Friday, May 22, 2015

Week in Review--Oceans

Poem of the week:

-We had ONE sight words this week-- “came”.
-The CAFÉ strategy we worked on this week was the strategy.
“Author’s Purpose”
When discussing author’s purpose this week, we were able to review books we have previously read and discussed the different reasons the authors of those book wrote them. Seeing each child’s face light up when it was fairly obvious that they “got it” when thinking about a book and why that author wanted kids to read or hear it. They were incredibly proud of themselves to not only come up with the purpose but then explain that purpose in detail in how it pertained to each specific book.

How can you help your child with this strategy at home?

--Talk about books that you have in your home library. Discuss if those books were written to make you laugh, teach you something or persuade you and try get you to do something.
--Sometimes books have more than one purpose, talk to your child why certain books might make you laugh but also teach you something at the same time and the importance of combining the reasons authors write books together sometimes.
--When discussing the different types of books, look at the pictures, characters, setting, and more and compare and contrast the differences in them.

-We continued to work on our new writing choices and also learned about ocean animals that were found on our app Pocket Zoo. This app showed pictures, video and more about each animal. Students listened and wrote down facts and such that they learned about the animals. They then shared what they learned during our share time at the end of writer’s workshop!


This week we focused all week on the ocean and practiced for graduation. When we talked about the ocean, we talked about ocean animals, plant life, sand, salt water, waves and more! We had a great week writing, creating and thinking ahead to our soon to be summer vacation. We also practiced our graduation ceremony very hard every day. We can’t wait to show off a few things we have learned this year next week!

-We reviewed all our final math choices and the skills learned in practicing those choices. We showed off one of the skills we learned this year by using an app called Educreations and recording creating two different ways to find a number. Once they were finished with the problem, they sent their video to me using an app called Showbie. I loved seeing and hearing their minds work through each step of the problem.

One of our scoreboard rewards today was a smelly marker star on our hand! They LOVED it!

One of our favorite school wide events at the end of the year is field day. These kids worked their tails off and enjoyed a yummy Popsicle to cool down after their hard work!

Practice at home:
Download the app Pocket Zoo and go through various animals with your child. Have him/her write down things he/she learned about the animal and you do the same about an animal you watched a video on and then share with each other!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Week in Review-Mother's Day

**These posts are a few weeks late, as I was having trouble getting the photo's to upload. Enjoy!

We had a FANTASTIC week getting our Mother's Day gifts ready to give to those special ladies in our lives. We made a handprint flower vase with a poem on the front, personalized stationary from each student, a card, an envelope and took a picture telling our mother's just why we love them so very much. Each day, the student's put forth so much effort into making each piece extra special!

Our plants are growing!!

This week we focused on words with contractions. We discussed how words with contractions start off as two separate words and when they are squished together, one or two letters fly away and leave an apostrophe in their place. We practiced saying sentences with the two separate words and the word as a contraction. We went on a word hunt this week searching for a few of our favorite contractions!

This week we started to use a new app called "Showbie". This app is used to send the students specific assignments and once the student completes the assignment, they are able to send it back to me! One of our first assignments was using the Book Creator app. Students took pictures of each page from a book in their book box and then recorded themselves reading the book. Once they finished the book, they sent it to me in the Showbie app. I then am able to open the app and listen/read what they created. I send a response to each student by giving them feedback on their work! We have also created pictures and labeled them and next week will be recording videos of many different activities!

Week in Review--Zoo

-We had TWO sight words this week-- “what, where”.
-The CAFÉ strategy we worked on this week was the strategy.
“Story Elements”
Setting: The setting tells the reader where the story takes place. The setting can change throughout the story and it is important to notice this change and the impact it has on the story.
Characters: The characters in the story is the “who”. Sometimes characters are people, animals or other inanimate objects. Characters are vital to a story because they tell the reader who the story is about. We focus on learning everything we can about the characters feelings, attributes, how the character changes and events that happen to the character.
Events: The events of the story help keep the story moving along. We focus on what happens in the beginning, middle and end of the story, as well as the main focus of the story.

How can you help your child with this strategy at home?

--After reading a story talk about the events in the story and put the in order from the beginning, middle to the end.
--To help your child with this strategy discuss each part of the story elements before reading the story and make a prediction about what might happen. Then compare your thoughts from before reading, after you read the story to see if your predictions were correct!

-We practiced showing numbers in different ways this week. We took one number each day and showed the number as dice, a number word, addition, subtraction, number bonds, tally marks, drew a picture and more!

-We added another writing piece to our exploring of various writing topics. We focused on writing stories this week. Mostly stories that used our imagination and creativity. Earlier in the school year, we told true stories with our writing where we told stories about our lives. This type of story has endless options. The students are encouraged to use their imagination to create fiction and nonfiction stories.
-We also used an app called POCKET ZOO to learn more about animals that are found in zoo's. Students picked one or two animals to listen and watch videos about and then wrote a response writing piece writing what they learned from the video. They loved it!

T-his week we focused all week on learning and sharing what we already know about zoo animals. We were so excited to go on our field trip to the Indianapolis Zoo. On Monday we started off by talking about many animals we might see at the zoo and naming 1-2 facts about the animal and then continued on throughout the week focusing on three specific favorite zoo animals. We learned more about giraffes, lions and elephants. The zoo trip was exciting and fun! We saw so many animals and had a great time with our friends.

Practice at home:
Pick a number 1-12 and have your child show you how we complete the “Number of the Day” activity we have been doing to review our numbers and all of the ways to show the number.