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During the last week of school at St. Joseph’s, the eighth graders enjoyed

Linea, St. Joseph's Teacher

Linea, St. Joseph’s Teacher

NASA Camp. We explored space and did activities to help us understand the obstacles and mysteries of space that confront our scientists and astronauts.

We started by making journals to keep track of our activities – it was very important to journal our findings. “Art and the Cosmic Connection” was an activity designed to engage our students in space science by becoming artist explorers.

The “Pocket Solar System” activity helped students understand the

Students made planets out of play dough to create a “pocket solar system.”

The “Pocket Solar System” activity helped students understand the distances between the orbits of planets and to get a handle on how large our solar system is.

distances between the orbits of planets and to get a handle on how large our solar system is. We made our planets out of play dough.

We also did an activity that applied the scientific method to determine degree of bone loss and learn why healthy bones are important in space and on Earth.

One of our last activities was to use the design process to build a structure

Design, creation and problem solving skills all went into the tower-building activity.

Students had to create and build a structure to handle the greatest load possible – with spaghetti!

to handle the

greatest load possible.  Students had to identify the problem and then brainstorm, design, build, test, redesign and share their solutions.  They loved the competition!

Learning about space was a great way to end the school year – we had an awesome time!

Linea

Teacher

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Half of our school year is already over at St. Joseph’s!  It seems like it has really

Linea teaches reading at St. Joseph’s Indian School

Linea, St. Joseph’s reading teacher for seventh and eighth grades.

gone by fast.  In the last quarter leading up to Christmas break, the Lakota students were working with a program entitled “Blueprint for Intervention:  Comprehension” by 95% Group.  We focused on Determining Importance and Synthesizing in Nonfiction and Fiction Text.  Now we are ready to apply our new comprehension skills as we move on to Unit 3 in our text.

In this unit, we will study the different types of nonfiction including autobiographies, biographies and different types of essays.  We will also be doing some activities that will help the students in answering essay questions.

In just a few weeks, we’ll have the next round of our spelling bee. The students worked really hard and the contest proved to be very competitive!  We have our winners and they will be moving on to the regional contest held in Mitchell, South Dakota, in February.

St. Joseph’s Indian School participates in a spelling bee each year.

The Lakota students worked hard to prepare for the spelling bee.

Before that, however, the seventh and eighth grade classes will have their class trip to Pierre – South Dakota’s capital. We will tour the capital building and the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center.

Thank you for your support!

Linea – 7th & 8th Grade Reading Teacher

The new year at St. Joseph’s Indian School is well underway – we’ve had almost a month of school already. The Lakota students came back with smiles on their faces, positive

Linea teaches reading at St. Joseph’s Indian School

Linea, St. Joseph’s reading teacher for seventh and eighth grades.

attitudes and ready to learn!

To start the year, we adopted the saying “Our Future is so Bright, We Have to Wear Shades!!!!” This is why we look so “cool” in the picture.

In seventh and eighth grade reading class with me, students are starting out learning about fiction and all the elements involved in a fiction story. The first few weeks, we stress how authors use sensory details to make descriptions more vivid and the different ways they develop the characters in their stories. We also point out how important the setting is because it can affect the mood and tone of the story.

The students are looking forward to St. Joseph’s annual powwow and all the activities involved – a week from today it will be here! It is a busy and exciting time of year. Will you be joining us for powwow?

Linea – 7th & 8th Grade Reading Teacher

To start the year, St. Joseph’s students and teachers adopted the saying “Our Future is so Bright, We Have to Wear Shades

Linea and her seventh graders sport sunglasses in class because “our future’s so bright, we’ve gotta wear shades!”

The end of the year is here! It is a very busy time at St. Joseph’s Indian School, fitting in class trips, end-of-the-year activities and wrapping up projects.

Linea teaches reading at St. Joseph’s Indian School

Linea, St. Joseph’s reading teacher for sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

In reading classes, the Lakota students completed units on poetry. During this unit, it is always a treat to have our principal, Kathleen, come and read to us. She does an amazing job and captures the attention of all the students.

We read mostly lyric and narrative poems, and students explored the different ways authors presented their words. Some used humor and others appealed to our senses and emotions.

I also discovered we have some talented young poets right here at St. Joseph’s!

During the reading of the poem “The Dream Keeper,” our Native American Studies teachers came into our classroom and helped us make our own dreamcatchers. The students did an awesome job and had a lot of fun.

Spring is also the time that our sixth graders take their cultural field trip to the Badlands National Park in western South Dakota. We schedule this trip a couple of weeks in advance and then have to accept what Mother Nature has in store of us.

This year she decided to rain on our day…

Actually, we were like postal workers and could say that “neither rain nor sleet nor snow” will keep us from having fun on our class trip!

