Friday, September 28, 2012

Our busy week!

 Post written by Annie

This week band started we were all so excited to show each other our instruments. We also started partner reading during Reader's Workshop. We are all reading different novels and learning setting too!! In math we were learning about place value up to the 100 millions, also we had two practice sheets.
     We started our narrative writing this week and focused on great "leads" and "Themes." Everyone was also excited, we had our very first computer lab this week.
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Building together
 In music class, we started to play recorder, with that we learned three notes B, A, G! Finally, we had an amazing team time! We worked in teams to build a bridge out of paper clips, note cards, straws, and string.  We had eight minutes to build and then we tested the strength by adding weight. 

"Team Time"

The 'winning" bridge

working together

such concentration!

Friday, September 21, 2012

     The students in room 308 had a busy week!  We finished our unit 1 in our Everyday Math program.  The kids had a lot of fun learning about perpendicular lines, angles, convex and concave polygons, as well as concentric circles. We ended our unit learning to use a compass to draw geometric designs.
     Our Writer's Workshop was spent listing many narrative writing ideas and making choices to take through the writing process.  We also started a friendly competition based on our read a loud, No Talking by Andrew Clements.  Be sure and ask your child about this activity.
    We had an opportunity to practice our observational skills by watching and drawing what we saw in our school garden.  The kids ended the week with The Reading MAP testing using their great thinking skills.  Great job everyone!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

When we work together, great things can happen!

"When we work together, great things can happen!" This was our theme in room 308 this week. As we moved through our second week of school, we continued to learn many things about each other and what makes each of us unique.  We enjoyed writing free verse poetry using similes about "The Best Part of Me." 

Additionally, we began to look at the Scientific Process that scientists use when trying to solve a problem or test a theory. The students were given a challenge to figure out how they could walk on air as a class.  They were given a roll of masking tape, four packages of large balloons, and a board. With these materials, they began to work together to come up with a few theories and made many tests to see what was going to work.  After a few popped balloons and some disagreements, they began to work as a team and formulate an idea.  They soon found themselves on a path to success. There was a great wave of excitement as the first person stepped on the board and tested the creative idea.  SUCCESS! They were so proud of themselves and even went to invite Ms. Lane to walk on air with them. What a great way to end our week.  Your children truly are Great Thinkers.
-Mrs. Rollins