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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Day 12- Say Cheese!

I never realized what photogenic students I have until today. The little models took direction so well!
Today we took pictures to go with our Guide to Clifton Hills. The kids were excited to be in the pictures and I think they are going to be surprised at how well it turns out. Here is just a sample...

 E: Everyday have your folder and homework.

 R: Be Responsible for your things.

G: General Delk is the meanest teacher at Clifton Hills.

Would you believe that my students don't think I'm mean?! The nerve! I had to tell them to look scared to get this picture. I'll never understand my children. :)

Getting pictures took us all over the school. The only pictures we couldn't get were ones during specials. I didn't want us to interfere with the classes they were with. We'll get them tomorrow during our specials time.

Once we settled back down, we made a literary connection to our Guide, by reading Officer Buckle and Gloria.

It's about an Officer and his trusty side-kick Gloria the dog. They go around to different schools and give their safety speech, and in the end they come up with their best safety tip: Safety Tip #101: Always Stick With Your Buddy!

Officer Buckle and Gloria gave tips for their schools, and we are writing tips for ours! Now if we could only find a dog that can do back- flips.

In math today we started the next unit. It's about comparing numbers; recognizing greater than and less than. (>, <) Our math terms for this unit are More, Less Than, and Greater. We did the introduction to the lesson, did some sample problems, and learned how to play the game included in the unit. ( I sent the game board home- have fun!)
To introduce the unit I told my students about my "pet alligator" that I had brought with me to school. I explained that my pet alligator was not a carnivore, it is a Numbervore! All it eats is big numbers! (I put my hands together to look like an alligator mouth. The kids were impressed.) They had fun feeding the alligator some big numbers.
*Check out this fun video that shows more about greater and less than!

Interested in a little chant? Here you go!

Alligator, Alligator,
which one will you eat?
The biggest one, the greatest one,
It will be so sweet!

* More fun for home: playing a game of war with a deck of cards is a great way to teach the kids about greater than and less than. The person with the card that is worth more (is greater) wins!

From math to science. We reviewed living and nonliving things, what living things need to live, and what living things can do. Then we had a little fun. We combined science and art. Each team received pieces of white copy paper, 2 magazines, glue and scissors. Everyone was told to find living and nonliving things in the magazines and cut and paste them on their paper in the proper column.

You would not believe how well they worked together! They shared the magazines with no problems, no big messes with glue, and they managed to stay at a soft voice volume the whole time! I gave each team tickets in their baggies for their great work. (the tickets can turn into Cub Cash at the end of the week) Great job, Soldiers! After we worked, we discussed what they found and we made a fabulous chart.

I'm thinking a nature walk tomorrow might be in order to see and document all the living and nonliving things in our school environment. Here's hoping the weather cooperates!

I'll leave you with one more fun math chant:

Our Daily Brain

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