I am in need of paper towel or toilet paper rolls for one of country projects. If you have any in the next week or so, please send them in for us to use. Thanks!!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Next week, we will be starting a huge holidays around the world unit to learn about how different cultures and countries celebrate this time of year. The kids will have paper suitcases to collect things along their "trip" around the world and make little scrapbooks too. For each country, I try to do a small hands-on activity or craft to represent something we learned about that country's tradition.
If anyone is willing and could come in any day this week for an hour or two to assemble/prep materials for this, it would such be a huge help!! The time is flexible- whatever works for you! Please email me as soon as possible if you are interested! Thank you!! :)
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
We have been integrating social studies into Reader's Workshop this week to learn about the Pilgrims and the Mayflower. After reading several informational stories and creating class charts to highlight important information, we created these fact books filled with key facts about the Mayflower and the conditions on the ship. I hope you enjoying reading them when they came home today!
I just wanted to apologize to anyone that has tried to send an email but hasn't received a response back from me. We have been having a lot of problems across the district with the internet and I have been unable to access my account at school. I will respond tonight from my home computer if anyone has sent me one! If there is anything urgent tomorrow, please call the school/send a note instead of emailing me just to ensure I get the message. Thanks!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
This week, we are knee deep in one of my favorite units of the year. Our mini lessons this month are centered on fiction stories and involve getting to know the characters we read about. Throughout the start of our unit, I have been using books full of small stories about one of my favorite characters: Poppleton! This pig has a lot of spunk to him, and the kids love listening to stories about him just as much as I love reading them.
Last week, we finished up learning about how readers get to know their characters. This anchor chart highlights the important things we learned:
This week, we've started to dig deeper and are beginning to make inferences about our characters. This is important thinking for your child to engage in as they read. Today's lesson stressed the importance of using clues from the text to figure out what kind of character is in the story.
We read a chapter together and did some of this great detective work about Poppleton, using clues from the text to support our thinking about what kind of traits would describe Poppleton.
Finally, I gave the students a copy of the same chapter we read together and asked them to do some detective work about another character. They had to identify a trait to describe Patrick the Finch, and then use clues from the text to support their smart thinking!