Friday, February 28, 2014

A Full Week!

Well, we finally made it to a full week of school, and it was WONDERFUL!  It was so nice to get into a routine and have nice, full days to get our work completed.  We were busy this week!

Jayce improved SO much on his computation assessment, that we just had to call his mom and tell her what a great job he did!  She was so very proud! Way to go, Jayce!!

We worked on contractions during our station time.  These are hard, and we are continuing to practice so that we can understand these tricky words better!

In second grade, we have been exploring solid figures in our geometry unit.  Today, we traced the flat surfaces to discover what plane shapes we could make.

In first grade math we started our "Rocket Math" program.  This will help us keep track of the math facts that we know quickly and fluently.

We use whisper phones to say the facts while we write them.  This helps our brain to learn the facts better and faster because we are seeing the fact, saying the fact, hearing the fact, and writing the fact.  Great way to hit all of our different learning styles!

 Here's to another great week!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

100 Day Fun!

We recently celebrated 100 days in school!  This group of students has been a pleasure to work with this school year!

We took our pictures and used an app to see what we might look like at 100 years old.  The boys and girls wrote about what they thought they might be doing at 100 years old...they had some great ideas!

We also made predictions about how many times TJ could jump in a 100 seconds.  It was a LOT of times!

We had a selection of snacks and the students had to make 10 different groups of 10 and count to 100 on their grid (and, of course, we had to sample our snacks after our counting!).

We checked to see how many times Kadee could write her name in 100 seconds....

Wow!  Chase really jumped a whole lot in 100 seconds!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

We've Been Busy!

With all of the delays and cancellations that come with winter weather, we have been making the most of each and every moment that we have together at school!  Take a look at some of the learning that has been happening in our classes:

Recently, first graders participated in learning centers, which is a fun Friday activity in which we often engage.  Students worked in small groups to compare and contrast chickens and cats, using Venn Diagrams.  They also worked with compound word puzzles, which is a great way to visualize how compound words are made from two words put together.  Finally, they work on catching up on independent work and reading.  It was a fun day!

 Second grade has still been hard at work with two-digit subtraction! They are really starting to get it!  Here, they are making it "rain" subtraction...very fun!

First grade has been learning about symmetry as a part of our geometry unit.  They put the concept into practice when I gave them a picture with half of their face!  They had to try to draw the other half of their face, while trying to maintain symmetry.  It was a fun challenge!

Our third graders have been working on multiplication.  We played a fun game and used counters to make equal groups and show multiplication.  I won't say who won, but it wasn't me! ;)
Finally, the first grades used rulers to draw lines of symmetry.  Using those rulers as math tools was definitely harder than it looked!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Back From Break....Sort Of...

Well, this has been one crazy winter so far!  I can't remember ever having so much winter weather interfering with school!  I miss my kiddos and I miss my routine!  Here's to hoping that Old Man Winter is about done with us so that we might get back to uninterrupted learning time!  Here's what we have been up to:

*Myself, Mrs. Head, and Mrs. Shepherd spent three days helping with AIMSweb testing and Mrs. Cooper was a wonderful substitute in our room during that time.
*I was able to spend a few days in Columbus with a team of Wayne Trace teachers learning about technology at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference.  I have some fun things to share with our families and students!

Second grade students have been working on subtraction with regrouping.  It is very hard work, but they have really stuck with it.  I am so very proud of them!

Meanwhile, first grade has been busy learning about 3D solid figures and plane shapes in our geometry study.  They worked in teams to define specific attributes for the solid figures they had been working with.

Keep checking in because we have lots of fun projects going on right now.  I can't wait for you to see the symmetry project that first grade will be working on next!

Mrs. Berry :)