We designed, built and graphed with gingerbread houses today. Thank you for all of the donations!
Friday, December 4, 2015
The students got to use their "prediction" skills to predict what would happen to a real gingerbread cookie when put in water. They developed a prediction, drew a beginning picture, wrote the actual results and drew the after picture. This was educational and great fun!
Friday, November 20, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015
This week we read "TURKEY TROUBLE" and decided to disguise some turkeys so they did not get eaten for Thanksgiving! The students chose what to disguise their turkey as, used a variety of art mediums to disguise them and then wrote about their disguise!
We have been studying the math vocabulary and symbols for greater than, less than and equal to this week. The students got to play various games that introduced this concept and then they got to "show what they know" in their interactive math journals.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
This past week, we discussed how to hold a vote to make class decisions. The students created ballots and got to participate in several votes. Their favorite class vote was to vote on what type of donuts they wanted me to bring on Friday afternoon. We had to create 2 ballots for this election. One was for flavor and the other was for sprinkles/no sprinkles. The students each voted for one selection (secretly) and then we turned the results of the vote into a pictograph during math time. They realized that during a vote, everyone gets to make a selection; however the majority will rule.
This lesson integrated Social Studies, Math and even Writing, as I had the students critically write what their feelings were after the results of the vote were shared.
This student writes "I am excited that chocolate won.
This student writes "I am sad because strawberry did not win."
Each month, the students get a new monthly writing journal. On Fridays, we have "free writing" time where the students can illustrate and write whatever they would like to write about. Then, we reflect about what our favorite part of specials classes was for the week. I am so proud to see their writing "transform" through the 9 writing stages. At the end of the year, we will combine ALL of their monthly writing journals and they will get to create their own book!
Here a few entries from this week:
We read an amazing book this past week called Leaf Man. In this book a "leaf man" gets blown by the wind and transforms into various different formations. The students got to create their own "transformation" and write about it. We made sure to focus on writing with a beginning capital letter and ending with a punctuation mark. I am very proud of their creativity and writing. Stop by our bulletin board to see the amazing creations!
Monday, November 2, 2015
Sunday, October 25, 2015
We have become ARACHNID experts! This past week we read several non-fiction books about spiders. In addition, each student used a hand lens to observe and record data about different types of spiders. We created a Museum of Spiders on our bulletin board, the students created their own spider research booklet! I am very proud of how far they have come both as scientists and as writers!