Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Holiday Party and Crafts 2016

 After our holiday brunch, we started on crafts. This is a sock snowman whereby the children filled the sock up with beans, tied it in 3 sections and decorated it with pom poms, googly eyes, and other miscellaneous craft items.
They turned out adorable and the kids have a great keepsake to share with their families.
 All of them together make a great snowman community!
 Another craft was a snowman doily that was decorated and is now ready to display!
Merry Christmas and Happy 2017 from The Mall-ards!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Polar Express and Hot Chocolate Treats

Today we took a walking field trip to see the movie The Polar Express at Chet Creek Church next door from our school. When we returned, we had Matt and Jami Michaud waiting for us with hot chocolate and snowman cookies from Starbucks. Thank you to the Michaud family for the wonderful refreshments after the movie!!
To thank Matt, the class made a holiday quilt - it may be hanging up in our local Starbucks right now!!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Book of the Month - The Gingerbread Man- Loose at Christmas

Our book of the month is The Gingerbread Man - Loose at Christmas by Laura Murray. It's about The Season of Giving - to look around at our Community Helpers and see how we can thank them for all they do for us all year. They can make something sweet, say something kind or write a thoughtful thank you card.This is a great book to read to children so that they realize that even the smallest act of kindness can make a big difference.  Below is a note to one of our dining room assistants who help the children everyday with lunch room duties.
Dear Lunch Lady,
Thank you for helping me and cleaning up and
giving me a spoon and coming to help me
when I need help.
Thank you for everything.
You are the best,
Love, Brishell

Roll 3 for 20 OR Bust!

During the Skills Block segment of Math, students learned the game of "Roll 3 for 20 or Bust". The purpose of this game is to get to 20 or as close to the number 20 as possible. They roll 3 die (each color is specific to a number) - blue (0-5), green (2-7), and red (4-9). Then they add the sum of the 3 dice and decide if they want to hold or roll again (one die). If they chose to roll again, they choose the color. This game builds computational fluency and enhances estimating skills.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Opinion Writing About Our Collections

This week we started our unit on opinion writing. Students were invited to bring in one of their favorite collections. Items ranged from rocks to Pokemon cards to stuffed animals. Children rated which one was "Best in Show" (1st Place) and on down the line. They wrote the reasons why they rated their items the way they did using the word "because".  
 Today,students visited their friend's collections to see how their items were rated and they wrote about how they would change 1st, 2nd, etc. place. They also gave reasons why they felt that way.
They enjoyed rating the items and expressing their views on why they think the collections should be changed. Students are learning how to disagree politely and write their reasons why.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Word Family Word Wall - Learning more words

A portion of our Skills Block time is devoted to learning spelling patterns and one of the best ways is our work with Word Families.  Each week two new word families are our focus. These word patterns are chosen because of the Primary Spelling Inventory Assessment students took the first week of school. These special sounds and letter combinations are where they had the most difficulty. We review the previous ones by playing word and guessing games. For instance, "Find the word in the "ight" family that is the opposite of day."  Students will then write the word on their white board. Keeping the work on our walls useful and meaningful is important in our classroom laboratory!