Mrs. Brown reading with Phoenix Baumgardner
By Austin Thompson
In the real world, not all children are able to learn at their own pace, but in Mrs. Brown’s world, this intervention is a necessity.
Mrs. Brown teaches Reading Recovery, a program developed to help first grade students that are falling behind the rest of their class in reading and/or writing. Students take a test to qualify for Mrs. Brown’s program, which is already showing promising results. Mrs. Brown's work brings all of her students to the same level as their classmates.
“I start with what they know and build from there,” says Mrs. Brown of the four students in her Reading Recovery classes this semester. She explains that the Reading Recovery series is a 20-week program that is positive, supportive action on behalf of the child and the school.
Students who "aren’t caught up" to grade-level expectations by the end of the program are referred for further evaluation, she says, adding that 88% of the students in her classes who completed the full 20-week Reading Recovery intervention last year met grade-level expectations in reading and writing.
Elementary spotlight The second grade project
Photo: Grade 2 teacher Pam Anderson reading to her students
By Jeff Walker
It's a second grade project for students to discover better ways to travel in the world.
The project for Mrs. Anderson's second grade class is to make posters to support the concept that technological developments influence changes in communication and transportation. The second grade students work cooperatively as they gather information; their goal was to figure out ways to travel without cars. This project continued for two weeks.
This project “follows the Iowa Core, a great social studies concept,” says Mrs. Anderson.
By Amos Brosamle
Students in Mrs. Langel’s fifth grade class are dissecting flowers and seeds.
Mrs. Langel said, “The students benefit from this project by getting a firsthand look into the flowers to find their stamens, pistils, pollen grains, and sticky pistil. The seeds they are using are bean seeds and have opened up.”
Both sections of the 5th grade are involved in doing this project. The students really seem to be enjoying the project that they are working on.
This science unit and the “plant reproduction in this project are helping the students fit into their [required] curriculum,” said Mrs. Langel.
Photo of Wyatt Nelson a 3rd grade student of Mr. Kobliska
By Jeff Walker
Mr. Kobliska, one of WC’s third grade teachers, and his students are learning how to make communities.
In this social studies unit, the students design their own type of community. Their community could be a farm, city or animal community. Students use homemade clay and items they might bring from home.
Because they design their own community, explains Mr. Kobliska, this project, which takes place over a two-week period, helps the students to understand more clearly just what a community is.
“The kids really enjoy it,” Mr. Kobliska said. “They made their own clay out of flower and water and salt.”