Our morning began with an impromptu Matters of the Heart lesson as students received pen pal letters from Grandma Stamps. There's quite a "story" to how this started...too much to tell here. Ask your child about it and email me if you have questions. :) Her letters are written in cursive, and many students haven't mastered reading cursive yet, so we gathered on the carpet and I read all the letters. We talked about kindness and encouragement and how sometimes we do things outside of our comfort zone because it is the right thing to do. I hope your child will write a letter back to Grandma Stamps and bring it to me to mail. They are welcome to write her directly as well. She would adore it.
Harriet D. Stamps
2610 Merritt Drive
Greensboro, NC 27407
Next we completed our Greek Forum unit in The Land of Ancient Podium. Students had a bit of time to practice their speeches with partners or individually, just a little extra preparation. We also had a Greek photo session. See the pictures below. Next I went over the scoring rubric, and then the persuasion began at "The Forum". Each presented his/her speech and five audience members scored it using the rubric. They were great! Lots of gestures and voice expression and persuasive arguments were observed. Students took the topic survey again, and EVERY student persuaded people to change their minds! Final cargo for Greek families was determined and a victor was crowned.
Our Greek food exploration was a success! Students read a little about the Greek foods and then tried them. Although, I'm not sure any of them touched the Kalamata olives, even with coaxing. It was a great culmination to our unit. Thanks so much to everyone who provided items.
Our next block of the day was filled with a flurry of activities. Students completed the robotic grabber arm in the ISS unit using the Lego WEDO kits. Fourth graders, and fifth graders who chose to, wrote letters of "advice" to students who will be new to STRIDE next fall, and all fifth graders created and signed caps for our graduation. All students signed Memory Cups to keep as a remembrance of this STRIDE year, then decorated their own. We viewed the "STRIDE Movie" of our pictures from the year and chose prizes for the final Table of the Month. And of course, we had the STRIDE graduation for our fifth graders.
Unfortunately we ran out of time for our Greek trivia and surprise ice cream celebration, but I will set up a time after EOGs for us to get together and finish.
See below for the STRIDE Movie, graduation, and some photos from today.
Finally, I'd like to share that while I'm glad for summer to be just around the corner, as always, I am so sad to see STRIDE end. Teaching your children is my pleasure, and spending a whole day challenging them is the highlight of my week. I hope they have enjoyed it as well, and that their brains have been "stretched" outside their comfort zones. I will miss my fifth graders dearly, and I look forward to another year of learning and growing together with my fourth grade students.
Thank you so much for all of your support this year! See you at Awards Day!
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