Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Art, spring, and new learning

N and J use books to help them with their circle and brace maps
K made a bubble map for the changes in flowers

We have been discussing and learning about changes with the weather and how things change in the spring.

J uses the book to help him with his brace map on the parts of the plants. 
J.H and J work on their maps.
As a class we have been talking about spring with the change of the seasons. Students used different non fiction books and thinking maps to show what they know about spring and or what they learned. 

A few weeks back students were working on color mixing in art. Ms. M showed the students how to take different colors of paint and mix them together. On Friday she talked about how animals are different colors and also have different shapes. The students then decided how they were going to mix colors to help them create their own animal, with a focus on realistic colors and details.
Ms. M shows how she uses a oval and the color pink which she made with white and red to start her pic

making  a duck

A works on her animal

J makes his horse

Students also learned about St Patricks Day. We made different projects and did a graphing activity with lucky charms to count and celebrate the holiday

we looked for sight words in our poem

Happy Saint Patricks Day

graphing and sorting the marshmellows

H makes his graph

J.H works on his shamrock man 

a finished piece

Today we watched and African dance and music show. Students were able to learn about another type of music and culture and they had a great time dancing and participating. 

With the change in seasons students have been interested in planting and the changes with spring. Although the season has changed the weather has still been cold. We decided to do some indoor planting instead.
I.S, D, and R work on planting a sunflower

D pours the water and I.S observes

B added in the seeds

I.S put the sunflower by the window. We will check each day and record what is happening . Students can't wait to see what happens.,

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

March learing

This month we have been focusing on many different activities. One activity we have been working on is writing personal stories across three pages, working on making sure we have a complete beginning, middle, and end.
J.Z's story The beginning

The middle

The end.

In math we have been working on a story called The bunk beds, in which the students have been asked to think of different ways the little girl in the story could trick her aunt buy switching friends from the top to the bottom of the bunk bed. There are 8 friends all together and the goal is to see how many number combinations they can make with 8. 

J shows how he can make 8
B and L work together to make 8 

Each day we work on figuring out different number combinations and ways to make 8 from sketching, to writing our own number word problems.
Today we played the up and down ladder game to help students add one to the top or take one from the top and go to the bottom to make a different combination but with the same number. 

L and K play the ladder game

working on a number sketch

J makes his number equations by answering the question

In the art center Ms. Pat helped the students work on color mixing and also used marbles to create different images. 
a finished piece

B and E work on a painting

B works on mixing colors

In reading we have also been continuing to work on partner reading with a focus on comprehension using I think _____ because_______, I predict_______, My favorite part is _______ because ____________. We have been using post it and reading response sheets to help us. 

W and I.B read together

L, K and J read together

In our studio in the school we worked on coloring mixing as well. Students worked with the primary colors red, blue, and yellow to create many different colors and then they added dark and light by putting in some black and some white.

Today students were able to see a live performance of Bollywood dancing. They had so much fun. They even were able to participate and learn a dance themselves.

I.B and N participated