Thursday, February 2, 2017

Mrs. Boyle and Mrs. Smith 3's T/Th @ RCC

Welcome to room 119’s blog! We are so happy that you decided to check in with us. This week’s blog will cover January 16- January 27th. During the time of this blog we focused on the letters D and G. We took part in many great learning activities including letter matching, gumball math, making patterns, water play, and reading books.

We are very engaged in counting today!

Over the last two weeks our focus in language arts has been on the letters D and G. We also matched upper and lowercase letters, wrote about one of our books, and learned the sounds of our weekly letters. Each week we learn a motion to us help remember the sounds that are made by the letters we are learning. Pretending to play the drums with our two index fingers, while repeating the D sound, was the sign for the letter D.  For the letter G we pointed our index fingers and made a circular motion like water going down the drain, as we repeated the sound of the letter G. We also read The Gingerbread Man, Gregory the Terrible Eater, and an overwhelming number of dinosaur books. We decided to write about what we would do if we caught a gingerbread man.  Each student drew a picture and dictated a sentence about their drawings. Trust me the answers were very creative!

We march around our alphabet and try to name them when we stop.
Look at all of the dots on my letter D!

It is always fun to practice writing letters.
Math has focused on sorting and patterns Our activities this week were gumball math, money sorting, monster math, and patterns. The students really enjoyed monster math. This was an activity done in pairs. Students were required to roll a dice and search for each matching number on their sheet. This activity helped to strengthen their counting skills, attention to detail, and their ability to work as a team and take turns.

I can match the right number to each set of stars.


Working together on monster math.
Art is always a fun time in our class. The students recently made snowflakes, painted snowstorms, painted with gears, and decorated hats. The hat activity allowed students to incorporate their pattern making skills from their math lessons.  Each student chose 15 foam stickers and used them to create their own pattern. This activity also presented an opportunity for students to work on their fine motor skills as they tried to remove the backing from each sticker.  The class did such a great job that we had to display their work. You will find the hats and the snowflakes hanging proudly on the bulletin board in our hall!

We are painting with gears!!

Science class has allowed students to be more involved in experimenting with everyday items. We experimented with absorption, dissolving, brushing habits, and making ramps. Students used books and blocks to make ramps in the classroom. They also tested the ramps using small cars to see how far the car would go.  They were also able to explore magnetic ramps on the white board using gears. The experiment on dissolving was also very intriguing to students. The class took several substances and tried to predict whether the item would dissolve in water. 

We can use eggs to practice brushing our teeth.

We can find out if a substance will dissolve in water.

The social studies and social emotional aspect of our class remains focused on feelings and self-esteem. It is important that children are confident and happy with who they are. We have the students roll a dice containing questions to ask the students. Each child has a turn to answer that question and they are free to give advice and to engage in conversations about the responses given by their classmates. The class is not only learning to feel good about themselves but they are also being more friendly towards others. Keep up the good work parents, your children are so kind to others.

Talking with friends at the end of the day.

Dinosaurs are always a big hit!

I can look at a book on my own.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog. We hope that you will come back soon!

Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Boyle

Important Dates:
February 14       NO SCHOOL