Hi Parents and Students,
I am so sorry I have been gone from this blog for so long! It has been a busy but wonderful semester to say the least!
I will do my best to recap the highlights of this semester for you to see. This past semester has been focused on the C.S.I. portion of our Discovery Unit. Through this unit, students have become not only problem solvers, but also forensic scientists and creative writers.
The students have participated in forensic science investigations on:
- Breaking Secret Codes
- Studying Hair Samples
- Shoe Printing
Each of these investigations took approximately 2 to 3 weeks. The students were able to learn detailed information about the type of evidence through presenations, and then they were able to apply this knowledge in a crime scene investigation.
The students have also brainstormed, planned, written, edited, and finally published original narrative mysteries in hardback books. This is our final project for this unit and the year. I am so proud of all of their hard work on this project! Throughout this project, I lead detailed writing lessons with the students. I taught them how to brainstorm, outline, draft, edit, and finally publish their writing. We focused on effective beginnings of stories, descriptive writing, the structure of paragraphs, the use of similes in writing, the correct use of dialogue, and the importance of details. I hope that your children will continue to use these writing strategies for many years to come.
Next week, we will have a “Mystery Campfire” in class where the students will have a chance to share their final mystery books with the class and enjoy smores as a celebration for all of their dedication and hard work.
I have been priviledged to teach and learn from your children in G.R.C. this year! Thank you for sharing them with me! I hope that they will continue to accept new challenges as they leave IES and be the “Daring Detectives” I know they all are!
Students: Please comment on this post and tell us your favorite lesson/memory from G.R.C. this year.
On a personal note, my husband and I are expecting our first child in June of this year. I promised the students I would post a picture of our little Jackson Christopher Beard once he arrives this summer. Stay tuned for that picture, students!
Thank you for all of your help and support this year, parents!
I hope you all have a wonderful summer break!