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Second Graders had a “carnival” of a time with 2-step word problems. As you may know, these problems can be a little tricky (clown) or fishy (mermaid). You may need to be tough (bearded lady), use some muscle (strong woman) and a little magic never hurts (magician). However, sometimes you need to take charge (ring leader) because the answer is never clear (fortune teller).


WDE 2nd grade teachers flipped their classrooms to build an engaging, carnival-theme, environment for students to practice their 2-step word problems. Students rotated to different classrooms throughout the day. In each classroom, the teacher decorated their rooms and dressed as a carnival character. To make sure students stayed on task, each student received a carnival ticket and the teacher would hole punch their ticket if they followed directions during the lesson. At the end of the day, students turned in their ticket for a bag of popcorn.

West DeFuniak Elementary’s Bee Bops singing “What a Wonderful World” at the grand opening of the Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy Center on Friday, April 8th


5th graders participated in a reading strategy called “Table Top Twitter.” Students were able to read an excerpt from a passage with their group members and then “Tweet” their thoughts about what they read. Students were able to read each other’s comments and respond back to each other. Table Top Twitter is a great strategy for getting all students to interact with text and gives them a chance to share their thoughts about reading with each other.

It was standing room only at West DeFuniak Elementary as students, parents, and entire families showed up for an exciting evening.  A total of 613 people signed in. Students and their families enjoyed pizza and sweet treats, hands-on science stations, hands-on math activities by grade level, an estimation station, and a photo booth.

5th Grade AR Reward

March 14, 2016

WDE 5th graders celebrated reaching their 3rd nine weeks AR reading goal!  Congratulations to these students!


Third Grade Students at WDE performed surgery on Word Problems today.  Careful examination of each problem produced the RIGHT  answer! They learned to use the C.U.B.E.S. strategy efficiently on every case.