Friday, April 24, 2015

Happy Birthday!

We celebrated another wonderful birthday this week with the fantastic classic book Put Me in the Zoo.

We also sang our birthday song in English and Spanish and gave lots of cheers!

Thank you for sharing your birthday celebration with us!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Happy Earth Week!

We celebrated Earth Day on April 22 throughout our grade level with singing and grass-planting!  We said our special wish for the earth, and scattered seed throughout the labyrinth area in front of the middle school.

We also have been thinking a lot about our everyday actions--how do we show that we want to keep our earth clean?  We started a tally today with how much we reduce, reuse and recycle, and will post our results in a few days.  In the meantime, we sang our "3Rs" song.

We read a special story as well to help us think about our earth...

and sang the song "I Love the Mountains."  For a fun version of this song (an ad from the Discovery Channel), click here.

Look for another post with our "upcycled" art and water experiment in the next week!

Fun at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

We saw many wonderful pieces of art at the MIA this week.  We had a class tour of various pieces from different continents that featured animals from the different groups we have studied this year--insects, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and birds.

Greek eagle sculpture from Europe

Thank you to our volunteers!

Camels from Asia

Japanese armor featuring a praying mantis on the helmet

Silk with peacocks and eagles from Japan

Wooden sculpture from Africa featuring a snake
We will continue to think about our animal groups and the importance of art from our continents as the year winds down!

And one of our kindergartners found his favorite American figure!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Third Grade Buddies

 We visited our third grade buddies this week to learn about raptors.  Our buddies shared their research on different raptors from the great horned owl to the golden eagle.

There are some wonderful artistic recreations of raptors in front of Mrs. Schafer's room!  Each third grader shared the information they learned about their raptor using a variety of media.  Our students were able to see the different ways you can show your research and gain your audience's attention.

Many children showed us their Powerpoint presentations!

Some children read their written reports to their captive audience!

A few children shared their trifold presentations...

and we heard some wonderful narrative non-fiction related to raptors!

Next week, we are excited to host our buddies and teach them how to use our app Barefoot Atlas to research an animal from one of our animal groups!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Our New Writing Genre: Persuasive Writing

Our students finished the latest genre of informational writing, called "All About Writing." Your child may bring home their all-about booklets tomorrow, along with some brainstorming sheets we did with our American Brown Bear research that started the unit.

To help us start our new unit, we turned to the Pigeon!

After reading this favorite story, we thought about reasons why we should and reasons why we should not let the pigeon drive the bus.  We made a class chart, then each child picked a side and wrote their reasoning behind their decision.

Lots of children mentioned how unsafe it was that the pigeon couldn't reach the seatbelt or the pedals --very safe thinking!

We used this text as a springboard to think about how we can use writing to persuade.  Today, we acted as the Lorax and thought of problems we see around our community or the world.  We began writing reasons why we noticed these problems and even offered solutions!  Some children wrote about the drought in California, and some wrote about how people leave trash on the bathroom floor. This is an empowering and insightful writing unit-we can't wait to see more of our students' writing!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Happy Birthday!

We had two more wonderful birthdays this week!  A very special birthday book was The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak.

We had another birthday, one filled with animals from all around the world.  Our birthday friend brought in an animal atlas and acted out many of the animals!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Happy Birthday!

We are busy in the birthday season this week!  Our first birthday celebration this week started off with a non-fiction by the kindergartner himself.

He also shared some artifacts from the Bahamas, including coral, shells and the Bahamian flag.  We felt a conch shell, held a big jar full of shells, and much more!

 What a wonderful time we had!

 Our second birthday this week started off with a reading of the book The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen.

It had a great message about getting along and friendship--one of our C.A.R.E. themes this year!

Happy Birthday to our April birthday friends!