After Reading Todd Parr's "The Thankful Book" students used the sentence starter on the Smart Board "I am thankful for ..." and had to remember to include the word because in their journal entry. As they write they do their Five Finger Check - 1) I use capital letters in the write places 2) I use punctuation 3) my word wall words are spelled correctly (the 100 Most Frequently Used Words List) 4) I have proper spacing 5) I can reread what I wrote, and it makes sense! (e.g., the printing is legible and I can sound out all the words).
On Tuesday morning we had an outdoor classroom and took a walk, noticing all the different fall leaves; their shapes, sizes, textures, colours etc. Each student collected three leaves to bring back to the class and we let them dry over night. The next day, the students practised sorting leaves in their table groups and then, as a whole class we sorted according to colour. But before we did, we used OK Google on my smart phone to pick some more creative labels for our sorting rule. Rather than red, brown, yellow, green and purple we picked cardinal, chocolate, golden jade and violet. After we sorted as a whole class on the carpet, each table group had another responsibility, to count the leaves and organize them in such a way that when the reader looked at their work, it was simple and easy to tell how many leaves they had altogether. In effect, they were using words (the colour labels; number words) images (the leaves themselves) and numbers (tagging each leaf with a number label like 1, 2,3; writing a number sentence like 7+7=14; writing the final number somewhere visible, like with a big defining circle around it). Students used W.I.N.ing strategies to show their work! One group even decided to draw a ten frame, place the leaves inside and then with the remaining four leaves, they placed them in a straight line just to the outside of the frame with a number sentence of 10+4=14 ... so proud! On the third day, we looked at all the data we had collected and worked together to organize it into a graph!
Now, this data management lesson took a bit of a turn when the kids wondered, 'how do the leaves change into these different colours'? We took a break from our Social Studies to leap into Science (even if Living Things is scheduled for 2nd term!). I signed out books from the library and we watched some films on the Smart Board, Real World Science, Plants and Seeds and found out that it has something to do with chlorophyll and photosynthesis. Ask your son or daughter if they can explain it to you!
We watched and discussed Franklin Helps Out, Mama Bear's New Job and did lots of book browsing through our themed book bin family/school/community. As we browsed students came up with a lot of wonderings that we'll delve deeper into over the term (one of my favourites - how do teeth really fall out?!).
Swim class! We had another successful swim class - everyone participated! *If your son or daughter ever forgets to bring their suit, they can always borrow one from the HPAS Swim bin; we have some gently used suits that students can use, take home to wash, and then return for the next forgetful one :)
**If YOU have any gently used suits that your little one has grown too big for, please consider sending it in for our shared bin. Thank you muchly!
In our Room 108 Classroom Community, we foster an engaging, respectful and caring environment. I aim to balance a consistent program with flexible responsiveness to students' individual needs.