Friday, November 30, 2018

Fun with Estimation!

Over the past few weeks we have focused on the Number & Operation strand to deepen our number sense. We have had a lot of fun with estimations. From the words of one of our first grade friends: Estimation is making a "reasonable" guess. We kicked off our learning by reading the book Great Estimations by Bruce Goldstone. He gave us lots of awesome tips on how to make thoughtful estimates and deal with large numbers, like visually grouping items together. See if we can teach you using the image above. Students have been taking turns filling our estimations jar for class guesses and we are hoping to make our own class estimation book to showcase our knowledge. If you're looking for some fun, real life ways to practice math check out bedtimemath.org. This site provides interesting math talk that you can do at a variety of levels. There were recently some estimation activities. You can get notifications to your email or follow them on twitter. Check it out! 
 



Thursday, October 18, 2018

SPCA

Our first topic of study has been focused on the care of pets. We have learned about the proper care, the difference between a wild and domestic animal and the importance of respect for all creatures big and small. It is always a fun introduction to getting to know each other and share the special animals in our lives... or animals we hope to one day have. This past week the SPCA came for a visit and we met an adorable ferret that lives at the SPCA in the classroom space. We learned about the seriousness of having a pet and the care they require-- it is a big responsibility. We also had a bake sale to raise money for the animals at the SPCA. It is always a fun way for us to give back to our community and appreciate all the SPCA does for animals in need. The first and second grade team raised over $200 dollars to support the efforts of the SPCA. Thank you all for your help with this effort! 



Sunday, September 16, 2018

Meet 1/2 Multiage!




It is hard to believe we are into our first few weeks! We have spent our first few weeks getting to know each other and create a comfortable, engaging learning environment. Taking the time to create our routines and expectations together is critical in setting a foundation for a productive year of growth. Encouraging children to take an active role in this process creates leadership, independence and "buy in." We read many stories about respect and kindness. One being What if Everybody Did That, which reminded us that our actions can affect others in positive or negative ways. We worked together to create expectations for our classroom and break down "rules" so we understand what behavior is expected. For example, one friend said we should listen to each other. We decided that that would be part of the respectful category. This week we will learn this classroom promise, which sums up our values and expectations. 

When we care about each other and our classroom we share what we have, listen carefully, help each other learn, work hardand have fun together. We understand that everyone makes mistakes, that we stand upfor ourselves and each other, and when someone asks us to stop we stop. This is who we are even when no one is watching. 

Looking forward to another great week together! 

We also discussed the 3 B's....well actually they became the 5 B's 
Ask us what it means to be safe, respectful, responsible, peaceful & creative! 
Be Safe  (Safe bodies, Kind words, Good choices) 
Be Respectful  (Eye contact, Listen, Follow directions)
Be Responsible  (Be honest. Take care of ourselves. Take care of each other. Take care of materials. Do quality work.)
Be Creative- Use your imagination & try new things. 
Be Peaceful- Include others-Treat others the way you want to be treated.


Meet your future graduates! 



Sunday, August 26, 2018

Welcome!

Hello Multiage Families! I hope you're enjoying the last bits of summer! I can't believe it is back to school time. I am looking forward to seeing some of my former friends and meeting our new friends as well! 

Here is a sneak peek at some of the themes we will be exploring this year. These themes woven into our daily curriculum. 

Looking forward to a great year in multiage!

Pets
Bats
China
Rocks-Minerals-Dinosaurs
Fairytales/Folktales
Author Studies
Project Based Units: Forces and motion & classroom design
Oceanography/Life Cycles
Self-guided research/Passion Based Project


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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Last Day Goodbye!

Happy last day! It is hard to believe that a whole school year has come and gone. It has been so much fun to be a part of these kiddos lives and watch them learn and grow. We have had an awesome year together. Although I think we are all ready for a break, it is sad to say goodbye for now... Thank you all for your support throughout the year. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Let's Learn About Weather!




We are famous! We had the pleasure of Face Timing with WMUR Meteorologist Kevin Skarupa to kick off our unit on weather! Check out this clip to see a shoutout to EKES. Mr. Skarupa, thank you so much for taking the time to chat and answer our questions. You were awesome and we especially loved the jokes! Weather Clip


There is a lot to discover about weather! During our project based unit we will be learning about different types of clouds (we learned during our chat that there are 50 different types-wow!) and how they help predict the type of weather to come. We will also touch on the  Water Cycle and States of Matter! We have been especially intrigued by wild weather during our informational book clubs and will be creating projects to share inform our EK community about the safety aspects of blizzards, hurricanes and extreme types of weather that we sometimes encounter in our area!

Next week we will begin to incorporate some writing & art by focusing on different poetic styles based around weather. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Learning about Sound!

What better way to kick off our unit on sound than through the school wide West African drumming experience we had! We had the opportunity to hear the sounds of world famous drummers, Carla Pomprowicz and Bolokada Conde. We could NOT stop talking about it-- so awesome! After the drumming we jumped right into our investigations! Through collaborative experiences we have engaged in hands-on observations to help us develop conclusions based on evidence from our findings! We have engaged in accountable talk to help us share our discoveries with each other and build our knowledge base in this area. Ask us about some of these new vocabulary words and how they relate to sound: High pitch, low pitch, soft, loud, vibration, waves echo. 


We are excited to apply this knowledge into creating our own instruments out of recycled materials. If you have any items you think could be helpful, please send them in! 
-Cans
-Glass/Plastic Bottles
-Rubber bands
-Beads/beans, seeds
-Paper towel rolls
-Tissue boxes.... anything your imagination can dream of! 

Looking forward to sharing more of our learning with you!