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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tweeting Advice to Mrs. Price's Class

This afternoon we spent a little time tweeting our advice to Mrs. Price's class. This year she has all Preps (kindergarten students). We thought that since they are just beginning their school career they might like to hear our thoughts and advice to help them have a great year. This was a small service learning project for us - the service part was giving advice to younger students and the learning part was learning how to tweet and also reflecting on what kind of advice might be helpful to younger students. Click here to see all of the tweets on our class Twitter page. Below are screenshots of the tweets. We used the hashtag #prepadvice.





It was exciting when we began to get some responses, too.






In case you are wondering Mrs. Price's avatar is a picture of Wonder Woman, it is because primary grade students are so full of wonders that their teacher must be a wonder woman.

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

IA
Our IA next week is PE.

How We Start Our Day

Since we arrive at school at 8:30 and have 10 minutes to put away all of our outdoor clothing and backpacks, make our lunch choices and turn in our homework before Morning Meeting starts at 9:40 we use any extra time to read books. This is what it looked like this morning. We really are avid readers.


Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
 Math ~ Practice basic addition and subtraction facts by playing Tric Trac, Addition Top-It, reviewing your Fact Triangles or some other way.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tangrams

Last Friday we spent some time working with tangrams. Tangrams are a type of puzzle invented in China that consists of 7 shapes that are used to create other shapes. Our goal for this lesson was to compose and decompose two dimensional shapes. In other words, to learn how shapes can be combined or taken apart to make other shapes (a square can be cut into 2 triangles, etc). The crew just thought it was fun.




Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ 7.6 Tracing Shapes

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

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Skype Call to Australia

Yesterday we Skyped with Mrs. Price and her class and other students from her school. We got to meet her new class of Preps (Kindergarteners). What shocked us most of all was that there are only 9 students in her class. Wow, just wow! Our crew quickly pointed out that we have many more students since we have 25 students. We told them about our recent snow storm, our upcoming Voyage and how we made polygons in Math. They told us about an Arts and Crafts Festival that they had and some new caterpillars that they have in their classroom. We enjoyed chatting with them. It was also very nice to see Regina again.

The view from here

The view from there



One of their caterpillars

The second part of today's post is about last Friday. We had so many students absent that I had a hard time trying to pull my reading groups because so many students were missing from each group. I finally decided that this was a good day for me to just spend a little time with the crew during station time. It is nice to just get to hang out with the kids for a little bit, too. We had a lovely time.











Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 7.5 Practicing with Fact Triangles

Monday, February 23, 2015

Polygons

Today we learned all about polygons. Then we got to create some polygons using straws and twist-ties. We have also been tying our word work learning to our math learning by taking a look at some of the prefixes used to name polygons. For example, poly means many, uni means one, bi means two, tri means three, quad means four, penta means five, hexa means six, hepta means seven, octa means eight, nona means nine and deca means ten. We stopped at ten. This lesson brought our study of prefixes from word work to life by learning these number prefixes and using them to name different polygons - triangle, quadrilateral, pentagon, etc. Check out some of our polygons below. At the end of the polygon pictures, you will see a couple of pictures from our penny flipping probability/graphing activity.

Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math Home Link 7.4 Identifying Polygons

Important Dates
2/26 Winter Voyage ~ Day 1 - not an overnight trip so no Day of Rest (Day 2 will be in April - also not an overnight trip)
3/14 Life is Art ~ Click here to purchase tickets
3/18 Student-Led Conferences for First Grade
3/23 - 4/3 Spring Break