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Friday, May 31, 2013

Crew News May 31, 2013

Visiting the Second Grade Teachers and Classrooms
Today we took a short tour of the second grade classrooms. We met Ms Hanni and learned a little about Ms. Amanda who we will meet next year. We were able to ask some questions and take a good look around. This made us feel both excited and nervous about second grade but we all know that it will be great to be in second grade.

Another New Non-Fiction Series We Love
So while this series may not be new but it is new to us and we love it. It is the True or False series. We are all learning so many fascinating facts while having fun guessing whether statements are true or false. These would be great books to have on a car or plane trip this summer. They would also just be good when the "I'm bored" refrain starts. There are many of these at the public library. I have more coming for us to preview on Monday.



Homework
No homework over the weekend. Enjoy some good books with your child.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Crew News May 30, 2013

Expedition
We have been learning so much about soil the last few weeks. Below are a few photos of some of our experiments with soil. Ask your child to tell you all about them.





Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 10.6 Comparing Temperatures and Home Link 10.7 More Number-Grid Puzzles

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Crew News May 29, 2013

Page to Stage Performance
The Page to Stage performers came to our school today to present Aesop's Fables to us. We all enjoyed the show. Ask your child to tell you his or her favorite part.





Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 10.5 Geometry Review

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Crew News May 28, 2013

Service Learning
Our Service Learning project for 1st grade is divided into two components. One part was donating our worms to the school garden. The other part we completed today. We cleaned up the trash around the school. We have been learning about soil and how important it is to our survival. We know that we must take care of our soil and keep it free of pollutants. By picking up trash around the school we help keep pollutants out of the soil and away from our soil and food sources.




Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Links 10.3 Solving Number Stories and 10.4 Comparing Coins

Happy Birthday Trey!


Friday, May 24, 2013

Crew News May 24, 2013

Weekend Reading Possibilities for You as Parents
Linked below are a couple of articles that I have read over the last week that I thought you might find interesting. Feel free to check them out if the titles interest you at all - they are all short articles so they don't take long to read.


7 Reasons Why You MUST Read Aloud to Your Kids at All Ages

Looking Ahead - Eight Tips for Successful Closure to the School Year

Helping Students Make the Transition to the Next Grade


Homework 
No homework for the long weekend. Enjoy some great books with your child.

IA
Our IA next week is PE. Please help your child remember to wear appropriate footwear.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Crew News May 23, 2013

Books for Summer Reading
As you know, I gather collections of books from the public library and bring them in for the crew to explore. For these last few weeks I am bringing in samples of series that they might enjoy reading over the summer. I am only bringing in one book from each series. I haven't read many of these myself yet so I plan to explore right along with the crew. Below are some photos of these books that might help you if your child is looking for books in one of these series during the summer. (You can click on the photo to see a larger version of it.)






Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 10.2 Telling Time

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Crew News May 22, 2013

Our Reading Book Club
We have turned into avid readers. Our classroom has built a culture of reading. What this means exactly is spelled out in the list below. I love this time of year and this feeling that the crew always gets about how wonderful it is to be able to read.
  • The crew begs to be read to by myself or Wendy. They love to listen to a good book and then be able to discuss it as a crew.
  • Many of the crew beg for extra independent reading time.
  • Students bring in books from home to share with the crew. They know what kind of books our crew enjoys.
  • One day I was reading aloud one of these books that was brought in to share and some of the crew gasped. I asked what was up and they said that it looked like the book I was reading about Mr. Magee was illustrated by the same person who illustrated Mercy Watson. We dug around and found an Mercy Watson book and they were right. They are learning so much about favorite authors and illustrators.
  • In the morning before school starts some of the crew give me little updates about what they read at home the night before. Sometimes this is simply a number of pages or chapters and sometimes it is a retell of what they read.
  • Sometimes in the middle of independent reading someone will ask if they can go show what they just read to another crew member because they know that the other child will enjoy it or should read this book, too.
  • They make great connections between books as we read. At the beginning of the year the connections they made were very basic "I know someone with that name (the name of the main character)" and now their connections are related to their own experiences or to other books.
  • One connection that was made between books was the use of the phrase "hit the road". It came up in an Amelia Bedelia book and in a Mr. Magee. The crew liked that because they had heard that phrase before they knew what it meant and did not make the same mistake that Amelia Bedelia did and think it meant to actually hit the road. 
  • One day during independent reading I heard some soft whispering going on. I was guessing that two students were sharing a funny part of a book but it turns out that they were buddy reading. One child read a page and then the other child read a page.
  • The crew can talk about authors, illustrators and their own favorite series. They love to share new finds with the rest of the crew. They function just like a book club.
 Being able to read is something that we as adults often take for granted. Kids at this age do not. They are so happy to finally be able to read after waiting for this moment for so long. Let's help them keep up this enjoyment and engagement throughout their school career.

Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 10.1 Graphing Birth Months

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Crew News May 21, 2013

Art in Our School
I love to walk the halls of our school. The artwork displayed there is incredible. We are so fortunate to have Ms. Pam as our Art teacher. Enjoy the photos below of some of the artwork around our school right now. If you get this post by email, you will need to go directly to the blog to view the Haiku Deck.

If you would like to know more about Art at our school, please visit Ms. Pam's blog, Renaissance Art: The Practice and Ponders of an Art Teacher. If you would like detailed information about some of the projects shown here click on the Pages link at the top of her blog and then on the specific grade level you are interested in.


Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 9.9 Unit 10: Family Letter ~ End-of-Year Reviews and Assessments

Monday, May 20, 2013

Crew News May 20, 2013

Graphing
On Friday one of our math activities was to create a graph of the number of letters in our first names. I decided to use this as an opportunity to reinforce my lesson that we are all always learning and that we can all figure things out. To do this, I decided to have us create the graph using the graphing feature of Haiku Deck. I told the crew that I did not know how to do this yet but that together we would figure it out. We began by gathering our data (number of letters in our first names) and then set out to figure out how to create a graph in Haiku Deck. We had to experiment with several of the buttons or features to figure out how they work. We had to start over at one point when we decided that our graph would work better with a different orientation. Lots of math was involved in our discussion because we had to find the minimum and maximum values of our data as well as how big the intervals would be. But we did figure it out. The only thing we couldn't do was add labels to each axis of our graph. (I think this is because this is presentation software and they try to limit the amount of text on a slide.)

At this point someone in the crew suggested that we put our graph picture on the camera roll of the iPad and then import it into ShowMe and add the labels there. This was a great idea but I showed them that Haiku Deck didn't have import to camera roll as an option. They all just looked at me wondering why I couldn't figure this out. They said again, just put it in the camera roll and I still didn't understand what they meant. Finally someone remembered that the language they were looking for was to take a screen shot. Brilliant. They were absolutely correct and were connecting our prior learning about taking screen shots to this lesson. We took a screen shot and it was instantly added to our camera roll. (This is when we lost our internet access so I went in later and added the labels to our graph. I used Skitch - which they know how to use, too - instead of ShowMe to add the labels because I wanted to show them how professional it can look with the labels typed instead of handwritten.) Below are pictures of the two graphs - with and without labels.

The best part of this whole lesson is that they saw that I was still learning and that we all worked together to figure out how to create the graph we wanted. I want them to become life-long learners who are willing to jump in and try to figure things out. This lesson was a great example of using all of our 4Cs - creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication. These are the lessons that make my day.






Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Practice telling time (and other recent math topics) to review for our test tomorrow.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Crew News May 17, 2013

New Books
We were able to get some new books with the bonus points from our recent book order. We were all super excited about two of them. They are shown in the photos below.




Homework
No homework for the weekend. Enjoy some great books with your child.

IA
Our IA next week is Music.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Crew News May 16, 2013

Falling for Rapunzel
We attended a fabulous performance of Falling for Rapunzel in the library today. The performers were all very funny. Thank you to Ms. Kristen, Ms. Diana and Ms. Jillian.





