible day for our students.   We held our school wide kick-off to communicate the importance of bully prevention.  We began with an assembly where each intermediate grade level performed a song for the school.  Next, we had a class meeting where we discussed kindness.  Shortly thereafter, we went to the gym for some tae kwon do  instruction and then to the cafeteria to discuss bullying at Robinson and the anti-bullying rules at our school.  Finally, we ended the day in our classroom with lunch and a read aloud called Each Kindness.  Talk about a jam-packed day, huh?  Check out some of the photos from the day below.

Here is the entire fifth grade performing for the school.
Here is the entire fifth grade performing for the school.
In our classroom, we sat in a circle discussing kind things others had done for us or kind things we had done for others.  After sharing, we passed the yarn to another student and created a really cool kindness web!
In our classroom, we sat in a circle discussing kind things others had done for us or kind things we had done for others. After sharing, we passed the yarn to another student and created a really cool kindness web!
Our school counselor, Mrs. Miller, shared information with fifth grade about bullying at Robinson and how to prevent bullying.
Our school counselor, Mrs. Miller, shared information with fifth grade about bullying at Robinson and how to prevent bullying.
Our school definition of bullying.
Our school definition of bullying.
The Robinson Anti-Bullying Road Rules are in action at our school.
The Robinson Anti-Bullying Road Rules are in action at our school.

Each-Kindness-276x358Read Aloud: As mentioned, we read a book aloud on January 14 to prompt further discussion about bullying and how to treat others.  The name of this book is Each Kindness.  Actually, we read part of the book on Friday and finished the rest on Monday, with an incredible discussion about how to treat others and what it truly means to be kind.  Below is a photo of the book, as well as the page that included the turning point in the story.  Ask your fifth grader to tell you about this book and what he or she learned from the story.

Here is the page that was the turning point in the story we read together, Each Kindness.
Here is the page that was the turning point in the story we read together, Each Kindness.

Assessing Writing: After sharing our Ancient West Africa research with our learning buddies last week, the children had an opportunity to assess their own writing using the fifth grade writing rubric.  This is what I use for their report card grading criteria.  As they assessed their writing by circling the rubric score in blue, they also circled their goal for our next writing piece in orange.  We will continue to have discussions about their goals and what is expected for a fifth grader writer at Robinson during our next research project about science topics such as the sun, moon, earth, force, motion, simple machines, and the water cycle.

Before assessing our writing, the children thought about their BEST writing ever and we discussed this as a whole group.
Before assessing our writing, the children thought about their BEST writing ever and we discussed this as a whole group.
Here is an example of one of our fifth graders assessing her writing and thinking about future writing goals.
Here is an example of one of our fifth graders assessing her writing and thinking about future writing goals.

Squzzles: What is a Squzzle?!?!  A Squzzle is what you get with you have a square puzzle.  Think about it: square + puzzle = squzzle.  Last week, Mrs. Berger visited our classroom and brought several challenging puzzles with her.  She led a discussion with the children about perseverance and grit and then passed out the Squzzles.  The children were required to work on their Squzzle the entire time and not give up.  This was HARD!  While working on their Squzzle, they had to use grit and persevere, even when it got tough.  We also have a Squzzle Wall of Fame in the fifth grade hallway that includes photos from those who complete a Squzzle in our classroom.  Look at some of the hard workers below!

Here are three of our fifth graders who completed a Squzzle on the first day!
Here are three of our fifth graders who completed a Squzzle on the first day!
There was also some frustration while working on the puzzles, as you can see from Chris.
There was also some frustration while working on the puzzles, as you can see from Chris.
And . . . Jack was a little frustrated too.  But, we are working on everyone's grit and persevering when things get tough!
And . . . Jack was a little frustrated too. But, we are working on everyone’s grit and persevering when things get tough!

Rollerskating: During the last two weeks, all of the children at Robinson have been rollerskating in their physical education class!  How cool is that?  I promised my students that I would skate with them one day and last Thursday was the day.  It was such a fun time and put a smile on my face to see the kids skating and enjoying their time together.

We did the Hokey Pokey together . . . on our skates!
We did the Hokey Pokey together . . . on our skates!
And . . . another Hokey Pokey picture!  How cute are our fifth graders?
And . . . another Hokey Pokey picture! How cute are our fifth graders?
Smile!
Smile!
Look!  Even Mrs. Hong was lacing up to skate with her students!
Look! Even Mrs. Hong was lacing up to skate with her students!

Thanks for reading this post, the continuation of last week’s blog post.  See you next time! 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Part 2 – THREE Snow Days?!?!

  1. And, one more thing … what a GREAT idea to have the kids think about their BEST writing ever and then discussing as a group. Also, I think having the students fill in their own rubric scores is a wonderful way to give them ownership and pride in their work.

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