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Friday, December 18, 2015

Pacific Ocean Market and King's Land Restaurant

Wow! What a great day! We saw and experienced so much today. I will let the photos and your child speak for themselves. Thanks to all of the chaperones for coming along and helping us out.

Homework ~ Read a good book or two. Check out a Bedtime Math story.

MinM ~ Minds in Motion
Our MinM class after break is Art.



I just chose three random photos above. To see all of our photos, please visit our album at the link below:

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Part/Whole Math

We have been learning to compose and decompose numbers into parts and wholes. This kind of thinking will help us be more flexible using numbers to solve problems and when adding and subtracting numbers. This kind of thinking is the basis of number sense. We will continue to work on this type of thinking throughout the year in many different ways, in many different circumstances and using many different materials.

Be sure to take a look at our Kidblog page for lots of new posts!

Homework ~ Read a good book or two. Check out a Bedtime Math story.

Fieldwork tomorrow ~ Only those students with food allergies or issues need to bring a lunch.







Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Parts of a Story

In both reading and writing we are working on the parts of a story. In reading we think about those parts as we retell a story we have read and in writing we make sure we include all of the parts in a story that we write. Ask your child to retell a story to you or to tell you about a story that he or she is writing.

Homework ~ Read a good book or two. Check out a Bedtime Math story.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Number Scrolls

Last week we made number scrolls. We were doing this to practice writing our numbers, to learn how to write large numbers, and to notice patterns that occur in a large number grid. Most of us were able to get up into the hundreds and some of us got even higher. I sent the scrolls home so that the crew could continue to work on it if they wanted to do so. Several kids have reported that they have been working on their scroll. Logan brought his in for us to see how far he had gotten - one day he was in the seven hundreds and another day he was in the one thousands. You might suggest that your child works on theirs next time they are "bored".

Homework ~ Read a good book or two. Check out a Bedtime Math story.

Important Dates
12/18 Fieldwork to Pacific Ocean Market and Kings Land Restaurant
12/18 Winter Holiday Party ~ 3 pm
12/21-1/4 No School ~ Winter Break 
1/5 First day back after break
1/8 Gear Swap 4 pm to 8 pm
1/9 Gear Swap 9 am to 2 pm
1/15 No School ~ Professional Development for Teachers
1/18 No School ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
2/5 Vision and Hearing Screening
2/25 Winter Voyage ~ day trip only
3/2 Life is Art Artists Edition 4 pm
3/5 Life is Art ~ Adult Event 6 pm Kirk Hall
3/19 - 4/3 Spring Break
4/4 No School ~ Teacher Work Day


Friday, December 11, 2015

Spelling City

https://www.spellingcity.com/JillFisch/

A couple of weeks ago, I created a home page for our crew on SpellingCity.com. This site allows teachers (and parents and students) to create and save spelling lists. Once lists are saved, students can do various activities to learn to spell (and read) these words. I added lists of sight words that our crew needs to master by the end of first grade. The lists labeled 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D and 1E are the lists to master by the end of first grade. I also added some lists for second grade for students who need an extra challenge. After doing some of the teaching activities and games for each list, your child may take a spelling test to see if he or she has learned these words. If not, they can practice some more and if so, they can move on to the next list. We have been using these lists at school and I wanted you to know that your child can use these lists at home on a computer or a tablet. If you use a tablet, you will need to download the app and then search for my lists using my name, our school name or school zip code. If you have your child go to the Resources page of our crew blog, they can access it from there, too.


Homework ~ Read a good book or two. Check out a Bedtime Math story.

MinM ~ Mind in Motion
Our MinM class next week is PE.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Apps We Use

Some of you asked for names of some of the apps we use in class for various purposes. The picture below shows the home screen of each child's iPad. The top two rows feature mainly the creation apps that we will learn and use throughout the school year. We have learned two of these apps so far - Kidblog and ShowMe. A button to our crew blog is also included on these rows to provide students with easy access to our blog but it is not a creation app. Below this photo are screen shots of apps inside each of the folders on the bottom rows. Ask your child to tell which apps are his or her favorite. All of these apps are free or were free at the time we added them to our iPads.

Notes: Epic is free for schools but not for home use. You can get a 60 day free trail, though. Storia is our Scholastic online book account, email me if you would like the password for this account.

Be sure to visit the Resources page on our crew blog to see some websites that we use for learning, too.


Homework ~ Read a good book or two. Check out a Bedtime Math story.











Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Venn Diagrams

As we are learning more and more about life in China and Australia, we have been trying to capture some of our learning in Venn diagrams. We began with a Venn diagram on the similarities and differences between the United States and China and then JP suggested we start one on the similarities and differences between our class in the United States and Mrs. Price's class in Australia. So now we have two Venn diagram to hold our thinking and ideas.

Homework ~ Read a good book or two. Check out a Bedtime Math story.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

What Does Ms. Wendy Do All Day?