Writing
We have started our last unit of study in writing. We are taking a look at all of the various adaptations of the fairy tale, The Three Little Pigs. There are so many different versions of this story. After we study these versions for a while we will begin to write our own. It should be lots of fun.

A sample of some of the different versions of The Three Little Pigs.

Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 9.8 Solving Fraction Problems

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Crew News May 15, 2013

Digging Our Dirt
We have begun the last part of our Science Expedition. This case study is about Earth's natural resources. We have chosen soil as the natural resource that we want to study in depth. We began by gathering samples of soil (thank you to all who sent in a sample) from our homes and around our school. Next we just looked at the wide variety of dirt and all of the colors dirt could be. After that we analyzed the texture of the dirt - some is very crunchy and hard and some is soft and smooth. Yesterday we did an experiment with water and dirt. We poured water through a few samples of our dirt to see what would happen. Ask your child all about it. Now we will begin to learn some of the things dirt does for us in our world. Stay tuned for further updates.  


Dirt can be many different colors.





Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Practice basic addition and subtraction facts

Library
We have library tomorrow. Please help your child remember his or her books. All books are due tomorrow. We will not be checking out new books for the remainder of the year. It's time to visit the public library!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Asher!


Crew News May 14, 2013

Book Donations
A few members of our crew have donated books to our classroom library. Some of these books came from cleaning out bookshelves at home and some are new books. If you are doing some cleaning and have books that need a new home, please consider donating them to our classroom library. We would love to have them.






Ant Farm
Owen brought in his ant farm (made by Uncle Milton) to share with us today. We all enjoyed watching the ants move around through their tunnels. I heard many of the crew asking you at pick up if they could have an ant farm at home so I included a picture below so you could see what they are talking about.




Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 9.7 Comparing Fractions

All school library books are due on Thursday.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Crew News May 13, 2013

Ashlyn is Getting Better
Ashlyn came to school this afternoon for a few hours after her doctor's appointment. She will be recovering for about a month from her concussion. She brought in some things from all of her hospital visits to show us. It was so interesting. We loved seeing her and hearing her story. She will need to be extra careful to avoid any further head injuries until she heals. So we will all be very careful around her, too.

Ashlyn showed us her collection of hospital bracelets. (She has 3).

She also showed us pictures of her brain and head along with a strip of paper that showed her heart beat.

Sight Words/Word Work

Our new sight words are: about, there, where, who, what
 
Previous words include: and, going, of, for, like, little, look, saw, she, said, the, thing, they, was, with, come, get, from, have, are, some, went, want, out, her, very, favorite, made, here, night, friend, when, because, talk, could, new, nice, kick, rain, house, how, down, people, won't why

We are working on learning to spell these words correctly. We can read them, now we must learn to write them. These are great words to point out to your child when they are reading or to have them practice spelling at home, too. 

Ask your child to explain how we practice these words at school using the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method.  

Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 9.6 Fractional Parts

All library books are due for this year by Thursday.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Crew News May 10, 2013

Archery
The crew practiced their archery skills in P.E. this week. A few photos are in the Haiku Deck below. If you get this post by email you will need to go directly to the blog to view the deck.



Homework
No homework for the weekend. Enjoy some great books with your child.

IA
Our IA next week is Art.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Crew News May 9, 2013

Another Look at Our Center Time
Center time changes throughout the year so I thought you might enjoy a few photos that show what centers are typically like at this point in the year. If you get this post by email, you will need to go directly to the blog to view the Haiku Deck below. Enjoy!


Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 9.5 Symmetry

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Crew News May 8, 2013

Sharing Our Writing 
We completed our All About books last week and had a sharing session with Ms. Mary Beth's crew on Friday. The books will be added to our portfolios that will follow us to second grade. You are welcome to stop by any time to take a look at your child's book. In the meantime, enjoy the Haiku Deck of photos below. You can also stop by our Kidblog page to read/hear our books as we are adding our books to our blogs. More books are being added every day. If you get this post by email, you will need to click through to the blog to view the Deck. Enjoy!


Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Practice basic addition and subtraction facts.

Library
We have library tomorrow. Please help your child remember to return his or her library books.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Day Door Decoration

Our classroom door was decorated today as part of Teacher Appreciation Day and I thought you would all like to see it. It was perfect! It goes right along with the study of families in China we did earlier in the year. Kristen did an amazing job - just look at that lettering! I can't wait to read the fortunes that the kids wrote to go inside the cookies. Thanks to all who helped and thanks for the wonderful lunch from Noodles and Co. It was a very nice day.




Crew News May 7, 2013

A Lesson by Reese
Last week, Reese figured out how to make multiple page ShowMes. The crew was very excited to learn how she did this. So on Friday, Reese taught the crew how she figured it out. We decided to video tape it for future reference. Trey was our camera person since he had the best angle to see Reese and the screen from his desk. Below are the videos (there are two short videos that are less than one minute each - we had a bit of a technical issue with plugs and cords and had to stop and start again) and the ShowMe that Reese created that inspired all of this learning. Her voice is very soft so turn up the sound on your computer. If you get this post by email, you will need to go directly to the blog to view the videos. Enjoy!




We are also very excited about this new learning because now we can "publish" the books we write to our blogs and read them aloud to our audience. Sophia was the first to try (others are now getting theirs up, too, but it will take a while to get all of them up). Below is Sophia's All About book. Be sure to continue to check our Kidblog page frequently to read/hear more books as they are added.
Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 9.4 Solving Problems Two Ways

Monday, May 6, 2013

Crew News May 6, 2013

Voyage Photos Part 2
Here are the rest of the Voyage photos. There are more pictures of different kids climbing and some more cave photos. If you get this post by email, you will need to click directly through to the blog to view the Haiku Deck. Enjoy.



Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~  Home Link 9.3 Number-Grid Puzzles

Friday, May 3, 2013

Crew News May 3, 2013

Sight Words/Word Work

Our new sight words are: how, down, people, won't why
 
Previous words include: and, going, of, for, like, little, look, saw, she, said, the, thing, they, was, with, come, get, from, have, are, some, went, want, out, her, very, favorite, made, here, night, friend, when, because, talk, could, new, nice, kick, rain, house

We are working on learning to spell these words correctly. We can read them, now we must learn to write them. These are great words to point out to your child when they are reading or to have them practice spelling at home, too. 

Ask your child to explain how we practice these words at school using the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method. 
 

Homework
No homework for the weekend. Enjoy some great books with your child.

IA
Our IA next week is PE. Please help your child remember to wear appropriate footwear.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Crew News May 2, 2012

3, 2, 1 Game
Has your child shared the 3, 2, 1 Game with you yet? If not, you should ask them about it. It is a fun strategy game that requires no materials to play. It is fun to play while in the car or in other waiting around situations.


3, 2, 1 Game Directions
You will need a partner to play. The object of the game is to be the first player to reach exactly 0 by subtracting 1, 2, or 3 from a given starting number. We have been using 21 as our starting number but you can vary this any time you think your child is ready for a different challenge. Children will need to play several times before they start noticing patterns that will help them form winning strategies. We have many in our crew who are beginning to have strategies to help them win this game. Challenge your child to a game and see what they can tell you about their thinking.


Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 9.2 Using the Number Grid

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Crew News May 1, 2013

Bologna Glasses
On Monday, I wrote about books we have read together as a crew. I mentioned how we bond by reading these books and how two girls created "bologna glasses" with their turkey slices during lunch on our Voyage. I just got a photo of this (more photos of the Voyage are coming) and wanted to share it with you. Here are "turkey glasses" just like Clementine's bologna glasses from the book Clementine.


Books We've Read Together This Year
As I mentioned earlier in the week, we have read over 325 books aloud together this year. Click here or on the picture below to browse through our shelf of the books we have read.



Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 9.1 Number Grid Hunt

Library
We have library tomorrow. Please help your child remember to return any books that they have checked out so that they can check out new books.