Thursday, December 2, 2010

Orff Sound and Movement Piece

Today we learned a song called Splishing, Splashing. Then we did our first sound and movement piece using the Orff barred instruments! Some students played the metallophones, xylophones, and glockenspiels, while others created movements. We made connections to the story Mushroom in the Rain.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

I Wanna Go To Hawaii

Girls and boys, here's our song for the holiday show. Listen and sing along. Keep practicing until you can sing it without looking at the words! Have a wonderful, marvelous, yummy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Our Little Garden

Here's a little video of what we learned from planting our own little garden.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Singing to Help Our Plants Grow!

Today everyone was in a singing mood, so we sang "Kokoleoko" to our little garden to help it grow!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Candy World

When we laid out all the student work it looked like a small city. The students named it Candy Land and Candy World.

Building Square Pyramids

Square pyramids have four faces that are triangles and a square face on the bottom. They also have five vertices and 8 edges.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Cubes and Rectangular Prisms

Remember, all the faces of a cube are square, and all the edges are the same length.

Constructing Rectangular Prisms

After building cubes and triangular prisms we moved on to rectangular prisms.

Triangular Prisms

Remember, the attributes of a triangular prism are 4 faces, 4 vertices, and 6 edges.

Making Geometric Shapes

Today we used toothpicks, Dots, and Twizzlers to build cubes and triangular prisms.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Blending -- Adverbs, Compound and Multiple Meaning Words

Here is some more practice to keep you on your toes!

Blending -- Adverbs, Compound Words, Multiple Meaning Words

Look for the base words as you read the adverbs. What suffix is on the end of these words? What two words make up the compound words? What are the different meanings of the multiple meaning words?

Why Did the Dinosaurs Disappear?

Read along out loud to improve your fluency.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Blending -- Even More Multisyllabic Words

Keep practicing!

Blending -- More Multisyllabic Words

Here are more words from the list we made in class. You're really quite remarkable!

The Dinosaur Who Lived in My Backyard -- by B.G. Hennessy

Read along at home to be ready for Friday!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Making Change

Knowing how to make change is important because you don't want to pay more than you should for the things you buy.

Equivalent Values

For any given amount of money, we can use different combinations of coins to equal that amount.

Counting Coins

Counting coins is easy because it's just like skip counting.

Dollars and Cents

Knowing the value of coins and bills is important because we use money to pay for the things we need.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Blending -- Review of Various Spelling Patterns

Here is some practice with compound words and base words with different endings.

Blending -- Multisyllabic Words

Let's continue practicing with multisyllabic words.

Dinosaur Fossils - by Alvin Granowsky

Follow along as I read this story, or read it on your own. Either way, be sure to read it aloud every day this week so you can read it fluently on Friday!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Blending -- Review of Spelling Patterns/Part II

Here is more practice with the many sound/spellings you have learned.

Blending -- Review of Spelling Patterns/Part I

These blending lines are a review of various sound/spelling patterns you have learned.

Decodable - "The Best Thing to Be"

This is the last of the Open Court decodables! You have now learned all the sounds and spellings in English. Congratulations!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Blending -- Multisyllabic Words/Part II

Here is more practice with multisyllabic words using the common syllable patterns _ture, _ous, _sure, _cious/_tious, _tion, and _ment.

Blending -- Multisyllabic Words/Part I

This week's blending lines focus on multisyllabic words with these common syllable patterns: _ture, _ous, _sure, _cious/_tious, _tion, and _ment.

Decodable - "The Wise Monkey"

This week's decodable puts everything you've learned together in one story. Let's see how well you can read it by Friday!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Blending -- The "Coil" Sound Spelled oi

Here is the second set of blending lines, with the Coil sound spelled oi.

Blending -- The "Coil" Sound Spelled _oy

This week's blending lines focus on the _oy spelling, as in "toy."

Decodable - "The Toy Princess"

This week's decodable focuses on the "Coil" sound, spelled _oy and oi. There is a mistake in the third line from the bottom of your page. It reads, "pointed to joy." It should read, "pointing to Joy." Please cross out the mistake and write the correction above it.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Bar Models

Bar models are another tool we can use to understand how to solve problems. They help us see the part-whole relationship.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Four Operations

Now that we've learned the four operations, let's review what we know.

Science: Investigating Balance - Triangle and Arch Continued

Further exploration of balance.

Science: Investigating Balance - More Arch and Triangle

The investigations continue.

Science: Investigating Balance - Triangle and Arch - Part II

The students continue their investigations into balance.

Science: Investigating Balance - Triangle and Arch

Today we did more exploration of how objects can be balanced using counterweights.

Blending -- The "Hawk" Sound Spelled au

The focus of these blending lines is the aw sound, spelled au.

Blending -- The "Hawk" Sound Spelled aw

This week's blending lines focus on the aw sound, spelled aw.

Decodable - "Claude the Tiger"

This week's decodable focuses on the aw sound, spelled aw and au. Also, pay attention to the dialogue and where the quotation marks are placed.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Blending -- The "Cow" Sound & Long O Spelled ow

This second set of blending lines includes the Long O, spelled ow.

Blending -- The "Cow" Sound - Spelled ow and ou

This week's blending lines focus on the ow sound, spelled ow and ou.

Decodable - "The Frowning Clown"

This week's decodable focuses on the ow sound, spelled ow and ou.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Monster Pizza

Someone didn't get all of the bubbles out of their pizza dough!

Brian Makes a Pizza

Watch a pro at work!