We are so lucky to have Ms. Wendy as our instructional assistant. Besides being very kind, she helps us learn so many things. Ms. Wendy does reading, writing and math groups for different groups for different reasons. She works on skills that need extra practice or she provides enrichment for those kids who need that. She often works one on one with students to do various things like practicing sight words or reteaching a missed skill. She manages our Exploration Stations while I teach reading groups. She teaches us to use sign language to spell our sight words and to learn other signs and words. She organizes our library visits so we can check out new books. She supervises three recesses a day including recesses for other grade levels. She is our general "go to" gal for many, many things and we couldn't make it through the day without her.

Homework ~ Read a good book or two. Check out a Bedtime Math story. 


Ms. Wendy teaching a reading/vocabulary group.

Ms. Wendy teaching a different reading/vocabulary group.

Ms. Wendy working on our sight words using sign language.

More sight word sign language

Monday, December 7, 2015

Stewardship in the Hallway

With all of the cold, snowy weather we have been having lately, we have needed to have our winter gear at school to wear at recess times. We noticed that we were having lots of issues with our gear - missing gloves, hats, coats, shoes and boots just to name a few. When I looked out at our cubbies in the hallway, I could see why. It is hard to organize all of that gear in a small space so we decided that we needed a lesson that included different suggestions of ways to organize your gear in your cubbie area. Our lesson worked! We no longer have gear all over the floor in the hall and most importantly our "missing items" issue has improved significantly. Now we are all trying to remember to show good stewardship in our hallways and keep our gear and our friends safe (no more tripping over piles of boots). Ms. Kristin often has to come to the cubbies to get backpacks for kids who are going home sick. She commented the other day about how nice and tidy our cubbies were. The crew was proud that Ms. Kristin noticed.

Homework ~ Read a good book or two. Check out a Bedtime Math story.

Important Dates
12/18 Fieldwork to Pacific Ocean Market and Kings Land Restaurant
12/18 Winter Holiday Party
12/21-1/4 No School ~ Winter Break 
1/5 First day back after break






Friday, December 4, 2015

Joyous Chinese Cultural Center

Today we visited the Joyous Chinese Cultural Center. We experienced many things from the Chinese culture there. We did some paper cutting, made our own dumplings, used calligraphy to write some Chinese characters and did some Chinese dance/martial arts. We also ate a yummy lunch there that included the dumplings that we made. We loved meeting all of the Chinese teachers. We all learned so much. Thanks to our chaperones - they were so helpful to have on the trip today.

Homework ~ Read a good book or two. Check out a Bedtime Math story.

MinM ~ Minds in Motion
Our MinM class next week is Sustainability.

Enjoy the photos and video below. If you get this post by email, you will need to go directly to the crew blog to view the video.  Click on the link below to go to our Google Photos album with lots of pictures.


video


 The Joyous Chinese Cultural School also added some photos on their Facebook page. Click on the link below to view their photos.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Global Awareness Station

We have added another new station to our Exploration Station rotations for the next few weeks. It is called the Global Awareness station. It contains artifacts from Australia and China for the crew to explore. There are also several engaging activities for them to try including: using chopsticks, writing Chinese characters, painting Chinese characters using water on small chalkboards, sorting Australian coins or animals cards and many more. The crew is enjoying this station and learning so much while they "play".

Homework ~ Read a good book or two. Check out a Bedtime Math story.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

New Book Collections

We have four new book collections from the public library to read and explore for the next few weeks. This time I chose my favorite illustrators/authors. If you are looking for a good book, these authors/illustrators are a great place to start: Jim LaMarche, Peter Reynolds, Amy Krause Rosenthal and Marla Frazee. These are some of my very favorites but as the crew will tell you, I have many, many favorites! The books pictured below are just a few from each author's collection.

Homework ~ Read a good book or two. Check out a Bedtime Math story.
Books illustrated by Jim LaMarche

Books illustrated by Marla Frazee

Books written by Amy Krause Rosenthal

Books written and illustrated by Peter Reynolds

Books written by Amy Krause Rosenthal and illustrated by Peter Reynolds

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Service Learning

We currently have three service learning projects that we are working on. I thought I would give a little more detail about each one.

Adopt a Family - Our crew voted to adopt a family in need of some extra help this holiday season. We are purchasing gifts for them, wrapping them and tagging them with a special code. Then Ms. Allison, our social worker, will deliver them. If you would like to help your child participate in this event, check out our sign up at the link below. While we are providing a service for those in need, we are learning about how to kindly help others in a non-intrusive way.

Adopt a Family Holiday Gifts

Connecting with Australia - This project really supports our learning and the learning of the students in Mrs. Price's class in Australia. We are teaching each other about the similarities and differences in our ways of life. We are learning to appreciate different ways of doing things. We are learning to listen carefully to someone with an accent that is different from ours. We were surprised to learn that Mrs. Price's class thinks we have accents, too. We are learning to be more globally aware and make genuine connections with other people from around the world.


Smile Project - Our crew created some small posters with motivational sayings on them. Some examples include: Smile, We can do hard things, Breathe, Ta-Da (ask your child to explain this one) and more. We are randomly going to various classrooms and areas of our school and holding these signs up to encourage others to smile, work hard or have a better day. 

I am sure other projects will come up as the year continues. We will keep you posted!

Homework ~ Read a good book or two. Check out a Bedtime Math story.