Sunday, March 23, 2014

Week of March 17, 2014 Update

Reminder, tomorrow we have a trip to to Kurferburg Center to watch Click Clack Moo!

This week, we continued working on our personal narratives. If you look at the posts below, I had an opportunity to record and scan some of the students' work.

Also, our bamboo shrimp in our fish tank molted this week. It was great observation for the students.
I placed a bit of the molten skin into a magnifying box for students to view in the science center
Students viewing the fish tank
A close up of the shrimp's molten skin
B.W's observational sketch
In math, we started our geometry unit. We went on a shape hunt in our classroom.
Students used clipboards
They noticed that the calendar had squares
This week, we also had a studio in the school art session with our resident artist, Ms. Belinda. The students worked on ripping and tearing and creating images/shapes with the ripped/torn pieces.

I took this adorable photo of the class--

Friday, March 21, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Personal Narratives

Experimenting with a different way to present students' personal narratives. Here is N.R's personal narrative.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Problem solving strategies

With the beautiful weather we got this week, the children had some recess time. Our principal even joined us for some fun! Watch the video clip below.

This week in math, we continued problem solving. I created this flow map for students to think about different strategies they can use. These are also strategies they will use through upper grades.
Here, K.L and R.D turn and talked to discuss the problem--
Then, in whole group, we acted out the problem--
Using math center tools--

Students went off to draw the problem--
Finally, we showed it on the rekenrek--
We had a special visitor on Thursday, Mr. Robot!
Thank you to all the families that came out for parent teacher conferences. It was great to catch up with all the families and discuss each child's progress!
Reminder, this Friday is a half day! Also next Monday is our trip to watch Click Clack Moo!

Side note, I ran the NYC half marathon today! Here are some photos to share! My sister Ashley came out to support me!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Early March Update

Welcome to March! Today, our class went on a trip to the Noguchi Museum to learn about sculptures.
We split up into two groups and viewed two sculptures in the museum.
We talked about what we noticed about the sculptures and how to use our senses to view them.
Following our viewings of the exhibits, the students were able to create their own sculptures using mixed materials.
Picking out materials
R.D's sculpture
J.Z's sculpture
F.L's sculpture
N.R's sculpture
M.P working on his sculpture
G.Y's sculpture
Q.Z works on this sculpture
E.V and B.W work on their sculptures

We walked around to view our finished sculptures
This week, we also started our Studio in the School program. Our resident artist Ms. Belinda came in this week and talked to the students about creating shading and lines using an artist pencil. The students created animal drawings.
Reminder, parent teacher conferences are next Tuesday. The schedule was sent home earlier this week. Please let me know if you need to know your scheduled time. See everyone next week!