Jeffrey L. Jones, editor
Authors of the
Month--Literary Book Club
At Julius Marks Elementary, Mrs. Alexander's students have been
studying different reading genres each month. The students are
required to read a book according to the genre of that month, give
an oral presentation and share the project they completed with their
classmates. As a new twist, Mrs. Alexander and her class decided
they would like to be involved in Fayette
County's Literary Book Club. The Literary Book Club is an online
book reporting site on the Fayette County website. Here students are
asked a series of questions relating to their books. They type in
their reviews of the books,
the teacher and students read and
provide commentary for revision purposes about their reviews and
then post them on the website. In the future, students will be
sharing not only their book reviews, but will also share their
projects online. Many students have read, reviewed, edited, and
posted a book they have read online. To access the students'
book reviews, click on the following website: http://teach.fcps.net/lbc/
. You will see the heading "Welcome To The Literary Book
Club". Click on "Read Reviews" on the left. Click on the
first drop down window labeled "Search by School". Scroll down until you find Julius Marks Elementary.
Click on the "submit" button and you will see the online
book reports. Enjoy!!!!
Submitted by Guyanne
Magic Carpet Ride
doesn’t look like an ordinary classroom. It doesn’t feel like an
ordinary classroom. What’s going on here anyway?
Using the laptops on the
wireless lab, Mrs. Margie Stone’s seventh grade social studies students
at Morton Middle School created PowerPoint presentations to demonstrate
their research, but the presentations took on a aura of magic. Classes
walked in and onto the Magic Carpet, complete with a genie as their guide.
Via PowerPoint the students flew through ancient points of interest in Islam
and the Middle East ….and a wonderful journey was had by all.
Submitted by Neva
grade students in Mrs. Howell's class at Squires Elementary have been
learning about poems called "found poems". According to Wikipedia (an online
found poetry is "the rearrangement of words or phrases taken randomly
from other sources (example: clipped newspaper headlines, bits of
advertising copy, handwritten cards pulled from a hat) in a manner that
gives the rearranged words a completely new meaning". Encyclopedia
Britannica defines it as "a poem consisting of words found in a nonpoetic
context (such as a product label, conversation on a bus, physics textbook)
and usually broken into lines that convey a verse rhythm".
where did the students in Mrs. Howell's class get their inspiration?
From the ever popular Polar Express book recently made into a
blockbuster movie. The text from Polar Express was put on slides in
PowerPoint. Next, the PowerPoint was printed three slides to a page.
Each group got a different set of slides (i.e. pages from the book).
The student groups then created phrases for each slide to retell the story.
Then, as a whole class writing activity, the students gave their new
phrases, in order, to the teacher. The teacher used Word on her computer
which was hooked up to an LCD projector so all students could see and
compiled their "found poem".
Read the class Found Poem in Through a
Submitted by Diana