Thursday, December 6, 2012

5th Grade- Civil War writings

Ms. Meadows' class has been studying the Civil War using mini projects. Her words were, "I find the textbook boring. If I think it's boring, I know my students do too."

Well, the final products of their study are anything but boring! Take a look!







Well done, 5th grade! Wonderful teaching, Ms. Meadows!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Art Club 2012

Ms. Willams, with the support of her 2nd grade teammates, Mrs. Smith and Ms. Toles, has started Clifton Hills' first Art Club! Students learn about the basic principles of art such as line, shape, form, shadowing, etc.

Today's lesson was on shadowing. Students began with a short period of "free draw", then they began the formal lesson.

Free draw:

Lesson on shadows:

The Art Club is working towards having an Art Showcase of  their hard work. We can't wait!

Dance Team 2012

Clifton Hills has a Dance Team this year, started by yours truly! Girls from graded 3-5 were chosen by their teachers based on their grades, behavior, and dedication. We have a great team and can't wait to share our talent with everyone!

That's me! Keeping the beat for my girls!

Sneak peak at what we're working on!

Shout out to Ms. Brewer, Mr. Burney, Ms. Smith, and Mrs. Barnes for being great support and inspiration for the Team!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

3rd grade Landform flipbooks

Check out the great work 3rd grade is doing in science! Students combined dictionary skills with their study of landforms to make awesome flipbooks. These students are from Mrs. Delk's class!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Famous African American cowboys

Once again second grade shows their dedication to teaching and imagination in adapting the new Common Core standards. This is the standard:

What is literature (narrative) story text structure?
 This means I can research and write informational text-
-research a real person in the 1800s and do a class presentation
-use information texts to answer “who, what, where, when, why, and how”

 Second grade chose to research and share information about African American cowboys during the 1800s.

 Let's see who came for a visit!

Nat Love,  was an African American cowboy following the American Civil War. In 1907, Love wrote his autobiography, "Life and Adventures of Nat Love." In his autobiography, Nat Love explains that his father was a slave foreman in the fields, and his mother managed the kitchen. Love had an older brother Jordan and an older sister Sally. You can check out his website {HERE}!

David Hunter (July 21, 1802 – February 2, 1886) was a Union general in the American Civil War. He achieved fame by his unauthorized 1862 order (immediately rescinded) emancipating slaves in three Southern states and as the president of the military commission trying the conspirators involved with the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
While General Hunter was not an African American, he worked hard for the emancipation of slaves and lived during the same time period. He was a controversial person because he not only enlisted runaway slaves, he armed them.

Check out a story about Bronco Sam {HERE}

Check out a blog post about African American cowboys, including Bronco Sam {HERE}

Willie M. "Bill" Pickett (December 5, 1870[1] - April 2, 1932[2]) was a cowboy and rodeo performer. Pickett was born in the Jenks-Branch community of Travis County, Texas. He was the second of 13 children born to Thomas Jefferson Pickett, a former slave, and Mary "Janie" Gilbert. Pickett had 4 brothers and 8 sisters. The family's ancestry was African, white and Cherokee Native American.

Mary Fields, also known as Stagecoach Mary, was the first African-American woman employed as a mail carrier in the United States, driving her mail route by stagecoach from Cascade, Montana to St. Peter's Mission, Montana.[citation needed] When hired, she became the second American woman in all to work for the United States Postal Service.[1]

 Second grade students were in awe of the famous characters who came to speak to them. The "visitors" rotated to all the classes telling their stories.
Great job!