6th grade Students Participate in Global Read Aloud

Students working on a collaborative document with their global partners.

Students working on a collaborative document with their global partners.

Students in Australia saying hello.

Students in Australia saying hello.

SMS students saying hello to their global partners in Australia.

SMS students saying hello to their global partners in Australia.

Students using coggle to create a mind map to share with global scholars.

Students using coggle to create a mind map to share with global scholars.

Throughout the months of October and November, the sixth grade team is tackling the district goal of giving their students opportunities to benefit from an online blended learning experience. The team and students are making cross-curricular connections through the 2015 Global Read Aloud. Units were completed in social studies and science classrooms on geography and Earth’s ecosystems. Students then used their newly acquired terminology and skills for generating questions to help them pinpoint the location of their mystery classrooms. Currently, students are enhancing their reading and language arts skills by reading and discussing the book Fish by L.S. Matthews with classes from Australia, Canada, and Saudi Arabia! Each week students collaborate with their global classroom to complete literacy related questions and activities.

TL2020 renewed as Apple Distinguished Program – 2015-17

Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 5.33.36 PMAllentown, PA — October 23, 2015 — Salisbury Township School District is pleased to announce that Teaching and Learning 2020 (TL2020) has been named an Apple Distinguished Program for 2015-17 for its successes in enhancing and extending teaching and learning with thoughtful and innovative implementations of technology. TL2020 was previously designated an Apple Distinguished Program in 2012-13 and 2013-2015.

The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.

Superintendent, Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss shared, “The Apple Distinguished Program recognition renewal is continued affirmation that our teachers, administrators and school board are on the right path to providing a world class education for our students.”

Started in September 2011, TL2014 is designed to bring to life to a vision for education in the 21st century. TL2020.org is the primary communication tool for teachers, students, parents and community about all things related to the digital transformation. The web site contains stories reflecting student learning in a progressive learning environment, assessment and evaluation reports and all program implementation documentation.

While TL2020 has increased the learning opportunities for Salisbury students, it has also provided a solution to a complex educational challenge: moving forward to create a progressive learning environment for all children while limiting budgetary impact. TL2020 increases levels of access District-wide with a personal MacBook for all students in grades 2-12 and iPad for students in grades K-1.

Visit the iBook Store to download Salisbury’s TL2020 iBook.

Fifth Grade Socratic Seminar

As 5th grade at WSE begins another academic year, we are introducing a strategy that asks students to probe below the surface meaning of what they are reading—Socratic Seminar!  Socratic circles change the way students read, think, discuss and hopefully write.  The activity does not always concern itself with students and correct answers;  it concerns itself with students asking the right questions.  This student led activity fosters leadership skills within the ELA classroom.

On Thursday, October 15th, with the assistance of retired ELA coach, Darlene Wenhold, WSE’s fifth grade discussed a selection from Wonder in Socratic Seminar.  Below are video selections from each classroom.

Adams Part 1

Adams Part 2

Adams Part 3

DeBona Part 1

DeBona Part 2

DeBona Part 3

DeBona Part 4

 

Using Minecraft in the Science Classroom

7th grade students created a vehicle to get them to the center of the Earth!

7th grade students created a vehicle to get them to the center of the Earth!

Students in 7th grade are exercising creativity by utilizing Minecraft in an adventurous activity describing the various layers of the Earth and constructing a vehicle to transport them to the center of the Earth! Students presented their creations from small group to large group, showing not just the outside of their vehicle, but interior design as well. Control centers, sleeping quarters, laboratories were some of the design elements placed inside these imaginary vehicles. Concurrent activities included a story and a data table.

Mystery Skype in Social Studies Class

Mrs. Helfrich’s 5th grade class had a great Skype session with another class in Pennsylvania. Each class voted on a country to research and study its geography. The Students synergized to brainstorm questions to ask the other class.  During the Skype session, students from both classes used their map skills and communication skills to guess the country. Mrs. Helfrich’s class figured out that the other class was studying Australia!

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