Monday, October 31, 2016

Pictures to help say more about writing

 Students were invited to bring in pictures that matched their informational writing. In this way, they can write more about their pictures via a caption or labeling.
Studying the image helps students to notice more about their subject, in this case butterflies.
 Working with partners, they talked about their pictures and then added more in their "All About" book. Adding this layer of research was a great way to enhance our Writer's Workshop.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Literary Character Parade

 A favorite tradition for kindergarten and first grade students is to get dressed as a favorite book character and parade around the school in costume with the book.
 We had everyone from Pinkalicious to Ninja warriors represented in our class.
 The children loved getting dressed as their favorite book character.
This is always a great memory and fun day for the children.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Literary Pumpkin Time - Adventures of Little Bird

One of our favorite books this year is "Adventures of Little Bird" by Johnathan Hillstrand the Captain of  the "Time Bandit" (Deadliest Catch). He wrote and illustrated this book about a parrot "Little Bird" who wants to be a pirate; however, everyone he meets discourages his dream. Fortunately, he was bound and determined to be one and his dream finally came true. We decided to make this book into our class pumpkin display for the front lobby for all to enjoy!

Students worked on painting the boat to get it "ship-shape" for our literacy pumpkin display.

Finally all the characters are ready and reporting for duty. It turned out great. Thanks to Captain Jonathan for such a wonderful children's book!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Mrs. Jackson - Character Education

Every month we are treated with a visit from Mrs. Jackson. She comes with her basket of books and treats for the children. Mrs. Jackson also comes with a focus on the character trait of the month, for instance, respect, cooperation, patriotism, and diversity. The students love to hear her animated read alouds and answer her many questions about the books.
In addition to the lollipop treats, Mrs. Jackson (who happens to be our Vice Principal's mother) gives each class a book for their classroom library. We are very fortunate to have such a delightful volunteer visit our children each month!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Strategies for Solving Math Stories

Since the beginning of the school year, students have been learning math strategies to help them solve a variety of math story problems.  These strategies are useful in solving both addition and subtraction story problems. While building on these strategies, students will get better at choosing the most efficient strategy for their math problem.