Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Happy February, Groundhog Day, Writing and more to come!

I can't believe it is already February and we have a busy but fun month ahead. Today we learned about Groundhog Day and if the Groundhog would see his shadow or not. As a class we learned he would not see his shadow which means spring is on the way. We read some great stories and made some fun hats!
R and her groundhog hat

V works on her hat

A made her hat

In math this week we are working on sorting and organizing, to start this out we used a bin of different buttons and students worked on sorting them. They found out they could sort them not only by color, but shape, size and design as well!

students add thinking maps to show how they sort

sorting by size and color

m and another student use a tree map to sort

We just finished our Donald Crews writing and students were able to give out glows and grows for a paper they observed and listened to . This was taught as a way to make our work even better and also look at all the great things that we as writers have done. 

In the art center with all of the snow that has been falling and with the great observations of the students they used model magic, modge podge and other art materials to make a display of snowmen. 

In the superhero center students have decided take the block center and turn it into a superhero village. They have used their characters they have created to attach them to the block center. 

Now that we are done with Donald Crews we have moved into oral storytelling by using pictures from things that have happened. Students are using these stories as a way to help them write personal narratives. They are using pictures to help them tell stories. 

Outside as the snow is still in the backyard students are using different objects to create trails and also they came up with a idea today that if they use objects they can create images with the snow. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

MLK, new slime, and Superheros

We learned about MLK and students were able to understand who he was, and what he wanted for the world. We used two different eggs a brown and a white egg and the question was do you think the inside is the same? Some students said yes and some said no. They were surprised to see how the inside was the same. We then talked about how no matter what someone looks like on the outside they feel the same on the inside.

After we talked about how we would like to make the world a better place and what dreams we have for the world, just like mlk!

circle map of our dreams

My dream is for no hitting

In choice time we have been cooking and making different things. We made slime with glue, starch, food dye and glitter for winter. In our bakery we made cookies. The students have been working on writing books together for recipes and then making on their own and for the class. we worked on hibernation and made bear treats too!

more slime and jewels

R and J make slime

V makes a bear treat

In our block center we have been working on adding superheros to make gotham city and also we have been working hard on making our own comic books with the use of flow maps and student drawings. 
m works on the city

E adds to the block city

E adds batman to 
Students have also been working on writing like Donald Crews. They have added in details, punctuation, sound words, big bold words and even have added different people.

We also have been working on our choice time journals. During this time students are able to write down and share what they have been working on during choice time. 

Mr. Andy has also leant us some new blocks to build with. Students were really excited to use them and made different mazes with the blocks and balls. 

With our superhero center students have made really great comic strips and books. They are using the room to write as well. In our poetry center students are now able to read the poems all by themselves and even read the class books too!

In the bakery we made chocolate chip marshmellow cookies and then wrote a interactive book together. 

We even have a new winter sand table and ice center happening! Its been a great past few weeks!

J made the bear in his cave hibernating

we also opened up a jewelry center too!