Friday, October 27, 2017

Pumpkin Inquiry in Kindergarten

What do we already know about pumpkins? 
Click on our Pumpkin Padlet to find out!

The students began to observe their pumpkins today! We would like to send a special thank you to my Mom, Elaine, for sharing pumpkins from her garden with us. The students continued to build their knowledge when Sue Hanson, from Hanson Garden and Village, joined us on National Pumpkin Day! 


We are reading informational texts about pumpkins
 and investigating how they grow and also how they turn into 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Inquiry Time Means Time To Share Our Special Talents!

Today Kelsie and Khloe help others learn how to finger knit. Everyone tried their best and worked together.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Making Our Classroom Community Even More Special

Our classroom has grown and we are excited to share all of our learning and friendship with our new classmates!

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017

International Dot Day 2017!

Check out how we celebrated International Dot Day and unleashed our creativity!

As we begin this new school year we are really thinking about how we can be learners. Author Peter Reynolds provides us with rich books to help us build self-esteem and understanding of all.  Some of our favorite books written or illustrated by Peter Reynolds are:

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and the new favorite Image result for the dot by

Friday, September 1, 2017
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Crab Salad, Pickles, and Cookies while Listening to Ralph Fletcher and Lindsey Moses!

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Excited to be heading to Eau Claire this weekend to help my oldest daughter, Bailey, and her husband move into their first home! I decided to make a few items to bring with. While I was cooking I continued to play PD Summer Bingo and one of the choices was to listen to a podcast and share your new learning or wonders. You should definitely check these out!

My first podcast was Joy Write with Ralph Fletcher. Ralph shared that he feels in today's academic writing world teachers are just checking things off a list based on the genre expectations. He adds that's not much fun. Ralph said, "I don't want those kids to be saying the same thing. When you start to see letters like that, you realize it's not about the kids really saying what they want to say, they're following a format that's been given to them, and it's not really authentic anymore. I mean I'd like to know what the kids think and not following the format."

Things to remember:
Choice is not just a matter of what to write about but also how to write about something. I am hoping to take Ralph's idea of a writing greenbelt and provide a comfortable space for my learners to compose.
  A writer's workshop that flourishes in today's classroom!

My next podcast was with Lindsey Moses. sm_E08775_Moses and Ogden_Book Cover_MG5D7280I love how she secured my thoughts that reader's workshop is not WORKSHEETS or busy work. It needs to be purposeful. 

One important thing Lindsey says is that anything your learners might need they should be able to know where it is and have access to it without help from us. During the podcast she also suggests having a place for students to review strategies or ways to talk with partners.

Lindsey said, "So in order to facilitate independence we have to provide additional visual supports, reminders and spaces where students can interact freely, and they know what the purpose is."

Things to remember:
Personal Learning Experiences (PLE) need to be purposeful and to support our learners independence teachers need to give them CHOICE.

Looking forward to meeting and listening to both Ralph Fletcher and Lindsey Moses at the WSRA 2018 Convention!

Friday, May 19, 2017
Monday, May 15, 2017

Can We Save Grandma?

Today the students embarked on their first Breakout EDU activity. Today's inspirational game is based on the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. I broke the students into five groups and each group worked collaboratively and communicated in order to be creative and use critical thinking skills to solve the puzzle to solve the combination to unlock the lock. Looking forward to providing this for my students again soon!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Collaborative Inquiry with Susan Meddaugh

How does engaging in a shared inquiry process change perspectives and clarify thinking? 

This week students followed the dog, Martha, in a series of books written and illustrated by Susan Meddaugh.  They chose their favorite book and worked collaboratively with others. Learners used verbs to describe Martha's actions and adjectives to describe Martha and her events. Next they retold the story using pictures or words. After that they analyzed and synthesized Martha's experience and could find evidence of how Susan Meddaugh match her words and pictures which build their understanding of the story. Lastly the students shared their learning with you using Seesaw!




Friday, April 7, 2017

Visual Literacy Young Learners

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David Wiesner Author Study

These young learners were very excited to become visual literacy experts as they were introduced to the books by David Wiesner!

My students chose their favorite illustration from the book Flotsam from David Wiesner and used Little Bird Tales to create their own design. Then they thought about the connection between the illustration and the text. As they explored the illustration they began to develop ideas of what an author would say to match it to the illustration.

Check out their amazing creations and ideas!


Our next book to study was Art and Max by David Wiesner. Students used the illustrations to help them predict what is going to happen in the story and analyze the character.

They drew Arthur and added the colorful details to develop the illustration.  

Next they used adjectives to describe his actions and events throughout the story The students used Google Docs to share their new learning and also practiced taking a photo and adding it to their document!

Here are a few examples:

Adaline   Anna   Drezdyn   Pyxiana   Lena

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Sharing a Little Bit of Ourselves with You!

Today is our first post to the Slice of Life Story Challenge in Kindergarten.Click on the link below to read what these little learners have to say!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Which Book Would You Choose?

Please scan your favorite book’s QR code!
Then listen to the story to build your understanding




If this book is chosen the students will work together to reread the story!

Visual Literacy Young Learners

  Lena David Wiesner Author Study These young learners were very excited to become visual literacy experts as they were introduced t...