Thursday ~ March 12, 2009

We have been learning so much in our classroom lately that I thought you might enjoy hearing about some of it. On Thursday, we started our day with a morning meeting that included one of our new favorite activities – Snowman. Then we moved on to reading with independent reading, ILAs (or centers) and reading groups. Our whole group reading lesson came next and for that we did “Make a Word”. This is fun word-creating activity. Each student is given certain letter cards that will spell out a mystery word. We move the cards around and find all of the 2 letter words, 3 letter words, 4 letters words, etc. we can until we figure out the mystery word. Our mystery word for the day was planets. This activity teaches word families, rhyming, word decoding and problem solving. The students loved doing this activity and created some very good words including: plates, plants, aspen, spent, lean, plan and many more. Below are some pictures of us doing this activity.

In math we have been learning about shapes. Our activity on Thursday was to create shapes using straws and twist ties. We made many shapes including a triangle, square, rectangle, rhombus, pentagon, hexagon and an octagon. Below are some pictures of us and the shapes we made.

During Expedition, we read our “expert texts” on worms. We read our articles carefully and highlighted the most important parts. Then we discussed the articles with our groups to share what we had learned. We added our new learning to charts that we have been making with our partners. Take a look at how studious we look in these pictures.

We ended our day with writing where we continued our study of writing conventions. We are currently working on punctuation and have studied the period, question mark, exclamation point, quotation marks and on Thursday we studied the apostrophe. We will learn about commas on Monday. We are all working hard at using these punctuation marks in our writing and are finding them everywhere we look – in books, on our walls, in the hall – everywhere. Ask your child to tell you about what we have been learning about. You will be surprised at how much they are growing.

Hopes and Dreams

The crew had a discussion about what we hoped we would learn this year. They then drew pictures illustrating their hopes and dictated captions for their pictures. The results were inspiring and you can view them on the wall of our classroom, at this photoset, or in the embedded slideshow below. (Please note that the slideshow may not display correctly if you subscribe via RSS or email. If it does not, simply visit the blog to see it.)

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