Monday, November 17, 2014

November 15 Meeting

We had a fantastic meeting on November 15! Students began by choosing which book they wanted to create a book trailer on. We also did an icebreaker to get a better understanding of students' familiarity with book trailers. We then got started by watching and critiquing book trailers that our summer students created. Next, students began creating outlines and storyboards for their trailers. Students then began working on their trailers. We can't wait to see what they come up with!

Our awesome grad students helping us plan! #pattersonraps

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Next, students got the chance to read silently. We then had a snack. Yum! Finally, we had a visit from members of the Vanderbilt marching band. They talked to us about what being in the band is like, and they even let us try out their instruments!

Lauren deep into How to Steal a Dog #pattersonraps

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Patterson RAPS meets the vandy band! #pattersonraps

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We look forward to our final meeting of the year on December 6!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

November 1 Meeting

Since Halloween was the day before, we decided to have a spooky themed RAPS on Saturday. We began with a Halloween version of the game "Would You Rather?" You can only imagine the interesting conversations this activity sparked.

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Next, we read a 3:15 story by Patrick Carman, the author of the Skeleton Creek series. The story had 3 parts (listening, reading, and watching) and took about 15 minutes to complete. We then began our spooky stations. Students rotated through 5 stations: a spooky read aloud station, an independent reading station, an art station where they created sugar skulls and discussed the Day of the Dead, a science station where they did a STEM activity using toothpicks and pumpkin candies, and a writing station where they wrote two sentence horror stories and published them using iPads. Here are a few pictures from our morning.

Independent reading #pattersonraps

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Sugar skulls #dayofthedead #pattersonraps

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We look forward to seeing everyone for our last two sessions of 2014! Have a great week!