Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Another Pumpkin Goes Home

Ayva had the closest estimate today and won our class pumpkin!

World Teachers' Day...Say What?!

Did you know Monday was World Teacher Day?  No...well I didn't either.

We were called to the lobby for a special surprise.  As the kids sat along the lobby hall our principal announced it was World Teachers' Day.

Usually we're the ones cheering and motivating our students but on this morning we were the ones being cheered on as we walked down the hall by grade level.  At the end, Ms. Tuell, gave us flowers. How sweet!!

Grades 3-5 were treated to homemade treats and Dunkin Donuts coffee.

It was fantastic and we were even on the news.  OH MY!!

Check out the link (Old Town Celebrates World Teachers' Day).

Fire Prevention Week

This week we had firefighters come in to talk to our class about fire safety.  We were even lucky enough to see the fire truck.

A HUGE thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to come talk to us!

Meet Kolton

Meet Kolton!!

Meet Autumn

Meet Autumn!!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

A Glimpse into Opinion Writing

For our first trimester we focus on Opinion Writing.  We've been working slowly at getting into the routine and expectations of Writer's Workshop.  I've focused in on conventions and writing a complete thought.

I use notebooks that I found at Walmart and section them off into 3 parts (Opinion, Narrative, and Informational).

Here are some of the opinion pieces we've worked on.

Do you like your name?
Would you be friends with Mean Jean?
Do you like apples?
What's your favorite season?
What was your favorite activity at the apple orchard?

I model like CRAZY, talking through the process as I write.  We also brainstorm a list of words they might like to have on the board.  

Before they conference with me they need to reread, check over conventions, and that sight words are spelled correctly.  My goal is to have them write about something meaningful, make them feel like they are all GOOD writers, and that they are successful.

Next week we're going to try some narrative writing so check back!

Torrential Rain and a Pumpkin Winner

We had torrential rain this week.  As buses were being called I popped into the office to see this!  As we watched from the window we continued to say, "Whatever it takes!"

Not even a rain jacket, rain boots, or umbrella helped.  By the time our principal, Ms. Tuell, came back into the building she was SOAKED! And to think she had a meeting right after this.

Thank you for making sure our students got to their buses and cars safely.

Marcus was our first pumpkin winner.  He had the closest estimate for the circumference around the ghost pumpkin.

Congrats Marcus!!

Scavenger Hunt and Squirrels

We've been learning about squirrels this week.  We've been reading informational and fictional books.  Students wrote their own informational book.  They wrote an opening, 3 facts, and a wrap up. In computer lab they created a Squirrel Diagram.

On Friday, we went on a scavenger hunt on the bike path.  They were looking for fall items to use when they made their squirrel homes.  Did you know a squirrel's home is called a drey?

Here they are hanging up in the hall.

I've also uploaded the scavenger list I used for free in case you'd like a copy (FREE Scavenger Hunt Checklist)!

Meet Colby

Meet Colby!!

Newsletter for the Week of October 5th