Monday, November 11, 2013

What Happened this Week

Bloggers: Walter and Annabella

We started our morning meeting on Monday by saying "Bonjour" and doing stretches.  On Wednesday and Friday, we did "Skip 2" in a circle where we skip 2 people and then say "Good Morning."   You continue around the circle until everyone is greeted.  We learned "Konnichiwa" and "O-Si- Yo" (Cherokee Native American).   We also played "Up Close" with a magnifying glass to greet the person next to us saying "So nice to SEE you."  For activities, we played Acka Backa, Soda Cracka", "Popcorn" where we get to move around a lot and get energized for the day. We also played "Coseeki", where one person goes in the hall, comes back in and has 3 guesses which classmate is the the chief.
Ry and Sam playing Addition Spin

In math, we practiced making change by pretending to buy things and getting change back from our purchase.  We had a math test and played addition spin.  Wednesday we discussed change diagram "Fish Stories". Here is an example: Fish L weighs 100 lbs and eats Fish Y, who weighs 2 lbs.  How much does Fish L now weigh? We also worked on Part, Part, Total as a different way to do addition.  On Friday we discussed temperature and the difference between Fahrenheit and Celsius.

We focused on our Native American unit during Reader and Writer's Workshop this week.   Monday, we learned why Native Americans came to America.  We read The Legend of Blue Bonnet.  We did Tribe learning and reading. Mrs. Wentworth has put us into different tribes for reading groups to represent the 4 different areas of the United States. This week we met to become experts of our tribe. Next week we'll teach others about our tribe.  We saw a presentation on Native American we we learned about how local Native American tribes lived, animals they used to survive and we even got to play different handmade instruments.

During Writer's Workshop and Word Study, we worked on editing and revising our stories.  We also worked on our small moment stories.   We read Memoirs of a Gold Fish and discussed adding details to our stories.
We also got to play spelling games on the computer.  Check out "Spell City" under resources on the YES website. We practiced Unit 6 spelling words this week and had our test on Friday.  We learned about homophone and homonyms after reading The King Who Rained.  Homophones are words that sound the same but are spelled differently, like "no" and "know".  Homonyms are words that are spelled the same but have different meanings, like "bat" (animal) and "bat" (that you swing).

During our specials this week, we played a baseball game in Guidance, where you greeted different classmates depending on if you hit a "single", "double" or "homerun".  In Art, we finished our nature weaving.  In PE, we used hula hoops, played a bean bag game and played a skunk tag game where you yelled "skunks are out" once you were in the middle circle.  We sang patriotic songs in Music, such as the "Grand Ole Flag."  We headed to the library on Friday to pick out new books.

Our closing circle this week, we played "123 - POP", where we count off 1, 2, 3 and the next person says "POP" and says something good about their day.  On Tuesday, we each said our hope for tomorrow.  Wednesday, we learned hand signs for goodbye.  We had a talking stick on Thursday where we shared what we learned about Native Americans.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Thank you!

The students and I were excited to receive 3 books from the book fair that were donated to our classroom. Thanks to the Keaney family for donating Miss Smith's Under the Ocean and thank you to the mystery donor for our other two books. We love them!

What Happened This Week?

Weekly Bloggers: Sam L. and Lauren!

 Here are the highlights from the week:

We started Morning Meeting on Monday with the greeting 'Round the Circle.  Two people walk around the circle and when they meet they give each other a double high 5.  Then, they tap 2 new people to walk around the circle.  Mrs. Wolinsky was our special guest during the meeting.  On Tuesday, we learned that "Guten Tag" is German for hello.  We had our names on paper clips that we passed around the circle.  We practiced practiced empty breath as a brain break, where we breath in and out until out of breath.  It is something we used before spelling to get ready for the next activity.  Wednesday, we said "Kale Mera", which is Greek for hello.  We played Off My Back, where stickies with animals were on each of our backs and we had to ask questions to guess.  "BOO" was our greeting for Thursday and everyone was excited for Halloween.  We described what the outside of our pumpkin looked like and read the book How Many Seeds in the Pumpkin?

 On Friday we greeted each other in Turkish saying "Merhaba" We each told what our favorite candy was from Halloween.  Sam said his was Airheads and Lauren's was Swedish Fish.  We also got to try the yummy pumpkin bread our class made on Thursday.

Math:  Monday we played Spinning for Money.  We spun a wheel and the paperclip would land on a certain amount of money.  Our goal was to reach $1.  Tuesday we learned about different types of graphs (bar & pie).  We counted how many pockets everyone was wearing and show them with a graph of post-its.  We also played a game with cards where we would switch the number in the 10s place.  So if the number was 27, we would switch the 10s place to make the number 72.  On Wednesday, we learned about different kinds of arrows that told us to add or subtract depending on the arrow used.  Our pumpkin was part of the math lesson for Thursday.  We had to guess the weight, circumference, number of lines and number of seeds.  The class figured out that the pumpkin weighed 13 lbs, had a 37" circumference, had 20 lines and had 595 seeds inside - WOW!  We played the "I Have, Who Has" game on Friday.  Each person has cards in front of them.  One person would ask "Who has 8 + 1?" and the person who has the 9 card would say "I Have."

Reader's Workshop:  On Monday, we were reminded to think about what we are reading to help identify words we are stuck on.  Sam gave the example if you are reading a book about fishing then probably the word tiger is not in the book.  Tuesday we discussed asking questions that make sense with what you are reading.  Each student gets to take turns reading with a buddy, listening to a book on tape or doing word work.  We shared with friends on Wednesday word that we liked the sound or were curious about the meaning.  To continue the pumpkin theme on Thursday, we read Runaway Pumpkin.  We listened to the Arthur's Halloween at the listening center.  Friday, we discussed unknown words strategy.  You think of everything you know about the book to help you (what's it about, picture, words like that word, etc).

Writer's  Workshop:  On Monday, we discussed making sure storytelling sounds like a story and that it has a beginning, a middle and an end.  We had an extra health class on Tuesday, where we played an octopus cardio game and "What Time is it Mr. Fox?"  On Wednesday, we worked on showing, not telling in our writing.  Sam said you could describe excitement at Christmas that "I jumped out of bed" vs saying "I'm excited".  Thursday, we put the ingredients into the pumpkin bread that Mrs. Wentworth took home to bake.  On Friday, we discussed using endings to close a moment and read the book Relatives Came.

Spelling:  We did our Unit 5 preview on Monday and had our Unit 5 spelling test on Friday.  We worked on our Poetry Journals and added "Five Little Pumpkins" on Thursday.

Specials:  In Guidance on Monday, we discussed how "unthinkables" can invade your head, like a "worry wall" makes you worry too much.  We drew a picture of tricky bear and passed pom poms around.  During Art, we used string, fabric and dried flowers to due nature weaving.  At PE Wednesday, we played Ghost Busters.  The ghost buster tried to tag ghosts.  Once they were tagged, ghosts had to go to hula hoop grave yards.  Music on Thursday, we dance and moved to the Bat song.  Friday we went to library.

Closing Circle:  We sang the "Goodbye Song" on Thursday and played "Pass the Mask" on Tuesday.  For "Pass the Mask", a student would make a funny face and the next student would try to copy the same expression. We ended our week with reflection circle and were paired up to share a positive about the week.

Enjoying Pumpkin Day!