Monday, March 31, 2014

What Happened this Week with Clara and Olive

This Week by Olive & Clara 

 We had a visitor this week from University of Maine. Megan Smith is a college student that has been observing our class to see what it is like to teach 2nd graders. We started our week picking name cards and greeting cards. If I picked Clara's name and Bonjour, I would say, "Bonjour Clara." We greeted each other with Bonjour on Tuesday. We also played "Gorilla" on Tuesday and Thursday, which is like "rock, paper, scissors." You stand back to back with a partner, count to 3 and then choose to be a gorilla, ninja or cowboy. We played "Chief" on Wednesday and created a spider web in circle time on Friday. We held a piece of yarn and would toss the ball of yarn to a classmate. They would then hold a piece of the yard and toss the ball to another classmate. In the end it created a web.
We read this book and worked on our own measuring book at home

 We began our measurement unit in math this week. We learned about yards, meters, inches and centimeters. We measured various objects in the room (like the rug and table) to determine their length. We measured our heights, necks, head size and shoe length using different tools. We looked at a ruler to learn how the different markings represent parts of an inch (1/4", 1/2", etc). On Thursday, we played a new math game on the iPad call "Addimals". Monkeys, sloths, and parrots were part of the game as we had to answer addition facts.

 In Reader's Workshop, we reviewed all nonfiction skills and used them to read a hurricane article. We used post-its to do some thinking and ask questions about the article. On Wednesday, we read Give a Dog a Bone. In the book, a dog uses many reasons to try and convince his owner that he deserves a bone. We also compared and contrasted 2 books on a similar topic. On Thursday we did a nonfiction reading assessment. We compared 2 articles about prairie dogs. On Friday, we the choice of independent reading or partner reading.

 We continued working on our expert books during Writer's Workshop. Clara is writing about dogs and Olive is writing about pigs. We created pictures, labels and diagrams for our expert books. On Wednesday, we worked on illustrating an exciting cover and creating an "about the author" page for our books. We will be working on opinion writing next, so on Friday the class created lists of likes and dislikes. In Handwriting and Spelling, we did our unit preview, which included words: good, new, write, our and me. On Wednesday, we played a card game with partners where we combined different words on cards to create a compound word. For example, basket and ball combined makes the word basketball.

 In Art, we did a drawing of an arctic animal and its Inuit spirit. They are on display in the hallway. In Guidance we played hot potato and zone charades. A person would draw a card with an expression on it and you had to act out that emotion. The rest of the class had to guess what zone the person was acting (Blue = sad, tired; green = calm, happy; yellow = too excited; red = angry). In PE, we played shark basketball. The "shark" tries to grab the basketball from someone dribbling. If they get it, then they switch roles. In Music, we watched "George Handle's Life".

 During closing circle on Monday, we stood in a circle and held hands. Mrs. Wentworth sent a "hand hug" around by lightly squeezing the hand of the person next to her and it continued around the circle. Tuesday, we ended our day with questions about our day and "fist to five." We laid on the floor with our eyes closed and the lights off. Mrs. Wentworth asked us questions about our day and we show how many fingers to represent how things went today. Five fingers is great and a fist is not good. Our arctic animal sculptures went home on Thursday.

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