Stephanie Henry’s first grade students presented their projects on sea creatures to third grade students. First graders spent a month working collaboratively in small groups. Students used Chromebooks as well as other resources such as nonfiction texts and articles to gather information.
This school year, Berlin Elementary School piloted the Writing Units of Study authored by Lucy Calkins and her colleagues at the Reading and Writing Project at Columbia Teachers College. Kindergarten through fifth grade teachers are all teaching at least one full unit.