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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Measuring

On Friday we read a book that Ms. Mary Beth recommended about measuring, called How Big? It talked about interesting (and funny) ways to measure things. Our favorite page was the one that told us that the arm of an octopus was 64 mini-pretzels long. We decided right then that we wanted to try this out so we partnered up and found some items to measure with. You can see us hard at work in the pictures below.














Friday, August 29, 2014

Writer's Workshop

At the end of each day, we have our Writer's Workshop. During this time we work on putting our ideas and stories down on paper. We think about putting spaces between each word and a period at the end of each sentence. We are brave and try to spell challenging words the best we can. We know that we will get better with our spelling every time we try to write a word. We also use the resources around our room to help us spell words correctly. We have so many great stories to tell. We love to share them with each other.






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

IA
Our IA next week is Music.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fall Voyage

Our Fall Voyage was wonderful! We were worried about the weather because so much rain was predicted for our area but we ended up with only one small rain shower. The Rattlesnake and Eagle patrol groups had a great time, challenged themselves and learned so much.

Why do we have a Fall Voyage?

We have a Fall Voyage for many reasons.
  • We take voyages to push students just a little bit out of their comfort zone. Real learning occurs when you are pushed out of your comfort zone and are challenged to try things you have not done before. For some first graders the biggest challenge is simply being away from home for a night and learning that they can trust other adults and themselves. For others the challenge is being responsible for themselves and their gear instead of counting on mom or dad to keep track of everything. Most are challenged in some way by the activities of the voyage. They must learn to work together, show perseverance when trying to find solutions to challenging problems, push themselves physically, and start to show independence in an age-appropriate manner.
  • I love the voyages because I get to see the students in a completely different environment and see other strengths that they have that might not show up in a classroom.
  • The voyages are also a great place for the students to practice the character traits that we have been working so hard to learn in class. Students also bring back some of the confidence and new skills that they learned on the trip and are able to apply them to academic learning.
  • We also all form tight bonds as a crew and are able to work very well together for the rest of the school year.

What did we do at Camp Elim?

In addition to eating, sleeping, packing, unpacking and taking care of ourselves, we also had time for some learning and some fun. Listed below are the activities we did along with a very short description.


Initiatives (Problem Solving Challenges)
Bag It – This activity had us feeling objects in bags (without looking) to try to figure out what they were or finding the rock we put in the bag. We learned to use other senses rather than simply rely on sight to gather clues and make decisions.

Camouflage Hide and Seek - A unique version of hide and seek that can be played in a wooded area. We learned about predators and prey in this fun game.

Nature Hunt at the Lake - This was a beautiful walk around a lake. We were challenged to really look at, listen to and smell what was around us. We had a list of things to look for and check off as we found them.

Web of Life - During this activity, we learned about how plants and animals depend on each other. We all wore an animal or plant nametag and then made a web (with string) to show how they are all related and what happens to the whole web when one animal is removed.

Recreational Activities

Alphabet Hike - At the beginning of this hike, we were all given a card with a letter of the alphabet on it. During the hike we had to look for things that started with that letter of the alphabet.

Obstacle Course – There were several physical challenges at this station. Check out our photo slideshow for more.

Solo Hike – This was a short walk with a stop for a little solo time to reflect on the voyage. The kids chose spots within a set boundary and they sat by themselves just thinking, reflecting, writing or drawing about the Voyage and what they had learned.



Games - There were several fun running and very active games that were played indoors. We played various tag games, follow the leader and parachute games.


Photographs
I have created a slideshow of photos for you at the link below but first, here are a few photos to pique your interest. Thanks to Ms. Wendy for helping me get some great photos. Chaperones, if you have any more to add, please send them to me.









Fall Voyage Slideshow  - 152 more photos of our time on our Fall Voyage (once at this link, click on the small arrow at the top, right of the screen to choose to view the photos as a slideshow)

Thank You Chaperones!
We had a fantastic group of chaperones this year and we so appreciate their time and help on this Voyage. We couldn't have done it without them! Thanks to:
Ms. Aleia (Lilliana's mom)
Ms. Jody (Madison's mom)
Ms. Lisa (Kyson's mom)
Mr. Mark (Taylor's dad)
Mr. Michael (Lexi's dad)
Mr. Steve (Simeon's dad)
Mr. Mike (Gabby's dad)
Mr. Jesse (Landon's dad - he filled in for Ms. Mary Beth's crew)

We are Crew!



Monday, August 25, 2014

Random Things

Today's post is just a collection of random images of the last couple of weeks that were on my camera but didn't make it into a blog post. It is kind of fun to browse through them to get a flavor for what our classroom can be like.

Fourth Grade Reading Buddies

Fourth Grade Reading Buddies

Fourth Grade Reading Buddies

Build and Create Station

Reading Group (This is actually 2 groups combined for a common lesson.)

Cameras created at the Build and Create Station

Buddy Reading


Playing with the Geoboards to See How They Work

Playing with the Geoboards to See How They Work

Playing with the Geoboards to See How They Work

Playing with the Base Ten Blocks -Then the "playing" is all done when it is time to use them as math tools.

Playing with the Geoboards to See How They Work

Playing with the Geoboards to See How They Work

Playing with the Geoboards to See How They Work

Creating with Pattern Blocks

Playing with the Base Ten Blocks

Playing with the Base Ten Blocks

Playing with the Geoboards to See How They Work

Creating with Pattern Blocks

Playing with the Geoboards to See How They Work

Playing with the Geoboards to See How They Work

Landon read the crew a story.
Buddy Reading with a Fourth Grader

Independent Reading

Buddy Reading with a Fourth Grader
Reading Group
Reading Group

Reading Group

Build and Create Station

Homework
Pack gear for the Voyage. Be sure to include a sack lunch for the first day and 4 snacks (to be eaten throughout our time there). Come to school at regular time on Tuesday. Pick up on Wednesday will be between 3:30 and 4:00 pm.