Sunday, January 22, 2017

New choice time materials, cultural week, and writing

This week in choice time we switched out our old light table and now have a new larger one, which allows the students to add more to their work and also explore with lights more.
D and A use the new light table
In the science center, we explored with snow. Students used a package of powder and then when we added in water it turned into snow. Here they explored with the concept of freezing and liquids. We also made predictions as to if they thought the snow would melt or stay frozen. They ended up learning that the materials we used kept the snow all week and it did not melt.
M, V, and J use the snow
As we continue to work hard daily and grow as writers, students have been adding in more to their journals and they have begun to use more of the resources in our classroom, from the word wall to the emergent spelling chart they have created in which they try to spell it first and then I will write it down for them. This has helped them to use the alphabet letter sounds and it also has helped them in their writing.
S and R use the spelling chart

N uses the word wall to help her with her writing

N writes in her journal

Another area which we will begin to explore more is the concept of board games. The students were introduced in choice time how to play chutes and ladders. As more games are ordered the hope is to do a study in which we explore different board games, and also work on making our own.
N plays and teaches others

 Students were given new paints to use in the art center this week. They have been using the paints to create different pictures in which they have turned our art center into an art gallery.

In art this week with Mr. Danny Students worked on using different paper choices and colors to make sculptors with the use of the paper and the glue. They learned how to fold the paper different ways to make different things. 
N makes her scultptor
In choice time, students have begun to do such great things in blocks. This week students created a dinosaur home and even added in words and pictures by using the resources that were placed in the block area.
Another new learning in choice time is the ability to count, collect data and then hand out snacks. Students have been going around during choice time and asking classmates which snack they would like, and then after they count them , fill the snacks up and then hand them out . It has helped them in their counting and problem solving. 

T and A create the snacks
asking which snack they would like

students in clothes from their culture.
This week at work was cultural diversity week, we had visitors from different countries come in and discuss songs, clothes they use, and also different stories and games.
2 moms from china shared a song and even different clothes in their culture

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