Friday, February 21, 2014

Chewonki Presentation

The students really enjoyed our time learning about different animal adaptations from the Chewonki Foundation funded by the PTO.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

What Happened this Week with Riley and Emerson

Bloggers: Riley and Emerson

Happy Valentine's Day!  It was an exciting week filled with snow, hearts and Arctic animals.  A snow day on Thursday made it a short week before the start of February vacation, but we were happy to have school on Friday to celebrate Valentine's Day with our class.

On Monday, we started our day with a handshake and greeting to our neighbor, and then played "Wild Wind Blows."  On Tuesday, we looked through a magnify glass to the person next to us and said, "So good to see you."  We also played "Pebble Pebble" and passed a pebble around as we sang a song.  At the end of the song, the person in the middle had to guess who was holding the pebble.  On Wednesday, we all put one shoe in the middle and then the leader picked out one shoe and had to guess who it belonged to.  On Friday, we made a heart with our hands and had to give a "heart high five" and say "Happy Valentine's Day" to a classmate.

Artifacts at the Arctic Museum

On Tuesday morning, we took a field trip to the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum at Bowdoin College.  Riley's favorite part was holding a stuffed polar bear that represented the size of a newborn polar bear.  Emerson's favorite part was learning the Inuit legend about a girl who guards the sea and is half seal.  Tuesday afternoon, Dr. Lowenstein (Sam's Dad) came to YES for a community meeting to teach us how our heart works and he brought a pretend heart to show what it looks like.

This week in Math, we continued to learn about fractions.  We worked with groups of things and discussed equivalent fractions as we covered circles with smaller pieces to see how 1/2 = 2/4.  On Wednesday, the teacher discussed fractions in a story.  "6 birds were in a nest and 2 flew away.  What fraction is left? = 2/3.  We played math games on Friday.

We read Recess at 20 Below and answered questions that Mrs. Wentworth had written on sticky notes.  We looked to make connections to remind us of different parts of the story.  As a connection to our Arctic Museum field trip, we read I, Matthew Henson, which was about a polar explorer.

In Writing, we used a reflection rubric and a checklist to check our writing in our expert books.  We took a student survey on the computer on Friday and answered questions like if we were comfortable with how the class was doing and is the whole class focused?

In Handwriting we worked on lowercase "e."  We discussed words that sound similar but have different meanings (like "are" and "our").  On Friday, we had our word test.

We had art on Monday and did string paintings. In Guidance, we wrote goals we have in life.  Riley's goal was to become a famous artist.  Emerson's goal was to get a bunk bed.  We had PE on Wednesday and Friday to complete "Jump Rope for Heart".  It was a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.

We celebrated Valentine's Day on Friday by sharing snack and exchanging valentines with our classmates.  We made valentine holders by decorating a paper bag.

We are excited for February break and all this snow!

Friday, February 14, 2014

What Happened this Week with Sam and Lucia

Lucia and Sam

We had a short week due to Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday. On Tuesday, we greeted each other with O-Si-Yo and sang "Pebble Pebble" while we passed around a pebble to our classmates in a circle.  At the end, the person in the middle has to guess who is holding the pebble.  Wednesday, we passed around a box of clips that had names on them.  Each student picked a clip and greeted the person whose name was on the clip.  We also played "Wild Wind Blows."  On Thursday, we greeted our classmates while in a circle and played "Mouse Trap."  We said "Konnichiwa" (Japanese) to say hello on Friday.  We did some stretching by laying down and doing body rolls with our neck and arms.

In Math on Monday, we worked with patterns and skip counting.  If the pattern was add 2, and we started with 5, 7, _ the next number would be 9.  We used base 10 blocks on Tuesday to practice subtraction  and hit the target with 10s.  On Thursday, we discussed doubles and halves.  We then read the wubble story.  A boy was told he could bring one friend on his summer vacation and he choose a wubble.  Each day the wubble doubled and we had to figure out how many wubbles the boy had at the end of the vacation.  On Friday, we were in teams of 4 to play a math basketball game. We rolled dice and had to come up with strategies for adding 2 digit numbers.

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, Mrs. Wentworth read a book to us about treating people fair.  For Reader's Workshop on Wednesday, we read our non-fiction book, explained to our partner what we read and then our partner asked questions about what we read.  Questions like:  "How does...?" "Did you learn...?"  On Friday, we talked about how to read the text in non-fiction books to see if the text could explain a picture without captions.

In Writer's Workshop, we continued to work on our expert books.  On Wednesday, we wrote chapters for our books.  Thursday, we thought of good titles for our books.  Sam choose "Super Slap Shot" and Lucia choose "Super Swimming Skills."  On Friday, we made a glossary for our books.  We made a list of bold words and explained what they meant.

In spelling, we learned about using the sound "or" and that if it is in the middle of a wORd, it is spelled "OR."  If it is at the end of a word (like MORE) it is "ORE."

We had an extra Library hour and watched a move "Proud & Kind."  It was about a little girl who did kind actions for her mother.  In Art, we traced and colored an Arctic animal.  In PE, we jumped rope and played a cardio-game.  In the game, taggers were things we shouldn't have too much of, like video games and candy.  In Music, we played "Sleigh Ride".  We were divided into group A or B and then pretended to ride horses, be a statue, become a bridge or throw snowballs.

Our classroom Author Celebration will be next Thursday, Jan 30th at 9am.  Teacher conferences....