Sunday, December 15, 2013

What Happened This Week with Zach and Anna

This week's bloggers:  Anna & Zach

We greeted each other this week saying "Aloha", "Konnichiwa" and "Shalom".  We did "Skip Two", "Chief" and "Around the Circle" as greetings during morning meeting this week.  On Monday, we played "Brecky Toss" where we toss a squishy caterpillar to the next person to and say "Hello".  On Wednesday, we played "Mater 'D" where  Mrs. Wentworth gave a topic for each table to discuss, like "What do we hope to do tomorrow?".  We did a brain break called "I'm Melting" where we pretend to throw a bucket of water on someone and they pretend to melt like the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz.  On Friday, we did "5 Pop" where we count 5 people and the 5th person stands up and says "Pop".  We also did "Parts Partners".  Mrs. Wentworth decides what body part and then you and your partner need to touch toes, elbows, hands or hips.

In Math on Monday, we read Greedy Triangle and we learned about 3D and 2D shapes.  On Tuesday, we participated in the national program called "Hour of Code."  You can learn more about the week of learning code across all grades nationally at  We each wrote computer code for a game that told the game character to turn left, turn right, etc.  It was cool! We also had iPad time to work on math facts. This week we learned about symmetry.  We talked about symmetry in shapes and how snowflakes are symmetrical.  For homework, we looked for items that were symmetrical around our house.  On Friday, we did a math assessment.
We practiced building math fact power with the iPads!

We finished reading Clementine this week.  We discussed Clementine's traits and feelings.  We made a poster that outlined her feelings and traits throughout the book. We also discussed how the traits might change as the book progresses.  We made a chart for Clementine to help us remember on how to retell a story.  We started a new book Gooney Bird Greene. She is very unique!

For Writer's Workshop we read Do Like Kyla and discussed our "many moments" stories.  On Wednesday, we reread all of our writing and picked 2 of our best to conference about with Mrs. Wentworth. Then we will narrow it to one to publish for our upcoming author celebration.  On Thursday, instead of writing, we read Time for Kids about allergies to food. That magazine went home on Friday to share with families  In Handwriting & Spelling, we worked on Unit 9 and discussed how to spell words differently when you add different suffixes.

During Guidance on Monday, we watched a video on kindness.  We drew pictures of a kindness chain. In Art we worked on finishing our clay bells to bring home (shhhh, they might be a special gift for someone).  During our extra special on Tuesday, we did a science lesson where we read Curious Garden and investigated a skull.  We focused on asking good questions and were asked to bring in evidence from home that might help us guess what animal the skull came from.  In PE, we played "Let It Fly" where we threw balls over a mat to a team on the other side.  They tried to catch the balls and throw them back over the mat.  In Music,  we talked about The Nutcracker story and did a jinglebell dance.

A few things we did this week in Closing Circle was to say "See Ya Tomorrow" and underhand toss a ball to the person next to you and say goodbye.  The last person to catch the ball says goodbye to the whole class. Also we gave class compliments or individual compliments when saying goodbye to each other.

Friday, December 6, 2013

What Happened This Week with Jonathan and Katie

This week's bloggers are Katie and Jonathan.

We learned new greetings this week:  Salaam (Arabic), Kale Mera, Bon Jour (French) and Nih Hao (Mandarin).  On Monday we picked jobs for the week.  If you picked a number 1-10, you had a job this week.  The rest of the students have a job next week.   In morning circle on Tuesday, one person tapped another student on the shoulder.  They walked around the circle and when they met up they would say "hello" and give each other a double high 5.  We played "Off My Back" and Mrs. Wentworth assigned us something in nature.  We could ask 4 questions and get 4 guesses on what we were in nature (like a tree).  We tried lotus pose, plank and waiter (balancing a book on our hand like a waiter) as new brain breaks.  During share time, if someone did not have something to share, the student picks 3 classmates to ask questions like "What is your favorite food?".

During Math on Monday, we pretended to shop and added the prices of the objects.  If we bought a watermelon for $2 and a radio for $68, the total would be $70.  We also estimated as we used a tape measure to determine the size of a table, chair and door.  On Wednesday, we used cards and dice with partners to do an addition game.  We did math boxes in our math journals.  On Thursday, we added with base 10 blocks.  We learned partial sums and had a math test on Friday.

During Reader's Workshop, we read Clementine.  All week we worked on the Character's Unit, where we discussed setting, character's lives and character traits.  We used the information to make predictions about what would happen and then would change the prediction as we learned more information in the story.  We talked about character's facial expression and how we might make the same expression in our mind as we read the book.  For example, if the character was surprised, you might make an "O" with your mouth.

In Writer's Workshop, we worked on our Native American paragraphs.  We also started "Seed Stories." We think of a big experience (like a watermelon) and think of a small detail in that experience (a seed). Katie's example is going to Florida and the "seed story" could be about a ride at Disney.  On Thursday, we wrote down things we were thankful for and on Friday we used those thoughts to create a "Thankful Tree" to bring home and share with our families.  We also created a "Thankful Tree" for our class and each student contributed a leaf with something they were thankful for about our class.

In Handwriting & Spelling, we reviewed writing our numbers.  We also practiced letters that had the same capital and lowercase form like C and c.  We learned about suffixes like "s", "ed" and "ing".

In Guidance on Monday, we colored stop lights and also discussed more "unthinkables".  We talked about things that make you angry like "Rock Brain".  Jonathan's example of Rock Brain is when you don't listen to your mom calling you for dinner.  "Super Flex" comes to defeat Rock Brain by talking to you and saying you should listen to your mom.  In Art, we used clay to make pinch pots for bells.  In PE, we learned to overhand throw and how to do an upward dog pose.  In Music on Tuesday, we watched a show "Carnival of Animals", where instruments were trying to sound like animals.  Thursday's music class, we played the drums.

This week in Closing Circle, we said "Au Revior" (French) and whisper bye.  We did "quiet think" on Wednesday, where we lay out flat, close our eyes and hold up a fist.   Each student ranks how he/she did on things:  0 (fist) to 5.  Questions like "being kind to classmates", "inviting others to sit with you at lunch" and "reading time".

Next Tuesday, we will have a school community meeting and ask each student to bring in non-perishable food items for the local food pantry.