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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring Voyage

We had a fantastic day of hiking and climbing in Castlewood Canyon. Ask your child to tell you all about it as you look through the photos below and the photos in the photo album at the link below.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Scholastic Branches Book Series

Many students in our crew are ready for the books in the Scholastic Branches series. These books are very appealing to readers in our crew. Click here for the link to the Scholastic Branches site for more details about each book series. I have included photos of the site below to pique your interest. Ask your child which books they are interested in.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Book Requests

We are becoming avid readers. We all read and read during independent reading. We have favorite books and authors. We ask our friends for book recommendations. We have book series that we enjoy. Ask your child what books he or she enjoys.

An example of this developing interest in reading is that I will find little notes on my table that have lists of books that kids from our crew want me to pick up the next time I go to the public library. They also search our classroom library and school library for specific books that they want to read. Below are two examples of little notes from 2 different students that I found on my table recently. I do my best to fill these requests - we want to nurture this passion for reading.

Mid-week library visit tomorrow!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Measuring Worms/Guest Speaker - A Bee Keeper

Last Friday we did some more close observations of our worms. We were trying to learn how they actually move forward. Then we tried to measure them. Ask your child to explain or demonstrate how worms move. Ask them why it was challenging to measure the worms.

4/20 Spring Voyage  -  Climbing and Hiking in Castlewood Canyon.
4/21 No School
5/3 Student-Led Conferences for First Grade
5/10 Third Grade Showcase of Learning Presentations
5/15 - 5/19 Book Fair
5/24 Sixth Grade Showcase of Learning Presentation
6/1 Last Day of School - All School Drum Circle at 9 am

We also had Mr. Leo come in to speak to us about bees and their part in the garden system. Ask your child to tell you all about it.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Showcase of Learning and Other Thoughts

Our Showcase of Learning conferences will be coming up at the beginning of May. We are just starting to gather work samples and ideas to share with you during those conferences. These are some of the questions we are thinking about as we prepare.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

We Are Readers and Writers!

We have come a long way and we really are readers and writers. Click on the link below to view the short video of our classroom during independent reading and then enjoy the photos of us reading the nonfiction books about animals that we wrote to Ms. Dana's crew. We loved having an audience and teaching them some new facts about animals. Thanks for visiting us, Ms. Dana and crew!

We are readers video 

Library tomorrow!