Friday, June 29, 2012

Shapely Jungle

Learning about solid and plane shapes has been a whole lot of fun.  One of our activities was listening to Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert.  We saw how animals in the zoo were  created using shapes and colors. So we made new animals for our zoo using flat shapes.

A note from Mrs. Lee:

Mahalo for sending in the wrapped empty cereal boxes.  They will be used  for a literature based activity later this week.
This Fourth of July, America will celebrate its 236th birthday. Celebrate it with firework displays, festivities, and parades.  Happy Birthday, America!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Our Favorite Stories by Ezra Jack Keats

We just completed our unit on children's books written by Ezra Jack Keats.  Mr. Keats wrote and illustrated many books and we enjoyed just a few of them these past two weeks. We wished to share our reasons for choosing our favorite story with you. Please click  below on the box ('Word it Out') to enlarge.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Learning Through Practice

This week we continued listening and discussing stories written by Ezra Jack Keats. Did you know he  wrote many children's books?  One of our favorites from his collection was Whistle for Willie.
In this story, Peter wishes he could whistle.  He tries and tries but nothing happens.  Finally it happens, he learns to whistle and his dog Willie, comes running to him.

Now, it was our time to share about something we learned to to do, but only after much practicing. After tearing pieces of construction paper to create a picture, we wrote about our experience in doing something difficult and talked about it in this video.

PT wanted to share her experience afterwards since she was camera shy.
"I had a hard time ice skating but my mom helped me at Ice Palace.  At first I used a walker, then I stopped using it.  I skated a little with my mom.  Later I was able to ice skate all alone!"

Besides working hard on literacy, we focused on our Math skills.   We learned about place value of numbers, as well as comparing them.  Some activities we played to help us learn these lessons were, Place Value Lotto, Bean Bag Toss, and Spin Off.  All the games were fun, especially  Spin Off. Each partner used the spinner to create a 3 digit number.The partners compared their numbers and the one with the larger number won a point. 

A note from Mrs. Lee:

Why is reading important? One reason is because it develops the imagination.  With reading, a person can travel anywhere in or out of the world. They can be a Prince, Princess, astronaut...the possibilities are endless .Reading requires thinking so continue to encourage your children to read, read, and read! 

Friday, June 8, 2012

A Time to Learn, A Time to Grow

It's been fun this week in Summer School.  Each day we listened to a story by the famous Ezra Jack Keats.  His stories are all about children, like us, who have a problem and solves it. We compared the different stories, characters, problems, and solutions using a story mapping organizer.  After discussing the story, everyone worked on an art and writing activity.

In Math, we practiced our addition and subtraction through games with a partner or with the entire class. The best Math game was 'Scrambled Eggs'. To play this game, we moved to different desks, looked at a card with a math problem, wrote the answer on our paper, and checked on our own answer by looking on the back of the card that had the math problem.

All our us loved to take photos, so here they are to show you some of the things we worked on this week.

A Time to Learn, A Time to Grow on PhotoPeach

A note from Mrs. Lee:

The week has been busy and fun for the students.  They've adjusted to the routine  and are extremely cooperative!
The myON online personalized literacy program  is engaging and is available to students in K-1. Please encourage your child to access the library of digital books so they can take charge of their reading growth!
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Lee