In Honor of Dr. King

We have a dream to make the world a better place!

This week, students learned about the difference Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made in U.S. history by just using his words.  Though we’ve come a long way, the world can still be a better place.  His speech inspired us to think of our own dreams for ourselves, our communities, and the world.


Below are some of our dreams:










STEM Friday (On a Tuesday;): Real World Math Activity

Today, students participated in a real world activity to practice counting money and making change.  The activity involved applying for a job, earning a salary, cashing a check from the bank, and spending money using exact change or making change at the market.  It was a great capstone project to not only practice our money skills, but also experience how math is applied in the real world.

To begin the activity, students had to apply for jobs. Jobs included teacher assistants, store associates, store clerks, store managers, bank tellers, bank managers, and a police officer to monitor the halls. Teacher assistants assisted various teachers at RCSAI to complete a specific task. Once the task was complete, students received an envelope with their checks inside. They could then cash their checks at the bank. The bank teller and bank manager were to collect the checks and distribute the correct amount of money. Finally, students were able to use their money at the store. At the store, students had two options: use exact change to pay for an item or pay with more to get change. The store clerks and store manager were responsible for making sure all sale transactions were accurate and issuing correct change to customers.

Students had such a great time doing this activity.  It was much more meaningful than completing mundane workbook pages.

Kindness Launch: Part II

The Kindness Launch has been such a huge success!   While everyone is loving their gifts, I think I hear more excitement from the giving end!  The students and teachers are loving making something special for another class.

Below are just a few of the “random” acts of kindness going around RCSAI!!

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Service Trip

Two Fridays ago and today, second grade students had such a memorable field trip visiting residents at Sunrise of Jacksonville nursing home.  Before the trip, students made cards for the residents.  When they arrived, they made a craft and played board games together.  It was a nice experience and one I know they’ll cherish years from now.

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Student Spotlight

3, 2, 1! Lift off!  Our kindness gifts launched today!  Eight special classrooms received a party pack, in hopes of spreading smiles and starting a kindness chain at our school.

It all started the day after Halloween.  A very special student walked up to my desk and told me something along these lines: “Something terrible happened yesterday.  These teenagers in my neighborhood were breaking into people’s cars and stealing stuff.  Can we do something for the school to take their minds off all the bad stuff?”  He was also referring to the attack in New York.  How could I, as his teacher, say no?  It touched my heart he felt led to want to do something and wanted to share it with me.  So, I told him I would think about it.  We met as class during our Morning Huddle and talked about what we could do.  The class, of course, wanted to throw a school-wide party.  After talking with the student’s mother, we decided on throwing individual class parties for one class per grade level and having them pay it forward by throwing a party for another class and so on and so on.  The kids loved the idea!  They brought in the items, filled up the bags, and “anonymously” passed them out today.


Inside each bag was popcorn, candy, and a gift for the teacher.  Along with each gift, we included this flyer explaining the purpose of this movement:

And today is World Kindness Day! What a happy coincidence!

My students inspire me everyday.  And this is just one example.  My hope is that we will hear students and teachers alike talking about it in the hallways.  It will bring joy to us to see their happiness.


Click here to see the random acts of kindness launching around the school!

Kindness Boomerang

Take a look at this video and let it touch your heart.


Fall Festival!


Before our Fall Festival, students had a great time pretending to be investigators, searching for clues to solve math problems.   Students were able to participate in Math CSI stations to practice and review fact fluency, number stories, counting money, writing number models, solving true and false statements, and writing numbers in expanded form.  There were six stations total.  Below is a detailed explanation of each station:

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Place Value

Today, students reviewed place value in 2- and 3-digit numbers, building on their number sense.  After the lesson, they worked in groups to create a life size hundreds chart using base-10 blocks.  Many found it difficult at first.  After finding some patterns, however, they finally got the hang of it.  This was the final product: