The students had a chance to improve their keyboarding skills this week by using new keyboard covers I provided. We talked about having perseverance while learning to type without looking at the keyboard. They were great sports and worked really hard on this new skill. Many were frustrated, some were angry, others really loved it, but no matter how they felt, they all persevered and didn't give up! Here is what some had to say:
Today in class we were reviewing our keyboarding skills. Lots of us often look at the keyboard while we are typing. To achieve our goal, Mrs. Burke made keyboard covers that we put on top of our keyboard, and then we were not able see our keyboard which will hopefully solve our problems. I’m really enjoying this new tool that we will be able to use throughout the course of the year!
We did keyboarding practice with cloth over our hands and it was super ANGERING.
During keyboarding practice we are training ourselves to not look at the keyboard.
We are learning how to type with keyboard covers.
Literary Essays and Two and Three Voice Poems for Esperanza Rising
In our literary essay, we are writing about the differences between how two characters react to the same situation.
In my literary essay, I wrote about Mama and Esperanza’s reactions to moving into a new home. Esperanza was very angry that they were living in such bad (in her opinion) conditions. Mama wants to be a good role model for her and acts happy.
I am writing an essay about Miguel losing his job.
I am writing about a fight that Miguel and Esperanza are having!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In my literary essay I am writing about the immigration sweep with Paige.
We are talking about Marta and Josefina and what they are doing in the
My group is actually doing a three-voice poem. We are all doing our essays
about different people but our three-voice poem is about Hortensia,
Mama, and Esperanza.
Please click here to listen to some of the students reading their two-voice poems.
We learned about Martin Luther King, Jr. and how it relates to Esperanza Rising
How Martin Luther King, Jr. and Esperanza Rising connect is because they
both talk about racism and who can be what, even if they are a different
religion or color or anything. Only white people could do whatever they
wanted and they would not get arrested.
I have learned that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in April 4 1968.
Gravity is the force that pulls objects to the ground. The bigger the object, the harder gravity is pulling on it. That is what causes your weight.
I learned that the bigger the planet the more gravity and the smaller the planet the less gravity.
I learned that the bigger the planet the bigger the pull of gravity.
In science we have been learning about gravity. I learned that Earth is the only
planet with a perfect amount of gravity!!
Gravity is a force.
I learned that how small the planet is, the less gravity there is. -- Makayla
Social Studies: The American Revolution
In the book I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 I learned that some of it was on Bunker Hill which was really called Breed Hill.
In social studies we are reading an I survived book.
In math we are learning about decimals.
In math we are learning about rounding.
In 5R math, we are learning algorithm, and standard algorithm, and a bit about
place values with decimals.
Second Step: Learning how to calm down when you have strong emotions.
The steps to help you calm down are:
1: STOP, 2: Name your feeling, and 3: Calm down. Those are the three steps to calming down when you have a strong feeling. For example, MAD, sad, scared, embarrassed, anxious. Those are only some of the strong emotions.
In Second Step we learned about calming down by naming your feeling then take a breath.
Here are students practicing the steps to help them calm down when they have strong emotions: