Saturday, February 19, 2011

President's Day

After reading about Washington and Lincoln and watching a couple videos about their lives to end our unit we created our Washington Portrait art.

Working on Our Reading Stamina

All year long we've been working on our reading stamina to become more independent readers.  Our reading class has made a time of 25 minutes of independent reading.  They have practiced reading independently every Wednesday.  We have graphed their minutes of hard work.  They currently read about 25 minutes without talking or getting out of their special spot. They are fully engaged at the time.  As the students read, Mrs. Tincher and I walk around the room and sit in with one student at a time.  When we sit next to them that is their cue to start reading out loud so we can listen in.  This gives us a chance to listen in on their reading and we follow through with comprehension questions before we move on to the next student.  It also gives us a chance to take note on any difficulty the student is having and we can teach to that student accordingly.  Most students look forward to our silent reading Wednesdays.  I know I do.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Aliens and Dinosaurs! OH MY!

We just finished up our space unit, so we had a creative writing day where we created our alien friend.  After we wrote about our friend we created his/her/it's look!  Once we finished up our creative writing project we went right into dinosaurs.  We discussed how there is herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores.  We also discussed features of four famous dinosaurs such as the T-Rex and the Triceratops.  After we finished up this unit we discussed fossils and the job of Paleontologists.  We then got to do a little digging ourselves.  LOOK WHAT WE FOUND!

Friday, February 4, 2011

My Little Lions!

Alien Creations (Art Friday)

Today, after 10 days of studying space and planets we used our imagination and created an alien friend.  We wrote about our alien and then we created our alien.