Monday, December 22, 2014

Holiday Concert

Last Friday our school had a holiday concert! Each grade performed a couple of songs! I saw lots of families made it but in case you didn't, I have some videos of the two songs our class sung! Special thanks to Ms. Kim for all her hard work, she rehearsed and planned the whole concert. The children did a wonderful job!

Check it out here--

Reminder, tomorrow at 11:00am is our Three Billy Goats Play in our classroom, followed by a family craft!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Finishing up December with Measuring!

This month, we started our measuring unit in math! I told the students about a problem I had. My dog had eaten my shoes and when I went to the shoe store, the shoe salesman had no way to measure my feet to size what size I was, but luckily I had some unifix cubes! I asked them to figure out how to figure out shoe sizes with unifix cubes! They went off to explore using unifix cubes and their own shoes and feet!

We listed the different ways we measured in a circle map-

Today, we used unfix cubes to measure things in our classroom. The children used paper on clipboards to record their observations and what they measured.
After their exploration, they shared with their turn and talk partners about what they measured and what they discovered.

We also shared using the document camera on the SMARTboard.

At home, work on measuring different things using smaller items such as paper clips or cubes or coins even. Talk with your child about different ways to measure.

Here are some online measuring games:
How Tall? 
Measuring Up 
Best Measure

Reminder, this Friday at 10:30 is our holiday concert! Please meet us in the multipurpose room to watch!

Next Tuesday at 11:00 is also our class play of The Three Billy Goats Gruff followed by a family ornament activity.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Check it dots!

Hi families! We are in the midst of December and the students are finishing up our current units in reading and writing. Soon the students will be preparing for just right books, where they will get to choose their own books and begin to read sentences on their own!

In writing, we have been working on finishing our pattern books. This entails revising and editing. Recently, we learned about check it dots. This is a school wide system that all students from kindergarten to third grade will be using. Check it dots remind students what they need to edit. So far our class has learned about periods, capitals and finger spaces so they put check it dots on the bottom of their pages when they have checked their writing for these items.

Last week, we finished up our counting unit through learning more math games. One of these games is Top It. If you have a deck of cards at home, you can play this at home or if you don't, you can make number cards and play with your child. You divide the cards evenly and each person shows the top card, whoever has the highest/greater number takes both cards.
Another game we played was building towers, where pairs of students roll a die and build a tower with the number of cubes they rolled.

On Tuesday, December 23rd, our class will be performing a play- The Three Billy Goats Gruff. I encourage families to come and watch our class. We will be practicing every day! Following the performance, families can create a holiday ornament to take home with their child! This is will be a great way to celebrate the holidays in our classroom!