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!

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