Wow, did we have a blast today! We started our morning with the 100th day of school calendar time and 100 shapes graphing. Then we rotated through our 100th day stations where we used 100 blocks to build a creation, we rolled with a partner to 100, we strung Fruit loops in sets of 10 on a necklaces, we drew portraits of what we look like now, and what we will look like in 100 years (these were hilarious!), we read, 100 day books, and we wrote to 100 with a partner on adding machine tape. The students had a blast and so did Mrs. B and I! We continued the fun with a 10's 10's Trail mix, writing 100 words, and writing what we would buy with 100 dollars. I hope your child enjoyed their hundredth day of school and is looking forward to a few more. Check out our pics below.
This week may have been short, but it was filled with lots of learning and fun. Ms. B is doing a fabulous job of teaching as she has taken over both spelling and shared reading. She has taught the students how to identify the moral or lesson in a story. The students practiced applying the lesson to their own life as well. She also taught the class how to read multi-syllable words. In math we continued to practice solving "add to" and "take from" story problems using the bar model. Next week, we will learn how to solve separating story problems (ex: There were 13 fruits in a basket. 9 were bananas, how many were apples?). Today was a totally awesome day. Students got to wear their hats, slippers, learn with their warm fuzzies and enjoy the movie, Monsters University. I hope you all have a great weekend. Next Friday we will be celebrating 100th day. Please sign up for a 100th donation using the following link.
I feel so blessed that I get to come and teach this wonderful class everyday. They are such a great group that loves to learn and has fun too. They have so many wonderful ideas and they love to share their ideas, life and dreams with one another.
This week in math, we continued to learn how to solve story problems using the bar model. We moved on to solving "Take From" problems. Next week we will review "Add to" and "Take From" problems. We have also been doing "Review Fridays" where we practice past math skills such as addition and subtraction to 20, true and false equations, missing addends, and balancing equations. We had several kids pass math learning targets this week.
In writing, we did our Weekend News and Star of the Week writing for Evan. Then we used to the rest of the week to work on publishing our "How To" books. The kids have been adding additional text features and will hopefully complete them next week.
Ms. Busenitz has been teaching the students about Martin Luther King and how he helped bring awareness for equality among all people. The students learned about MLK wish/ dream and made really cool mobiles that hang in our classroom that will remind us of all the wonderful things about MLK and how he impacted our Country.
Next week is a short week. We will not have spelling words, but we will be discussing how to read multi-syllable words. We will also be learning how to identify the central theme/lesson/moral of a story.
Attached is a little video of students introducing themselves to Ms. B and our new friend Mark. We had a few microphone issues, but wanted to share with you all our little video. Enjoy and have a wonderful long weekend!
It's a new year, with new goals, and we really dove in this first week back to school! In math, the students are learning how to solve story problems. We are learning to use a 6 step plan using bar models. In the beginning, students complained of their brains hurting, but it got easier throughout the week. If you are interested in learning what this strategy is, you can check out my instructional videos along with other resources on our story problem math page. You can also visit the website www.thinkingblocks.com or download the app "Thinking blocks" in order to provide opportunities for your child to practice with the bars.
Each student was also given a math packet this week to keep in their goal folders in order to practice the skills that they need in order to improve. Every week we will have a review Friday and revisit past concepts that students are still working on ( addition and subtraction to 20, true/false problems, missing addends...). There are a variety of resources on our addition and subtraction page, as well as a variety of available apps (math magic one, brain nook math, math splash).
In writing, we are learning how to write our own informational "How To" books. Students are writing "How To" books on a variety of topics, such as how to score a touchdown, build sandcastles, and bake cookies. I can not wait for the students to publish their own "How To" book.
Lastly, with our new year we welcome two new members to our class. Mark is a sweet 6 year old boy who says his favorite color is blue. We also welcome our student teacher Ms. Busenitz, known as Ms. B. She grew up on a farm in Wichita. She loves animals and has also demonstrated a natural way with children. She has been a wonderful asset to our class already and I look forward to teaching with her. Happy New Year!!!