To get my students excited and motivated to read during their silent reading time, my class is doing a picnic theme. I have called it a "booknic". Each student has their own book and their own picnic basket. They are allowed to find a comfortable spot in the classroom, read their book, and eat a snack while they read. When silent reading time is over, they have to go back to their seat and journal about what they read on a paper plate. When they finish a book they earn an ant. When they collect a colony of ants, they earn a prize. So far, the kids have really enjoyed reading and look forward to silent reading everyday!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Thursday, December 10, 2009
In our classroom we have a mini economy system. The students can earn money for different things such as good behavior, answering hard questions questions in class, participating in class, or for other various things. At the end of the grading period, they are allowed to shop at my classroom store. We did a lesson on spending and saving before I opened the store. I had items in my store that are really expensive and they have to save for them. It was neat to see who decided to spend and who spent every dollar they had. Parents I bet you can guess what your child did!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
These are our radish seeds, corn seeds, sunflower seeds and pinto beans that we grew in science class. We put them on a paper plate, watered them and put them in a plastic bag. We observed everyday to see which one would germinate first and kept a daily log of our observations. Ask your child which one germinated first!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Before we picked our books for our book report, I did a lesson on finding "Just Right Books". I compared a "just right" book to a shirt that fits perfectly. I then demonstrated an over sized shirt and a shirt that is too small and how they are not very comfortable to wear. I used that idea as an analogy for books that are easy or too challenging. The kids thought it was so cool when I hung the Colts jersey up on the board. It was fun for me as a teacher to see their excitement in their eyes! They were ready to learn and all set to pick their books. Don't forget to ask them how they are doing on their report.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
We are working hard on our scarecrows! We decided that a scarecrow's job would be really boring standing in a field all day. We thought it would be fun to pretend that we were the scarecrows and we left the field for the day. We wrote a paper telling about our fun journeys and all the great things we did. Then we decorated a scarecrow that looked just like us. We put a picture of our face on the scarecrow. It was a great way to write, learn and have fun at the same time!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
We learned all about our bodies. We learned about our bones, muscles, heart, lungs, the nervous system, and our respiratory system. To put all the information we learned together we made life-size human bodies. We had so much fun tracing our bodies and putting all the body parts in the correct area.