Welcome to our class blog. Our blog will be used as a tool to keep you updated on what we are doing in our classroom through reflections of classroom experiences, celebrations, and classroom news. Students will have opportunities to complete fun activities from the Blog that relate back to classroom learning. Please check the blog weekly as I will be using it to update you on classroom information as well!

Friday, October 19, 2012

What's the MATTER??

In Reading-
We finished reading "cricket in Times Square." We completed a cricket cage project to show our understanding of the book. Some of our favorite parts of the book were...
- "My favorite part was when Chester sang at a concert because he earned a lot of money from doing that." Jonathan
- "When he moved to go to Connecticut because he had a party with his friends before he left" Sullivan
- " When Harry cat and Tucker mouse and Chester were eating together because its like they are getting to know each other better." Danniel

In Science-
We have started to learn about matter. Each student was assigned a different property of matter to find and example of to bring in to school. We also investigated sink and float. We learned that things float because air gets inside the material. Things sink because they do not have spaces for air to come in. Things that float are less dense and things that sink are more dense.

Blog Bonus!!!!!:
1. Go to the following science website:
2. Log In
Username: pair3
Password: pair3

3. Click on the link to open

4. Complete one of the two activities about matter.
- If you listen to Science Rock or do the vocabulary review game- post on the blog the 2 most important things you learned.
- If you do the Web Surfing Science- print out the forms and use the websites to answer the questions. Bring in ALL activities on Monday for your prize!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Ending our first unit!

This week we have been working on addition and subtraction with regrouping. We have been using a part/part/whole chart to help us determine if we need to add or subtract. When we subtract we use a "baby dot" and "adult dot" to help us see if we need to regroup. If the baby is left on top we need to regroup! We have also been using place value blocks to help us understand regrouping and to show our work. WE LOVE MATH!

The reading skill that we have been focusing on this week is inferencing. We have learned that you need to think about your text clues, then your background knowledge and you combing them to make an inference. We have been using the book "Cricket in Times Square" to help us with our reading lesson. We like this book because....
- it connects to economics which we are learning in social studies
- it is interesting because the animals are meeting a lot of people
-  it is helping us with comprehension

We are working on our draft 2 of our seed idea story. We have added our new leads and our new endings to our stories. We are working towards publishing this as our first writing piece this year.

End of our first unit!!
We have been working towards finishing our first unit about economic systems. We have discussed entreprenuers and how communities effect business. We have drafted a buisness plan and created an advertisement with it. We have also worked together as a "family" and made a budget and had to work together to meet our needs and decide on our wants. We will be finishing up next week with a summative assessment.

Here are some pictures from working on our advertisements:
Working on our advertisements for our business plans!

Showing off our hard work
Looking good!!

I want to get my car washed here!
In writing we have been working in improving our leads and endings. In the classroom I have started a collection of good leads and endings that we have found in our reading in the classroom. This weekend, find a book that you can bring to school that has either a strong lead or a strong ending, or both. Ms. Pair will take a picture of the lead or ending and add it to the collection!!