Sunday, May 18, 2014

This week's bloggers are Lauren, Walter & Annie  

We had an exciting week of sharing special things. Here were a few we can tell you about: Tristan brought in crystals, Sam L. shared his Dad's baseball trophy, Anna brought in action figures and Walter showed his whistle from Switzerland. On Tuesday, Sonja shared a favorite stuffed moose. On Friday, Zach showed his crystals and Sam B displayed cleats from a Red Sox player. Favorite pets that visited our classroom included Lucia's fish named "Bubbles", Lauren's bunny named Jellybean, and Ry's toad. Greetings from this week included,"Konnichiwa" and "Bonjour". Morning activities included: "Cowboy, Gorilla & Ninja", shoe greeting and "Chief". We played "4 Corners" on Wednesday where each student stands in one of four corners in the room. The "caller" would say a number between 1-4 and that corner would be out. The remaining students would move around and again the caller would say a number between 1-4. The last remaining student won the game. We also did "sit & stand", where we would be sitting back to back linking arms with a partner and we had to work together to stand up at the same time.

 In Math, we reviewed telling time, and discussed time lines and how they can be used to tell history over a period of years. We also worked on estimates & "ball park" numbers, fact triangles, and multiplications. We used iPads to work on subtraction and learned how to use TimezAttack on the computer. On Friday, we started on division.

 For Reader's Workshop, we spent a lot of time on our "reader's theater" for our fairytale unit. Groups of students are working on performing a fairy tale play. We are working to use expression with our voice and how to show character feelings by how we act. We discussed how to infer by looking for clues in what the character says. Mrs. Wentworth read Magic Fish and we discussed characters, problems, feelings and what clues we could find. She read Princess and the Pizza on Tuesday and we discussed fractured stories where there is a different version than what we expect.

 In Writer's Workshop, there was time to go outside near the garden to gather poem ideas about nature. We worked on mystery poems and on word choice (using the "right" words). We worked on poetry description to "show, not tell" and did poem patterns on Friday. In spelling, we focused on words with the prefix of "re" and "un", like "redo." On Friday, we did the pre-test for Unit 21 words.

 In Art, we worked on our self portraits to be ready for Grandparents' Day. In our extra special Art, we looked at our art work for the year and choose our favorite one to share at Grandparents' Day. In Guidance, we discussed appropriate playground behavior while reading the book "Mean Jean the Recess Queen." We enjoyed the spring weather with an outside PE class on Wednesday. We played Bingo in Music.

 During Closing Circle this week, we played "pebble, pebble" and ball toss. We enjoyed the sun with an early recess on Tuesday and listened to the 4th grade concert on Wednesday. Friday, we ended our day by switching desks for next week!

There are lots of fun year end activities coming up so mark your calendar (more info to come):
Wednesday, May 21 - Field Trip to Portland Art Museum
Friday, May 23 - Grandparent & Grandfriends' Day
Tuesday, June 3 - Tide Pool Field Trip to Wolfe Neck State Park
Thursday, June 12th - Field Day Tuesday,
June 17th -Tide Pool Concert grade 2 10:45 and the Last Day of School, 12 Noon dismissal!

Friday, May 2, 2014

What Happened This Week with Tristan and Olive

This Week's Bloggers:  Tristan & Olive

We came back from April vacation and learned some new greetings.  On Monday,  we did the "Flighty Flight" airplane greeting where we flew a paper airplane to another classmate and said hello.  We played "Buzz-Bop" for the activity.  On Tuesday, we did a match math card greeting, where one person held a math fact (50 + 12) and they had to find the person with the correct answer (72).  We had a fire drill after our morning greeting.  We had an all school community meeting on Wednesday morning to learn about the new "Buddy Bench".  The bench is by the playground and if you don't have a friend to play with at recess you can sit on the bench and then someone will invite you to play.  On Thursday, we did the ball toss to say hello and we played rhyming charades for our morning activity.  We were excited to have a new student join our class on Friday.  We greeted Sonja by going around the room and introducing ourselves.  We then used the toss & talk ball to answer questions about ourselves.

We started learning about multiplication this week.  On Monday, we shared times stories.  For example, if you had 15 boxes of M & Ms and each box contained 3 bags of M & Ms, how many bags of M & Ms would you have total?  Tuesday we discussed division and sharing equally stories.  Wednesday, we reviewed easy facts and fact power times 2s, 5s, 10s and 1s.  We also used fact triangles with multiplication and division to create fact families.  We also used the iPads to play Addimals.

During Reader's Workshop on Monday, we worked on our fairy tale unit and discussed examples of what fairytales have in them for story elements like magic, good vs. evil, and moral or lesson to learn. We worked with partners on Tuesday to read fairy tales and on Thursday, we did a sequence chart with our partner.  We read Little Red and discussed moral of the story and sequence of events chart.  We read Three Little Pigs on Friday and discussed character traits.

In Writer's Workshop, we had a poet visit, his name was Gibson and he was from the Telling Room in Portland. He shared his poems and strategies for writing them. (Thank you PTO for funding that!) Also we discussed seeing things with a poet's eye.  We also learned about line breaks (how the words are written on the page for a poem) and how they could be used to make your poetry sound and look better.

In Spelling, we did the Unit 9 preview with the words:  most, because, does, part and even.  We can remember BECAUSE thinking of Big Elephants Can Always Use Scrambled Eggs.  We learned about contractions like shouldn't and had a test on Friday.

Something new: Mrs. Wentworth started reading a new chapter book called Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. It fits it with our fairytale unit!

On Tuesday, we watched a video on school recycling and composting.  YES won a grant from the Yarmouth Education Foundation so that we will have new recycling stations at lunch next fall and the school will be working with Garbage to Garden through this program to receive compost in return. We also read some great books that were purchased through the grant too!

At specials this week, we did weaving and fabric work in art. We also reviewed four-square rules in PE and practiced how music helps to tell a story during music class. In health class we worked on the zones of behavior: red, yellow, blue and green. In computer, we had the chance to begin TimezAttack which is a fun game to help  us practice our multiplication facts. If parents are interested, you can download it and your child can play at home with their own password.