In this podcast we interviewed our 5th grade teacher Mrs. Power. We interviewed her because we wanted to find out a little more about our educator. One question we asked Mrs. Power was why she started teaching. Of course, you have to listen to the podcast to find out the answer.
Our old librarian retired so we wanted to know more about our new one, Mrs. Winters. We decided to interview her and we learned about her favorite book and other fun facts, like how she became a librarian. We hope you enjoy this podcast. Thank you for listening!
Fit and Lit is a program our school has been doing for about 7 years. Fit and Lit happens when the school gets back from winter break and ends right before February break. Fit and Lit goes on for about 6 weeks and by the time 6 weeks are over some people have 3 charms and some people have a bunch of charms in many different colors. The first year we come here as kindergartners, we received a necklace. Once we have completed 600 minutes of exercising or reading we obtain a charm in the shape of a sneaker (Fit) or a book (Lit). You earned a charm is by recording your minutes on a log. The logs are picked up every Friday.
We kick off Fit and Lit with an all school assembly. Everybody gets so excited to see the slideshow. When the kids see a picture of themselves or one of their friends, they yell out their names. The pictures show kids exercising or reading for Fit and Lit minutes. After the slideshow ends and the screaming ends, our librarian Mrs. Chase, explains the process of Fit and Lit. Then everyone is so anxious to hear what the prize is, and Mrs. Chase leaves us all hanging and doesn’t tell us until the ending assembly!
The last day of Fit and Lit, the whole school celebrates the completion of the program by having a Read Your Heart Out Day. During that day we read most of the day, and participate in Readers Theater and plays, plus read to younger classroom buddies and have snacks. On Read Your Heart Out Day we dress up in our PJs and we bring in stuffed animals and/or blankets. As you can imagine this is a fun day for all!!
At the celebration assembly we announced the grade level winners. Each classroom within a grade level competes against each other to see who can read and exercise the most minutes. This year the winning classroom, in each grade, received a special trophy and a charm for their necklace. To acknowledge all the work everyone did, our principal rewarded the entire school with a second Read Your Heart Out Day and an extra recess. After that announcement was made the student body let out a big, big, big, BIG cheer, this is how it sounded YYEEAAHH!!!
Here are the results of the Fit & Lit 2012 competition
1st grade: Ms Cronin
2nd grade: Mrs. Moran
3rd grade: Dr. Craft
4th grade: Mr. Keohane
5th grade: Mr. Wadness
We are proud of everyone who participated in this year’s Fit and Lit!
Have you ever made a podcast? Or an Animoto video? Well if you haven’t, and would like to, you might consider starting reporters at your school.
Chickering Reporters is a fun activity in our school for kids who do not participate in band. Reporting is an educational and enjoyable program for our kids.
We are able to pick our own topic ideas to investigate. The kids that choose the same topics meet on long Wednesdays, to plan what they are going to do. They are kids from different classes. In order to figure out what we need to work on we have to meet together to agree. We have a digital workspace called a wiki. We meet and brainstorm ideas for our present posts both in person and virtually.
What happens each day, is one class comes and reports on the topic that they had picked to report on. The next time we meet, we look over all the work we did, and make a plan for what we will do next. When we finish our post we take pictures, create podcasts, and/or videos to go along with the post. Mrs. Chase then checks over our work and suggests final edits. Then we put the blog post, videos, etc. onchickeringreports.edublogs.org. We self-assess our work by reading our post and listening to our podcast or video. Next we answer the questions given on the self -assessment sheet. When we interviewed some of the fifth graders about what they thought of being a reporter, everyone said they “loved it”. When we have finished our posts we think about new topics we could write about for our next post. We make new groups, then we will follow these steps again.
Here are a few students’ thoughts on Chickering Reporters.