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People all over the world were consumed yesterday by the historic inauguration events of the 44th president of our great nation, and for the students at Reeds Road, it was no different.  While watching the 3rd grade students witness the swearing in and speech given by President Barack Obama, it was unclear how much they understood.  Afterwards, the teachers asked each student to describe, in one word, what the inauguration of President Barack Obama meant to them. The computer lab teacher, Mrs. Monroe, took the words and created a word cloud using an internet website (www.wordle.net).  Thanks to Kevin Jarrett, a local computer lab teacher for sharing this great idea! A word cloud gives greater prominence to words that appear more frequently, then you have the ability to customize it.  Pictured below are word clouds from our third graders, then a school-wide word cloud from those who participated from Grades 2-6.  From the images, it is clear that the students understood the importance of this exciting event.  It may be difficult to find, but in the botttom word cloud a 4th grader summarized the event as Obama-tastic!
   

Starting New in Room 32!

As the new year begins, many people reflect upon the former year and take the opportunity to set new goals and promises for the upcoming year. Mrs. Mollenkopf’s third grade students used voicethread.com to record their New Year Resolutions. Their resolutions are goals that they wish to accomplish in 2009. We look forward to checking back with room 32 to see if they were able to keep their commitments!  

Mrs. Quinn’s 5th Grade Social Studies classes completed their unit on Native Americans.  As a culminating project, each child created a family totem pole.  Each animal on the totem pole was carefully chosen after an interview to correspond to a character trait of each family member.  A few of the students were selected to create the Photostory projects below.

Ashley’s Totem Pole, Brij’s Totem Pole, Charity’s Totem Pole, Bria’s Totem Pole, Tyler H.’s Totem Pole, Tyler B.’s Totem Pole, Travis’s Totem Pole, Rachel’s Totem Pole, Jessica’s Totem Pole, and Elizabeth’s Totem Pole.

 

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