Friday, January 16, 2015

A fun week!

At APEC learning about mammals
This week we went to Alley Pond Environmental Center. The students were able to learn about mammals, and birds, and also took a nature walk to explore different types of habitats of animals.  The students also were able to touch live animals and explore the area.

Students learn about mammals and birds
When we were outside we looked at different animal prints and also observed nests in nature.

animal tracks

looking at the pond for animals
students observe a spider and turtle

N pets the bunny and N looks

observing the turtle

 We also wrote about alley pond today and made habitats to show what we learned.

adding details to our interactive writing about our trip 

I.S making her habitat

This week in class we also observed different winter activites and created mittens in art. We also made slime that was almost like snow.
L uses the slime to make trees

R and his mittens

J.Z uses floam that was also a new center

Also this week we continued with our math games more is best and less is best.
We also worked on comparing large and small numbers and teen numbers

Today in honor or MLK day and his birthday on Monday we talked about how to treat others nicely and what peace is and how we can make the world a better place. We started with two eggs a brown egg and a white egg and discussed how even though we are different on the outside we all are the same on the inside.

Observing differences on the outside and the same on the inside

Our tree map on mlk

writing about what we hope for

friends all of us


Friday, January 9, 2015

Welcome Back!

After being off for the holiday break, the students did really well at remembering their routines and rules. This week we  did a lot of new learning. As a class we finished up our measurement unit by making snowman with different shapes, and then we used linking cubes to measure and compare.

In writing we started our author study of Donald Crews. We have been looking at things that he does in his writing and have started to use it in our own. We observed many things and this week we tried to add signs in our writing, and also some of the students even noticed that he does sky writing.  We discussed what a story is and how we can write true stories that have a lot of details.

In reading we learned how to tell the difference between a way too easy book, a really hard book, and a just right book. Students learned how to shop for their just right books. At home ask them how they know!

In centers we made snow yesterday with baking soda, water, and some shaving cream. Then we added different colors to see what would happen. The students were so excited because of the snow and that it snowed outside today.

B measured his snowman 

B makes his snowman

A and W make their snowman

Also this week students worked on matching their color words with color words to help  them focus on ending and beginning sounds. 

N matches his words

Also in writing students looked at pictures from the Donald Crews book Night at the Fair to help them circle different things they noticed he did in his writing. 

T shows how he noticed signs.

J, E, and T circle noticings
Also in math this week we went over heavier and lighter again. Students had to draw things that would hold more than a water bottle.

B shows her work

Before students made their stories they made circle maps to show what they could write about.

D shows his work

Students also played a matching game with each other. They used picture cards to match which pictures went with the correct ending sounds.

H and L play 

Making snow!!!

We used the chart to help us with our stories today!

A showed details and a sign

N shows his signs