Monday, March 31, 2014

What Happened this Week with Ry and Curtis

This week's bloggers are Ry and Curtis.

 On Monday, we greeted each other with "Aloha" and we played "Mouse Trap". "Jambo" was our greeting on Tuesday and we played Rumpelstiltskin (which is like musical chairs). The class sits in a circle and Mrs. Wentworth taps someone to be Rumpelstiltskin. The class goes around the circle saying each person's name and then suddenly, the person who was tapped says "RUMPELSTILTSKIN!" Everyone gets up and tries to find a new seat. On Wednesday, we greeted each other in Mandarin by saying "Ni Hao". We had another new activity called, "Don't Make Me Laugh". The person in the middle of the circle picks someone and tries to make them laugh. If the person doesn't laugh, they then replace the person in the middle and try to make someone else laugh. Laughter is a fun way to start our day! On Thursday, we used the toss & talk ball. You toss this special ball to someone and they have to answer the question on the ball where his right thumb is touching. One of the questions was "What would your Superpower be?" On Friday we said, "Merhaba" (Turkish for welcome) and then we played "Pebble, Pebble" and had to guess who was the last one holding the pebble in her hand.
Our new "Toss and Talk" ball we used during morning meeting

 In Math on Monday, we played a coin game where we rolled the dice each time to see how many pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters we got. The person with the highest sum won. On Tuesday, we played "Spinning for Money" with a partner. This week we also worked on estimating money and used the iPads to play the math game "Addimals". On Friday, we used base 10 blocks to work on subtraction with trading (for example 54-27).

In Reader's Workshop, we started our unit on series books. Mrs. Wentworth started reading Judy Moody to us. We talked about making predictions with characters in a series. We also discussed looking at patterns in a series, such as a character getting in trouble each time and then the problem is fixed.
Our new series unit read aloud book

For Writer's Workshop this week, we wrote poems about spring. We choose a special thing that reminded us of spring to write a short poem about. We then drew the object and used watercolors to finish the painting. Curtis' poem was about an Easter egg and Ry wrote about fishing. In spelling, we worked on a crossword puzzle with opposite words and words that have a silent "e", like sleep - awake.

For our extra special on Tuesday, Mrs. Kellogg came in for Science Club and helped us make illustrations of our dream house. For Art, we worked on realistic drawings. In Guidance, we talked about rumors and played the telephone game. One person whispered to someone that Joe wasn't friends with John anymore and it was whispered around the circle (and changed a few times). By the end, the first person said "I didn't say that!" and we learned not to share rumors. In PE, we worked on upper body strength and core muscles by doing sit ups. In Music, we played 4 corner instruments. Each person would pick a musical note and if that musical note was located in the corner they were in they got to stay in the game. Last person standing won and Curtis won twice!

 For closing circle on Monday, we said good things and wishes for tomorrow. Some of the things kids wished for was to have a better recess or eat lunch in a quieter place. We played "Maitre D'" where Mrs. Wentworth would say "Table for 2" and 2 people would get up to share the dream house they drew. Jonathan brought in US Bingo to share with the class. We also got to sign Emerson's cast on her leg. Lots of fun new activities this week!

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