Thursday, March 29, 2012

Class Picture 2012

Parents - If you are interested in purchasing the
class picture, please make sure you mark it on your
picture order form.  Forms are due by April 5.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Bartering Day

One of our Tennesse SPIs is to distinguish between a
barter economy and money economy.  Well, what better
way to learn than by doing it.  So we held a bartering day
from my class and Mrs. Simpson's class.  They could bring
a small item from home to barter.

We had everything:  matchbox cars, necklaces.
headbands, gum, notepads, pencils, beef jerky,
cokes, drawings, and even those funny clown glasses.

Mission Accomplished!  We know bartering!

Mystery Guest Speaker

To wrap up our mystery unit, I invited in Officer 
Toungette and Officer Maples from the Waverly
Police Department to speak to us about solving
real mysteries.  These 2 gentlemen happen to have
a pretty cool connection to my classroom.  I teach
their grandson/son every day!  

WOW - love that our
local heroes could help us out with 
our "everyday" learning!

Officer Toungette sharing one of his real mysteries
in our small town.  He explained how the clues and
evidence lead them to the criminal.  He is showing a
picture of tire tracks that connected the suspect to the crime.

He did an AMAZING job speaking to the kiddos.
He said more than once how important it was for a 
good detective to be a good listener and pay attention
to the details....just like they should listen to the teacher-
that would be me.  I LOVED IT!  I could have hugged
his neck.  What an awesome message for these kids!

Here he is asking Scott (his grandson) to pick up 
a drinking glass so he can lift his fingerprints.

Lifting Scott's (the criminal's) prints from the glass.

A little assistance from Scott's dad, Officer Maples.
Yes, for coming to speak to my class, but more than
that...thanks for all you do to keep Waverly safe!

Goodbye Student Teacher

Our class said goodbye to our neighboring student
teacher.  She wasn't ours all the time, but my kiddos 
enjoyed their time with Mrs. Little during Science and 
a couple of other special projects.  Thanks Mrs. Little.

My neighboring teacher (Mrs. Simpson) and Mrs. Little

Learning about President's Day

We had many questions about why we celebrate 
President's Day, so we took to the library to find out.

Why do we only celebrate G.W. and A.L.?

We checked out a ton of books on these two famous
presidents and began "harvesting" information.  The kids
then turned their info. into a graphic organizer and shared
what they learned with their classmates.  We of course
did 2 quick art projects to make our display pop!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Poetry Practice Freebie

We've been practicing poetry to prepare for
our state testing in April.

Here's a page I created to help the kiddos.
Kids "infer" the word that rhymes and goes in the blank.
They then complete the questions.
It's not fancy, but was a good intro for us.

These are my first document shares.
Please leave a comment if you use and let me know
what you think.  I hope there are no mistakes.

Poetry Practice Freebie
Poetry Practice Freebie 2


We've taken a break from our basal (thank goodness) and
we are working on reading groups using mysteries.

Kiddos were introduced to mysteries with the Scholastic
website, vocab, and even more ideas.  You link to it below.

Here they are practicing their vocabulary words.
They were super excited to get reading.

We read the following:
Who Cloned the President?
Jigsaw Jones and the Stolen Baseball Cards
Jigsaw Jones and the Case of the Kidnapped Candy
The Mystery of Snowday Bigfoot  (Calendar Club)

Kiddos did great reading, discussing, and searching for 
clues during the mystery read.  We even had a special visitor 
at the conclusion of our "mystery week".  
Check back soon for pictures.

States of Matter

Student teacher, Mrs. Little, led students in a science
experiment with "oobleck".  Students mixed water and
cornstarch until it reached the correct consistency. 

They couldn't decide if it was solid or liquid or both!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My First Linky Party

Joined Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies linky party in hopes of finding 
more upper elementary blogs.
Hope you enjoy mine!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Biography Video

Parts of a Non-fiction Book

We've been studying parts of a non-ficton book.
They include....table of contents, title page, glossary,
and index.


Mrs. Simpson and Mrs. Little taught "types" of
clouds and the kiddos did a great visual to help
them remember each.

Adjective Frames

As an adjective review, we did "adjective frames."

I took pics of the kiddos.  The kiddos added
3/4 adjectives describing themselves.  Then,
they took it home and their families added a few
more.  Finally, I added two more adjectives.

They look great hanging outside our doors!

Chinese Culture

Thanks soooo much to Mrs. Gretchen Turner who
came to speak to our class and share about Chinese
culture.  She did a great job and the kids loved it.
We discussed population, geography, food, language,
and of course art and music.  The kiddos tried chopsticks,
a scarf game, and a few Chinese snacks.  

Inference Trash Lesson

We did an awesome lesson with TRASH.
I collected trash over a month and divided it 
into "clean" bags.  The kiddos dug through my
trash and inferred what they could about the 
person who threw away that item.

It sounds strange, but truly was awesome!
Here are a few pictures:

Super Bowl 2012

We played Mrs. Simpson's class in a Superbowl
Showdown at the first of February!  We randomly
pulled names for kiddos to go head to head.  So funny!
First name I pulled was Caroline and Mrs. Simpson 
pulled Catherine.  How neat......twins in our classes.
They were our first head to head competitors.

3 Ring Circus

Sometimes my room looks like a 3 ring circus, but there's a 
good reason why.  We have 3 ring circus 2 days a week.  
Students rotate through 3 rings (stations) during the end of
the day.  I snapped a few pictures during one a few weeks ago.
This is just a sampling.....we do all sorts of things.

Multiplication war with a deck of cards.

Language TCAP practice at the table with me.

3 digit subtraction with Mr. Michael.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Biography Book Reports

Biography Book Reports Due:  Februrary 13, Monday

Below you will see a sample of a "peek through" board.
These are bought and not kid made.  I want the students 
to use a large posterboard to create their own "peek through"
board for their report.

Happy Reading and Have Fun!

Metric Measuring

I introduced to the kiddos centimeter, meter, and 
kilometer in a recent math lesson.  At the end of the
week we partnered with Mrs. Simpson's class to play
a round of Race to Measurement.  Students drew a 
card and read the question and determined which unit
of measure would be used to complete the task.

Fun game and great reinforcement!

We've Got Rocks in Our Heads

Our reading story last week was a biography titled,
Rocks in His Head by Carol Otis Hurst.

Before reading the story,  I handed the kiddos different
rocks, minerals, and fossils to study, touch, and talk about.

When the explore time was over, each group had to
sort their rocks.  They were very creative....they used
color, shape, size, weight, shiny and dull to help them.

They loved the rocks!

Symmetry Lesson

After reviewing the definition of symmetry and doing
a little book work, I put my kiddos to the test.  The ruler
represents the line of symmetry and students had to create
a symmetrical design with a partner.

A few days later, the kiddos designed their own
symmetrical butterfly for morning work.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Introduction to Division

To introduce the division concept, I read 
The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins.

This story does an excellent job of explaining
that division is sharing equally.  We then took
CookieCrisp cereal and acted out each page of
sharing from the book.

12 cookies are shared with 2 kiddos.
Students drew on their desk with pencils and 
equally shard the cookies with 2 people.
(They loved writing on their desks.)

12 divided by 2 = 6 cookies each

12 cookies divided by 4 people = 3 cookies each

12 cookies divided by 6 people = 2 cookies each

12 cookies divided by 12 people = 1 cookie each

Then we took this knowledge to a worksheet of division.
The kids learned to draw a picture.  

Below is a picture of their work as they worked
through a worksheet!

  Awesome learning :)