Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thursday October 28

Hi everyone!
This week just flew by!  We had 2 sessions of art upstairs with Kara and then with Christina.  Today we enjoyed some festive math.  We began by calculating with M&M's...

Then a festive autumn mix

Finally, a colorful snack mix:

We ended the day learning more about the role UNICEF plays in helping children in need all around the world and how we can help while we are trick - or - treating.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Monday & Tuesday October 19 & 20

Hi everyone!
We have been busy these past few days.  We have learned more about the different types of ants within an ant colony:

We have measured items using centimeter rulers based upon an army ant as the length of a centimeter:

We had fifth grade helpers visit to help use engage in literacy centers:

Then we ended our time with our first read-a-thon:  one hour of independent, cozy reading time!

The learners really seemed to enjoy this time - we may try it again sometime.
Looking forward to meeting with you all over the next few days!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Friday, October 16

Hi everyone!
We have continued our learnings about ants (myrmecology).  Ask your child about how strong, fast, and smart an ant is this weekend!

Thank you for ordering books this month.  The classroom gets new books, and the class account gets one bonus point per dollar you spend, with bonus points on top of that!.  This month there were 5430 bonus points added to the account - with the goal of 36,000 for a new iPad.

See you Monday!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tuesday October 13

Hi everyone-

Since the last day of Special Person, the students have been asking - what are we doing now that special person is done?   Today we found out. We began with a story from Mrs. Robb about finding ants in the kitchen...

Then, the students were asked "When have you ever seen an ant?"  The all drew or wrote a story about ants, then told their story to three others before we made a poster of all of their ideas:

Finally, we discussed different ways we could learn more about ants as scientists :

Get ready scientists - time to learn more about ANTS!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Monday October 12

Hi everyone!

This morning began with a wonderful art lesson, courtesy of Graces's mom Jen.  The learners has another chance to try out shading and three-dimensional drawing- with pumpkins!

The projects will be in the hall soon!  Take a look sometime during drop off!

Later in the morning, we had a visitor from the Oregon Humane Society.  Barb brought Maggie to the class to show us more about dog safety.  Thanks Barb and Maggie!

We finished the day out with a new math game and  the class story and poem of the week.
See you tomorrow!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Thursday October 8 -Many Pictures!

Today the Special Person was Natalie!!!  She told us great story about riding on a ferry boat during a road trip to Canada - but the waves were rocky so she had a bumpy ride!  
Below you will see examples of Special Person stories that have been hanging around the room.

It was a joy to see all of the learners showing their families all the hard work they have done this year so far.  Thank you so much for the time you all took to visit the classroom.  Here are just a few pictures of our time together - see you Monday!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wednesday October 7

Today the Special Person was Ruby, who told a wonderful story about camping overnight at the Oregon Zoo!  Who knew you could do that?  Wow!

The learners have many ideas to share with you today:
"I really liked making the origami owl for my locker." Zach
"I like the really good math games on the iPad."Miles
"Today I enjoyed measuring things with a yard long string." Ana
"I enjoy completed math equations like we did today." Liam
"Literacy learning was fun today because I was at the observe an object station at the carpet." Ashe
"It was kind of Natalie to make me a picture today." Ruby
"I liked it when Ruby drew me a picture today." Ia
"It was fun to design the pictures of grass we used to measure and create line plots with." Matilda
"I like being door closer this week, helping to make sure everyone was out of the room." Aiden (and you did a great job helping with that this week!- Mrs. Robb)

See you tomorrow at the end of day open house!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tuesday October 6

Today Tyler was the special person and he told us an amazing story about visiting an active volcano in Hawaii - WOW!!!  Thanks for the story Tyler!

We had another busy day of reading, writing, speaking, thinking and calculating - see you tomorrow!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Monday October 5

The special person today was Matilda!  She told us a story about horseback riding - that was a first for the Special Person Stories!  Thanks for the great idea - it turns out that many learners in the room have gone horseback riding -wow!

Today we created owl art to decorate our lockers, sang a number song, created the backdrop for an inch measuring activity in math, learned a new class poem and story of the week, visited PE, and completed a literacy learning job - whew!  Busy day!

Book order catalog went one today - please return by Thursday.

Thanks everyone!  See you tomorrow!

Friday October 2

HI everyone!
Xander was the special person and he told us a fun story about visiting the beach and making walls and holes in the sand!

We want to say "goodbye" to Freyja and wish her well in her new school and new home.  We will miss you!

Today was very busy again while we wrote stories for the special person, completed independent literacy learning, had personal reading time, tried some math, used the computer lab, and visited the library!  Friday's really rush by...

Have a lovely first weekend in October - see you Monday!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thursday October 1 Happy Birthday Lucia!

Luke was the Special Person of the day and he told us a wonderful story about tapping maple trees in Vermont with his family so they could make syrup!  Apparently, it is a family tradition - amazing!

Here are some ideas from the students today:
"I learned what sequences means in music class." Brady
"Brady helped me read something that didn't make sense- then I understood it!" Kaiser
"I enjoyed the art center during literacy time." Zoe
"I liked the story 'Creepy Carrots' - and was happy to get a 5 in music" Grace
"Matilda helped me during math." Freyja
"The line plot graphs in math were fun." Ana
"It was very kind when Ashe offered to let me play football at recess when I could not think of anything to do." Liam
"Playing 'Anything but One" was fun during math." Ashe
"I liked playing 'Anything but ONe' with Matilda." Natalie

Thanks everyone - homework and library books tomorrow!