The First Pizza


Roxana, Kaylee, and Yasmin Make Pizza

We went on a walking field trip to Papa John's Pizza, where Mr. Hector Ortiz, Yesenia, and Raul graciously taught 21 students (and me) how to make really great pizza! Thank you!!! And thanks to Kimberly's parents for putting me in touch with Mr. Ortiz, thereby making this trip possible!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Blending -- The "Foot" and the "Goo" Sound - Spelled OO

This second set of lines includes the "goo" sound, spelled oo. Practice, practice, practice!

Blending -- The "Foot" Sound - Spelled OO

This week's blending lines focus on the oo sound you hear in the word "foot."

Decodable - "Clare's Secret"

Here is this week's decodable. The focus is on consonant blends and the Foot sound, spelled oo. Practice a lot so you can read all of the blends flawlessly!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Division and Multiplication: The Inverse Relationship

Remember the connections we discovered between addition and subtraction? We can make those same connections between division and multiplication. Arrays help us see these connections more easily.

Division: Remainders

Sometimes we can't divide into equal parts, we have some objects left over. The leftovers are called remainders.

Division: Grouping to Form Equal Parts

When you group things into equal parts, that's dividing, too.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Division: Equal Sharing

Anytime you share something equally with someone, you're dividing!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Multiplication: Arrays

I love arrays! They're such a neat and orderly way to model problems.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Multiplication: Equal Groups

When we have equal groups we can use repeated addition or we can multiply to find the answer.

Science: Investigating Balance - Part II

Explain to a family member how we used counterweights to balance the crayfish.

Science: Investigating Balance - Part I

Explain to a family member what you learned today about balance.

Mama Demonstrates Camouflage

Remember that camouflage means blending in with the environment. Look how closely Mama's orange fur matches her surroundings.

Blending -- Consonant Blends and Digraphs/Review II

Here are more consonant blends and digraphs to practice reading. And notice the prefixes in Line 4. Do you remember what they mean?

Blending -- Consonant Blends and Digraphs/Review I

Notice how much time we're spending on consonant blends and digraphs. Knowing how to read them will really improve your fluency.

Decodable - "Sootfoot and the Book"

This week we're learning the Foot Card sound spelled oo.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Blending -- Consonant Blends and Digraphs/Part II

Here is more practice with consonant blends and digraphs.

Blending -- Consonant Blends and Digraphs/Part I

Consonant blends are when we blend the sounds of two or more consonants together. A digraph is two or more letters together that make only one sound.

Decodable - "Waldo's Amazing Show"

The focus of this decodable is prefixes and suffixes. Remember, prefixes are word parts, or syllables, at the beginning of words. Suffixes are word parts, or syllables, at the end of words. Each prefix and suffix has its own meaning, which changes the meaning of the base word. How many prefixes and suffixes can you find?

Subtraction: Renaming a Hundred as 9 Tens and 10 Ones

Here's another way to make a hundred. This method is helpful for solving certain subtraction problems.

Subtraction: Opening Up, or Renaming, Hundreds and Tens

Keep following the same steps to subtract, and always check your work by adding the parts to see if they equal the whole.

Subtraction: Opening Up, or Renaming, Hundreds

Renaming is fun and easy. Use a place value chart and number discs until you feel really comfortable with the steps.

Subtraction: Opening Up, or Renaming, Tens

Remember our song: When you need some ones, open up a ten!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Subtraction without Renaming

If you can solve the problems in this lesson mentally, terrific!! But if you're even just the tiniest bit unsure, use a place value chart and number discs!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Blending -- Long Vowel Review

These blending lines are a review of the long vowel spellings.

Decodable - "The Bread Shop"

The focus of this decodable is consonant blends, (like fr, br, st, and fl) and digraphs (such as sh, ch, and tch). How many blends and digraphs can you find?

Monday, January 11, 2010

Addition with Bundling, or Renaming, Ones and Tens

Let partners to ten help you know when to rename.

Addition with Bundling, or Renaming, Tens

Use a place value chart and number discs to show your work. Once you have a strong understanding of renaming, you won't need those tools anymore.

Addition with Bundling, or Renaming, Ones

Use a place value chart and number discs to show your work until you really understand bundling, also called renaming.

Addition without Bundling, or Renaming

Once you have a strong understanding of place value, you won't need to draw the place value chart and the number discs. Until then, please use these tools to help reinforce your understanding.

Blending -- Long OO/part 2

Here is more practice with the Long OO spellings.

Blending -- Long OO/part 1

Here are the blending lines for the Long OO sound, spelled u, _ue, u_e, _ew, and oo.

Decodable - "Mom's Strange Speaking"

Look for all the sets of quotation marks in this story. Remember, quotation marks tell us that someone in the story is speaking. Do you remember what we call that? That's right - dialogue. Pay attention to where the quotation marks are placed, and look at all the different speaker tags, which tell us how the character spoke.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Word Problems -- Part 2

Here is more practice with the steps to follow to solve word problems. (While you're watching this video, see if you can spot the mistake I made while doing the first story problem. I forgot to check off the sentence after I drew and labeled the information about how many cupcakes the teacher ate. Oops!)

Word Problems -- Part 1

Solving word problems is fun. It's kind of like solving a riddle. But you must be careful to follow the steps to solve the problem correctly.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Subtraction, or Finding the Difference

Draw pictures or use household objects to find the difference between sets of numbers.

Fact Families and the Inverse Relationship

Use household objects to show fact families, then write the number sentences, or equations, that go with them.

Part - Whole Thinking

Use household objects (that means things you have at home) to show the part - whole relationship.