Saturday, April 25, 2015

Making Observations and ending 3D shapes and beginning apple boxes

This week, in reading and writing, we continued talking about making observations and learning information from nonfiction books and features. Students have been working on looking closely at photographs to get more information as well as reading the texts. In writing, the students took the skills they learned from observing plants to observing our classroom caterpillars!

At the end of the week, the caterpillars all created cocoons and have formed chrysalids. It will be exciting to see what happens next for the students to observe!

To culminate our 3D shapes unit, the students created their own 3D shapes with toothpicks and marshmallows! It was a fun hands-on project!
Here is a video of making 3D shapes! It's an easy project that can also be done at home!

In math, we started our Apple Boxes unit, where students will be working with thinking of different number combinations of 10. I presented them with the problem of going to the supermarket and there was a sale for apples-10 for $1 but there were both red and green apples. How many red and green apples can I get? The students then worked with their partner to sketch out how they would figure out this problem.
For Studio in the School, Ms. Monika taught the children how to make pinch pots with clay. They talked about what kind of shapes they would create and used their hands to mold the pinch pots.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Observations & 3D Shapes

Welcome back from break! I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing spring break! The weather looks to be getting warmer and the sun is out longer!! Spend some time taking your child out for some fun outdoors!

I wanted to share with you, Mrs. Dershowitz's science webpage--http://mrsdershowitz.weebly.com/
It is a great resource and she writes about what your child is learning in science!

In other news, we started a new unit when we returned on questioning! We have been working on asking questions when reading. We have also been working on thinking about we already know. The students have been using post its to jot down what they already know and questions they have.
For writing, we have been observing, sketching and writing down what we've observed. We started with observing plants!
Also, exciting news-our class will using these questioning and observing skills to study butterflies/caterpillars! We started by creating a circle map about what we already know about butterflies--

In math, this week, we finished up learning about 3D shapes. Each table created a circle map to list all the examples of real 3D shapes in our world. They, then, shared their circle maps with the class!


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Welcome Spring!

It's so exciting to finally feel spring weather! I hope everyone is having an exciting spring break and enjoying their times either on vacation or at home!

Some updates from our classroom before we went on spring break--

In reading, we finished up our partner reading unit and in writing, we finished publishing our second personal stories. When we return from break, we will begin our questioning unit, where students will learn about questioning texts they read and writing questions. Also, the students' 100 day projects will be sent home when we return.

In math, we have been working on 3D shapes and we will continue 3D shapes for another week when we return. Recently, we talked about the corners and edges of 3D shapes!
For Studio in the School, the students have been working on painting animals and last week, they added backgrounds and settings to their animal paintings.

When we return, students will begin creating animal sculptures.

Last week, the students also dyed eggs! It was a lot of fun and the students had a lot of different ideas for their dyed eggs such as gifting it, putting it in the fridge and hiding it!
The day before spring break, we went to the Noguchi Museum to learn more about sculptures! The students looked a variety of sculptures and talked about shapes, color and textures and they talked about what they saw in the sculptures (their interpretations).
The students then used clay, stone and wood to create their own sculptures to take home!