Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving in Room 19

On Tuesday, we went over a Thanksgiving story and made a bracelet with beads to help us remember. 

 Here is Mantrez, telling us what the beads represent

Tuesday afternoon, we chose whether we were Pilgrims or Indians, then made our costumes. When we were finished, we sat down to enjoy our "feast" (a.k.a. popcorn) together while we watched a short Thanksgiving video.

Our two pilgrims that                                     Our INDIANS
made the long voyage

Our Pilgrims and Indians united, ready to celebrate together!

 Enjoying our "feast" together

Sweet friends excited for the Thanksgiving Break!

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday, we have so much to be thankful for.

Thanksgiving Turkeys

 On Tuesday, we made turkeys with their feathers saying what we were thankful for. Everyone came up with their own five things they were most thankful for!








MAGNETS

We have started learning about magnets and have begun exploring how neat they are. The kids have LOVED this unit so far. We observed magnets inside and outside, to determine what objects were made with iron. Check out our scientists at work!













Exploring with magnets inside the classroom
Our conclusions

Exploring with magnets outside, on the playground

Mia, sharing her observations

 Angela, sharing her journal entry

We are reaching for the STARS with our Goals

We are reaching for the stars with our short and long term goals. It is so important for the kiddos to learn how to set their own goals, and challenge themselves to get better! There must be a reason for learning. Here are pictures of a recent visual aid, we did, to help encourage our goal setting.






Monday, November 12, 2012

Veteran's Day


HAPPY VETERAN'S DAY! With both of my grandfathers and an uncle being a veteran, as well as other family members currently serving, this day serves special meaning to me and is very near and dear to my heart. Today, we all shared stories of family members or friends who have served. Everyone in our class had some kind of connection with soldiers, whether it was a family member, family friend, or a nice serviceman/woman they met at the grocery store. We discussed how great it is to live in such a wonderful country with all of the freedoms we have. We then did a writing activity about “Soldiers we LOVE”. 




HAPPY VETERAN'S DAY! Thank you to all of our brave service men and women who risk their lives for us. I think we often take our freedoms for granted, I know I do. We are so grateful for your bravery and serving hearts.Thank you for defending this great country we call home.


Below are pictures of three of my favorite veterans, and are all Soldiers I LOVE.  The picture on the left is  my 98 year old Grandfather. He started his service for the US Navy in 1932 and served for 24 years. He served in WWII, the Korean War, and was on the Battleship Texas (BB-35). The picture on the right is my 83 year old Grandfather who served in the Marines during the Korean war. And the picture underneath is of my Uncle who served as a Colonel for the Air Force, he served for a total of 24 years. These three men are my heroes. I told the kiddos about these men because I think it is so important for us to not forget about what those before us fought for, and not forget our history. It is all so important, and is good to remember to help keep us humble as a Nation. It is because of great men and women like these that we have our freedoms, and are able to live our daily lives the way we do. If you have pictures, that you would like to share, of loved ones that have served, please send them with your child and we will display them in our classroom! They could be veterans or currently serving!
We would like to honor them this month!



Our Field Trip to The Children's Museum



Last Friday our class went on our first field trip. We went to the wonderful Children’s Museum. Here are some pictures of our fun and learning at the museum.







Garden Observation UPDATE


-       We went back to observe our school’s garden last week and once again discovered a BIG change. Take a look at our little scientists at work! They are always making GREAT observations, asking GREAT questions and making GREAT predictions.






"The Avocado Tree is the same size as ME!" -Angela 



 Observing a
Dessert Apple
Tree
Here is a quick look at our scientists in action! 





Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day

As you know, today is Election Day! Here is a look at our "Town Hall" style debate and our classroom voting experience. 


Here are pictures from our "Town Hall" style debate. Our classroom citizens thought of some great questions for our two candidates! 






Joseph and Mia were put on the 'HOT SEAT'
Some of the questions our classroom citizens asked, included:
* How do you feel about homework and why?
* What is your favorite color and why?
*What is your favorite chapter book and why?
* Do you prefer cheese or peperoni pizza and why?
* If you saw someone getting bullied what would you do?
* Who is your favorite basketball player and why?
And the list goes on... Everyone enjoyed this; our candidates as well as our citizens. Our classroom citizens did a great job coming up with questions, and our candidates did a great job at answering and sharing their view points. Overall, this was a great success!

In conclusion of the debate, we started anonymously voting! Each student went to the "voting booth" to cast their ballot!







 Let
 the
VOTING
begin!




 When we were finished voting, we made "I voted!" pins to wear home!





We voted! Did you?


  Our Class' New President and Vice President! So proud of these two, as well as the rest of the class, throughout this whole process. It was such a great learning opportunity, and I could not have been more pleased with all of the positive and supportive attitudes.