Sunday, November 21, 2010

Boxtop Store

Students have been hard at work this week working on Project. They have cleaned out the bookstore space in order to organize their Boxtop Store. We still need to finalize our grant that they are writing to the PFO for more school supplies. The children also worked on advertising this week and wrote jingles and a script for a commercial. Mrs. Roy came and videotaped the children on Friday. We are all anxious to see the finished product. Some students also worked on print ads.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Writer's Celebration

Thank you to everyone who attended our first Writer's Celebration of the year. The students worked very hard on their All About books. Many of them too 3-4 weeks to complete their books, and did a lot of research before finishing them. I know you are as proud of them as I am.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Map of Asia

We had a great time learning about Asia this week and exploring the giant room size map. Students practiced finding countries, mountains, bodies of water and more by playing Simon Says. We also learned a little bit about longitude and latitude. Did you know the tallest mountain is in Asia? Also, the largest lake by volume is located there.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Show me the Money

We have been practicing making amounts of money in as many combinations as possible. Today we used a program on the smartboard and the students showed me their coins as each item for sale was displayed. We also practiced trying to make the amounts with the fewest and the greatest amount of coins possible. You can try this at home with real coins for even more everyday learning.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Curriculum Update

Welcome to November! I hope everyone is enjoying our new chillier and brisk weather. The children are moping about having to wear jackets outside for recess now, but we are at least having some sunny days.

Reading Workshop- for reading this week we are working on context clues. Students also have letters and a response sheet to complete in class on a book of their choosing. Many students have moved up a reading level since our last reading conference, and I am pleased with the growth I have observed. We also started some new centers this week that include the listening center, big books, partner reading, computer, and word games.

Writing Workshop- this is our second week working on our All About books. I am overwhelmed with the variety of meaningful topics this class has chosen to write about. I see such wonderful connections between their writing and lives. We have included diagrams and another "different" kind of comparison page to our books.

Math Workshop- Among the many groups that exist for math, one group is continuing on with number sense: even/odd, comparing and ordering numbers, another group is working on number riddles and trickier word problems related to number sense, and the third group has begun money.

Project- We are deep in phase two of project, finishing up our market research. Next I hope to begin moving and setting up the store. We will also be working on writing some scripts to begin creating some commercials to promote the store.

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