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!" :)
We have spent the past two weeks learning about verbs "Something you can do! ACTION!" We had a really fun closure activity by placing verbs on the student's foreheads!! We played "hand up/stand up/pair up" and students had to act out the verb that was on their partner's forehead without telling them, and they had to guess what the verb was and then use it in a sentence. I even had one on my forehead! :) We did many activities from charades, to going on a verb search around the school. I think this was the most fun!
We were a week late in celebrating Johnny Appleseed, but it is still FALL, and it was a fun way to welcome October! During our "All About Apples" day, each student walked in to an apple at their desk. They were going to be "hanging out with their apple" all day. :) We started the day off by revisiting Johnny Appleseed with a 3-2-1 fun facts sheet. Then we did a variety of science and math activities including apple vocabulary; exploring the parts of an apple, will it sink or float?, which apple is heavier?, measuring circumference, and a tally/graphing survey of favorite apples. We ended the activity by tasting our apples and counting the seeds to determine if they had an even or odd number, and what numbers of seeds were greater and less than the amount they had. It was a really fun day! We even got to have a little birthday celebration for one of the kiddos at the end of the day. It was a busy day of learning!
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