Friday, March 17, 2017

Mrs. Boyle and Mrs. Smith 4s Class M,W,F

Spring has sprung in room 119!  We have begun our planning and practicing for our Spring Tea celebration scheduled for March 24th.  We have also been working hard at making things for our spring bulletin boards in hopes that we are completely finished with winter.  This blog covers the dates from February 27th to March 7, 2017.   

Practicing for the big show!

In language arts, our letter focus has been on the letters B and J.   The motion for the letter B is to pretend to hit a ball with the bat in your hands and say the B sound.  The motion for the letter J is to pretend there is a plate of jello that jiggles as you make the J sound.  We practiced writing capital and lower case Bb and Jj.  We continue to make reminders for our binder, turning our B into butterflies and decorated our J with a jellyfish.  We enjoyed mystery sorting, beginning letter sound cards, stamping words, brainstorming words that begin with B and J, journaling, and playing fly swatting sight word game.  We read many stories these past weeks such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears; Pete the Cat and his Four Groovey Buttons; Polar Bear, Polar Bear; I like Myself; Stand Back Said the Elephant, I am Going to Sneeze; Over in the Jungle;  And To Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street; What If You Had Animal Teeth; The Cat in the Hat; and especially loved the many books by Dr. Seuss.   The kids loved reading these stories and enjoyed a day of celebrating Dr. Seuss.   After reading the books, To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street and What If You Had Animal Teeth, we did an extension activity.  The kids drew pictures and wrote a journal response.   We have kept these for our bulletin board in the classroom.
 We are having Dr. Seuss fun.

J is for Jellyfish.

In math we continue to work practicing their numbers 1-10, 11-20, as well as 30.  We also worked on patterns, building with Legos, building with blocks, played tic tac toe, sorted number cards 1-30, tenth frame game, sorting bugs, butterflies and jungle animals and counting them, Cat in the Hat math, Jellyfish math, where they counted and laced beads, and also played a game called Don’t Lose Your Teeth. The object to this game was to roll low number because the person with teeth at the end of the game wins.  The game was a huge hit.  We played it again, but with a twist.  The kids had to add the teeth to the mouth and the one with all the teeth in the mouth won.

Clapping on the 10s is so amusing!

In art, we created masterpieces using bottles to paint.  We also made sun catchers, bubble paintings, binoculars, Thing 1 & Thing 2 toothbrush paintings, made crowns, designed our own Thing 1 & Thing 2, and worked on our special project for our Spring Tea.  Our favorite activity hands down was the bubbles art!  The kids had to blow through a straw into a container filled with bubble and paint.  The more air blown, the more the bubbles and paint were made.  The kids then placed their paper on top of the bubbles, where the paper forced the bubbles to pop.  When the bubbles popped, the paint was added to their butterflies.  The screeches of excitement during this art lesson were priceless!  The results of these masterpieces are beautiful and so great, that we have added them to the bulletin board in the hallway.  When the kids pass them in the hall, they still talk about how much fun they had making them.

We are making more bubbles!

Our bubbles are overflowing!

It is so great to see the excitement the kids have with our science lessons.  We participated in a healthy eating sort game, fruit or vegetable sorting game, jungle animals sorting game, read books about the jungle animals, inflated a balloon using baking soda and vinegar, tooth staining experiment, tooth brushing experiment and a Dr. Seuss Stacking Cups Tower Cats Hats activity.  The kids had so much fun stacking the cups to see how high they could stack them.  It was great to hear the kids cheer each other on as they successfully added their cup to the stack and when the cups fell they were quick to reassure each other, say that it was ok.    When we did the tooth stain experiment we used milk, water, Dr. Pepper, orange juice and tea.   We used eggs as the teeth and the eggs were soaked in the liquid for two days, representing teeth.  They were the kids brushed the eggs with toothpaste.  They were amazed at the results and how easy some things were to clean the tooth and how hard it was to get some stains off.  The hardest eggs to clean was the Dr. Pepper followed by a close second was the tea.    The kids asked to expand on this experiment and try different liquids.  So we brainstormed as to what liquids they wanted to test.  They wanted to test chocolate milk, coffee, lemonade, lemon juice and apple juice.  All of these liquids were then soaked and then were amazed at the change in the eggs.  The chocolate milk, coffee and apple juice extremely stained the eggs.  Even after the kids brushed the egg, they were still unsuccessful at removing all the stains.  The kids were all stating that they could not wait to go home to tell their parents how bad coffee stained the eggs.  The most shocking was the lemon juice!  The juice started to eat away at the egg and formed pockets in the egg, similar to cavities.  They all agreed that they wanted to continue this science experiment and test what would happen if they left the lemon juice for a longer period of time.   It is really exciting to hear them make guesses, observations and suggestions for further exploring.  We will keep you posted as to our results of the lemon juice. 

We are comparing the difference in these two balloons.

Our dramatic play area has been turned into a bakery!  Our bakery was filled with cookies, cakes, cinnamon rolls, and donuts.  The kids were so excited and the bakery was packed all the time!   They took turns being the customers and the employees.  The bakery was so much fun, the students asked if we could keep it for another week.  We kept the dramatic play area as bakery, but also went on a safari in the gross motor room and classroom.  We searched high and low with our binoculars looking for signs of jungle animals.  The kids together looked high and low hunting and finding so many animals. 

 Bakery is packed everyday!

We are going on a safari, looking for jungle animals!

We did a social emotional activity called Wrinkled Heart.  Each child was given a beautiful construction heart.  We had the kids wrinkle the heart.  No one wanted to wrinkle the heart at first, but cooperated in the end.  Then the children were instructed to open the heart and try and flatten out the wrinkles.  Everyone agreed that it was impossible to get all the wrinkles out of their heart.  We talked about how our words and actions can be hurtful and are just like the wrinkles in the heart, very difficult to fix.   When we are kind, everyone benefits.

 Trying to get the wrinkles out of our hearts doesn't always work!

Choosing to be kind!

We are so delighted to have so many of you visit our blog! 

Thinking spring thoughts,

Mrs. Boyle and Mrs. Smith


March 24                  Spring Tea (One adult per student and no siblings, if possible due to space.  
                                 Please join us the last hour of class for a short performance followed by light                    

March 27-April 3      Spring Break