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Landmark 2012

Well, another year of Landmark excitement is under our belts. We had a great learning experience with the game this year. For the first time in a long time, we had two teams...a fourth grade team and a fifth grade team. I will NOT do that again...it was an organizational nightmare. Plus I found that we all work together better as one big team. I witnessed competition between grade levels, and did not like what it was doing to our school community. In the end, our fourth grade team tied for 8th place and our 5th grade team tied for 7th place. Way to go Lewis and Clark learners! Check out what we learned below... "I learned new sites and how timelines work." "I learned how to do a split screen and could look up two things at once to compare." "I learned how to face a problem and not back down from a challenge." "I learned that you can learn and have fun at the same time." "I learned to search using key words in the clues." I learned to…

Fabulous Fifth Grade Readers!

Today, 24 fifth graders were rewarded for their dedication to reading! They spent the morning skyping with author Kate McMullen and meeting Roland Smith in person...what a presentation he has. The fifth grade kiddos earned this event by reading all twelve 2011-2012 Mark Twain nominees. Way to go! Upon arriving back at school, we enjoyed pizza and brownies for lunch and reflected on our morning. Huge thank you to Mrs. Arth (AD librarian) and Andrea Sumy (Director of Library Media Services) for organizing the event and making it all possible. Comments from our morning... "I loved listening to how the authors got inspired to write and how they got started." "Today was totally AWESOME. I loved the authors and I got good advice from cool authors." "I learned that it might take a long time to make a book, but it is worth it." "I loved seeing famous people in person." "It was great listening to Roland Smith because he was funny." "I tho…