Month: April 2020

  • Parent Guide: Five reasons why being kind makes you feel good

    Parent Guide: Five reasons why being kind makes you feel good

    This week in class, we’re reading “Five reasons why being kind makes you feel good — according to science” by Jo Cutler, Robin Banerjee. In the informational text, “Five reasons why being kind makes you feel good — according to science” Jo Cutler and Robin Banerjee discuss why being kind to others can improve your mood. […]

  • Parent Guide: Discover Writing Prompts

    Here’s the deal for this OPTIONAL writing activity. Students can create a new “Discover” post in their iBlog. They can then use the score I give on that post to replace any other “Work From Home” mark in Google Classroom – if that is fair. A mark already in PowerSchool can only go up I […]

  • Parent Guide: Characteristics of Resilient People

    Parent Guide: Characteristics of Resilient People

    This week in class, we’re reading “Characteristics of Resilient People” by Set to Go. The informational text, “Characteristics of Resilient People,” explains how to build resilience by discussing the qualities that resilient people share. As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Resilience & Success as it relates to the text. We are trying to […]

  • Parent Guide: City Systems

    Parent Guide: City Systems

    This week in class, we’re reading “City Systems” by Barbara Radner. In the informational text “City Systems,” Barbara Radner discusses government workers and the city systems that help a city run. As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Community as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question : […]

  • Parent Guide: Grit

    Parent Guide: Grit

    This week in class, we’re reading “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Lee Duckworth. In the TED Talk “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” Angela Lee Duckworth discusses the role that grit plays in success. As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Education & Knowledge and Identity as they relate to the […]

  • Parent Guide: Altruism

    Parent Guide: Altruism

    This week in class, we’re reading “Altruism: Why We Risk Our Own Well-Being to Help Others” by Kendra Cherry. In the informational text “Altruism: Why We Risk Our Own Well-Being to Help Others,” Kendra Cherry discusses various theories for why humans act altruistically. As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Community, Education & Knowledge, […]

  • Parent Guide: A Lifeline for Lions

    Parent Guide: A Lifeline for Lions

    This week in class, we’re reading “A Lifeline for Lions ” by Pamela S. Turner. In the informational text “A Lifeline for Lions,” Pamela S. Turner discusses an outbreak of a disease that negatively impacted Serengeti National Park’s lion population in 1994. As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Community, Man vs. Nature, and Social Change […]

  • Parent Guide: Coping Mechanisms

    Parent Guide: Coping Mechanisms

    This week in class, we’re reading “Coping Mechanisms” by CommonLit Staff. In “Coping Mechanisms,” the author explains the difference between adaptive and maladaptive coping mechanisms. As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Resilience & Success as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question : “How does a person […]