Friday, December 15, 2017

Welcome to the Christmas Museum!

Yesterday we shared our Christmas Museum with all the other classes. Each group researched and then wrote facts from their Non-fiction reading. Later we created exhibits that shared the information we learned. During the Holiday rotations, all of the 1st graders got to learn from our learning! I think we may have some museum curators in the making!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

cold and a WHITE OUT!

What a day...Frosty sent cold weather but not a WHITE OUT (I think he got a little confused and sent it early last Friday)! We started the day with a special note from Frosty himself. Ms. Snyder delivered the cold mail! We cut snowflakes and wrote about why we are special (just like a snowflake). We made sugar cube castles and made snow. The day was topped off with a special viewing of Frosty the Snowman. So much fun!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Tis the Season!

Just a little bit of the fun from the week... This is a great time to see so much excitement!

Thursday, December 7, 2017


I have learned that when you give kids choice and voice on how to show their learning - GREAT things happen. Today we wrapped up our learning about landforms. I gave students 3 choices to show what they know. They could either make a flip book, create a draw and tell or make a video(the video is still in production and will be posted later). Kids could pick to work in a pair or independently. It was the most productive morning. Kids were spread all over the room, talking about their work and producing (and doing it independently - while I pulled reading groups!). My teacher heart was BURSTING! Ask your student what they picked!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Academic Language!

Did you know that teaching someone will help you make your learning more solid? Kids teaching in the cool aid corner is a great way to show the depth of their knowledge and help others learn. In addition, this supports the use of academic language! This is a center in math time. Did you know that all kids go to rotating centers at math time that are differentiated to their needs. During that time, I pull groups based on what they know and what they need to know next. It is a controlled action - that works to give everyone what they need. If they are in the cool aid corner, they work the camera and film each other in their group. After the kids are gone, I send the videos to my computer. This helps me know what they know, and even if I need to go back and build in some foundation. Kids have a stack of different cue cards to pull from. We add to the cue cards as we learn more concepts in math. A great way to integrate technology and give them voice and choice in their learning.

Monday, November 27, 2017

We like to MOVE it MOVE it...

Today was all about moving and motion! We used balls to show all the different ways to make things move! Get ready for our big roller coasters. We will all be planning and building roller coasters this Friday.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Thankful HEARTS...

Here are few things we are thankful for... Winter - my mom took me to the doctor GAbriel - my play station Sravya - everything Tennie - my books Andrew - that Allen doesn't wrestle with me Ayden - my brother Chloe S. - my mom and my dad Joanna - my sisiter Lydie - my family Drew - my home Ayden D - my brother Gabriella - my friends Salvi - my brothers Hanna - Grandma Dalton - my family and my fidget spinner Lucy - my cousins Issac - my dog Blake - Earth Zoe - the Choloes Cullen - them men that fought in the war Mrs Johnson - the dry home that my family can come to this week, and the sweet little kids in my class!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Battle of Magnetic and vs Nonmagnetic

Today we put magnetic and non magnetic items to a dual...Tennie declared that Magnetic won! Here are a few of the products we created!

teach me more...

Here is a great reporter showing us what she knows about addition! Way to really use some math language Lydia and Hannah!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Cool Aid Corner is up and running...

I am so excited to share the first addition (no pun intended) of the Cool Aid Corner. In our class room we have a news station where students can report about their learning! Today we started using it for teaching about different math strategies - these 2 reporters did a great job! Way to go Joanna and Drew!

Friday, November 3, 2017

describing a NOUN...Adjectives!

Today we used an app to apply what we know about adjectives! Students had to take a picture of a noun, and then describe it! Check out these great examples.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Putting it all together... Our America!

We wrapped up our learning about American Symbols today by writing and creating a Draw and Tell. Here are a few examples of the plans and what the finished projects look like. You can see your student's on their See Saw Accoutn

time to BURY the PUMPKIN...

To get in the Halloween spirit, we buried the pumpkin. We took time after snack to fill it with all of the trash from our snack time. We then buried it deep in the ground (thanks to Mr. Johnson for digging our holes). We made predictions of what will happen when we dig it up on Earth Day in April! It will be great to see if our predictions were right or wrong!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Johnson's Giraffes For the WIN!

What a great day for fun on the field. The Johnson Giraffes worked as a team and came out on top (like all good Giraffes!).