Friday, January 30, 2015

Independent activities include number scrolls (a fun way to write our numbers  to 1000 by the end of the year), math review sheets, dice in dice addition, monster doubles and soon a few measurement activities, and graphing fun too!

Math groups work together to play Shut the Box 

West Middle School Visits

Thursday West Middle School preformed for the school.  The demonstrated instruments and talked about performing arts opportunities for them when they reach middle school. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Math workshop

Adjusting to Math centers has been a breeze for the students even when it feels rough around the edges for the teacher!  What amazing independent students we have in our classroom.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Book Club Completion

Here are the links to our Nonfiction Book Club Videos

Bears by: Ashley, Gabe, and Keagan

Snakes by: Braylen and Mrs. Walter

Seals by: Taylor and Sophia S.

Sharks by: Thomas and Brodie

Frogs by: Gwen and Sophia K.

Sea Turtles by: Anna and Abella

Insects by: Kasen and Alivia

Dinosaurs by: Jackson and Cameron

Dogs by: Jacob and Evie

Cats by: Evan, Ella, Nora and Chris

Let's take a look at the process:

Students picked a topic to read about and participate in a book club focused on that topic.
Students sticky noted information they were surprised about, learned right then or were excited to share with others on their topic. 
As a group they worked together to see if any of their information would go together.
They decided information how to organize their information. 
Students took pictures from their text books to support the information they wanted to share.
They inserted the pictures into iMovie and recorded their facts.
Students cited their sources by taking a picture of all of the resources they used to create the iMovie.

Students completed all of this independently with little or no guidance from me.  The role I played was a facilitator in their book club to help them appropriately interact and gain knowledge from their book club.  We talked a lot about friendly discourse, what it looks like and how it should feel if it is friendly.  Being challenged doesn't have to feel like an attack but rather like an opportunity for you to defend your thinking/opinion with evidence.

This was an awesome project and the students did an amazing job working with peers, negotiating and taking risks in their learning.  

Math - Home School Connection

This may give you a little insight about the upcoming week in Math.  Challenge your child to use the math vocabulary correctly when communicating about math!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

iMovie begins

Students are starting to organize their pictures and information in iMovie.  I can't wait to see their hard work come to life....Stay tuned.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Math Workshop Revamped

Meet with the teacher
All by myself

Technology Time
Hands on

Students enjoyed trying our new Math Workshop routines today.  All students receive a mini lesson whole group and then are release to a workshop activity.  The students have 2 assigned activities a day.  

M- Meet with the Teacher
A - All by Myself
T - Technology Time
H - Hands On

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Book Club Research

Students record information from their nonfiction text to
share with their book club.

Students recorded on sticky notes fun facts, interesting information, what ever they chose to share with their groups on their selected topics.

Once the students recorded their information they shared their facts with their book club.

Students compared information from a variety of sources on their topic,
discussed similarities in information and differences.  Lots of great
conversations sparked from this task.

Groups decided which facts/sticky notes went together and which did not.
This categorization of knowledge is part of the planning for their upcoming
video task.  Much friendly discourse took place in our classroom all without
hurting feelings.  Students enjoyed stating their claim, providing evidence for their
thinking and challenging their group to revise their thinking.

Groups practiced listening and speaking skills as their partners shared their ideas.  

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Looking for something to do inside today?  Check out this fantastic fun resource.  

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Book Clubs

Students read for information and share what they read with their
book club.

Student excitement grew as they shared new information they
learned on their topic of choice.

Topics include: insects, sharks, bears, arctic animals, dogs, cats,
dinosaurs and frogs. 

Students work together to solve words and make sense of
the information they read.  

Students choose a topic and found books to learn about their topic.

Students took turns reading to each other, read independently
and even choral read when they found something exciting!