We are reading a story about a "greedy" giant that had a cherry birthday cake made for his birthday and he wouldn't share it with his friends. SO, I made a "Cherry" (it was really strawberry) cake to SHARE with my friends today. We even shared it with our neighbor teacher and friends. We then created our own cake recipe if we were a giant and drew a picture of it. Happy birthday, Hungry Giant! :)
They day before Halloween can be very.... busy... :)
SO I decided to embrace the excitement and we did a thematic day all about pumpkins! We did math, science, writing and reading with pumpkins. We learned about the life cycle of a pumpkin, vocabulary words about pumpkins, we made predictions and estimations and we even go to get inside the pumpkin and describe it using adjectives, we made connections to our apple day (Johnny Appleseed Day) and we counted the seeds and worked as a team to come up with the best way to count them. It was a really fun day, and we learned a lot about pumpkins!
Today we went on a field trip! We went to MSUM and watched their drum line perform music from all over the world! I must be rubbing off on some of my students and telling them to be brave and confident because two of my friends were invited on stage to play instruments and do the limbo! Was a fun day, even IF the bus broke down on the way! ;)
Today we created bubble maps ALL ABOUT US! We drew a picture of us in the middle, and then took a marker and went around and added adjectives to each other's posters. I played Flocabulary's "adjective rap song in the background and "filled each other's buckets" while we had fun learning about adjectives! When students went back to their own bubble map and read what their classmates wrote about them, it was so wonderful to see their eyes light up about what their classmates think about them. I recommend this classroom builder! And bonus, they learned more about adjectives, words that describe nouns!
Today we had the awesome privilege to have Blind Joe from The Voice come and put on a show for us here at Legacy Elementary. Not only is he an amazing musician but his message to "never give up, anything is possible" was awesome!
Instead of just describing popcorn to fill out our anchor chart, we had a full hands on experience by eating it to describe it! We looked at popcorn like an author/scientist and came up with adjectives using our five senses. What a delicious reinforcement to describe nouns! :)
We got to explore with our iPads by using QR Readers! I posted cards all over the room, and the students worked with a group of 3 to go find the cards, read the sentence, find the answer with the correct verb, then check their answers with the QR reader by scanning the code on the card. It was a really cool way to integrate more technology into our classroom, as well as cooperation, working together and more verb practice!
This week was fire safety and we were lucky enough to have real firefighters from West Fargo come in and show us a fun video about how to stay safe in a fire, and we even got to check out their safety gear they wear when they fight fires. It was a really great day of learning all about how to stay safe and how to prevent fires.
Today we had a fun writing day! We brainstormed on how to write a story and make connections to each other. It was even more fun when we got to write them on GIANT paper! :) The teamwork was great, and everyone came up with a connection story! Yay for teamwork and cooperation!
What a delicious way to wrap up what we have learned about the moon! Students created a full moon, crescent, and new moon diagram using a paper plate and oreos. Not only did it reinforce what they learned, but it also tested their following directions skills. If they could explain why the moon changes "shape" and other facts we learned throughout the week, they got to eat a "moon!" :)
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