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We LOVE Technology!!

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Third graders at Westside created a Google slideshow about a place they would like to visit. In addition to practicing their skills with Google slides, they also learned more about how to follow copyright requirements. Students practiced finding copyright information for images to learn if they had permission to use them. Let’s keep learning those 21-century skills!
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Amazing Artists

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Fourth-graders from Mrs. Thompson’s class show off their Art Achievement Awards, earned for having projects selected for art shows during the school year. Ms. Bennett, their art teacher, personally presented them with their special certificates. More than 30 students from Westside Elementary won ribbons for their artistic talents this year. Way to go!
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Relaxation after Hard Work!!

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Students are relaxing outside after working hard on some of their tests. Students have been working very hard through out the year to prepare themselves for these tests. These students did an amazing job! IMG_1019 (1)

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Reading is Fun!

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Students in Westside’s ELL room have been working on improving their fluency. Students begin the week with a cold read, and end it with a hot read. The fluency passages are read from an app on our classroom iPads. Students are able to individualize their fluency passages, based on their reading level. They also practice their graphing skills in their fluency folders.
The program teaches students vocabulary used within the passage. It also allows the students to read along with a pre-recorded reading. This models the correct speed and expression that the students need to use. Students then read alone and compare their cold read to their hot read. 20170410_090007

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Technology is Fun!!

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

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IMG_0731The third graders each have a Chromebook to use at school. To practice typing using our Chromebooks, we have been typing our sentences for our vocabulary words each week in reading. It is fun to see that we can use technology even in classes like reading, and it is a lot more fun than writing them paper and pencil! We love using our Chromebooks in our classroom!

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How Big is a Foot?

Friday, March 24th, 2017

The first grade students worked together to figure out how we could measure our classroom rug. They experimented with several different items to measure while learning how big a foot really is!

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Spring Training!

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Third grade is busy preparing for the “Big Game” (NeSA testing). As we approach the big tests, we are reviewing, studying, and practicing many things. We have reviewed math and language arts terms, taken practice tests, and wrote helpful hints in our playbooks. Photo Mar 16, 2 38 02 PM

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Fourth Graders are Writing Experts!

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

​Fourth grade had a chance to grade some writing papers on their own! They used a rubric and rated the actual papers. They did an amazing job at working together to decide on a score they would give that writer. We have been practicing hard on text dependent analysis questions this year!IMG_4567

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! What a fun day we had in first grade. We listened to stories, made Cat In The Hat hats, ate Dr. Seuss cookies, did word searches and watched a video, our favorite, “Green Eggs and Ham”. We wish it was his birthday everyday!!
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Mystery Science

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Mystery Science has been a hit! Students love the hands on activities. They look forward to the on line information, which is highly engaging. The activity that follows motivates the students to learn about their world.  In this lesson, the students made a sun dial and learned how the first clock was used.

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