It's hard to believe that this was only a four-day week because we were busy! I think we'd all agree that our two prime events to report this week involve worms and a rabbit.
We started investigating soil in science and when you have soil, you have worms. We observed worms and then discussed what happens to organic things when they die and fall to the ground. What happens to nonorganic things? In pairs or groups of three, we set up models using containers with all things the same: soil and organic and non-organic matter. One thing was different: one container had worms and the other didn't. We are going to observe the containers over the next few weeks and see how they change over time.
Rabbits: We began our Global Read Aloud book, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Today we connected with two schools; one in Kentucky and the other in Indiana. We had a book talk with the other classrooms using ipads and the website TodaysMeet. We all got the chance to answer questions that were asked about the book. We're only in chapter 4, but it's getting exciting and great to be connected with something beyond our classroom. It was great to connect with other kids in different time zones!
Breakfast Topic Questions to ask your child:
Have a great weekend!
* Whoops! I thought I clicked the "publish" button when I wrote this blog last week! Well, here it is now!
We welcomed October with a beautiful fall day and increased independence. We reflected on our last month together and came up with some of our favorite things we've done so far:
1. Math- ST Math, Quick Math, Trays/Games, Expanded Form, Word Form, etc. (the kids went on about math)
2. Class Cheers
3. Small Moment writing and making our characters come alive (characters say things, think things and feel things)
4. READING! To Self, With Someone and Raz-Kids
5. Spelling numbers
6. Reading Marty McGuire
7. P.E., art, music, library
9. Reading Buddies
10. MAP testing
Each morning I tell a hilarious joke to the class. Before I tell them the punchline, I have them try to guess the answer. I feel this opportunity allows the kids to think about possible play on words and puns. It's a fun way to see kids take risks and think a little outside the box. Here's a few jokes we've shared over the weeks. I'm not including all the punchlines, hopefully your child remembers them and doesn't keep you in suspense!
What do you call a pig that knows karate?
Why do cows wear bells?
What did the zero say to the eight?
How do you make 7 even?
Where do library books like to sleep?
Drum roll please….
The guidelines will be kept alive throughout the year and will give us a frame to pause and reflect and increase our awareness of the world around us. They will be reviewed and practiced over and over again.
We have been establishing our routines and having fun, well, at least I have! For more updates, ask your child to tell you more about:
It was so fun to have my "tita Ces" (Ms. Cecelia) come and work with our class on Wednesday. She was in town from San Diego and was a featured artist at the Victoria Chalk Festival. I've grown up with my aunt's talents and I was extra proud to have her as a guest artist with our kids. In class we have been studying the book Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. We coupled this book study with an owl art piece keeping the bird enthusiasts in mind! The students had fun putting their own creative twist on their owls and sharing their work with the class.
The kids particularly enjoyed this time lapse she did for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premiere.
Caution: art accompanied by (clean) rap music :)
It's great to have you on board! Now that I have our current class receiving our classroom blog, I can fill you in with what we've been up to. The past 9 days have been spent getting to know one another and establishing classroom routines. We have been doing a lot of work establishing our classroom guidelines. are already experts in reading and writing workshop, started our first unit in math, have had regular class meetings and that's not all!
New book baggies and reading logs went home on Monday. Like the orange folder, book baggies are to be returned to school everyday. The goal if for your child to read at least 100 minutes a week, outside of school. Reading logs are collected on Mondays.
Parents sure have a lot of homework to begin the year! Please take this time to complete the volunteer form I sent home and the paperwork from the QAE school packet. There is also a $50.00 fee to cover classroom supplies. If you haven't done so already, please make checks to the order of QAE and send to school at your earliest convenience.
Further updates will be on the way! We will read our blogs as a class and share comments left by all of you. Please let us know you're out there by leaving comments and asking questions.
Many thanks to:
Ms. Heike for joining our class and student teaching in the winter
Mr. Jeffrey for helping us launch 2nd grade ST Math
Karen Lonergan for taking on the Class Coordinator role and keeping us updated with weekly emails
We all have day one under our belts! It was a day spent getting to know one another and going over routines, routine, routines! We interviewd a classmate and will spend the next few days introducing our friends to the class. The next few weeks will be designated to building a strong classroom foundation, one where we can all thrive and feel safe to take risks. We ended our day reading the book, On a Beam of Light, a story about Albert Einstein who asked countless questions and spent every moment wondering. While Einstein answered many life mysteries he also left us the gift of big-open questions for us to ponder. In my opinion, children are the most creative and curious beings-full of wonder. "How do you make ice cream?" "How do planets orbit?" "How does gravity work?" "How big is the universe?" "Why are legos so awesome?", are just a few wonders our students came up with today. Today was the first of many of tapping into the ingenious minds and asking big questions.