Monday, September 30, 2013

Paul Huang-Violinist by Stacy and Madeline

Paul Huang-Violinist
He was playing a song called Banjo & Fiddle.

Today we went to the band room and saw Paul Huang. He was amazing. He played this song called Banjo & the Fiddel With the Violin. He imitated both instruments. That was my favorite part. He used a 300 year old instrument. ~Stacy

Today we had a guest and his name was Paul Huang. He plays violin. He told us that a violin can imatate many other instruments which I thought was really cool. ~Madeline

Here's some more information about Paul Huang in case you're interested!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Our 1st Time Working at the Greenhouse

This was our first time going to the greenhouse. Farmer Curtis was teaching us about the different types of tools. ~Nathan

We learned different names of tools like the precision hoe and the cultivator. ~Trevor

We had certain jobs in the greenhouse like raking, watering, and harvesting. ~Zach

We also tasted grapes and they were sweet at first and then they were sour. ~Colby

We are learning from Farmer Curtis about what we are going to do in the greenhouse. ~Bailey

I was using the cultivator and it gets rid of weeds. ~Milo

I had a different kind of cultivator here and it was harder to get out weeds. ~Bailey2

I was using a shovel to dig a hole for a plant, but it was really hard. ~Alex

We were watering cherry tomato plants. ~Whitney
I  got soaked, but next time I'll be a little more careful. ~Ian

I am using a rake to plow out stuff and make the ground softer, so we can make holes for the plants ~Trevor
I was making sure that Trevor and Nathan didn't miss anything, and I would get the middle since they were on the two sides. ~Zach

It was my first time harvesting garlic, and it was really fun. ~Bailey1
I harvested a big garlic glove that had purple and yellow on the outside.~Alex
I was digging holes to try and find garlic. ~Stacy

I was helping  Garden Granny look for garlic. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Highlights of the week by Summer and Zachariah

Hi, my name is Summer and Zachariah and here's the highlights of the week so far: We did our bio poems and hung them outside our classroom for Open House. Open House was a blast. We also did Multiplication Top-It. We got to do our team flags. We trained for our class jobs and some of us got the first jobs we wanted.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Beginning of the Year Highlights by Bailey #2 and Trevor

Here in room 121 we have had a amazing start of school so far. (Trevor)
  • We have made a lava lamp in science.(Bailey) 
  • We have had fun but still learned at the same time.(Trevor) 
  • We have also played many brain breaks and played many learning games.(Bailey) (EX: beanie baby hot potato ,lucky corner games, Factor Captor,). 
  •  We have had two experiments so far, one was the lava lamp and the other was a spunge.(Trevor)
  • We also have class jobs I have the mail and line leader job and Trevor has the energy saver job. (Bailey) 
  • We have a line up order which is really neat and organized.(Trevor)
  •  We got a new rat named Mr.Nibbles(Bailey) 

Trevor and Bailey

Friday, September 6, 2013

Beginning of Year Math Update

So far in math, we have been learning the procedures for Math Workshop and practicing the different stations within Math Workshop (while practicing math skills as well). Our math stations include a small group lesson, math practice, math games, computers, and math boxes. During the math practice or math boxes stations, we have several different types of math task options to choose from such as activities involving math and art, math and science, math and English, etc.

  • Small Group Lesson:
    • Our groups are flexible, which means they change quite often based on who needs to learn (or re-learn) specific math skills and concepts. Small group lessons have not begun yet. 
  • Math Practice:
    • Toward the end of the small group lesson, students in the group are assigned work to practice the math skills/concepts learned or reviewed during the lesson. They practice these skills and concepts during this station. If they finish before the rotation is over, they can choose from any of the math task options; these include math activities involving various subjects such as art, music, science, English, social studies, etc. Specific examples include math designs, the American Tour, polygon posters, and math books (like The Greedy Triangle, the Math Curse, and Grapes of Math
  • Math Games:
    • Normally, there are a few options for math games, and one of the options is always a game that can be played on the Smartboard. The Smartboard games range from Everyday Math games online (Factor Captor, Exponent Ball, etc.) or games from the Math Links page on our blog. 
    • Games are played with 2-5 players, depending on the game. So far in math, we have played Factor Captor and Place Value Go-Fish. 
  • Computers: 
    • During the computer stations, students complete their individualize math lesson on Tenmarks. Tenmarks lessons are beneficial in the following ways: to help in determining small groups, to provide additional practice after learning a skill/concept, or to offer challenges for those who need enrichment. 
    • When students have completed their Tenmarks lesson (10-20 questions, with the option of making corrections to missed problems), they will typically choose a math game from Everyday Math online. Occasionally, they will have a math topic assigned, which they can play any games from the Math Links page on our blog that focuses on that assigned math topic.
  • Math Boxes: 
    • Students have the option of working individually or collaborating with others in the group on math boxes in their Everyday Math journals. Math boxes provide spiral practice, which means they target a variety of math skills to help with learning retention. Students are encouraged to use their SRBs (student reference books) to help remind/teach themselves skills they need help on in their math boxes. If they finish before the rotation is over, they can choose from any of the math task options; these include math activities involving various subjects such as art, music, science, English, social studies, etc. Specific examples include math designs, the American Tourpolygon posters, and math books (like The Greedy Triangle, the Math Curse, and Grapes of Math .