Now that all of the schools participating in the Young Authors Workshop have completed the sessions with their facilitators, they’re going to share what they learned with each other and everyone else.
They’re going to do that using a zine (more on what that is later), with each classroom creating a part of a single publication, collaborating from afar. Dr. Coppins from SHARP Literacy and Adam Carr visited each of the classrooms to help the students get started on their submission.
Thank you for another fun filled day of YAW. The students learned a lot from Ms. Xela and Dr. Dina. They were very excited for them to come because they enjoy their personality and engaging activities. The students have been learning about health, the different types of germs and how they affect us.
The students especially loved the La Causaterium activity from the first session because it was a very different experience for them and they continued talking about it days later! They also enjoyed the survey on brushing their teeth and the making of the bar graph chart. Students were very impressed on how many students brushed and flossed their teeth each day.
They also enjoyed writing down the types of food and checking off the particular ones that contained sugar. They really enjoyed making cards to people about their oral health to be mailed out. The students benefited from these activities and learned a lot, including different types of germs and using safe methods when coughing to stop the spread of germs. They also learned how sugar can create build up in the mouth and cause germs which might be harmful to their health.
The students loved how Xela and Dina were very interactive and engaging with their activities.
My 5th grade students and I are very excited to begin our Young Author’s workshop with our facilitators. We are very grateful for this opportunity and I am sure the students are excited to learn more. I will begin by giving you a short summary of our school. Charter School is located in the Southside of Milwaukee and serves approximately 800 students and their families. Grades range from 1st through 8th grade. The main languages spoken are Spanish and English. The school provides innovative, foundational, bilingual and multi-cultural learning experiences. La Causa has a strong emphasis on Fine Arts and Vocational Education. Some of these programs include: Music, Art, Physical Education, Video production, Robotics, Project Lead the Way, and Computer Science. Our extracurricular activities include Soccer, Taekwondo, Volleyball, Guitars, Dance, First Stage Theater, LEGO Robotics Club, STEM Science Club, Boys Scout, Soccer, Girls on the Run (and Boys on the Run) and Choir, to name a few. We participate in events such as 5 de Mayo, Cantos de Las Americas, and many others. La Causa also has a school garden in which staff and students volunteer to plant vegetables and fruits.
Our 5th grade bilingual classroom consists of 31 students who are enthusiastic and curious learners. At times they can get chatty but they are great students. They all know the school and classroom expectations and for the most part follow through with it. When my students are interested or excited about a topic, they usually love to get involved. Most of my students are Spanish speakers with English as their second language. Many of our students have strong cultural backgrounds and are involved in many of the activities and events that the school offers.
Our 5th grade class is very excited for their first YAW presentation. They enjoyed their Discovery World visit and all of the workshops. Thank you very much for allowing us to experience everything that Young Author’s workshops had to offer. We look forward in seeing you again.