Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Each week we have a "Kindness Counts" task. This week we are focusing on being helpers and saying, "Thank you" when someone helps us. To reinforce the "helping hands" concept, our "Doodle Table" is a patchwork of colorful helping hands. Each student can add a "hand" or more whenever they finish their work. The outline of their hand must overlap or touch the outline of another hand. Then they can color or decorate the hand outlines. Our goal is to have a colorful table of overlapping "helping hands". Helping each other is important and our table serves as a reminder.
We have started a new Science unit - WEATHER! To start our unit, we brainstormed different weather conditions and listed them on a poster.
Friday, February 24, 2012
We are patiently waiting to see if President Obama will reply to our letters from last week. We have had great practice with our friendly letter writing. :)
Thursday, February 16, 2012
February 22nd is Presidents Day or Washington's Birthday. Therefore, as we worked on friendly letters in our writing this week, we decided to write letters to President Obama. We discussed the parts of a friendly letter and then started writing. On the first day of writing, my students had to write down at least five questions for the President. Some questions included: "Do you have a hamster?", "Are you rich?", and "How old are you?"
This student asked, "Did you know that your wife was on iCarly?" :)
This student wanted to know what the President's rules were. :)
During the second day of writing, they had to write five "telling" sentences. They could tell the President about themselves. Then on the last day the questions and "telling' sentences were combined to make the body of the letter. We used special writing paper for the final copies.
I love how this student wanted to let the President know that he was the shortest kid in his class. :)
When the letters were done, my students looked at a photo of President Obama on the document camera and drew him. Then they painted it with watercolors. The paintings turned out fantastic and I am sure the President will appreciate them.
I love the ears on this painting.
I think four years in office are taking its toll on President Obama. He has a few more wrinkles and gray hair in this painting. :)
Friday, February 10, 2012
We did lots of fun activities to celebrate our 100th day of school.
Friday, February 3, 2012
(I love the spelling of "mucey" in this writing.)
(GREAT "sound spelling" happening in this writing!)
(I love the last detail: "It fell out without wiggling it.")
(This student's mom made a tooth pillow for his tooth.)
(This student had not lost a tooth yet. This is how he wants it to happen.)
I was delighted with all the great details in their writing. They did great with their "sound spelling" as well as their conventions. The Tooth Fairy has collected a lot of teeth just from my classroom. :)
Some of the words were 'what', 'when', 'who', and 'where'. It is helpful for them to have exposure to these commonly used words. "Who, who, who, who. who..."
Yes, we have math in our classroom. :) I just post "highlights" from our week on my blog. I do want to share a math favorite of my students. They love working on their MATH SCROLLS. The math scrolls were easy to make. We used some graph paper and empty paper towel rolls. They start with the number "1" and continue to add numbers to their scroll. The goal is to see how long they can get their scroll. The longer the scroll, the greater the numbers become. We figured out that getting to the number "1000" on the scroll is about as tall as a first grader. :)