Wow!!! We have had a great experience with Mid Missions: Bunny Town! We completed our Final Presentations today! Please click on an image to take a direct link to a Youtube Video of their presentations! The teams worked together to create a Slideshow Presentation of their entire Bunny Town Community, using an APP called 30 Hands! I am so impressed with all of their hard work!
Our Day Today!
We continued our contraction practice today by finding all the possible ways to make contractions in the book, Green Eggs and Ham. We also played some really fun Smartboard games. One game made us draw lines to match the contraction with its 2 words and the other was a fun Memory Game!
Today we read Otto for President. We worked with a partner to do a Think Pair Share to decide which Persuasion Method used in the book would be the best to use in a real life campaign. This led us into creating campaign gifts for our Bunny Town Communities during our Inquiry Unit.
After Spanish today, we had a fun review of the strategy: Ten Frame! This is one area of math that we all seem to need a little extra guidance on. This is because the Ten Frame involves the use of such important steps. After today. we should all be Professional Ten Frame users!
R-Time: How to be a Thinker
We are starting to get deeper into the different traits of The Learner Profile by studying them during R-Time. Today we talked about being thinkers. A good thinker can solve problems on their own, make good decisions, and think carefully by taking initiative.
Superhero of the Week: Maya!
Maya is a Superhero because she helps people. She is proud of herself because she is smart and is really good at Math. Her favorite school subject is Science. When she grows up, Maya wants to be an architect. Maya is happiest when she is with her friends. She loves to read and her favorite book is Junie B. Jones!
Thank you Maya!!
Our Day Today!
Today in writing we started tackling the world of contractions! We learned how words like do not, will not, and have not become the words don't, won't, and haven't. We created a list of some of the contractions that we are already familiar with and then learned more with a fun Brain Pop Jr. video. We worked together to play a fun smart board game that involved sorting different contractions.
To tie our ELAR Lessons in with our Inquiry Unit, we are learning about the reason why an author writes. There are 3 reasons: To entertain, To inform, and To persuade. Today our focus was on Persuading. This ties in directly with our Inquiry Unit of Bunny Town because this week the learners are in charge of nominating a Bunny Candidate to be elected as the Bunny Boss, which involves persuading others to cote for them after reading their Slogans and receiving campaign gifts. Today we worked on coming up with ideas that "Get People's Attention."
We are reviewing the different strategies that are used when working Word Problems that involve Subtraction. In our Linus the Minus workbooks, we are learning how to use 4 different strategies to solve these problems:
Stay tuned for an update on the next Mind Mission, this Friday! BUNNY BOSS!!
Bunny Building: Shelters
We have completed the next Mission in our Inquiry Unit of Bunny Town. The groups worked together to create homes for the bunnies that have moved into the communities. The shelters were required to keep the bunnies dry from rain, stay standing in the wind, and keep the fox out. They also had to be pretty and cozy!
Brainstorming and Planning
Reflecting and Blogging
Other things we are working on...
This week we are reviewing our Nouns and Verbs. The learners are working together to discover these different forms of words in books they read and in their writing. Today we worked together to list as many nouns as we could in 5 minutes! We created a tree map and categorized nouns by person, place or thing. Some of the groups came up with more than 30!
We are focusing on learning all about Martin Luther King Jr. We are learning the ways that we can gather information about historical figures like MLK on the internet, through fiction books, and through biographies! We are out of school to celebrate the life of MLK on Monday, and it is important to understand why this is a national holiday.
This week in math we are focused on using subtraction in word problems. We have been practicing how to find the clues in word problems to figure out how to solve them. Clues such as facts, key words (more than, fewer, left).
We are working in out Math Stations to practice these skills with addition and subtraction. Visit the Student Websites page for extra practice at home!
Stay tuned for our next IB Mission post tomorrow!!
Superhero of the Week: Austin!
Austin's favorite Superhero is Batman. Austin believes he is a superhero because he solves problems! He is happiest when he goes to Chuckie Cheese and is proud of himself because he likes to help others. He is good at sports and wants to be a Football Player when he grows up!
Thank you, Austin!!
This is one awesome class! Today we powered through some of our Middle of the Year Assessments! We completed our PSI Spelling Test, Writing Prompt, and our FRY High Frequency Words! I am so proud of this class for getting all of that done and for doing such an amazing job. This is a very bright group of learners in 1C!
Tomorrow we will be working hard on our DRA Reading Assessments. After this week, things will be getting back to normal!
Superhero of the Week: Addison!
Addison is a Superhero because she is helpful to others around her. She is proud of herself because she can take care of her family dogs herself. She is good at dancing and loves art, and her favorite book to read is Gobert, The Park City Moose. She is at her happiest when she wakes up on Christmas Morning!
Thank you Addison!!
Our Day Today
It is so great to be back! I missed the learners so much! We had a wonderful time today telling our stories of what we did on break and finding new friends in the new seating arrangement. 2014 is going to be a great year; I can already tell!
We began our day by creating our goals for 2014. They came up with great goals that included: reading more and better, writing, listening, and exercising! We wrote our goals onto balloons and will be turning these into a really cute and fun project!
This week we will be working with an author theme by enjoying the great work of Jan Brett. We learned a bit about the author today and even watched a really neat video of how she illustrates her books! We read The Mitten and worked together with a partner to create the sequence of the story by adding animals to a mitten.
Social Studies: Remembering our Pinkerton PRIDE
In order to get back into the groove of things, we decided it would be good to review what Pinkerton Pride really stands for. We also have a new IB Unit coming up that involves a lot of cooperative learning in our table groups. This was a really good way to get to know each other at our new tables. Click the button for a video of what each group presented today!
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