Nardin Today Spring 2016 - page 11

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NardinToday
Spring2016
ByCallieGeorger
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Everymonth, fourth
grade reading studentsareassigned
abook reportonbiographiesand
autobiographies, realisticfiction, non-
fiction, or expository texts. But, these
arenot typical book reports; these
assignmentsbecomecreativeways to
respond to literature.
Studentsareable tochoose froma
listof thirtydifferentprojects, eachof
whichoffersauniquewayof telling
a storyandpresent information
basedon interestsand learning styles
thathighlight individual strengths.
Eachpresentation includesawritten
portion, aswell asacreativeaspect.
Studentsmaycreatecomicbook
versionsof the story, 3Dmobiles
withobjects that represent the text,
boardor cardgames related to the
book, new jacket covers for thebooks,
letters tocharactersor authors, or
digital presentationsusingWeVideo,
Wixie, orGoogleSlides.Theymay
alsocreatea“book inabag,” inwhich
10 items representing the story
withadescriptivekeyare included,
or“wanted”posters for specific
characters.
Studentsalsobenefit from thepublic
speakingaspectof the reportwhich
is includedon thegraded rubric.The
children focuson their“professional
voice,”eyecontact, andoverall
demeanorwhenpresenting in frontof
theirpeers.
This isanexcellentway toencourage
reading for childrenwhoaren’t
otherwiseexcited topickupabook.
By the time the studentshand in their
report, they’realreadyaskingwhen
thenextone isdue!
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NotYour Parents’
BookReport
Showcasing individual interests
class
acts
SpringBringsSprouts
atMontessori
Last fall, students in theMontessori
programplantedbulbsand
enjoyedanafternoon in thesun
doinggardening tasks.With
theknowledge thatplantshave
essentialneeds for survival, just like
thehumanswhoplanted them,
thechildrennestled thebulbs in
nutrient-richsoil andprovided
adequatewater.
After thoughtful, tender loving
care, thestudentssaw thosebulbs
begin tosprout from theground
thisspring.Montessori students
willbegin theprocessalloveragain
thiscoming fall.
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