Saturday, May 25, 2013

A rainy day at the zoo

On Friday, our class went on a trip to the Queens Zoo! We were super happy the rain stopped for a bit so we were able to stay mostly dry when seeing the animals! It was great for the kids to see the animals up close and to see them move! Thanks to A.M's mom, M.D's mom and M.W's mom for coming with us!
Looking for the ducks
The bald eagle

The Lynx
Looking at the lynx

Looking at the owl
Elk
We watched the sea lion feeding

Waving
Goats





Thank you to M.W's mom for taking photos!! 

Our chicks will be hatching on Wednesday! Our class is super excited to see them!
In other news, our school has a new website!! Check it out here

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Starting Nonfiction work

Today, we started our nonfiction reading and writing units. We'll be reading nonfiction books in depth and writing all about books about a particular animal. Today, each child chose an animal that they will be researching. See below chart. Ask them at home to talk about their animals daily so they become more familiar with their animal!
Trip slips for the Queens Zoo trip were sent home yesterday -- please make sure to sign those and return with the fee as soon as you can :)

We started observing the incubator and are waiting patiently for our chickies to hatch! Everyday we count down to 21! It takes 21 days for the chicks to hatch!
 Mr. O came into today to continue the student's art animal puppet art project. Last week, students created their own texiles and patterned paper for their animal skins. Today, they used the paper they created to paste onto the cardboard they will use for their animal's bodies.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Review of Health and Wellness Week!

Hope everyone is having a healthy and well weekend so far! Health and Wellness week has been fantastic! In school news, our school now has a twitter--please follow for exciting updates on our school-https://twitter.com/PS244Q

On Friday, we had our run around TALES! It was great to see so many students excited about running!
Congrats to Ms. Mark for winning the staff run around TALES!
I love running! I've been training and trying to improve my running! Next week, I'll be running the Brooklyn Half Marathon!

This week in Studio in the School, students talked about different animal skins and textures, using paint, students created patterns and prints for different animals.
In math, we have been working on money. This week, we started with the penny and nickel!
In other exciting news, our class has set up its incubator for chicks! In 21 days, we'll have little chicks in our class! We'll be learning all about the life cycle of a chicken!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Happy May!

Hi everyone! What beautiful weather we've been getting! We're in the home stretch now with two more months of kindergarten left---it's amazing how time flies! I just updated the important dates page with May dates...there's lots of events in May so keep an eye out!!
This past Tuesday, Chancellor Walcott came to visit our school and eat lunch with us. We're now in the news!! Here's just one link about our school--http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/01/17999627-nyc-public-school-swaps-chicken-nuggets-for-tofu-becomes-first-all-vegetarian-cafeteria?lite

Here is the official press release from the New York City Department of Education--http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/mediarelations/NewsandSpeeches/2012-2013/043013_menufivedays.htm

In other news, we have been working with Studio in the school to bring more arts into our curriculum! Kindergarten's visiting artist, Mr. O has been coming in every Tuesday to do an art project with us. We have been focusing on paper and using paper to create collages and images.
Yesterday, we went to the Al Oerter Recreation Center to see the traveling puppets in the park marionette troupe.
 Today, Music for Many came to visit our school again to tell some Earth and Sky stories!
 In reading and writing, we have been immersed ourselves in nonfiction texts and learning about how to observe closely. We took a day to observe an object and to draw it with details. We used our senses to describe it as well. Here are some of the students' examples--
A.Z observed coffee grounds
D.D observed a pine cone
K.W observed a shell
J.Z observed a rock
S.C observed a feather
A.M observed a shell
Our observation chart
We also updated our bulletin boards outside with the wonderful how to's written by our class!
Our how to bulletin
How to run-we wrote this in interactive writing