Today we presented the paragraph we wrote about interesting facts or events from the 1940's and 50's. Each of us covered a different topic and they ranged from Sputnik to Elvis Presley to the creation of McDonalds!
We began a new math unit on division. In this unit we are exploring division as the opposite of multiplication or repeated subtraction. Ask us how to show you what we know!
During readers workshop we are discussing making inferences as a comprehension strategy. We are inferring unknown word meanings using context clue as well as character motivation and author's purpose.
Today we read the book A Bad Day at Riverbend to practice the skill of inferring while we read. Ask us what the book is about so far!
This afternoon we got to celebrate Vernon's half birthday. We listened to his mom read us a story about candy, heard about his hopes of receiving a lego set, and enjoyed delicious mint brownies! Happy half birthday Vernon!
All throughout the day we engaged in a read-in which was a lot of fun! We made ourselves comfortable and read some good books. Some favorites were The Landry News, The Tale of Despereaux, and Unstoppable. Enjoy the slideshow of our day!
Jackie Theibert, the author of Aneeka and Juanito, visited our class this morning. She read her book, showed us how to draw monkeys, and signed books and bookmarks for us while we practiced our own drawing skills! It was so fun to see and hear how a real author and illustrator gets his or her start. Enjoy the pictures from her visit!
First we visited our first grade buddies to exchange valentines and make our blankets for Project LInus.
After that we celebrated Valentine's Day in our classroom. We exchanged Valentine cards, ate delicious Valentine snacks, and played an awesome game where we had to shoot "arrows" into a bowl using just a straw! Thank you to all the parents who made this party possible for us, but especially Mrs. Butler, our fearless room parent, who organized everything. We had a great time!
What better way to start the day than with some jump roping for a good cause!
Today we received new novels. We will be reading either Number the Stars or Snow Treasure, both of which are set in the 1940's during WWII in Europe. Not only do these novels fit our time period for the wax museum, but they also incorporate the theme of courage and heroes. Ask us which book we will be enjoying for the next couple weeks!
In science today we shared the planet projects we have been working so hard on for the past couple weeks. Enjoy the slideshow of our science fair!
This afternoon we also got to share the project we completed using our knowledge of the book Stone Fox. Our final products turned out great! We enjoyed seeing some science experiments, a mobile, and playing each others board games.
Today we watched the movie Stone Fox to compare it with the book we finished last week. We then got online to blog about which one we preferred and why.
We also learned about Rosie the Riveter and the role of woman in the 1940's. We worked with a partner to summarize our learning and add it to our WWII book.
Finally, ask us about the google docs we set up today! These docs will help us organize and collaborate on our wax museum speeches which we will begin writing this week.
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