Everyone knows the end of the year is coming fast and the students are looking forward to their summer break!

Linea – Reading Teacher, grades 6-8

St. Joseph’s sixth graders made their own dreamcatchers after reading the poem “The Dream Keeper.”

After reading “The Dream Keeper,” St. Joseph’s sixth graders made dreamcatchers in class.

St. Joseph’s sixth graders had their class trip to the Badlands National Park in May.

Sixth grade boys stand in the rain and snow in the Badlands during the sixth grade class trip.

Lots of reading! I am Linea, and I teach reading to our sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students at St. Joseph’s.

Linea teaches reading at St. Joseph’s Indian School

Linea, St. Joseph’s reading teacher for sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

We are already at the halfway mark of the third quarter at St. Joseph’s Indian School! This school year is going by really fast – I can hardly believe it.  In our reading classes, the Lakota (Sioux) students are currently  finishing up a unit on nonfiction.  We will take our test next week.

Everyone has done well with the informational text such as news articles, science articles and web pages.  They also studied types of visual media such as photographs, illustrations, charts, diagrams and maps.  It’s important that our students are able to comprehend these types of nonfiction because it will help them succeed in their everyday lives.

Next, we will be entering the world of poetry.

In other campus news, the boys are in the middle of their basketball season. Sometimes I think I have as much fun watching them as they do playing!

St. Joseph’s Lakota students study reading, science, math and other core subjects.

St. Joseph’s sixth graders worked with Linea on a unit about nonfiction writing.

We just finished up Catholic Schools Week and provided our Native American students with a few extra activities for them to enjoy.  One activity was Academic Game Day in where the teachers provided a game for the students to enjoy.  There was a wide variety and the students moved from classroom to classroom so they could enjoy them all.  In my class, we played Language Arts Who Wants to be a Millionaire.  I was pleased with the number of millionaires I had!

Thank you for being part of our tiyospayeextended family!

Linea – 6 – 8th Grade Reading Teacher

Diamante Poems    

Rain

loud, windy

falling, dropping, echoing

thunder, lightning, cloud, and sunrise

ending, dreaming, fading

bright, clear

Sunlight

                                                                                                         by Anthony

 

 

Happy

cheerful, joyful

laughing, smiling, sparkling

loving babies, puppies, rainbows

skipping jumping, running

silly, funny

Happy

                                                                              by Listella

 

 

Haiku Poetry

It is hot outside

My fan is always right there

Blowing around air

by Melvina

 

Softball is so fun

I like to hit a homerun

The fans like to cheer

by Mary Lee

 

Lyric Poems

Dream Catchers

As I sleep,

It lets the good dreams through

The bad dreams it keeps.

A pool of good dreams floating in my head

As I lay in my bed

Now I know that no bad dreams come

Just me beating a drum.

by Joe

 

                   The Horse

There is a horse

a mild, wild horse

who has wings to fly

but not a white horse

a wild, unmild horse

with bat wings and flames,

this wild white horse

does not have small wings

Wait!       it has a horn

Oh, he is a unicorn!

by Nate

Before the end of the school year, we learned about the poetry the Lakota students were working on in Linea’s classroom. You asked to see their work, and here are some “I Am” poems.

St. Joseph’s eighth grader Deavontay learned about writing poetry

Deavontay

Deavontay and Melvina both graduated with St. Joseph’s eighth-grade class in May and will attend Chamberlain High School next year.

Stay tuned for more poetry later this week!

I Am Poem

I am Quiet and Intelligent

I wonder about my own future

I can hear my grandchildren laughing

I see the future

I want to be forever youthful

I am Quiet and Intelligent

 

I pretend to be old

I feel as young as a newborn foal

I touch the warm sun

I worry about world peace

I cry for my people

I am Quiet and Intelligent

 

I understand the hardship of the world

I say Wakan Yeja (Children are Sacred)

I dream of tomorrow

I try and try again

I hope to be successful

I am Quiet and Intelligent

                                       by Deavontay

 

I am…

St. Joseph’s eighth grader Melvina learned about writing poetry

Melvina

I am creative and a dreamer

I wonder what it is like to be famous

I hear fans yelling mine and Chandler’s names

I see millions of people in the crowd at our concerts

I want to be famous

I am creative and a dreamer

I pretend I am a superstar when I’m alone

I feel excited about the future

I touch the sky and let my dreams take me where they may

I worry about child abuse and people that have to suffer

I cry when I think about Shauntae

I am creative and a dreamer

I understand it takes hard work to get to the top

I say “Thank you America!” when I get done singing to myself

 I dream about someday performing at Madison Square Garden

I try to do my best in everything I do

I hope people learn to keep their promises

I am creative and a dreamer.

                                                                  by Melvina              

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