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! 







Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Sneak Peek...

Hello! Hope everyone enjoyed vacation. We had quite the variety of weather in a short time! Here is a quick peek at some of the next few weeks!


Literacy


Reading: Comparing fiction vs. non-fiction. Learning about features of both types of texts. Weather book clubs that focus on different types of weather, book talk and features of text to help us when we write our own pieces.


Writing: Informational Writing: Writing about what we know about! Independent research and exploration to create informational texts.



Math

Along with ongoing practice of previously taught strands and individualized learning we will expand on the Measurement and Data next. This is just an outline. Students will be introduced to concepts as they demonstrate proficiency and are ready.
Before break we worked on Time & Money within measurement.

Measurement & Data 

Data
-Creating and understanding different types of graphs (picture, line plot, bar graph) : Organize, collect & interpret data points.
-Solve put together, take apart, and compare problems using data.
Measurement
-Exploring different types of standard and non-standard measurement.
-Ordering & comparing lengths.
-Selecting appropriate tools to measure, estimating & measure lengths using inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.

Numbers & Operations in Base 10

-Developing a deeper understanding of place value: ones, tens, hundreds, thousands.
-Understanding different strategies for solving addition and subtraction problems: Expanded form, open number lines, base 10, decomposing numbers. 
-Mental Math strategies for adding numbers quickly and flexibly. 100 more, 100 less, Ten more, less, one more, less

Science: 

Project Based Unit on Light & Sound
Conducting investigations through inquiry & questioning. 

Genius Hour Project




We have been eagerly working on our "passion projects" over the past few months. We each have our own individual or collaborative project we are focused on: Some of us are interested in helping others through a variety of different charities, spreading awareness on a variety of topics or finding ways to spread kindness. Ask us what we are working on! 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Family Math Games

Want to have some fun family time and see some of the math games we have been learning this year? They are excellent practice for developing a deeper number sense and understanding of how numbers work. There are many game options to fit a wide range of learners! Sign up here if you would like a turn! Families are welcome to sign up more than once. I will add to our collection as we go! 

100th Day!

We are 100 days smarter.... well 114 days to be exact. Sorry for the delay in posting! We had a great time celebrating all we have learned together. We have grown in so many ways and challenged ourselves to be our best selves. Looking forward to the rest of the year together! Thanks everyone for your support and participation in this fun day! 











Saturday, February 3, 2018

My First Solo Week!

Just as I'd hoped, my first solo week felt smooth and exciting! It was such a great experience to run the show for a week and really get my feet wet teaching alone. 



We started off the week by finishing up our time unit in math. Now we can tell time not just on a digital clock, but on an analog clock too! The kids were excited and looking forward to starting off our money/coin unit, as was I! First we learned a poem that introduced each coin, pointing out the visual characteristics as well as the value of each to help us recognize and remember the differences between them. 




We then learned a few math games involving counting mixed coins and coming up with equivalent values using different or the least amount of coins. We still have a few more games to learn next week that will give us more practice working with money and even with making change!





During the week we had the honor and pleasure of meeting the very talented author and illustrator Ralph Masiello! Thank you Mrs. Foy for organizing this incredible experience to enjoy during our library time! The kids have been really looking forward to meeting him, as they have been using his drawing series for the past couple of weeks in library to create inspired beautiful artwork of their own.
Hearing him tell his story from when he was a kid and watching his illustrations come to life was truly inspiring. He knew how to run the crowd and had all the kids engaged and laughing; they really enjoyed their time with him! 
To wrap up our opinion writing unit, the students first posted a picture and voice audio to Seesaw of them reading one of their top opinion pieces, stating their opinion and backing it up with supportive reasons. Now as a final classroom project, we are going to combine our individual student work to create a 1/2Y classroom wide "Best Part of Me" book. This activity is originally inspired by the mentor text, The Best Part of Me by Wendy Ewald. Below is a video read aloud. As a class, we first watched this to give us an overall idea of what it is we are trying to create. Students are now in the process of taking their ideas from their organizers and turning into smooth writing. Not only has this activity helped students in their writing, but it has also helped promote a caring classroom community as students are respecting themselves and their classmates.


To put a cherry on top of the end of our week, we had a Patriots celebration in hopes that the Patriots win the Super Bowl this weekend! As true fans, we dressed up and made Patriots hats to spread our cheer around the school!


Enjoy your weekend, and go Patriots! 


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Happy Holidays!

These kiddos sure know how to get me into the holiday spirit! Excitement leading up to our break was contagious. What fun to be young and enjoy the magic of the season! Despite the energy we were still productive and busy! Travel Trott Scott sent a special package to us to help us explore different holidays around the world. We learned about  Hannukah, Kwanza, Christmas, Chinese New Year & Las Posadas. We were also scheduled to visit England and India, but we ran out of time- maybe next year! This fit nicely with our cultural study and helping children respect and better understand other cultures. 



We had an excellent class party thanks to our room moms and help from our families! We created sugar cookie goodies and decorated special cards for our loved ones. Thank you all for your support! 




In carrying on a longstanding 1/2 Y tradition, we also made some time to create winter centerpieces together-we were real naturals! Using winter greenery including White Pine, Balsam, Douglas Fir, Silver Fir, Boxwood, a touch of shiny decorations and pinecones we had our own festive arrangements.  Don't forget to water them and hope they bring some holiday cheer to your home! 





See you in 2018!