February 13, 2017

Happy Snow Day!

Hope you all enjoyed your snow day!  We stayed in for the most part but once we were plowed out this dog just couldn't get enough of the snow.

February 12, 2017

Newsletter for the Week of Feb. 12th and School is Canceled for Tomorrow

Are YOU ready for the blizzard of the year?  They've already canceled school for tomorrow so stay safe. This is how I remember winter being.  It hasn't even started yet but they're predicting a lot of snow!

Here's our newsletter for the week.

February 5, 2017

Newsletter for the Week of Jan. 6th

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

This is a book I've been eyeing on Amazon and before I bought it a teammate had already ordered it. It's a cute book that leaves kids asking MANY questions.  I shared it with my class on Friday and had them respond in their Reader's Notebook.

Hannah was on the rug last week waiting for walkers to be called when we noticed ALL the static!

Also, we had a special visitor.  Harry Potter was in our room all day.

Would You Live in a Snow Globe?

After reading, The Snow Globe Family, students wrote what they'd do if they lived in one.

They also created their very own snow globe!  Here are some of the finished ones.

I usually just have the kids paint a paper plate and add their picture.  Then, they add background details.  I'm not sure if I'd make these again.  As adorable as they are they took a lot of time to make. I had to hot glue each cup to the cardstock.

January 29, 2017

A Letter to Amy

I read the picture book, A Letter to Amy, and students responded in their Reader's Notebooks.

Here are their responses.

Once completed, I had them mark at the bottom of their page how they responded.

Designing Animal Beds

We have been studying a variety of animals this year.

Last week I introduced engineering and we talked about animal beds.  Students looked closely at 4 animals (bears, birds, snakes, and hamsters).  We listed what each animal would need in order to have  a safe and comfortable bed.

Students created a plan, listed materials they'd need, and then went to work.

Here are their animal beds.

They look amazing and students had so many great ideas.

Newsletter for the week of Jan. 30th

January 24, 2017

I Don't Like Koala

What to do on a snow day??  How about progress reports, RTI, reading assessments, and typing a quick post.

I've taught all reading strategies (predicting, questioning, connecting, inferring, visualizing, and summarizing) to students now and we practice them in reading groups.

Once a week I have them respond in their Reader's Notebooks whole group.  This week I used the book, I Don't Like Koala.

This year after seeing Lester Laminack I made the decision to read the majority of my read alouds as a movie with no interruptions!  At the end of the story I asked students to pick one strategy and to respond to the story.  

Here are a few of the responses.

I marked at the bottom of their page what strategy they used.  The next time we meet I'm going to have them check back to see which one they used and have them respond with a different strategy.