Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Slice of Life Challenge!

We will be participating in the Slice of Life Challenge beginning tomorrow with Mrs. Ayres and other writers on Two Writing Teachers. Each day in March we'll write a "slice" of our lives, and by the end of the month we'll have a collection of many things that happened to us.

What's a Slice of Life story? It's an ordinary (or sometimes not-so-ordinary) thing that happened to you, but not over time. It is just one small piece or moment in your life that you write down. It could be:

Come back and visit us and (hopefully) you'll get to read at least one slice a day!

Revising our Reviews

Beau and Abi share how to make their reviews better.

Revising our reviews

Mark's Harry Potter review

Mya's Blue Heels review

We've been thinking...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Learning to Write Reviews.

Nick: Snakes are cool because they're awesome because they have sharp teeth and they eat eggs.

Brady: Ice cream is good and you can get sprinkles on it. And you can put caramel and chocolate on it.

Dominic: Soccer is fun. We play it every day at school and our team always wins. When we line up our team says, "We won!" Ready, get set, kick!

Timmy: Cats are a good pet to have. Cats are very nice. They are fun to play with. Cats do not like water to play in. If you see a cat on the road, tell someone. Cats can be funny. If you have a cat it has to be safe. If you have a cat and it is sick tell someone.

Makensie: Cats can be different colors. But you have to take care of them. Make sure you get them a a litter box. And get them a toy to play with. Ready, set, play!

Maddy: Halloween is fun to me. I love my costume because I am a witch. And my dad is someone that  cuts trees.

Mya: Cats are nice. Some cats have no homes and live on the streets. Those cats are called homeless cats. Sometimes you find kittens on the streets without mothers. Cats and kittens are very very calm with little kids. If you find kittens on the street without moms you can bottle feed them.

Friday, February 17, 2012

News for this week.

Some news for this week!
February 17, 2012

This week we have:
  • Taken three days of Cog-At testing to determine what we know.
  • Started reading “James and the Giant Peach” together.
  • Decided we wanted to learn a little about the Loch Ness Monster!
  • Wrote more reviews about things we love (or don't love!).
  • Continued working on regrouping while adding in math.
  • Stretched the kinds of thinking we're doing in reading.

Things to keep in mind for next week:
  • No school Monday, February 20th, in honor of Presidents' Day.
  • No school Friday, February 24th. This is a snow make up day.
  • No spelling test next week. The grading period is ending and we have a short week.
  • No school Monday, February 27th.
  • Please make sure your child has a pair of clean shoes to wear to P.E. on Mondays and Fridays. These shoes don't have to be new, they just need to have been cleaned well if they've been worn outside. It keeps our floor clean in the gym and helps with preserving it as well.

Check out our blog to see some pictures of our Valentine's Day party and all the other cool stuff we've done this week!

What we do in school! By Kelsey and Avery

We go to the  nurse's office when we're hurt at school.
 We say the pledge at school. 

 We learn about animals in school.
 We use teamwork at school.
We draw in ART class!!!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

We're Writing More Reviews!

Opinions on the Loch Ness Monster.

We think it's real!

We're not sure.

It's not real!

The Loch Ness Monster.

We're decided we'd like to learn about the Loch Ness Monster this morning after reading this book:

The Mysterious Tadpole
We're creating our own opinions about it and deciding what we think. 

Here are the sites we checked out so far.

Legend of Nessie

What do YOU think about the Loch Ness Monster? Leave us a comment here on our blog or on Twitter (@superkiddos).

Sorting our Thinking in Reading.

We discovered we are doing four kinds of thinking in reading by sorting our pictures.

These people were thinking about the entire book once it was over., like when Mark said, "Gloria finally makes them listen...finally!"

These people decided something about the book or a part of the book or a character in the book, like "The kids seem to like Gloria the best."

These people made connections while they read, like "This book reminds me of another police officer book."

These people did very quick thinking, like people who said, "I like Gloria."

We decided we'd like to try to do more of thinking outside the orange hula hoop...and maybe we will need more hula hoops for different kinds of thinking. Stay tuned...we've been challenged!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Our Valentine's Day Ice Cream Party!

We had an ice cream sundae bar. Look at all our toppings!

Most of us put all the toppings on our sundaes.

Elizabeth got a cherry and sprinkles.

Dylan put lots of syrups on his!

Then we opened our Valentine cards from our friends.

We found lots of nice surprises in our bags!

Valentine's Day Morning.

Some of us dressed up for Valentine's Day.

Nick brought the biggest balloon ever to Mrs. Overman!

We made bags to put our treats in.