Monday, January 23, 2012

Little Bird Tales: Polar Bear Facts

Here is an online book about Polar Bears that our J Term helper Brooke made with the students as one of her projects. The students enjoyed making the book and did a great job writing and telling about what they have learned about polar bears!

Winter is Here!

Winter is officially here! To kick off our start to winter the students had a winter clothing relay! Our J Term helper Brooke helped us label our winter clothing self portraits and then we practiced getting ready to head out in the snow! 

We also found our new favorite site! helped us learn all about hibernation and how animals hibernate in the winter! After reading the book "Hibernation Station" and reading all about hibernation on Wonderopolis, we created our own hibernation stations full of the things you would need to hibernate in the winter! The students did a great job using their imaginations and supplies to create their own hibernation stations! Here are a few examples of our hibernation stations:

Oh yes, and we had to get a very little taste of what it felt like to hibernate:

Last week in discovery we learned all about polar bears! This week we will be learning about penguins. Be sure to ask the students about all of the information they have learned about polar bears! In language arts last week we learned about the vowel U. We also learned about a new reading strategy called stretchy the snake. He taught us to stretch out the letters in a word to help us read and write words we do not know. 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Winter Fun Books and Exploration!

Last week we explored many winter books! We started reading some of Jan Brett's winter stories, we read "Trouble with Trolls", and "The Hat."

On Monday, we imagined what it would be like if we lived in a snow globe and wrote a story about what we would do if we lived in a snowglobe.

On Tuesday, we read the book, "Snowmen at Night" online at The students loved looking at the book on the big screen and had fun imagining what our snowmen would do at night.

We really enjoyed the book, "If you take a Mouse to the Movies." After reading the book we brainstormed other things that the mouse might want! As I wrote it on the chart paper the students practiced writing with individual whiteboards.

Then, the students wrote about what they would want if you take them to the movies.

On Friday, we explored the fastest way to melt an ice cube. Each student had a partner and they took turns rolling the dice trying to melt their ice cubes. For each roll the students did something to try and melt their ice cubes (blow on it, put 10 shakes of salt on it, put it in water for ten seconds, put it down their shirt, hold it in their hand for ten seconds, and drop it). As you can tell from the pictures they had a blast! After we were done the students thought that sticking the ice cube in water was the fastest way to melt the ice cube!