Our small, close-knit community is made up of nine unique, small, rural communities that have pulled themselves together to create a central school district that serves less than 1,000 students. Our schools are great places for students PreK-12 to learn and grow.
Welcome to my classroom!
It's full of students who are growing up in a very rural setting...and it's that setting that has shaped who my fourth graders are and the kind of people they are becoming.
"We are kids who love living on the farm...kids who look forward to showing our pigs at the county fair this summer...kids who know more about tractors than the average person...kids who know what hard work feels like. We value our rural communities. We know what long bus rides to and from school are like...and we never complain. It's just who we are."
Writing "How To" papers can be tedious...especially if you are a fourth-grade student. A great "How To" should give explicit instructions so that the reader can replicate the experience EXACTLY, each and every time.
What if creating a robot that accomplishes a specific task could be the catalyst for writing an exceptional "How To?"
Using Strawbees and QuirkBots, my students will be motivated to not only create a working robot but then to "teach" their readers "How To" replicate their work in a step-by-step format. With a clear emphasis on procedure, the teacher will guide students to share their experience through well-written pieces of text.
The result: Engaged students creating exceptional written work in a "How To" format!
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