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Native American Tribe Presentations

We finished delivering our first group Google Presentations today! If you want to see a few photos in action, head over to our Twitter page where more information is being posted each day! Each group’s slideshows are below. Just click the arrows!

Lorax Craftivity

We spent last week reading, writing about, and speaking on The Lorax. We analyzed the vocabulary Dr. Seuss chose, identified the moral of the story, wrote its plot summary, and more. Our final piece was the short craftivity that you see below. What would you do to “speak for the trees”? And please remember, more photos from last week can be found on our Twitter page!


Read Across America + DonorsChoose

Beginning Monday, March 2nd, we will be celebrating Read Across America! This a national reading day designed to coincide with Dr. Seuss’s birthday. At Wilson Elementary, it will become Read Across America WEEK! This week will include spirit days (see our Twitter page for more info), a booknik, a visit from Cat in the Hat, and more! In honor of this special occasion, I have posted a DonorsChoose proposal to help our classroom acquire more of Dr. Seuss’s stories. DonorsChoose has been a tremendous help to our classroom, and I would very much appreciate your help in spreading Spring into Reading with Dr. Seuss to others you feel can contribute, or of course, contribute yourself! Happy Reading!

Wilson School S-p-e-l-l-i-n-g Bee!

Congratulations to our classroom spelling champions Vanesa and Austin as well as our alternate Mia! Good luck! Parents, if you’d like to attend this year’s bee, please meet us in the multipurpose room tomorrow, Tuesday, February 24th at 9:00 AM!

If you’d like to see this year’s word list, please click here! Study time!

Sumdog: Butte County Math Contest

Sumdog ChampionSumdog’s Butte County Math Contest is almost here! It starts tomorrow at 8:00 AM, and finishes at 8:00 PM on February 26th! Remember, every student is limited to 1,000 contest questions. The final student score is based on the total number of correct answers. Student scores count from any computer, at any time, as long as the student is logged in to their personal account. Every student who answers at least 100 questions in the contest will receive a Myths and Legends outfit. There are also subscriptions for the winning class, and certificates of merit for leading students and daily winners. Are you ready, Room 36? Let’s make this happen!

Genius Hour!

Genius Hour has officially begun! Student proposals have been submitted, question stars have been added to our board, and research has begun! Remember, Genius Hour projects are also called “Passion Projects” for a reason. They should be something you’re passionate about! Feel free to research and create while at home, in addition to our “hour” at school. Do you need to go to the Gridley library? Call an expert? E-mail someone for further information (with the help of a parent)?

Remember the project guidelines and have fun!
1) Your project must be guided by a question. (What do you want to learn? Why?)
2) Your project needs to be researched. (How can you look deeply into your topic?)
3) Your project must be shared. (Will you present to your class? The school? The world?)


Van de Graaff Generator

Friday afternoon was simply “shocking”! :) We had a blast with the Van de Graaff generator, some simple balloons, and a lot of enthusiasm! On Monday, we’ll continue our static electricity experiments by testing out our theories regarding repelling and attracting charges.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

MLK_JrJust a reminder that Wilson Elementary will be closed on Monday, January 19th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
(National Geographic Kids)

The King Holiday: A Day to…

Activities for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Based on a true story, Island of the Blue Dolphins is a time-honored tale that shares the life of Karana, a young Native American girl stranded alone on an island for 18 years. It is written in a poetic, narrative style and is centered around the events that took place on a real island off the coast of California first settled by Native Americans in ~2,000 B.C. As with many great stories, we will also have the chance to view the movie to compare and contrast different versions of Karana’s tale. For more information about Scott O’Dell or the story itself, please visit the following links!

Island of the Blue Dolphins (Common Sense Media)

Island of the Blue Dolphins (Scholastic)

Scott O’Dell