Category Archives: Classroom Activities

Third Grade Author Connection, Denise Brennan-Nelson, “Leopold the Lion”

On January 25, 2017, Pleasanton Third Grades connected to Denise Brennan-Nelson, author of “Leopold the Lion” and nineteen other books. Ms. Nelson inspired the third grade class to develop strong reading skills for the future. She also inspired them to be creative writers, using their imaginations to tell a story. This interactive distance learning connection allowed students to ask questions directly to Ms. Nelson. In addition to Pleasanton students, schools from Michigan and Wisconsin were also included in the connection. This even was scheduled through the CAPSpace Clearninghouse distance learning office in Michigan.

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Fourth Grade Author Connection, Laurie Keller, “Scatter States of America”

Pleasanton fourth graders connected with Laurie Keller, author of “Scattered States of America”, on January 24, 2017. The virtual field trip was completely student driven, with students asking questions directly to Ms. Keller. The interactive face to face distance learning connection was organized through the CAPSpace Clearninghouse in Michigan. The purpose of this author connection is to inspire students to be lifetime readers and creative writers.

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Pleasanton 5th & 6th Graders – George Washington Carver National Park

Pleasanton 5th and 6th Graders connected via a Virtual Field Trip to Park Ranger Diane Ellenstein at the George Washington Carver National Park on January 18, 2017. Students discussed a letter written by George Washington Carver to a graduating class of seniors, emphasizing eight cardinal virtues that Mr. Carver hoped to teach and model to others.
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Advice to Seniors, John Bayler

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How To Write A Great Scholarship Essay

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“Turk and Runt” Author Connection

Pleasanton Second Graders connected to Lisa Wheeler, author of Turk and Runt.

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“Turk and Runt”, Second Grade Author Connection

Pleasanton Second Graders connected to Lisa Author, author of Turk and Runt, on November 21st, 2016. Students in Wisconsin and Michigan also connected at the same time, with each school’s students asking questions to Ms. Wheeler. This event was scheduled through the virtual field trip clearinghouse TWICECAPSpace in Michigan.

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