What’s Going on in Our World?

Let’s get back into studying current events! Choose an article below, from my favorite website Newsela.com, and use your nonfiction reading skills to attack the text! Are you hunting for facts? Are you thinking about time and place? Are you thinking about how this might change the world?

The Sheep are Making a Comeback!

As we continue studying current events this week we are going to look deeper into the text features that help us understand what we’re reading. Like we’ve learned before, text features are anything other than the main paragraphs of the text, that help us better understand the author’s intended message. Today, we are going to read a Newsela.com article on the Bighorn sheep in California. These sheep had almost become extinct and only 105 were left. Now there are 500 sheep! Read the article to discover how scientists helped save the Bighorn sheep!

The article comes with a great map to help you understand where these sheep are located. Study the map and see what you notice. Is there a key or legend to help you out? Do the different colors and shadings mean anything? Is it important to read the text on the map as well?

Today, as you read from a Scholastic News magazine of your choice, notice how the text features help you better understand the text!

Current Events!

We have gone current events crazy in room B11! This week we have read several news articles on topics currently happening around the world. There is so much going on out there! Here are two more articles for you to read.

Check out these headlines about children around the world:

Cheating on Big Tests in India to get the best Scores

No Grades in this Classroom!

As always, you can check out more about what is going on in the world at Newsela.com!

Did you Watch the Superbowl?!

Did you watch the Superbowl (the halftime show is actually playing while I type this!) If you watched the Superbowl, you should have noticed that the Broncos and the Seahawks were playing in New York City. We have been reading and studying Sky Boys, by Deborah Hopkinson and James E. Ransome. From reading this book we have learned about New York City in the 1930s. Tonight, on the Superbowl TV coverage, you may have noticed the main subject of Sky Boys, the Empire State Building. What we’re learning about in class is out there in the real world! Crazy! Check out the great Empire State Building website above!

The beautiful Empire State Building lights up in different colors at night!

Here is the picture I promised you! The Sky Boys enjoy their lunches and take a break from work high above NYC, as progress on the Empire State Building continued!

Snow Days

This week one of our favorite books, Snow Day by Lester Laminack, came to life in our city! We have had two days off to play in the snow and enjoy the chilly weather. I’m excited to see you all back at school tomorrow!


Icicles hang from a teacher’s car.


The outside hallways were filled with snow!


All the snow is melting on the playground!


Snow remains in all the shadows because the sun has not melted it yet!


The front entrance of our school was covered in snow!


A church in the Southend of Charlotte was covered in snow!


Each swing was covered in snow!


Look how deep the snow was! It covered Mrs. Felter’s boots!


Even puppies left tracks in the snow.


The light rail tracks leading to Uptown were under snow!

Happy Birthday Dr. King!

Yesterday, we finished reading the interactive e-biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and today, January 15th, is Dr. King’s birthday! Our interactive biography contained the entire “I Have a Dream” speech that Dr. King gave in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. We have been badly wanting to hear the speech, so here are some of the greatest highlights from Dr. King’s speech.