Words of Wisdom: ”You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” -Oscar Wilde
Language Arts in Action: We’ve been reading, reading, reading! I’ve purposefully increased the difficulty level of all the baggie books and added an additional book per week for most of the students. They have risen to the challenge and are gaining confidence and independence in their reading efforts. Way to grow, Kelly kiddos! In writing, we completed our unit on writing “how to” stories, and have been busy choosing non-fiction topics for informational stories. We enjoy being “experts” when writing!
Math Star Minutes: We’ve been enjoying some “math mysteries,” in which we have a story problem to solve. We need to understand the operations of addition and subtraction, and we’ve been challenged to show our work with both pictures and numbers. We’ve benefitted from sharing our story problem solutions to learn different strategies from each other. We’ve played games like Roll and Record 3 and Double Compare to add different number combinations to find a total number. In Build And Remove, we had a starting number and had to subtract a given number and record the result.
Super Scientists: We’ve learned the three states of matter: solids, liquids, and gases. We’ve done some fun sink and float experiments with water. We learned about the concept of surface tension when we floated a metal paper clip on water, and when we watched black pepper disperse across the surface of water when we broke the surface tension with dish soap. We filled a balloon with air to see what would happen when we released it. Earth Day was a great jumping off spot to begin some environmental awareness. Thanks for saving all your re-usable trash for us to create our cool Trash Can Art Sculptures. We learned about the concept of recycling, and we buried a plastic lid and an apple core in our class “land fill” (a bucket filled with dirt). We plan to dig them up periodically to observe the differences in them over time. We are super excited to have live caterpillars in our room! We recorded our observations of them in butterfly journals and will keep our eye on their development.
Social Studies Scene: Our unit on maps led to some great multi-cultural explorations. We read “We Are All Alike, We Are All Different.” Then we partnered up with a class friend and found ways we were alike and different. We added our ideas to some great self-portraits. We learned some facts about the Phillipines, and painted volcanos, as the Phillipines are home to several volcanos. We also discussed the country of Russia and counted to ten in Russian, as we learned about that country. We saw pictures of St. Basil’s Cathedral and made our own colorful Russian cathedral pictures. We also had fun making our own set of Russian nesting dolls, and singing the Russian song, Tumbalalaika. We took an pretend excursion to Germany, and learned about some notable German contributions including German sausages, german shepherds, German castles, and The Brothers Grimm. We read the Grimm’s fairy tale, Rapunzel and created our own Rapunzels in her tower. We counted to ten in Spanish and created our own silver cuff bracelets as a tribute to the beautiful jewelry native to Mexico. We each got to paint the flag from one of our countries of ancestry and they make great banners as they hang in our hallway.
Happy Happenings: Happy birthday to Maeve in April! We loved meeting authors Tom Watson and Bob Staake in the library. We also got to interact with real artists during Art-in-Action Day on April 19th. A big thank you to the PTC for sponsoring such a hands-on, interactive day celebrating the arts!