What happened today?

February 26th
February 26, 2009, 9:56 pm
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I am so blessed to have the class I have! GREAT report form the guest teacher! I was at a technology conference and picked up some way cool ideas I cannot wait to share with the kids! We read a story called The One Hundred Hungary Ants¬† and we looked at the division problems that were in the book. We used the SMART Board to create more division problems. We also looked at the patterns in the multiples of different numbers to see how that could help us with division! We made a model of the ear and learned what the parts are. We acted out what happens to the ear as a sound enters. We started our research for our nonfiction writing. We had 2 guest authors come in and share their pieces previous years so students could see what their nonfiction pieces looked like! We Started¬† our “Alfie Awards” today! We picked the best nonfiction feature, and the best author or book awards. We also continued our reading and research we were doing during computer lab.

Three notes went home today! One was a health alert….we have pink eye in our room, one it to warn parents about what is happening in other distrcits and the last note was a reminder about the PTO Family Fun Night!


February 25th
February 26, 2009, 9:46 pm
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We had a guest teacher today! We love having Mrs. Tallman visit! We worked hard today I am sure!

February 24th
February 26, 2009, 9:45 pm
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We continued with investigation leftovers. This time we had a big box of raisins to share with our partner. We found that dividing with large numbers is difficult! We need lots of practice with this! We did an experiment with loud and soft sounds. We had different items in eggs that we had to figure out what was in the egg. Seth thought it would be a great idea if everyone took an egg home to make a “mystery sound” for, so everyone has an egg that they have until Friday to add a sound to. I am excited to see what they come up with! We started taking notes for our nonfiction writing piece. We also read more of “The Cay”.¬† Timothy and Phillip finally found land, but Phillip is not a happy camper because there is no water, food or people!

February 23rd
February 26, 2009, 9:37 pm
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We started division with leftovers! We used a box of raisins and we practiced our range, mean, mode, median and plot graphs, too. In science we learned about loud and soft sounds. We learned that it takes a lot more energy to make a loud sound. We had long a word sorts today. We looked at all the different ways we could make the long a sound and added to our lists. We are still working on finding long a words in the books we read. We went to computers and worked on a cool website practicing our subtraction with an application called “Diffies”. We looked into nonfiction features again and this time we found a feature in a book we are reading to share with the rest of the class. We added quite a few to our list! We started to decide on what we want to research for our nonfiction writing piece. We learned how to take notes- not write the entire sentence. We took home our Alford’s Articles, a parent note about the PTO Reading Night and there is a new “News in a Nutshell” to check out on the web.

February 20th
February 26, 2009, 9:29 pm
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We worked on division using cookies again. We were paid today and had the store and the bank. We have been working on nonfiction features in reading and we went on a nonfiction feature scavenger hunt. We also looked at more nonfiction writing to get ideas for our own nonfiction stories. We cleaned our desks and we have progress reports that came home today!

February 19th
February 26, 2009, 9:26 pm
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Field Trip!!!! We went tot he Sloan Museum today and learned lots of cool things about the pioneers in Michigan!! We made a cornhusk doll and a candle. We went with Mr. Bruce and we were able to estimate how big the wagons were back then. We made butter…it was better than the butter we made in the beginning of the year! He had people use these combs they used to prepare the wool for sewing. Jack and Morgan were able to see what pulling a wagon on the roads was like back then….not easy!

February 18th
February 18, 2009, 9:16 pm
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We shared another snack today and we created another division story using cookies. Yesterday we had 12 cookies and today we had 24 cookies. We also learned about matter and energy. We did 2 experiments today…we had to play catch up. We learned that matter is anything that takes up space (has volume) and has mass. We learned that light and sound are not matter but they are energy and energy can make things do work. We then used slat to see the vibrations made by a pie plate. We learned that the harder we hit the pie pan the more energy we made. We continued looking at nonfiction text today. We found that sometimes nonfiction texts want to compare and contrast things and sometimes they are explaining a topic. We found another feature in our information test today! We discovered some authors use charts to show the reader data. We finished learning about the Underground Railroad in Michigan and learned that Detroit was a stop that even Frederick Douglass visited. We also found out that Detroit had the first African American church in Michigan and it was a “depot” on the Underground Railroad. Two notes went home today! One reminding students to bring a sack lunch tomorrow and a yellow note with information on the P.T.O. reading Fun Night that will be held the 27th of February!