Friday, February 24, 2012

Week 24

I hope that you enjoyed your long weekend. It was nice to see so many parents come to our student-led showcase on Wednesday. I hope that you got to see all of the neat stuff that your child is learning daily. I know they loved having you come.

In language arts, we had two letters to learn this week. We learned the letter Bb with the help of Benjamin Bunny.

We also learned the letter Ll with the help of Larry Lion. 

Our focus book this week was In the Yard and our sight words were "and" and "what". 

We worked on retelling stories using this graphic organizer, Somebody, Wanted, But, So. We filled it in by retelling a familiar story of the Three Little Pigs.

We began learning about President's by reading the following book.

We read books about George Washington, our first president, and learned that he is on the quarter and one dollar bill.

We also learned about Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, and learned that he is on the penny and five dollar bill.

We had fun making a flip craft of these two presidents.

In math, we finished up our fractions unit by making a fractions book. We divided a cookie for two, three and four people and wrote the respective fraction for each representation.

We also began a unit on 3D shapes. We learned the names of the shapes after reading this book. We learned about the cube, sphere, rectangular prism, cylinder, cone and pyramid. We will be studying each individual shape in further depth next week.

We took what we learned and explored 3D shapes then we made some of our own with playdoh and pentominoes. Important terminology for 3D shapes include faces, edges and vertices.

In science, we continued talking about water. We discussed water pollution and we did an experiment. Here is our imaginary pet, Frankie the Fish in his clean water.

We read a story about Frankie the Fish and as he traveled down the river, he ran into many different types of water pollution. We polluted his water with things as can be seen in the pictures below. Each picture made Frankie's environment progressively worse. At the end, one child said "I'm going to say a prayer for Frankie". So cute!!!! I think they understand the importance of trying to keep our resources clean and the dangers it can cause to our environment. We also discussed water conservation and watched a movie about reducing, recycling and reusing.

After doing the experiment with Frankie, we made a list of things that cause water pollution and wrote about them in our science journals.

Friday was a fun day. We got to dress up like super heroes.

We also got to attend a West African Drum assembly. Here is a short video clip from our assembly. Sorry for the poor quality as I shot it from my phone. The children really enjoyed watching and participating in this.


I hope you are able to join us for the book fair next week. Remember our class has a special time to shop for books on Wednesday at 8AM. If you are unable to join us, there will be helpers in the library to assist your child is choosing books that are just right for them. Please be sure to send a labeled envelope (name and $ amount) for the book fair if you do not plan on attending the book fair with your child.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Week 23

We had another fun week in Mrs. Langham's room. We had lots of fun celebrating both Valentine's Day and Mrs. Langham's birthday. Thank you for all the wonderful cards, treats, and presents. I appreciate them and all of you so much!

We started our week off with Tile Time. This is quickly becoming a favorite of the children. We had some very determined puzzle solvers this week.

Our letter of the week was Ee and our sight words were "this" and "do".

Our book of the week was a nonfiction book called A Rainy Day. How appropriate to read on a rainy day.

We learned one last Beanie Baby reading strategy. It is called Helpful Kangaroo. After we have tried all 7 other strategies, we can ask for help. Please make sure when reading at home that you are not giving the words away without having your students try and decode them. 

We had to stay indoors for recess a few times this week due to weather. We have been doing a fitness program with Mr. Marc. He leads us on explorations throughout the world. We exercise as we learn and travel to different places. Here we are doing an Arctic exploration. The kids LOVE doing this.

In science, we began learning about water. He we are exploring the properties of water.

We learned about sources of water and drew them in our science journals. We learned that 97% of the Earth's water is salt water and of the 3% that is fresh water, 2% is frozen and only 1% is available to us as fresh drinking water. 

We also compared the physical properties of salt and fresh water using our five senses.

In math, we continued working on fractions. We worked on splitting things into halves. We also had fun sorting, graphing and counting conversation hearts.

We had a great Valentine's Day. We started by making a class valentine for our school nurse.

Thanks to all parents that helped make our Valentine party run smoothly. We rotated through centers. We had a healthy snack table, we decorated cupcakes, we played pin the lips on the kiss, we estimated how many conversation hearts were in the cup (Gabrielle won the cup filled candy hearts with her guess of 200; there were 212) and we played a stacking heart game. Last, we got to open our valentines from each other.

I had a great birthday. I was surprised with a beautiful ice cream cake and homemade flowers and a few gifts at assembly. Then I came into my classroom and had balloons, flowers and a handmade class book. Thank you for the gifts and for sharing your sweet children with me. They are very special to me. I love my class!

Enjoy your long weekend and I'll see you on Tuesday (with your library books).