Friday, April 27, 2012

Week 32

Wow! Are you just as tired as I am? This seemed like a long week, probably due to the STAAR testing. We are not allowed outside and cannot go to specials (other than PE)  so it makes a long day trying to entertain 5 and 6 year olds. Here are a few cuties who participated in the Dillo Dash on Sunday. Way to go!!!

Let's take a look at what has been going on in Mrs. Langham's room as we wind down our school year.

We had two letters this week. We learned Jj with Jungle Jim and Qq with Quilla the Queen. Our sight words this week were "with" and "my".

Our focus book was What Do You Know? The students enjoyed solving the little puzzles in this book and showing just how smart they are.

In social studies, we learned about Earth Day and how we can take care of our planet by reading several books and brainstorming ways to help keep our community clean. It was nice to see lots of students picking up trash on our playground without being asked.

We started out the week by finishing up our doubles unit in math. We read a book called Martha Blah Blah. This was about a dog who ate alphabet soup and was able to talk. The factory owner decided to removed half of the letters to save money and the dog was no longer able to make sense when he talked. We practiced taking away half using subtraction with doubles. (I forgot to take a picture of this activity).

We moved on to combinations of ten. We reread the book Ten Apples Up On Top and we practiced using two color counters to make different combinations of ten.

We read the book called If You Give a Cat a Cupcake. We revisited combinations of ten by using our tens frame to make combinations again using our two colored counters.

We reviewed the basic needs of plants by playing a game. We represented soil with brown paper, water with blue paper, air with white paper and sunshine with yellow paper. We planted our bodies on the floor while Mrs. Langham randomly threw papers. We tried to collect one of each so we could survive. If we didn't survive, we still had fun pretending to fall to the ground and die.


We started learning about the parts of the plants. We read these books to help us learn how each part is important for a plant's survival. We worked on a booked called Parts of a Plant and labeled each part.

We did an experiment by putting celery in colored water. We saw how the stem pulled the water up to the leaves of the celery and made them turn blue.

A culminating activity was to make our own plants and label them. The students had so much fun choosing their colors and applying their knowledge to the pictures. They all did such a great job with this and they turned out beautiful.

We made paleontologists and wrote about being a paleontologist. Mrs. Langham forgot to take a picture of them, but you can find them on our bulletin board outside our classroom.

A highlight of the week was our field trip to the Dino Park. We had perfect weather and a wonderful trip. Thanks to Rob, Farideh, Angela, Elisa and Donnell for going with us.Your attendance helped to make this a fantastic time for all. Here are some highlights from our field trip.