Saturday, April 22, 2017

Field trip to the Echo Center

Despite the cloudy and windy weather, we had a wonderful trip to the Echo Center on the Burlington waterfront. We truly enjoyed the Butterflies Live! exhibit. There were so many different kinds of butterflies and many of us had some new friends land on us. We spent a lot of time exploring Champ Lane which is an interactive science discovery center for kids that are our age. What fun!
Again, thanks to all of the chaperones.













Our Publishing Party

Wow! We had so many visitors in our room to read our how-to books. We really enjoyed sharing our work and hearing what was written on our compliments page. Thanks to all of the parents that joined us and listened to many books.











Pinwheels with Mrs. Haddock

Mrs. Haddock brought us a surprise this week! After she read us the book When the Wind Stops, she told us to close our eyes. When we opened them, there was a pinwheel for each of us. We talked about trying out different ways to get the pinwheel to move - we tried blowing upside down, from the side, the top, dancing and waving our arms.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Rats!

On Friday afternoon, we enjoyed the play Rats! that was put on by some very talented 4th, 5th and 6th graders. We were so excited to see some of our big partners on stage!



Rechenka's Eggs

Mrs. Haddock visited us on Wednesday. She read a favorie book called Rechenka's Eggs by Patricia Pollacco. Mrs. Haddock brought in some sample eggs for us to see - real goose and emu eggs that were hollowed out and painted.




After the story, we set up a science experiment to see what would happen to an egg that sits overnight in vinegar? We checked in on Thursday and the egg was covered with bubbles and was floating. We let it sit one more day and then noticed that the shell was gone! we all enjoyed feeling the egg - it was slimy and bounced a little bit. It also grew in size!


Four Winds - wind and clouds

On Wednesday, we had Four Winds with Mrs. Corrigan and Ms. Maura.  This month's topic was wind and clouds. We watched a puppet show and then made a cloud chart so we can remember three types of clouds - stratus, cumulus and cirrus. Then we got to go outside to figure out which way the wind as blowing using compass directions and bubbles! Our next activity was a highlight - Ms. Maura used a hair dryer and a pinwheel to move a caribiner clip up and down.






Saturday, April 8, 2017

Cookie celebration

We filled our button jar again and voted to make some chocolate chip cookies. This activity tied right in to our studies this week. We are learning about the ch digraph, such as in chocolate, and chip. We are also learning about tools used for measuring capacity such as measuring spoons and cups.
The cookies were delicious!










Big partners

Friday morning is big partners time. This week we began thinking about Easter. We made Easter eggs that had a surprise when you lift the flap - they turn into a bunny! They are on display in the hallway.




Staff vs. Students basketball game

Thursday afternoon was very exciting for us. We got to go to the staff vs, students basket ball to cheer Ms. Bre on. We made signs and cheered very loudly. It was a great time!




Saturday, March 25, 2017

Big Partners

Our most recent visit with our big partners was very exciting. They brought Chrome books to our classroom and taught us how to type, change fonts and sizes. This was a really fun activity!





Four Winds - the water cycle

Four Winds for the month of March was all about water and the water cycle. We enjoyed a puppet show and then did some cool experiments. We races water drops through a maze with a toothpick and counted to see how many water drops can fit on a penny before they spill off. Then we did an experiment to see if water can travel through a paper towel from one cup to another.








How to... make a pizza

This week, we began exploring a new genre of writing - how-to. We read the book Pizza Pat that showed us step by step how to make a pizza. We practiced putting these steps in order and then tried them for ourselves using construction paper to make our very own pizza. Then we each created our very first informational text called "How to make a pizza". These will soon be displayed in the hallway.




A guest math teacher

On Monday, we had a guest math teacher named Mr. TJ. He is a representative from the Bridges Math program and taught our Number Corner lesson for the day. The class was super engaged and responsive.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

St, Patrick's day fun!


Our class had such a fun day together on Friday. When we got to school, we discovered that some sneaky leprechauns had visited our classroom. There were tiny green footprints all over, green water in the toilet, chairs knocked over, and some of our supplies spilled all over the tables. We found little shamrock notes that read  - he, he, he...

Our leprechaun trap - we found some gold coins left behind.


Checking out the trap - is there a leprechaun in there?



The classroom in the morning...



We then went to PE, where we made parachute igloos - the rain bow parachute is a perfect backdrop for St. Patrick's day.




Lining up for lunch wearing our festive hats.



Our fun leprechaun hats and green beaded necklaces.


We played a few rounds of "hot potato" after reading the book Jamie O'Rourke and the Giant Potato. We had so much fun and used great sportsmanship skills.





We are working on our listening skills and following directions, We practiced using these skills while doing a guided drawing of a leprechaun. My completed work is on the right. I drew this step by step on the board and they created their own version based on my directions. They came out awesome! We were all proud of our work.







Monday, March 13, 2017

We were lucky to have Mrs. McEachen visit our classroom today. She read us 2 books - Morris Micklewhite and the tangerine dress and Oma and Bobo. Two great books with great messages. 






Friday, March 10, 2017

Beach Party!

We chose to have a beach party to celebrate our full button jar!

What great fun we had!

We had special umbrella straws to drink our milk with at breakfast time. We spread our beach towels out on the rug to make one great big towel. We had a fun morning meeting using some small beach balls for our greeting. We all added something to our fun morning message to create a beach scene.





In the afternoon, we used our beach towels at our quiet rest time and then read some stories about the beach.

We divided into two groups to play some games. We played a bowling game. We discovered the beach balls were not heavy enough, so used our light up ball instead. Ms. Raymond forgot the coconut that we were supposed to use - oops!
 We also played a beach ball tossing game where we counted how many small beach balls we could get into a kiddie pool. Everyone got some in - it was great fun!





I loved how excited they were when a friend got a ball in the pool. They literally jumped with joy! 

Then we finished our celebration with a special snack. Yum!