Holidays Around the World!
Today we traveled to Mexico to learn all about the traditions of Las Posadas and the legend of the poinsettia! We tried some treats from a pinata and learned how to say Santa Clause in Spanish, Santo Clos!
After our visit to Mexico, we hopped back on the plane and flew across the Atlantic for France! In France we learned to say "Joyeux Noel" and "Pere Noel." We learned how the children in France place their shoes by the fireplace and wake up to treats filling them! We watched an amazing light show of the Eiffel Tower at Christmas Time and even decorated our own Yule Log Cakes!
Fun Holiday Activities in Math!
Super Star of the Week: Nola!
Nola is a Super Star because she is very patient. She is happiest when she is at school and proud of herself for finishing her poster! Nola wants to be a volleyball or basketball coach when she grows up. She loves Math and her favorite books are Magic Treehouse Books! Thanks, Nola!!
The Wizard of Oz by The Drama Club
Join us for Holidays Around the World!
This week, we will be travelling all around the world to experience holidays in different countries! We will start in the United States, then head to Mexico, France, England and many more! We will learn some of the different traditions and get to experience some different ways that others celebrate their holidays!
Here is a glimpse of the United States!
Here is what we have been up to!
To get ourselves in the Holiday Spirit, we are enjoying a fun writing piece called, Santa's Stuck! We are using the writing process to write what we would do if Santa got stuck in our chimney! We will finish our writing and them add it to a fun craft tomorrow!
We are still exploring the world or graphing! We have learned how to read and create our own picture graphs, bar graphs, and tally graphs. We have practiced these skills by surveying each other in the classroom and playing some math games together!
Our IB Attitude of the week was cooperation this week. We learned how important it is to work together trough some great cooperation activities. We worked together to put floor puzzles together with Ms. Kirkley and then on Tuesday we played a game called Cooperation Cups. In this game we worked with 4 friends to stack 6 cups like a pyramid using only a rubber band that was tied with 4 strings. No one was allowed to touch the cups with anything except the rubber band; no hands! This game took an extreme amount of cooperation to accomplish and these learners did a phenomenal job!
How did it go?
We are about to start a short unit on Christmas Around the World, but before we do that, we need to learn all about maps! We have been talking about the different vocabulary that comes with maps and then been looking at the different parts of a map. We explored Google Earth on the iPads and found our school and our homes! We have been working in a really neat packet to show where we live in the world!
How The World Works
We also closed out our most recent IB Unit this week. We added some photos to our portfolios and did a reflection about all that we learned during this unit.
The Hour of Code
This week is the National Computer Science Week. Learners all over the country are partaking in an Hour of Code, where they learn to write programming code for computer games and apps. This is done to encourage the computer science field of study to ready America for a bright future in technology!
We learned to code today, using the game Lightbot! You can find a link for this game on my website: here. This game is also available on the iPad for free, which is the version that we played together today!
Each learner in 1C was successful in completing the full hour of code today and came home with a certificate!
Guidance with Ms. Kirkley!
Today in Guidance we had a wonderful lesson about Cooperation! This is our IB Attitude of the Week! The learners were required to work together and collaborate to put together numerous floor puzzles, while cooperating together and being respectful.
Super Star of the Week: Alexia!
Alexia is a Super Star because she is smart! She is proud of herself because she can hop on one foot and is happiest when she is playing with her brothers. When Alexia grows up, she wants to be an Art or PE Teacher. Her favorite school subject is recess and her favorite books are Magic Tree House Books! Thank you, Alexia!
Trixy joined our weather lesson this week!
How The World Works
We were so excited to start writing our weather reports today. We all reviewed different types of weather and then created a Circle Map of what we want to report!
We investigated different things in the classroom to help us write our weather report. We learned about different kinds of thermometers and how to accurately put temperature in our reports. Then we did a Wind Sock Experiment to test the direction that the wind is blowing.
We explored some of our graphing games today after learning all about bar Graphs!
This week we are talking all about the IB Attitude: Confidence. During R-Time today we played a Confidence Building game that was similar to Musical Chairs. We walked around the classroom while music was playing and when it stopped we told a partner what we like about them.
Welcome Back!! Here's what we are up to!
This week we are learning all about the natural changes of the sky! We will be talking about the seasons and learning about the moon, the sun, weather, and more! We will be using graphing skills to track the weather every day, and with that we will be learning how to give our own weather reports like meteorologists do. In math we are learning the different types of graphs that can be used in order to track weather and moon phases.
Today, the Astronomy students came from Coppell High School to give us a few fun lessons in different kinds of clouds, the sun and stars, and moon phases.
Here is what we are doing in Math this week to learn all about graphing and collecting data!
Meet Trixy the ELF!
Yesterday we had a visitor come into our classroom and it looks like she is staying until Christmas! We voted and named her Trixy! We are all so excited to have our elf watching out for us at school and cannot wait to see what kinds of fun things she can get herself into!
We wrote letters to Trixy and to Santa in hopes that she would deliver them to the North Pole for us. Today she left us a fun note letting us know that she did just that!
Super Star of the Week: Vedaang!!
Vedaang is a super star because he is awesome. He is proud of himself because he is faster than a sloth and is happiest when he is watching TV. Vedaang loves doing Math in the classroom and loves to read Chapter Books. When he grows up, he wants to be a Police Officer!
Thank you Vedaang!
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