This blog was created by Kate Klein (Ms. Kate), for her students and the families of The Charles Sumner School, Boston, MA.

We will use this blog in class and at home to explore, share, and create the world we want.

 

While I was out of class, supporting students with MCAS, I had my substitute read the wonderful book, The Kapok Tree, by Lynne Cherry. When I returned to teaching class we discussed how cutting down trees, especially in the rainforest affects the world. The scholar’s assignment was to then pick an animal from the book and spread its message. Here is work from K2, 1st grade and 3rd grade. 3rd grade ended up turning their work into a book, for future classes to read!
Great job everyone!

The Best Tree Dance Party of My Life

After months of doing research online and in the classroom, 2nd grade finally got to go outside and do some real field research at The Arnold Arboretum (see earlier posts on #Trees to see the research they did).

The most common response to our Arnold Arboretum 2nd grade field trip is, “This is the best day of my life.” The American Authors put out a song about the same topic. If they had ever been on our field trip, this is the song they would’ve written. Luckily, we have brilliant 2nd graders who were able to collaborate on a group write about the awesomeness of outdoor learning and trees!
- Kate Klein and Theresa Lee

A big special thank you to Louie Bello for recording and mixing the track!

(Source: vimeo.com)

Our 1st graders took a world tour using the Internet and theperennialplate.com’s movies. We visited Morrocco, Italy, Sri Lanka, China and Mexico to learn about geography, climate, agriculture, culture and food. After watching “An Act of Resistance” Vimeo.com/85727477, the scholars were very upset to hear what has happened to Mexican cacao. I asked them what they wanted to do about it. This video is their response.

(Source: vimeo.com)

gjmueller:

policymic shares:

Dr. Maya Angelou’s last tweet. Mayor Allen Joines and her literary agent have confirmed that the renowned poet-author-activist has passed at at 86.


Dr. Angelou has been a great inspiration. I hope future generations turn to her in times of need and times of joy. May she live on in the great deeds we do.

gjmueller:

policymic shares:

Dr. Maya Angelou’s last tweet. Mayor Allen Joines and her literary agent have confirmed that the renowned poet-author-activist has passed at at 86.

Dr. Angelou has been a great inspiration. I hope future generations turn to her in times of need and times of joy. May she live on in the great deeds we do.

(Source: micdotcom)

May 7th, 2nd Grade Arnold Arboretum Trip

Today was a day we learned all the things you can’t learn from reading, watching videos, and listening in a classroom. We learned what the sun on our backs feels like, what the breeze in the trees sound like, what the bird that flies between the trees looks like, how different buds can be, that jagged edged leaves are not sharp at all, that sitting under a tree and drawing can be so much fun, that some bark is really soft and that all of the sudden a gigantic worm can crawl and crawl and crawl and crawl out of the ground right next to you!

Can Teachers Use Social Media?

Everyone told me “You’re a teacher, you can’t be on social media. Kids’ll see it.” Even though my Facebook is private, I have to assume that a curious student knows someone’s cousin’s sister’s boyfriend’s mom’s friend who knows me–it’s Rhode Island.

I teach digital citizenship every year. “If…

2nd Grade Research on Seasons and Tree Parts
Go to these links to do your research:Trees in Different SeasonsParts of the Tree




Image of Jacaranda Avenue, Grafton, South Wales

2nd Grade Research on Seasons and Tree Parts

Go to these links to do your research:
Trees in Different Seasons
Parts of the Tree


Image of Jacaranda Avenue, Grafton, South Wales