Friday, January 29, 2010

Clifford Day

This week, we learned about pets and their needs. To end our pet study, we had a Clifford Day. We all wore red in honor of Clifford.

We read Clifford's Family and made a venn diagram to compare who has brothers, who has sisters, and who has both. Then we shared stories about our brothers and sisters.

We read Clifford's First Day of School and brainstormed things Clifford would like if he went to school.

We all thought Clifford would make a good pet because he could do things for us, help us, keep us company, and protect us if we got into trouble.

"Donut" Forget to Read Party

Over Christmas break, our school took part in a reading challenge called "Donut Forget to Read." Students who read over the break and filled out their reading log got to go to a donut party in the library with Mrs. Tricoli.

students go to eat donuts in the library

Mrs. Tricoli read the book Arnie the Doughnut by Lauri Keller.

students made their own Arnie the doughnut

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Taking Care of Pets

This week, we are learning about pets, their needs, and how to take care of them. Mrs. Wood, one of our kindergarten teachers, brought her pet bearded dragon to school. She taught us how to set up his habitat and how to take care of him.

Jelly Bean Math

This week, we are celebrating the letter "J". We read books about jellybeans and did some jellybean sorting and graphing.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Tribute to Mo Willems and I was There!

What a way to end an author study on Mo Willems... by meeting him! This weekend, the Angelika Dallas hosted a 22 year retrospective movie of Mo's film work and some shorts of some of his children's books. Afterwards, he was on hand to answer questions and to autograph books. I can't wait to go back to school on Monday and share my new autographed copies of Knuffle Bunny, Knuffle Bunny Too, and Mo's new pop-up frog book with the class. I have a few pictures to share too! On Friday, we wrote a class letter to Mo Willems. Maybe we will hear back from him!

Project Groundhog 2010

Project Groundhog 2010 is underway!

Project Groundhog was designed to help children find out if the groundhog as a weather hog is a myth or truth. For the six weeks following Groundhog Day, February 2nd, classes record the daily temperature and sky conditions where they live. The information collected is shared weekly with the participating schools via email and the Project Groundhog website. If school is closed for weather you record that too.... and some schools get to see lots of SNOW DAYS!!!

Throughout the six week project, we get to know other classes around the world. We learn about their community and their school. We send them valentine messages, we compare weather conditions all over the world, and we learn about their class happenings through email projects and blogs.

You can check out the project site at

Our first line of business will be to select a name for our class groundhog.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Mrs. Larremore's Class Finds a Hot Dog!

For the last couple of weeks, we have been celebrating the author, Mo Willems. We have read lots of his books, learned about his life, and used his writing to make us better writers. To end our study, we had a hot dog party in honor of the book "The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog."

We brainstormed things the pigeon would want on his hot dog.

we made portraits of the pigeon

Winter Math

We read the book "Missing Mittens" and made construction paper mittens to practice skip counting and odd and even numbers.

hot chocolate math- we used playing cards as number generators and made addition equations using marshmallows

We worked on sequencing and using words that show order.

Writing to Inform

This six weeks, we will be learning to write to inform. This week, during our study of animals in winter, we learned about penguins. Then we wrote at least two sentences stating factual information we learned about penguins.

Animals in Winter

This week, we learned about animals in winter. We learned how some animals hibernate, some migrate, and some adapt. We pretended to be bears and hibernate for the winter. We stored up food for winter, looked for a good place to sleep through the winter, hibernated, and then woke up and went in search of food to fill back up on.