Archive for February, 2009
Monday, February 23rd, 2009
Monday Notes: We learned about this young woman today. Her name is Maria Weems. In 1855, she dressed as a boy and made her way to freedom in Canada, with the help of people on the Underground Railroad. After reader’s workshop, we took our cameras and walked around Fairview School, taking pictures of some important places and faces. We wrote about our camera walk in our notebooks. Many people have mixed feelings about our new school. We learned about using parentheses in math problems.
(3×2) + 4 = ? 3 x (2 + 4) = ? We also finished our Zack Files book. A great start to the week.
Tuesday Notes: This morning, we sang a song about Harriet Tubman in music class. Then we read a book about her. The book is called Moses. We are nearly finished with our lit. groups. In the afternoon, we practiced more multiplication sentences with parentheses. We also sorted our spelling words. The day was busy, but fun.
Thursday Notes: We are doing super well with our recorders at music. After music and art, today was a WRITING day. We worked on our zine pieces in the morning. After lunch, we worked on a writing prompt called “Rainy Day.” After library, we practiced for our spelling test. The day zipped by.
Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
Tuesday Notes: We played with a GI-normous parachute in gym class today. Our new vocabulary is redundant: I’m so happy and glad! That bug is tiny and small! Get the picture?
We read, and took notes, about Olaudah Equiano today. He was a very brave and very famous writer in the 1700′s. We also learned about the connections between multiplication and division. A good time was had by all!
Wednesday Notes: We read about Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president today in our Time For Kids magazine. After lunch, we worked on our “zines” and wrote about what we imagine an IDEAL SCHOOL would be like. Everyone worked hard at writing time. Well done, 306′ers!
Friday Notes: We’ve read about two great Americans, Phyllis Wheatley and James Fortens this week. We also read an article about President Obama’s plan to send more troops to Afghanistan. We learned more about early settlers in Monroe County during social studies class. The fish on top of our courthouse has been around for a long time!
Monday, February 9th, 2009
Monday Notes: We worked on our Four Feet Two Sandals powerpoint this morning. We decided that Lina and Feroza will probably meet again some day. During writing time, we worked on our Listen to the Wind podcast. Many kids interviewed other kids about their ideas about why it’s important to go to school. We visited our book buddies and helped them write Snowman Bob stories. We reviewed geometry during math time. We had ice cream sandwiches for snack because we got 30 Thank You’s! THANKS, 306!!!
Wednesday Notes: We made signs for Four Feet Two Sandals yesterday. We talked about the book’s themes of friendship, sharing, and leaving. We took a math test in the afternoon. We also watched a video about Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone.
Friday Notes: We began the day by reading and retelling Julius the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes. We wrote FABULOUS Where I’m From poems about Hugo Cabret. Next we worked on our Dr. King book projects. At computer lab, we worked on everyday math games and power points. In the afternoon, we learned more about VERBS and we worked on our podcast scripts. We watched a video about Marie Curie and took notes in Mrs. Streib’s class. After that, it was time to PARTY! Thanks to everyone who sent in cards and treats!!! We had an awesome time!
Questions to Ponder:
What would it be like if you never went to school?
What do you like / dislike about going to school?
What did you learn about Alexander Graham Bell?
Monday, February 2nd, 2009
Monday Notes: We packed a lot in today. At morning meeting we sang the IU Fight Song and then we read our 26 podcast comments. Woohoo!
In the morning we worked on our “zine” pieces. We also started planning our next podcast, on Listen To the Wind. We used the dictionaries to look up PLUNGE and QUARANTINE. We worked in our literature logs. After lunch, we visited our book buddies and learned more about Groundhog Day. We measured angles in math class. We all know the difference between right angles, obtuse angles and acute angles. Yay for 306!
Tuesday Notes: Did you know that over 1,000 new species have been discovered near the Mekong River over the last 10 years? And that MAX is the most popular name for dogs? And that 2009 is the Year of the Ox in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. That’s what we learned today when we read our Time For Kids. We also learned about SYMMETRY in math class. We worked on book reports in the afternoon and ended the day with our POWERFUL POWER GROUPS!
Wednesday Notes: We wrote for a LONG time this morning in our reading sketchbooks. It was fun to sit in the circle and listen to our pieces. We learned about CONGRUENT shapes in the afternoon. In social studies we worked on our maps of Indiana. We labeled the Ohio River, the Wabash River, and Lake Michigan. We have a pretty great state!
Thursday Notes: We had another delayed start today. We started off the day by singing the IU Fight Song, celebrating an IU victory last night. Then we worked on our spelling practice. Mitzi came after lunch and taught us about her trips to Afghanistan. She answered many of the questions we had about that country. She took a lot of great pictures.