Wednesday, February 8, 2017

100th Day!

We had SO MUCH FUN on the 100th day of school! It is a wonderful celebration that keeps us practicing our counting skills. Many children brought in 100s collections. This year we saw 100 pennies, 100 fish tank rocks, 100 markers, 100 popsicle sticks, 100 pieces of rice, and 100 stickers.

IS counting her 100 fish rocks on ten frames.

In the morning we met up with first grade to read a book about the 100th day. Then we did some movement videos that helped us practice counting. After, we made 100th Day Crowns which you have probably seen come home. 

Some of the stations we did with first grade included counting 100 collections, building with 100 legos, pattern blocks, and dominos, counting out 100 stickers, stacking 100 cups, making necklaces with 100 Froot Loops, and more! Here are some pictures:

Painting 100 gumballs

Counting 100 pennies

Coloring 100 shapes

Building with 100 dominos

Building with 100 pattern blocks

Writing 100 words

Stacking 100 cups

Making 100 Froot Loops necklaces

In the afternoon, we had even more 100 fun. Our gnome, Fizzlewicks left us a mysterious note on the whiteboard:

This resulted in great excitement and a number hunt around the room to find all the numbers 1-100. Children worked in pairs to sequence the numbers in groups of ten and put them in a number line across the floor.

They did a fantastic job! Fizzlewicks was very impressed.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Exploring Shapes with Pattern Blocks

We are re-exploring shapes in math in the form of pattern blocks. We are talking about the different attributes of these shapes and seeing how they go together to create larger shapes. Here are some pictures of their creations:

An upside down Owl!

A Person!

Our opinion on Jan Brett

We did an author study on Jan Brett, a wonderful author and illustrator of children's books. Some books we read by her include "Gingerbread Baby," "The Three Snow Bears," "The Mitten," and "The Hat."

After about two weeks of reading her books and practicing retelling, the class voted on their favorite Jan Brett book. Here were the results:

The Mitten won with 7 votes!

Afterward, the children then had to share a reason for their vote. Why did they like that book the most? We turned and talked to each other and shared as a class. Then they were off to write. We have been talking a lot lately about opinions and how everyone has their own unique opinions about things, but it is always important to give your a reason for why you feel or think a certain way.

Here were some of their writing pieces for this prompt:













Friday, January 6, 2017

Push and Pull

This week we kicked off our "Force and Motion" unit in science! We are talking about the two forces of push and pull. To really understand these ideas, we've been getting to do some really cool activities in class. One of them included a ping pong ball race! Watch below as KM and IS push air through straws to make the balls move down the tube. 

We talked about how if you want the ball to go father or move faster, you need to use more force. More force in this case would be a bigger blow of air. The kids loved this activity so much that they chose to do it during our indoor recess time.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

You can't catch me! I'm the Gingerbread

This week we read many different versions of the gingerbread man story.

We read:
“Gingerbread Baby,” by Jan Brett

“The Gingerbread Man,” by Jim Aylesworth

“The Gingerbread Girl,” by Lisa Campball Earnst

“Ninjabread Man.” by C.J. Leigh

The last one was their favorite. These stories were great practice for retelling and pointing out comparisons. They also each had some great rhyming. Afterward, each child made a Gingerbread man ornament which they decorated with glitter, googly eyes, and yarn! These also went home in folders.

Happy Holidays!