Tuesday, April 4, 2017

New learning, book reviews, caterpillars and more.

Last week we took a trip to Pizzeria Unos. Students had the chance to make their own pizzas as a segway into new learning with non fiction and how to do things. They were able to write about it when they returned to class and we made a class book to share how to make a pizza. We also finished up our writing unit by sharing with our partners our personal narratives.
A and S share their work 

J and A share their writing 
M and Vincent C share their writing 
Now that we are finished with personal narratives we worked on author studies and to complete this study we did book reviews about our favorite authors. We now are moving into non fiction writing and reading with a focus on questioning and details.

book review of david shannon

A's book review
In choice time students have gone back to working on playing games and making a game book to share what board games they know how to play. They have also been working on sharing their thinking. This week we opened up the smart board as a center to let the class use technology as a way to write.
M works on the smarboard
We also received new animals in the classroom to help us with our non fiction study of animals and to help students learn about life cycle stages and how animals grow and change. We are now observing caterpillars waiting to see how they go through the lifecycle process.
V uses a book to help him learn more

V, V.C, and N observe and study the caterpillars

We also have started to observe and zoom in on details like scientists as a way to learn about and explore more details and to help us understand what we learn as well as work on asking questions as readers when we want to learn something new.
Students observe a tulip 

Below are pages from our game book that we have been working on to share with the school how we play board games, what you need to play and even shared some of our own games we made as a class.

With the poetry that we continue to work on and use daily, we have started to work on creating illustrations to go along with the poems and to help us with the work of visualization. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Games, Authors, Strategies, and St Patricks

comparing shoes with cubes
Over the past few weeks students have been working on playing board games and they have also been working on making their own games. As a culminating project each student will be working on writing their own page for a big book to share out what game they know really well and also what they learned about during this time, as well as even teach others. Through this experience students have also been borrowing games to take home to teach family members how to play.
J shares how to play the Frozen game
Another thing students have been working on in choice time is making uubleck with our student teacher, Ms. Jeon who will be with us until Friday. She has been teaching the students how to do this on their own and each time they use a different color. 
J and S made pink oobleck
Something else we have been doing more of us cooking in choice time. We have made puppy chow snack mix and for St Patricks Day we made green Rice Krispie Treats. During the cooking students are learning how to measure and use math in their everyday lives. 
V cooks 

D and V add to rice Krispies

We have been continuing to study authors and have worked on learning a lot about each author. Students have been using thinking maps to share their thinking. They used the double bubble to compare two authors and two different books. 
comparing pete the cat and piggy and Gerald

Also in reading we have been working on adding in different strategies to help us during independent reading time. 
Each student has this card to help them while they read
Also in choice time we have been working on sharing out more of what we do during that time by adding in more to our journals and then sharing out our work with our classmates. 
P's journal
Lastly in math we have started  a measurement unit. We started with figuring out how to find out what size shoe we need without me giving the answer. Students have now used cubes, bears, yarn and other tools to help them figure out and understand measurement and the units used. They have been working on using their own shoes to even measure and compare objects in the classroom. 
J uses cubes to help measure

For St patricks day we used lucky charms to sort and graph and made fun hats to celebrate they day.

Friday, March 3, 2017

100th day , Dr Seuss, and Author study

 Welcome back!  Before the break we celebrated the 100th day of school. For this celebration students created different projects making something to show the amount of 100. They created these projects at home and brought them in to share.

students making 100 day hats and enjoying their snack 

For the 100th day we also created a fun snack in which we went from table to table to count out 10 different things until we each had 100 items in our bag as a snack. 

Before the break we also finished up our oral stories to help us get ready for our writing unit now which is taking a story they know really well and now instead of recording now you can write it out as a story you can read.  We also continued to work on our game playing and what we can do with board games in an attempt to start a new game study. Students have begun to borrow these games to help teach others at home and also have the ability to write about these games in the classroom. 
students playing candyland

our student teacher helps play a game

things we can add to play games

Now that we are back from the winter break we have started a lot of new learning and have begun an author study in which each student picks a different author to study from Donald Crews, Dr. Seuss, Ann Morris, David Shannon, and Mo Willems. Students are working on finding out more about these authors and the things they do to help them with reading and finding out about more books they like.

A, S, J and W study pete the cat James Dean author

J and S study David Shannon with No David books

S and A study Mo Willems

J, P, and C study Dr. Seuss
This week in math we also finished up how to make number combinations from a book The Bunk Bed story in which sara had a sleepover and she had 7 friends over. The question was how many ways can you make a number combination with 7, 6 and 8. Some examples are 4 and 3 which turns to 4+3=7.
N works with the wreckon wrack to show her thinking

We also celebrated Dr. Seuss birthday yesterday. We looked at how he uses rhyming words, makes silly books and some that are serious and even watched the cat in the hat, and made a cat in the hat snack. Students were able to create their own cat in the hat hats which they wrote at words to help them read. 

In choice time we made the snacks, and then we also worked on making some new and interesting block buildings. We also had new listening books and materials in the science center!

we made crystals in the science center

Have a great weekend and don't forget conferences are next Thursday!

Below is Angelas story!