Thursday, October 15, 2015

Consonant Digraphs

Today's spelling focused on the concept of consonant digraphs. The children combined the digraphs with word parts to create new words. 

Mercy Watson author Kate DiCamillo

Today we got to watch Kate DiCamillo's video conference. She was incredibly funny. She writes in the early morning. She got 474 rejection letters. And she loves buttered toast. We loved Kate and "Wilbur" the pig!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Name That Number

Today in math we played Name That Number. Children try to identify a sum or difference that names a given target number. The target numbers play the same role as numbers written on the tags of name-collection boxes.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


In today's math class we explored weights, scales and equal groups. We played a game called Egg Nests. I rolled a die to generate a number of nests. Then I rolled again to generate a second number. This was the number of eggs to put in each nest. The children then counted the total. Their first introduction to multiplication was fantastic! Well done second graders!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Community Meeting

The sixth graders welcomed us to community meeting with some wonderful drumming music. We shared our hopes and goals for a successful year in groups of 4 and some stood and shared individually. Sophia did a great job sharing! My favorite part was the dance party at the end. 

Spelling and Language Skills

Today we practiced stretching the sentence, "It is their dog." The children did a great job adding on and stretching to make a much more interesting sentence. The first photo shows how well they did. We also did a fix it activity, a rhyming activity and finally a sorting activity (see picture # 2). What great spellers they are!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Touch Tank

A ver big thank you to Ms. Ayers for sharing the 4th grade touch tank and her vast knowledge of sea creatures with us. We learned that lobsters with a set of hard upper spinnerets is a male and lobsters with a soft, feathery set are females. There is actually a half female and half male lobster in the tank right now! We loved holding the hermit crabs, seeing the underneath of the sea star and watching the sea horse wrapped around the seaweed. It was very cool! As you can see from the photos, we loved the touch tank!