Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spring Fever!

Can you believe we only have 43 days of school left!! I hope no one has caught the Spring Fever. Symptoms include wanting to be outside, laying around in the sunshine, taking long walks on the trails... oh well maybe it would be a good thing if you caught it! 

We have also had a lot of things going on in our room. This week we were introduced to our new student Aspen! She is a very bright girl and interested in reading and dolphins. Our class is also very excited to get to know her. 

TOMORROW! (April 5th) Wear your favorite baseball team gear - minus the cleats. 
( ~ brownie points for the cub fans)

Past events: 

The Friday before Spring break we took a trip to the park. Our goal was to find various shapes in and around the equipment.. And of course to have fun!

 Also before break, we were learning about solids, liquids, and gases. Students should be able to tell you which state of matter different items or things would fit in. Below we did an experiment to show gas. We mixed vinegar and baking soda. The gas that it created filled up the balloon!
 Above: Along with going to the park to learn about shapes. Students created shapes using clay. The student here made a cone! 

Next up: 

Science - Students will need to be able to identify different parts of a plant and what they need to grow. We are growing different fruits and vegetables in our rooms and we will be documenting what we observe. Next time you are in the yard or going for a walk, point out some of the plants around and have your student tell you what the different parts are. Also, discuss what the plants are used for. Some are for people to eat, some are for animals to eat, some are for animal homes, and others are to look pretty! 

Writing - During this quarter we will be working on an animal research project. Students will pick out an animal (other than typical house pets) and research different information for the creature. They will also be using the computers and library to conduct their research. Students haven't picked out their animal yet, but we have talked about the project and I have asked them to think about what they might want to learn more about. 

Reading - We are going to be looking a lot at non-fiction and learning how to gain knowledge from this genre. This will help us to gain information for our selves and for our research projects. Students often get fiction and non-fiction mixed up. It helps to discuss this with your student when you are reading a book or a magazine. Ask your student if it is non-fiction or fiction, as well as "how do you know." This gets them to learn the difference and challenge their thinking.

Students are also learning about suffixes - ing, ed, and s. We are also learning about how the ending can change the meaning of the word. Pick out different words and have your student add the different endings. Explore which words make sense when you change them, and which ones don't. 


Tree, trees, bird, birds, cup, cups, gloves 

Secret word: I will write a secret word somewhere in my blog. Tell your student the word and they will tell me in the room. This will earn them an X on our work chart! 

Secret word for the week is  - Forest

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