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Last week at Dever Elementary 7th grade students explored Metaphors for the first time. We discussed the ways we use metaphors in our everyday language and about how metaphors allow us to more deeply […]

Week 11 with Dever’s 7th grade was a continuation of sharing pieces and celebrating how much we have accomplished. We revisited and reviewed what an affirmation is and how to give and use them. […]

Dever’s 7th graders had an affirming week back. After an extra long break for due to CPS’s pauses was one focused on grounding the classes back into the learning we have done together. We […]

In week 6 at Dever Elementary the 7th grades of Ms. Sherfinski and Ms. Carteno’s class got festive right in time for a long break. Students read Christmas Tree by Evelyn P. a peer […]

Week 4 at Dever was a week to focus on Rhyme. Students wrote pieces about what freedom means to them and used rhyme as their featured poetic device. We learned about rhyme as corresponding […]

Week 6 at Dever required some lesson plan pivoting. Ms. Sherfinski and Ms. Carteno’s classes each had slightly different lessons. Ms. Carteno’s class got the chance to learn Stanza for the first time and […]

Week 5 at Dever was catching one group of students up about Rhyme and another group moved into learning about stanza. Ms. Sherfiniski’s class spent time telling stories through the use of a stanza […]

In week three at Dever Elementary school we focused on description. We talked about our favorite smells, textures and foods. Students did a wonderful job of focusing on an interest and showing the reader […]

Week two at Dever Elementary was a reflective week of thinking about origins and the things that shape our own identities. Students did a great job of adding their own spin on the classic […]

For week one with Dever Elementary’s 7th graders, we took on learning about one another’s names through poetry. We talked about what we would be doing together during poetry time, what poetry is and […]


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