Thursday, October 29, 2015

Children's Hunger Fund

As a tie in to our Two Schools, One Book book, Jack, we went on a field trip to the Children's Hunger Fund. My students spent the morning packaging food that will help to feed and nourish hungry children around the world.

They also got to learn and practice real world skills like estimating and measuring.

It was a heart-warming, feel-good field trip and I was so proud that my students really GOT the meaning and importance of what they were doing.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

We've Got Bats In The Belfry

So we just wrapped up our bat study and everyone completed their reports. 

The students drew bats for their cover and labeled all of the parts. Underneath, their final drafts are beautifully written, with their drafts, Thinking Maps and research behind it. 

These students have made great progress in writing this year. All should be very proud!

Worksheets? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Worksheets!

My students are just learning how to add two two-digit numbers. They drew and cut out pumpkins and then created math stories about pumpkins on a fence! So cute!

Me. On The Map.

My students love social studies! I love that they love social studies! It's a great opportunity to develop some great academic vocabulary, learn more about their world and practice those writing and comprehension strategies we work on all year.

We just wrapped up a unit on maps and my students learned so much.  We're still working on understanding the difference between countries and states, but we're getting there! We have months to master this!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Our GIANT Undertaking...

So our fantastic librarian chose Jack as our Two Schools, One Book book. My class has loved our routine of reading, sketching and writing every day, but we've incorporated other activities, too. 

Check out the chalk mural we are taking part in to tie Jack to the arts...


Snakes and Toads! That's amazing!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


I guess we'd better know all about Earth before we start colonizing Mars! So, this week we are delving deep into our beautiful and fragile planet. 

I love Thinking Maps (I'm a Trainer of Trainers, after all) and I love using them across content to spark my students thinking and to organize their thoughts. 

Today we made diagrams of the earth and made a Circle Map of important words to know - Language of the Discipline. They came out great!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Class Photos

Class photos have not arrived yet, but ID's have!

We're Going Batty!

We are delving into all things bat.  We are learning so much about these little mammals and some of us have even noticed bats flying around our neighborhoods at dusk!

Take a peek into our room as we work on bat writing...