4/6-4/10 Assignments – Emoji Story & Finish Genius Hour Notes

This was sent out early this morning via Remind to parents and through Google Classroom to my students. This week, our children will be writing Emoji stories in a new program called SeeSaw and finishing their Genius Hour notes.

See the video below for detailed information regarding this week.

Stay safe and healthy.

Students Completed “Words to Live By” Quote Books

Last week, 6th-grade writers completed a remote learning lesson that required them to find a quote that meant something to them. Each student was assigned their own page and could be decorated uniquely with their quote. Many students told why they chose this quote or what the quote meant to them. When writing, students were asked to pay close attention to capitalization, usage, punctuation, and spelling. Thanks to all of my students who completed this “remote learning” lesson. I’m so proud of you!

I hope you’ll take a minute to peruse these lovely collections. Bravo, students!

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Updated School Closure Information

White Oak Community,

Today, Tuesday, March 31 st, Governor Abbott extended the school closure period
for Texas school districts through May 4th. White Oak ISD will comply with this
order. Tentatively students will return to school on Tuesday, May 5th. We will
continue to follow future guidance from the Governor, CDC, T.E.A., County Judge
etc. and will disseminate ASAP.

White Oak ISD will continue with the ‘continuity of education’ plan both hard-
copy and online for as long as it is practical (through the end of May as needed). We
are attempting to balance the need of keeping our students engaged in the learning
process and the logistical, real-life issues facing parents and guardians in our

White Oak class of 2020: Our heart is breaking for each of you and we
understand that this is a difficult time. Please know that we are exploring every
option that we can think of to try and give closure for y’all. At this point, we are
not sure if UIL activities can/will resume (currently shut down until May 4th) but
we will update as we can. We WILL have some sort of graduation ceremony,
although at this point we are not sure what that might look like….perhaps a virtual
ceremony to begin with and an ‘actual’ ceremony at a later date. We want to give
each of you your moment. We will update.

The lunch/breakfast program will continue uninterrupted.

Thank you for your continued support during these very challenging times. I know
it is difficult for everyone. Please know that White Oak ISD is trying to make the
best decisions we can that benefit our kiddos and community during these very
fluid and changing times. Please stay safe, healthy and continue to follow CDC

Go Roughnecks!
Brian Gray-Superintendent of Schools
White Oak ISD
The HOME of Roughneck PRIDE!

Lesson Plans for the Week of 3/30-4/3 – Remote Learning

This week, students will be writing their very own fictitious story using the program we were introduced to last week, StoryJumper. Students will plan their stories out in the story map I posted on Google Classroom FIRST. Then, using that planning page, they will then construct their own fiction (can be fantasy or realistic fiction) story using StoryJumper.

Be sure and follow the detailed directions I’ve posted. By Friday, students should have a final draft with million $ words, description throughout the story, a setting, characters (protagonist and antagonist), an ongoing theme, a conflict, and a resolution. Stories should have a title, they can have a dedication page (like our book did last week), and should be checked over for correct spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. I’ve posted examples of themes and great transition resources on Google Classroom. StoryJumper will allow students to add colors, scenes, characters, speech bubbles, props, text boxes, and more.

I’m looking forward to reading all the stories. I will be checking them all week.

Stay safe and healthy, my writing heroes.

This Week’s Assignment

3/26 – Storyjumper Remote Lesson

Parents & Students,

I have posted the next “Remote Learning” lesson in Google Classroom. This is due tomorrow, March 27. We are using a new program today called Storyjumper. Each student will create his/her own page in our GROUP book. See below for detailed instructions.

Go to www.storyjumper.com (click on the link I provided). 

Click ‘Login’, click ‘Sign in with Google’, and login with your school Google account. You should then see a book titled WORDS WE LIVE BY.

We are creating a GROUP book. Each of you has a page of your own to work on. Do NOT work on anyone else’s page. You will put the quote you found (and shared on Flipgrid) yesterday onto your page. TELL WHY you chose this quote or what it means to you. 

****If you didn’t do yesterday’s QUOTE assignment, go finish that FIRST.

You can play around with the program and add TEXT, PICTURES, CHARACTERS, SCENES, and more. Create a beautiful page of your own. Pay attention to capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. This is a FINAL DRAFT. 

I can’t wait to see everyone’s pages. If a student doesn’t create a page, I will delete it so we have a beautiful FINAL draft of Words to Live By. 

This assignment will get us accustomed to the Storyjumper program, which will help us with next week’s assignment. Enjoy and have fun learning the features of this program. 

Some examples that have already been created:

Penguin Acrostics

Our 4th Home Safari remote lesson was learning about penguins. Students watched a Home Safari video about Penguins and then created an acrostic using the facts they learned. They could also research penguins to learn additional facts.

Students then uploaded a video onto Flipgrid sharing their acrostics.

We’ve had some amazing final products so far.

Way to go! I”m looking forward to seeing even more amazing acrostics.

Stay safe and healthy!