Tuesday, January 31, 2017

More from George and Abe

Here are a few more of our comparisons between Abraham Lincoln and George Washington! I am always amazed at the great things that they are able to do and these are just another example of their BIG thinking!

Building Number Sense

Here is a little sample of one of the activities that we do to build number sense. Kids need to see the patterns over and over until it become automatic. This is a great activity that you can do at home. Use any object and let the student find the pattern in the set of objects. For example paper clips - could be in groups based on he way they point.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Adding the DEPTH!

It was an afternoon of messy learning. The academic language was all over the room while we were keeping our hands and creativity (and a little tape) flowing! We used 2 minimalism shapes to create solid shapes! This was a great exercise in shapes, dimension, and grit (it required a lot of self control to hold everything together while making the shape).

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Have you ever wondered?

what would happen if Abe Lincoln and George Washington met? Today we put what we knew about the 2 Outstanding Presidents and pretended to be them. This was a great way to compare and contrast the 2 men, while putting a little twist into it! Check back tomorrow for more videos (9 more groups are going to share). Have I said how much I love these little minds!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

3D or 2D...That is the Question?

To make our lessons on shapes have a real world approach...we put our cameras in action! After a long picture walk (taking pictures of 3D and 2D shapes). We came back to class and each student made a picture collage using their findings! Here are just a few... From Andrew From Grant From Connally From Claire If you are at school, check out our new Where is the Math Boards. They are sure to test your shape knowledge

Friday, January 20, 2017

More from the Cool Aid Corner

We are working during centers on individual menus that are tailored to each student's needs! One of the choices on some is to report on a book that they have read. We are looking to use academic language and give a little oral summary of the book. Check out the 2 latest reports!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Book Reports...the new way

Today we started learning a few new centers that we will be using more regulatory. Starting next week, each student will have a personalized (made just for them) menu of activities to pick. This is one you will see more often... The Cool Aid Corner! Students will have the opportunity to report about something they learned or read. I am very proud of the first 2 reports, they make me wnat to read the books!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Writer's In Action

Have you ever heard about Writer's Workshop? We spend a lot of time reading books by published authors to notice the things they do. After noticing the different elements to craft a piece of writing, we start to put it in our own writing. The last 2 weeks we have been studying Ezera Jack Keets. We are looking at what he did to write a Story from his life. In the next few weeks we will start writing our own. We take time to write everyday. After the mini lesson, I give the author's a goal to try in their writing. Today the goal was to be a good critic to our friends. Check out the great free choice story that Luke wrote and the wonderful critiquing story he wrote! We are becoming wonderful authors!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

More of Using 10 to Subtract

I'm back with more strategies that we are learning, but this time to subtract! Sorry, I left my cubes at school, but hopefully you will be able to understand with my drawn cubes. Last week we learned how to subtract when the part we are taking away (the subtrahend) is less than the number of in the ones place (or the number of ones we have). Check out the video for an example This week we are learning a more difficult way to subtract. This video will show an example of a problem when there is not enough ones to take from and you have to break the 10 apart.