Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Visit to Resource Ranch

On Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Northside students experienced Showdown at Resource Ranch. This program was sponsored by Duke Energy and taught students about natural resources and ways to conserve natural resources everyday through an fast-paced and comical play starring Mary and Churaqui, actors from the National Theatre for Children. At the end of the program, teachers were given cards to distribute to students naming them Official Resource Rangers.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Fourth Grade Navigators Hold Writing Celebration

The fourth graders recently celebrated completing their personal narratives.  They each wrote a short story about a special event, person, or place in their lives.  The unit began with a careful study of some exemplary mentor texts.  After reading these texts, students discussed characteristics of personal narratives and what made these stories excellent.  Students then brainstormed topics in their own lives to write about and began drafting their personal narratives.  They spent a few weeks revising their stories to add dialogue, figurative language, transition words, and other features to improve the quality of their writing.  In the end, students produced unique, well-written stories about their lives.  We really enjoyed the opportunity to get to know each other better throughout this unit.  Thank you to all the families and staff members who joined us for our celebration!  

-Submitted by Destiny Turner