Saturday, November 21, 2009

Going Bananas Over PTA

Our class won the PTA membership drive for the entire school. We had the highest percentage of parents join for our class. Ms. Tricoli dressed as a banana and served us banana splits in honor of our winning.
















Our class won, thanks to Ameer's family who had 4 family members join PTA. Thanks Ameer!!



'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

For a Thanksgiving class project, we disguised Tom the turkey so that he would not be eaten for Thanksgiving. The following are the disguises that these students and their parents came up with. See if you can find Tom the turkey!

Michael disguised Tom the turkey as Santa Claus. He even made snow and a Christmas tree to go with it.



Toddrick dressed-up Tom the turkey as Santa with a cotton ball beard.



Alyssa disguised Tom the turkey as a ballerina.



Brianna dressed-up Tom the turkey as a cheerleader.



Julia disguised Tom the turkey as Santa with snowflakes for the feathers.



Gavin camouflaged Tom the turkey as a soldier.


Natalie disguised Tom the turkey as an angel.

Pattern Blocks and Atrribute Blocks, Oh My!

Attribute blocks are math manipulatives that have four different features:

* shape
* color
* size
* thickness

The four shapes are circles, hexagons, squares, and triangles. The three colors are red, blue, and yellow. The two sizes are big and small. The two thicknesses are thick and thin. Attribute blocks are a good introduction to logical thinking for young learners.

Pattern blocks come in 6 colors and shapes - yellow hexagons, green triangles, blue diamond shaped rhombus, red trapezoids, orange squares and a smaller beige rhombus.

Using pattern blocks when teaching math not only develops math vocabulary but also helps children understand many other math concepts such as symmetry, order, counting, number operations, data collection, and estimation.









life with a roly-poly

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a kinder GARDEN of science

In our classroom, we love science experiments and discussions. Lately, we have sprouted seeds in baggies with paper towels, grown mold on potatoes, and learned about rainbows. Now we are trying to sprout seeds in soil. We have also observed isopods and learned about their characteristics and their needs.

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A Feast of Plenty

This week, we tasted a different Thanksgiving food everyday. We ate popcorn, beef jerky, cranberries (Craisins), pumpkin pie, and sweet potatoes. On Friday, we made a graph to find out what was everyone's favorite Thanksgiving food. We found out that most of the kids in our class liked pumpkin pie the best. Cranberries (Craisins) and beef jerky came in second place. While everyone liked popcorn and sweet potatoes covered with marshmallows, they were not their favorites.

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Thanksgiving Program

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Friday, November 13, 2009

It's Center Time! Come and Play With Us!

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Here we are creating people with attribute blocks.






We love to spell words with play-doh and in the sand.




"I Am" Class Book

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A Week of Turkeys and Thanksgiving

We learned about the first Thanksgiving. We made a flow map to help us remember what happened.



We rolled dice, counted dots, and painted turkey feathers in math. We also highlighted our word wall words.









We read Thanksgiving stories and made turkeys because they are a symbol of Thanksgiving.





We rolled dice and made addition equations with the numbers we rolled. We added the turkey feathers on each side of the turkey's head.