Tuesday, December 13, 2016

not a blizzard, just a WHITE OUT DAY!

The week started with a writing a special letter of request to Frosy asking for him to help make it snow!
We started the day by checking the mail and receiving a very special delivery from Frosty himself! We learned about how snowflakes are special and wrote about how we are special. Not before doing a lot of cutting to make our own special snowflakes.
Next it was on to making snow castles that are extra sweet!
Later in the day we made snow!  All while having time to play in the snow on the front porch. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

We are POETS and We KNOW IT!

We have been learning about poetry. The kids are becoming very good at finding sensory language and then using it in their own writing. We even did a little alliteration (my favorite...considering all the boys in my family have alliterated names!)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Adding by Breaking Down to 10

To help reinforce what we are doing in class, I am posting this video to help show the next strategy that we are learning. This week we are working on breaking down to 10 and then adding the extra ones. Please let your teacher know if you have questions.

Acting Out the Seasons

We wrapped up our seasons's learning with a little game of charades! See if you can guess the season before the kids do. One was very tricky and all were creative!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Making 10

We have been working on building number concept and a true foundation of 10. Today we started to put all this together. To help parents understand what we are doing, I have made the following video to share the strategies that we are working on in class. We are starting to learn with numbers that we can manage, and once we get fluid we will increase the value of the numbers. I tell the kids it's like learning to a flip on a balance beam - we work with the bean just off the floor first and then go to the tall beam! It was a strong start to the process!

Live from the Cool Aid Corner

Today was a special day in room number 6! We got the Cool Aid corner up and running...

Thank you to our first anchors Logan and Jordan who taught about the right way to use an (a word on our spelling list this week) and a. Be sure to check back for more special reports!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Building a Landform...the messy way!

To finish up our study of Landforms, we divided in groups and built different landforms. I gave the kids lots of stuff and let them go to work. They had to apply what we knew, to build and place the landform in the right spot on our map. Each student wrote about their landform's features. This was a great hands on way to show what we know. I LOVE messy learning

I am learning how to use a new video editing tool. Thanks for humoring me with my first try!


Just a few of the things we are thankful for... Andrew - "My Family" Daniel - "my brother because he is my best friend" Jordan - "God" Ella - "My family" Stella - "God, Earth, and my 2 dead dogs" Max K. "My baby brother and sister" Grant "Everything God has given us" Charlie "food" Reggie "Mrs. Johnson, Nanaho, Max P and Grant" Mrs. J "I am thankful that 23 kids come into school every day ready to learn"

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sharing our work!

It was a great sight to look out the window and see Kinder kids all spread out working to find the "Math Around Them". Mrs Dunavin brought her class to use our Where are the math boards. It was a great to share our learning. We will be making new boards next week. This is real learning using a the Problem Based Learning.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Editing with CLAPPERS!

Do you know what your clappers are?  We use our clappers to edit our writing.  We practice this everyday in morning message as a class, and last week we were able to use it independently to edit our own topic books.

This is a great way to make sure your writing has what it needs!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Magnet Motion....

Today we did a large magnet lab. We used magnets to explore by picking up paperclips between objects. We Discover what is magnetic and non magnetic. We even put our iPads to use by making a sort of things that are magnetic and non magnetic. Here are few of the products we created! From Chris From Luke From Olivia Z. From Reggie From Ellliott

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Where is the Math?

We are so excited to get our Where is the Math Boards up and running!  Students in our class will maintain the math boards by working in the iPad groups to create problems from things that around us in the world.  The questions are targeted to other 1st graders and kinder students.  We have recorded the questions and answers with a QR code to help young readers still participate!

We have sent the instructions to the other classes through this cute video that Connally and Kirby helped put together.  Each student helped create a problem that is now located around the school.  We hope to change these out every few weeks!

If you are at school, be sure to check out their hard work and learning.

Monday, October 31, 2016

A little Halloween Predicting...

We started a little experiment that will take about 5 months to complete. Today we talked about where the trash goes when you put it int he trashcan. To test our predictions, we filled a pumpkin with trash from our snack and buried it deep in the ground (thanks to Mr. Davis for digging out hole!). It will be great to dig up in 5 months on Earth day and see what is left! Do you want to predict with us?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Map Skills Get Us Where We Need to Go!

We are starting to learn about map skills. We created a map with all kinds of buildings that are located in a community,. we even had a construction site (Thanks Logan - that makes Mrs. J feel right at home from the mess on Memorial). The first step was to learn about relative locations like near, far, next to, to the left of and to the right of. We used our iPads to record a description of the buildings that we made in our own city map! We also put some motions to learning about where we live in the big picture. Hope you like our work! And here is our class video!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

A little HOCO royality

If you didn't hear the news, our very own Future Teacher, Kendall Howard was on the Memorial Homecoming Court. I know lots of HCE kids were at the game to cheer her on. I am sure that Reggie and Wilcox made sure that she new we loved her! Way to go sweet Kendall!

unBEARable Mystery Reader

Friday we were treated to a BEARy bid surprise. Our mystery reader was a bear, not a scary bear - a Friendly Mom Bear. Mrs. Chandler did a great job at showing all the super bears that are in different books! We loved the costume and enjoyed the great books. Thanks CLAIR BEAR's mom for making it an exciting time!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

BRIDGES...put to the test

We have had a few weeks to work on our bridges and Friday was the day that we put them to the test. Students are able to work on the STEM cart after they finish their work. It is completely optional, but very much loved! The first challenge we had was to use any material and build a bridge that would support a cut of 20 pennies. All but 1 bridge held the weight. Some even held easily 46 pennies. I think we might have some future Civil Engineers in the making!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Shadow Creatures

As we learn about light and shadows, we took a little time to get creative! We made foil people, which required lots of fine motor strength and patience. Later we used light sources to see how the shadow can change from the placement of the light. This was a great way to put the pieces together (esp since the sun hasn't been very helpful the last few days).

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

What is an ump statement

Here is a video that will help you better understand what we are doing in math with word problems. A great thing to do at home to help practice, ask your student question and have them turn them into ump statements. Example... parent "How many flowers do you see?" Student "I see ___ flowers." parent " How many books did you read this year?" student "I read ____ books this year?"

Sunday, October 2, 2016

A little more fun from the week

Here is a little more of the fun we had this week. It was a great week to have a lunch bunch. I like to invite a few kids to eat lunch outside. We will pick a character attribute as a goal and then invite kids to celebrate at lunch. I love to take this time to visit and get to learn more about the kids. This time I learned that Andrew and Daniel don't like the same foods! 

 We got to hear from the author of School's First Day of School. It was great to see the first book Adam Rex wrote as a kindergartner. We loved to hear about the process that he took to write his book!