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.

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