“If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
-- Ignacio Estrada

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

We Remember!

Today we took time to discuss a little bit about 9/11 with the students. I kept it very simple and brief. We read the story New York's Bravest by Mary Pope Osborne as a way to introduce firefighters and being brave. We talked about how this day made people very sad, but we are thankful for all the brave people who help us each day.

To compliment our Dot Day (well, really Dot month) activities, we create red, white, and blue marble painting as a symbol of our remembrance of this day.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Dots and names continued!

This past week, the students had a great time creating colorful circles using an iPad app called SpinArt+ to create colorful 'dots' as we continue to read The Dot by Peter Reynolds. The students also helped take pictures of the beginning of our Dot Day art gallery. We will be adding to the gallery each week with various activities. We will be displaying work from Mrs. Keck's class as well as work from art class. Below you will see several of the the students SpinArt+ creations!


This week we will continued with our Dot Day activities. The students LOVED (and I mean LOVED) painting with watercolors this week. We will be assembling our watercolor dot projects this week and displaying them in our gallery. I will add pictures as our art gallery grows so that you can see the amazing creations. I will also work on including more watercolor painting into the classroom! To compliment the Dot Day activities, the students brought home visuals to discuss the students. The visuals provided a structure to explore the characters, setting, problem, and resolution to the story. I will post a link to the visuals within the week.

I am still working on narrowing down our class schedule. The afternoon is quite a long 'work' time for some of the students, so I am working on arranging our schedule to allow for a afternoon break.

If you look at the page menu at the top of the web page, you will see a tab for "In Pictures ~ Room 220". This will take you to a picture blog that the students will help update. My goal is to allow each student to take a picture each week and post to the blog. Keep an eye out for updates to this photo blog as well. Monthly newsletters will also be sent home. They will provide a overview of the months activities and important dates. The newsletters are also posted online for your convenience (and in an effort to save paper). I will also be sending home a form to collect email information so that updates and newsletter can be emailed home.

Have a great week!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Name recognition, following directions, dots....and more dots.

On Reading this week, we will be focusing on name recognition - both of students' own names as well as peer names. We will be going a variety of activities such as name songs and playing a matching game. I will also be doing some reading assessments with each of the students.

In Math, we will be working on counting up to 10 during calendar. We count the days in the week, friends at calendar, who is buying lunch, etc. We also are working on the days of the week and knowing the sequence of the days of the week (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday...)

For Science and Social Studies, we will be doing more activities relating to the book The Dot. As we read the book, we are completing art activities that are similar to Vashti (main character in the story) and we are creating a Dot Day art gallery outside out classroom. I didn't take a picture of the first section of the gallery yet, but I will take on this week and add it to this post. We are looking to collaborate with other classrooms. If you are a teacher interested in sharing Dot Day with us, please comment below!

Here is a nice animated video of the book The Dot which we will be using in class as well as reading the book over the course of the next couple weeks.

  • Return internet safety/photo-video permission form ASAP whether you give permission or not. I am working on getting some things set up for "Dot Day" (actually more like Dot week) and would love for the students to participate. 
  • If you have not turned in your emergency medical forms, please do that ASAP. Updated contacts are needed each year.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact me. I am available between 8-9am. If you call during the school day, please leave a message and I will get back with you as soon as possible.