Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Newly Created Pumpkin Family

Here they are!!  Our new pumpkin family that will be joining the classroom tomorrow.  I paint them each year and lucky students are able to take them home.  New this year is the Ninja Turtle...I remember watching this show Saturday mornings with my brothers!

So how do they get them?  Well, they have to estimate the circumference around each pumpkin.  One will be going home each Friday for the month of October!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sweet Apple Taste Test

A HUGE thank you to all the parents who sent in apple products for us to try today.  One student said it felt like we were eating dinner together.  Let's just say that food can REALLY silence a room.

Here are a few pics.

I Can Tell that We Are Going to be Friends

"We're Going to Be Friends"

Fall is here, hear the yell
Back to school, ring the bell
Brand new shoes, walking blues
Climb the fence, books and pens
I can tell that we are going to be friends
Yes, I can tell that we are going to be friends

Walk with me, Suzy Lee
Through the park and by the tree
We can rest upon the ground
And look at all the bugs we've found
Safely walk to school without a sound
We safely walk to school without a sound

Well, here we are no one else
We walk to school all by ourselves
There's dirt on our uniforms
From chasing all the ants and worms
We clean up and now it's time to learn
We clean up and now it's time to learn

Numbers, letters learn to spell
Nouns and books and show and tell
Play time, we will throw the ball
Then back to school through the hall
The teacher marks our height against the wall
The teacher marks our height against the wall

And we don't notice any time pass
'Cause we don't notice anything
We sit side by side in every class
The teacher thinks that I sound funny
But she likes it when you sing

Tonight I'll dream while my bed
While silly thoughts run through my head
Of the bugs and alphabet
And when I wake tomorrow I'll bet
We will walk together to school again.

'Cause I can tell that we are going to be friends
I can tell that we are going to be friends

This song is so fitting for the pictures below.  Last week we worked with a "Friends" poem and I took pictures of each student with a friend.

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Meet Mallory

Meet Aiden

Meet Lilyanah

Meet CJ

Meet Kavi

Meet Lily

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Writer's Workshop this Week

We've really taken off with Writer's Workshop this week.  We've been working on Opinion Writing but my mini-lessons have focused on capitalization and ending punctuation.

I read Mean Jean the Recess Queen.  If you haven't checked it out you should!  It fits in perfectly at the beginning of the year and leads to discussions about bullying.

Our question was, "Would you be friends with Mean Jean?"  Students talked and turned with a buddy.   We listed reasons on chart paper and then I checked in to see if anyone changed their opinion.

I ALWAYS get one student who decides to be her friend.  Who wouldn't want to teach Mean Jean how to be nice?  I know it would have to be someone brave.

As I mentioned before my Writer's Workshop starts slow.  We really focus on illustrations and how to draw.  I love hearing them "Rate their Picture" now.  Students give great reasons on why they feel they're a 1, 2, 3, or 4.

After Quiet 10 (where they illustrate), we meet back on the rug to share our pictures.

Next up...LOTS of modeling.  I talk through my writing and they help me write my sentences.  We stretch out words (I really do know how to spell would) and underline words they should know how to spell.

Then it's their turn to practice!!

I also shared the BIG book, The Four Seasons.

We brainstormed what they liked to do in each season.  After turning and talking, they illustrated, and I modeled with my writing.  Then they were off to practice.

Hopefully I'll get to cleaning this board tomorrow!!  Click to enlarge.
To end the week I read, I Wanna Iguana.  Again, we brainstormed a list and followed the Workshop Model.

Here's my example.  I had one student pick right up on my dialogue and started laughing about what I wrote.

Here are a few examples.

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Next week I'll give them a challenge...  Can you write 2 reasons why?