Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Pumpkin Investigation

Check out our online bulletin board for what we know, photos and a video of our investigation and research!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Looking Ahead to Friday!

The students are so excited for this Friday's Reader's Theater.  Please have your child wear his/her Halloween Costume to school on Friday, October 30th as it will be part of our Reader's Theater. During this week, your child should be using expression to tell his part of the story :)

Meet our cast:

Narrators - Vivian and Emma
Amanda - June and Kali
Josh - Abe and Ben
Mr. Brown - Tripp
Green Monster - Kara and Mikenzie
Purple Monster - Xander, Jonathan and Hailey
Blue Monster - Carter, Trenton, Presley, Madelyn, Emmaline


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

What Do We Know and Wonder About Bats?

Today we began our discussion about Bats.  We shared with each other what we knew about bats and also what we still wondered about bats.  You can check out the information which we posted on our online bulletin board using +Padlet  Just click on the image below or the QR code:


Then we had a special Mystery Reader via Google Hangout. We were so excited to learn more about bats from the books she shared!  Thanks Lindsey!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Kevin Henkes Author Study

Looking Through the Eyes of An Author

Throughout the last month students have been learning about the role of illustrations in a story, techniques for "reading" illustrations, and techniques for identifying details in a story. Students have shared how illustrations and details in a story depict characters, setting, or events.

We have taken a closer look at the author and illustrator, Kevin Henkes.  Kevin grew up in Racine, Wisconsin and grew up loving books and he also enjoyed drawing and painting.

The students chose their favorite Kevin Henkes books.  As the story was reread students asked and answered questions to help them build their understanding of the story. Next they drew illustrations to represent the details in the story.  They retold their favorite story to a peer and listened to suggestions that may strengthen their illustration.

When they finished their illustration and retelling, the students used the Ipad to take photos of their illustrations.  Next they created a Google Slide and uploaded their illustrations.  They checked to make sure their text match their illustration.  So proud of them!

Below is some samples of their work :)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Kid Bloggers Small Moments

 My mom and dad got me a kitten.  First they got the kitten from the dump and it was in a doghouse. Next my mom and dad brought the white kitten home and gave it to me at my grandma and grandpa’s house.  Then I thought it was a very cute and nice kitten. Finally I named it Lindsey. Yay!

 This weekend I went to the Porcupine Mountains and I saw my favorite cousin, Avery. She got a new haircut.  First I needed to drive to the Porcupine Mountains.  Next we went up the ski hill that the people flew down. It was awesome.  Mom was too scared to come up so mom went down. We went to the top and then we all went down.  I went to lots of waterfalls that were pretty. Last we went to the campsite and I got to sleep in the camper. I had a fun time.

 First I went to my grandma's house.  Next we looked up scary faces on my Aunt's phone. Then I carved a pumpkin.  Last mom and dad picked me up and went to my house.

 This weekend my dad cut a hole in our pumpkins. Then I got the weird stuff out of the pumpkins! Next me and my dad drew what I wanted on it.  Then my dad cut it out Last my mom put a candle inside the pumpkin.

 This weekend I went to the Harvest Hoedown.  Next I almost left.  I was sad.  Then my dad remembered that Joel and Rosy were coming.  We turned around.  I went to the balloons. Last I went to the maze.

 This weekend I worked on my first grade book.  First I had to find a pencil and then I got to work.  Next I ate an apple. Last I got back to work.  

 This weekend I went to my dad's and we carved a pumpkin. First I carved a vampire. Then dad carved a vampire too.  Last we made pumpkin seeds.

 This weekend I went to a wedding. My favorite part about the wedding was when I threw the flower petals. Then we had food.  It was good. We had cupcakes. They were good cupcakes. Next we danced.  I did not go on the dance floor because I was shy to go the dance floor. Finally I went to a hotel with grandma.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Having Fun with Addition Facts to 20

We are having fun working with Double Facts and Near Doubles.  
Click on the link preview Chapter 3 Vocabulary
Also below are some fun games and songs to practice double facts and near double facts!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Healthy Snack and Drinks!

A special thank you to our students who brought in healthy snacks and drinks for the weeks of September!


Looking ahead at October, November and December these are the students who have signed up to bring in snacks:

Week of:

October 19 - Emma
October 26 - Tripp
November 2 - Emmaline
November 9 - Hailey
November 16 - Abe
November 30 - Ben
December 14 - Kali

If you would like to sign up for a week in December or looking into 2016 just comment below, send a message or a note!


Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Today in Shared Reading the students chose their characters and began their first read through.
I love how excited they get when they are given a new script and want to dive into reading!

Strut for FUNd "Fun Run"

Today we had our first Strut for FUNd "Fun Run". We were excited to begin and enjoyed having our friends and family cheering us on.  Thanks for supporting us and our school.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Using Illustrations To Describe Characters, Settings and Major Events

Today we continued our author study of Kevin Henkes by reading his book Kitten's Full Moon.

After reading the story the students were divided into three groups.  The focus of the groups was to work together to identify the character and settings and then either the beginning, middle or end. They engaged in conversation, shared ideas and strengthen their understanding of relationship between visual and written information to help them understand what they read.


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fall Narrative Writing!

This week the students continued practicing narrative writing.  Narrative writing tells a story, can be real or imaginary, has characters, has a setting, it is in order and has transitions, and has a beginning, middle, and end.  The students begin by writing their "Ish" copy in their Writing Notebooks and through confering they add details and edit their documents to make a final copy.  They were so excited to be able to type their final copy using Google Docs!

The students logged into their own Google Accounts and began to create their first Google Document.

Here are some of the completed Fall Narrative Writings :)

The Days Are Getting Shorter by Abe
 Today the days will get shorter. First I need my pajamas. Then by that time it will get dark. I look out the window and see the darkness.
Birds Are Flying South by Vivian
Today the birds are going to fly  south. First I am going to go in my backyard and look up in the sky and watch the birds in the sky. Next I will get my brothers and my sister. Then we are going to watch  the birds fly in a big pack in the sky.
Looking for Leaves by Jonathan
Today I am going to look for leaves. I need to make sure I am very warm. Next I am going in the woods. There are lots of leaves.
Picking Pumpkins by Kali
Today I am going to pick pumpkins in my garden. First I will grab the scissors and  grab the wagon and go outside. Next I brought the pumpkins inside the house. And then we carved the pumpkins. Then we put the pumpkins outside. Then we baked the seeds.

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