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Published On: Apr 30, 2006 12:30 PM
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Student News: April 28, 2006

written by the Scholars of Room 208

This week in the morning we listened to music. We listen to music because it helps us work and concentrate. Mr. Sprankle puts on the music every morning before we walk in. Some of the people we’ve listened to so far were: Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson, Curtis Mayfield, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Pop Staples, Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, and Nina Simone. We [listen to it] by hooking Mr. S’s iPod into the speakers and turning the music up. We listen to these famous African American singers because we are studying African Americans. We really enjoy the music.

Also this week we read an article on Chernobyl. Chernobyl is a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Europe. 20 years ago the Chernobyl Power Plant exploded. Many days after the explosion, radiation reached other countries. Chernobyl didn’t tell the other countries about the explosion until many days later. The radiation killed about 35 people and [gave many others] a lot of diseases. That’s what we read about in the article.

Last week, we started something called Facilitated Discussions. Mr. Sprankle got the idea from Kevin Perks who gave a presentation for the school district. A facilitated discussion is when the whole class or a group reads the same article and when we’re done reading the article we put any questions we have about the article on the board. Then we answer the questions together and sometimes Mr. S answers some of the questions for us. Most of us like doing this because we get to learn different words and how things work. Sometimes when someone answers one question, it leads to another. We can’t wait to do this again.

This week we started IIM. IIM stands for “Independent Investigation Method.” We use this for research. IIM helps our research because it keeps it organized. Our class research topic is African American Heroes. Some of those people are: Michael Jordan, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, Muhammad Ali, Maya Angleou, and Duke Ellington. Part of IIM is it gives us focused questions. Mr. S’s question was: “How did this person change the world?” We also have to do a Bibliography. And that is what we do in our IIM.

Posted: Sun - April 30, 2006 at 12:09 PM