Monday, January 16, 2017

Winter in choice time, New writing with Donald Crews, MLK, Donors Choose and more

This past week in class we did a lot of new explorations and learning in choice time centers. In the writing center students used books from the library to answer their own questions and to help them with their wonderings.
V.C uses the dinosaur book to help him with writing and his wondering

In the cooking center students worked on making their own play dough with out support. They also made snacks for the whole class, from filling in cups with different snacks to making a fun winter bear treat with graham crackers, marshmallows, peanut butter and chocolate chips. Students took ownership and created the snack all by themselves.

making bear treats
V making snack

figuring out how to put the snacks in the cups
This week we added in ice to our science center and students explored melted ice, ice with different colors, and also they added in wood to see what would happen with the water and the ice. 
Also in the science center some students took an interest in the fish in the science center and then decided to use books and pictures to make their own fish model and then labeled the fish too. 
J exploring with ice and wood

N, J and T make fish 

A , S, and J exploring with ice and used paints to make different colors.
Also in choice time students received new journals where they write about what they do during their choice time . Students are using the room and the resources available to really help them write and spell. 
C uses the picture to help him write in choice time
Since there was no school today, I used different color eggs to teach the students about MLK> We used a brown egg and a white egg, and then discussed what they noticed. I then asked the class if they thought the eggs would be the same or different onside. After I cracked the eggs to help them understand that no matter what someone looks like on the outside all people feel the same on the inside. We then made a book to show how we could be like MLK>

This week thanks to Donors Choose, students had the chance to play with new play ground equipment. We received new jump ropes and jumping toys. I also have received other materials and will bring them out later this week. 

Another new choice time center was added in this week and new materials. Students were able to add new winter stickers and also they used new games on the ipad for learning. 

This week we also started new writing. Students will be working with a text called Night at the Fair by Donald Crews. Students will use what he does as a writer to help them infuse it into their own writing. We started with reading the text and then we moved into looking at this pictures to help them understand and notice things about him as a writer.  Students also learned a new math game that they played with a friend and will take it home this week to teach you!

M and A play the game
On Friday I attended a workshop at another school and observed classrooms. One thing I am bringing back to try with my own students is sewing with the use of needles, yarn, and felt. Below is work form a pre-k class.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Holiday and Happy New Year

Before the holiday break, students were very actively participating in the photo booth center. We raised over 70 dollars in which we bought toys to take to sick children at the hospital. Students also enjoyed making cookies before the break and we even had the chance to have Santa come and visit us.
Students also continued to use math games, work in choice time and even made fun holiday hats. We also had the holiday concert before the break. Students worked really hard to sing some fun songs. They also finished up their pattern books in writing, and worked on reading skills in reading.
C  working on the photo center

Students adding gifts to the photo center

students decorating

Mr. C at the photo booth

T and V.L playing cover up

A and J playing math games

D and W playing 

holiday cookies we made

Happy holidays

Before the break students had the chance to also read with their second grade buddies too!


Also before the break we had a great parent engagement activity in which families came in and made holiday ornaments. 
This week as we start the new year, we will start new reading writing and math units. We also will work on winter activities and even begin a I wonder board in hopes of sparking some new projects. We also will set new goals, and rules and even get new fun play ground materials as my donors choose project was funded!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Puppets, Holiday photo center, math games, and shared writing/pattern books

Over the past few weeks, we have been doing so many new things in the classroom, and we have been learning about many new things. In reading we are starting to use pattern books to help us read and also use our word wall words to help us read the books all on our own. In writing we just finished our writing and were able to share our work with each other.
W and c share their writing together

J and J share their work 

J reads a pattern book 

R uses her finger to help her read the words

In studio in the school students have been working with clay and they have been working on pulling, pinching, and even rolling out the clay to make different things. They have also been working on making clay pots and cups. 
V.L works with clay

After the end of choice time students have been writing in journals. The choice time journals are a way for the students to reflect on what they did in choice time. Through the use of our writing in class some students are even writing on their own. 
J writes on her one about choice time 

A drawing from a choice time journal
In choice time students have been really interested in the holidays and with the use of the dramatic play center, students have turned it into a shopping holiday market,  and they even have made a photo center where students and teachers can use holiday props to take photos. With the photos they created decorations, wrote signs, and even decided to charge 1 dollar a photo. With the money we will be buying toys for sick kids and taking the gifts to the children right before the holidays. 

setting up the holiday center

V making bags for the holiday market

D shows a prop

C and N decorating the photo center

Mr. C taking a photo with C who is posing as santa

In choice time the students have also been working hard on using more blocks to create buildings and they have been working on adding more each day when they return to the block center. 
adding to the block center

One student made a slide in the blocks

In math we have been working with numbers 6-10 and making different combinations to help us understand not just what a number is but also how to show ways to make different numbers. One way that is helping the students is with games. We just played cover up and will continue to play more this upcoming week. 
T and V.L play cover up 

A and J play cover up