It has been sooo icy and cold! For safety, we’ve been keeping the students indoors at recess and lunch most days … those Toys R Us toys have been a lifesaver! We’ve also been taking them out for short walks and some fresh air AND been playing Just Dance Kids on the Smart Board - we've been keeping them active ;)
Twitter @HPASKellys1and2 **EDIT** Now, @KellysEdu
We’re Tweeting! This is something new that we’d like to try out. It all started as a way for students AND parents to get more involved in the BAB homework; the discussions and the comments about the books you read are JUST AS IMPORTANT as the reading itself. If your son or daughter has an interesting comment, then please e-mail it to Alida (one of our awesome class reps!) at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will tweet it from our account on your child’s behalf! We’ll also be tweeting from class from time to time with photos and updates. Please be sure to check us out!
We had a long discussion about the learning skill “self-regulation” – and I tell ya’, it’s a hard one for kids this age to understand. The idea of looking critically at oneself and not only identifying an area of need, but also identifying learning opportunities and setting achievable goals – that takes a lot of discussion and a lot of patience ;) BUT – all the students have chosen at least two areas of need within our school environment that they believe they could improve; writing, reading, organization, independent work, solving social problems, gym, art … the choices go on and on! The next step is to come up with a concrete plan, steps they can follow to help them reach their goal. Ask your son or daughter about their plans!
One of our goals as a class this term is to ‘read with fluency’. To read with sufficient volume and pace aloud, as though you were simply speaking and not reading. A trick with the kids we use is to NOT read like a robot ;) Ask them about fluency.
We have wrapped up our Data Management Unit (*see last week’s post re: culminating task) and have moved on to Geometry – 2D shapes! We’ve had some fun playing games on the smartboard together and the grade 1s did an art/writing/math activity (I see one “shape word”, two “shape word” … up to five), while the grade 2s worked with me on a textbook package (I Spy Shapes in the Room; These Shapes are alike/dislike because; I drew a shape picture and used X, Y, and Z shapes).
Check out some of the sites we used:
A whole LOT of shape games at internet4classrooms
Flips, Slides and Turns for grade 2s (but the grade 1s played too!)
In addition to all the Smart Board Games we’ve been using, we’ve integrated our math with Language and have added 3 new poems to our Poems and Songs folders: A Shel Silverstein shape poem (ask about the triangle, the square and the circle!), and two songs “I’ll be a Circle” and “Go Left, Go Right”. As we read and listen to these texts, students underline the math vocabulary and practice their sight words at the same time!
We’ll still be talking about Rules and Responsibilities (Social Studies) throughout the year, but we’re now starting up our Science Unit – Energy! We have been having a blast watching some short video clips – The Race to Renewable Energy Bill Nye’s Energy and Electricity clips too energy Energy Electricity
We had a long discussion about the power outage last month and what it would be like if we had no electrical energy? One of our awesome parent volunteers even helped create an Energy Bingo game that students have been playing at Word Work Daily 5 most mornings (thanks Sarah!). Ask your son or daughter about some of the ‘energy’ vocabulary words they’re been learning!!
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