According to Linda Dorn (2015), founder of the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy model and director of the University of Arkansas Little Rock Center for Literacy, "Transfer involves figuring out which knowledge and skill applies to a particular situation and how this prior information can be modified, adapted, and accommodated to address the current problem. Transfer is all about higher level thinking– applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and creating."
Sixth graders in Mrs. Johnson's math class are using their math journals to synthesize new learning. Writing across other disciplines such as math, science, and socials studies helps students demonstrate concept mastery as well as solidify, retain and extend their learning (http://www.bcps.org/offices/lis/writing/secondary/wac.html).
Way to go, Sixth Graders!
Dorn, Linda (2016). [PowerPoint presentation] Retrieved from https://readingrecovery.org/images/pdfs/Conferences/NC13/Handouts/dorn_%20teaching_%20for_tomorrow.pdf
(n.d.). Retrieved October 24, 2017, from https://www.bcps.org/offices/lis/writing/secondary/wac.html
About our Schools
Located 20 miles southwest of Madison, Belleville is a charming village that boasts a strong educational system along with a strong sense of family within the community. For a small city of just under 2,500 people, Belleville offers “big-school” opportunities in a small-school atmosphere. Belleville Elementary School hosts 4K through 1st grade with just over 190 students while the Intermediate School hosts 2nd through 6th grade serving just over 350 students. Our schools provide big-school opportunities in a safe, student-centered, welcoming environment that one would expect in a small town. This is one of the many reasons Belleville was voted one of Madison’s best suburbs!
Monday, October 23, 2017
Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed every October in schools throughout the United States. To kick off the week here in Belleville, students across the district participated in a JLine dance crew assembly. An artist from New York, New york, JLine is a strong supporter of anti-bullying and drug prevention. JLINE has performed for over 1 million students nationwide. His music and message have reached audiences of all ages, letting them know they are not alone and inspiring them to reach for their goals.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
All K-6 students at Belleville Elementary and Intermediate Schools participated in an exciting enrichment opportunity this morning when children's author Miss Michelle came to visit. Miss Michelle is an energetic author, illustrator and motivational speaker for children. She inspires students of all ages with her message of kindness, overcoming doubts, and friendship. Please click on the images below to hear Miss Michelle read a few of her stories!
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Friday, October 6, 2017
Despite the clouds and drizzle, today was a fun day for students in 4K! Visiting the pumpkin patch at Sutter's Ridge was a great way to learn more about science and the growth cycle of plants. Of course no visit to Sutter's Ridge is complete without picking your own pumpkin to take home!
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Project Lead The Way (PLTW), one of our district's three initiates, is one component of Belleville's comprehensive science curriculum. In PLTW today, 3rd grade students began learning about genetic traits by engaging in an individual traits survey. In this introductory activity, students took an inventory of their own easily observable genetic traits. Working in small groups, students also observed how their trait inventories differ from those of others.
|In this photo you can see some of the various gene traits students were surveying for.|
|One example of a dominantly inherited trait is the presence of a widow's peak (a V-shape) at the hairline. Neither Mrs. Kraemer nor this student seem to have this dominant gene; OK, Mrs. Kraemer might have a little one!|
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
According to articles in Healthy Living and Health Fitness Revolution, there are many benefits to rock wall climbing. Some climbing benefits include; sreducing stress, and boosting brain function. Second graders in Mrs. Houser's physical education class are experiencing many of these benefits first hand!