Students in Ms. Cristella’s Class have been very busy lately! We are in the midst of an interdisciplinary non-fiction unit. In Science we are learning about the 8 different forms of energy. In studying sound energy, we created our own instruments out of recycleable materials and explored how to create various pitches and tones by changing vibrations. Then, we posed the question, “What would happen if you were deaf?” How could you still “hear” music? We read the biography of Helen Keller and learned some amazing facts about this heroic woman in history! Did you know that Helen taught herself to read and speak German AND French? She loved music because she could “hear” it through the vibrations. Students are now in the process of writing their own non-fiction research reports on the life of Helen Keller. Then, as a follow-up activity, we will simulate “A Day in the Life of Helen Keller” by pairing students up– one as Helen Keller, one as Annie Sullivan. Students will write about their authentic experiences as they venture through the hallways of Morse. Keep checking back for more updates!Filed under Ms.Cristella | Comment (0)
In Writing Workshop we have been using revision strategies to enrich our writing. We’ve learned that the phrase “I’m done!” does not actually exist to a writer, because good writers can always go back and make their writing more interesting. We did just that- revised winter poems using writerly devices such as dialogue, sound effects, sensory details, the 5Ws, and strong adjectives. We hope that by reading the final products you can see, hear, smell, taste, and touch all of the wonders of winter!Filed under Ms.Cristella, Winter Sensory Poems | Comment (1)
The students of Ms. Cristella’s Class are officially published authors! These 2nd grade writers have been working hard to draft, revise, edit and publish their personal narratives over the past month. We read mentor texts and enhanced our writing with dialogue, sensory details, and adjectives to create these marvelous memoirs. HAPPY READING!Filed under Memoirs, Ms.Cristella | Comment (0)
Welcome to Ms. Cristella’s Class Blog! Our blog is an ongoing project wherein student work is displayed online and shared with an authentic audience. Check in for new student work and updates on class events. Currently we are working on revising our personal narratives using sensory details and dialogue. COMING SOON… Student Memoirs!Filed under Ms.Cristella | Comments (2)
What goes into making an age-old fairy tale fresh and fun? Take familiar characters, change the point of view, add voice, a touch of humor and LOTS of creativity and TA-DA! We are proud to postâ€¦ â€œFairy Tale Fun: Retold Fairy Talesâ€ by the (now world-famous) authors of Ms. Cristellaâ€™s Class! Happy Reading!Filed under Fairy Tale Fun, Ms.Cristella | Comment (0)
Personification is a poetic device where a poet makes an object act like a person in order to make it “come to life.” We picked a random picture card and paired off in small groups to make the object “come to life.” We bet when you read our poems you’ll never see these ordinary objects in the same way again!
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Onomatopoeia is a poetic device were a poet uses “sound effect words.” We paired up to write poems that describe different settings at Morse School. While reading our poems, try to imagine yourself at the scene! Do you hear the students stomping to the beat in music? Jump roping at P.E? Paint splattering at art? Chit chatting in the morning in the auditorium? Playing 4 Square outside at recess?Filed under Ms.Cristella, Onomotopoeia Poems | Comments (2)