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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Day 40- A Day for Shout-Outs!

Today was the last day of this week. NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS TOMORROW!
Tomorrow is a Professional Development/ Records day for teachers. I'll let you know how professionally developed I become.

My students love music. I've noticed that the majority of my class has a musical intelligence. (they learn better through music and rhythms.) But it's not just music itself, but Music class with Ms. Harris that they enjoy. They have been working on high and low notes, and today they did an activity working with beats and rhythms.
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I don't know if you can tell, but they are passing around a bean bag to the beat of the song. They had a good time seeing who was going in the stew-pot, and they learned beats!

Reading today was A Surprise for Zig Bug. Our words for this week were in the short 'u' family, with a review of other short vowels.

 The words for the week are on my board so students can refer to them in their writing, and use them when they are working in literacy centers. I also have vocabulary words from the poems we use for the week.

After reading our fiction piece, we read the nonfiction piece about insects.

We reviewed by listing what we learned about insects. The kids were fascinated to learn that insects use their antennae to feel and smell, and some use their feet to taste! Imagine having a nose at the top of your head, or a tongue on your feet! You'd look like a Picasso!
 

Our poem we used this week was found by Ms. Leahy, and is titled Lunch Box Surprise.
All of the yellow underlined words are sight words that we picked out, and the red boxed words are new vocabulary words that we put on our board.
One of our vocabulary words that we chose is mousse. The students had fun with this word because their prior knowledge of this words is with it's homonym- moose. They couldn't imagine eating a chocolate antlered quadruped.
I pulled out a box of chocolate pudding (yes, I had it in my classroom already. I'm not sure why.) and I told my class that the mousse to which the poem refers is like pudding- a think mixture that is fluffy and sweet.

At the end of the day, we celebrated the short week by making Magic Pudding with the 4 boxes of pudding I had, the containers I brought from home, and pints of milk from the cafeteria. I really wish I had thought to get their making pudding on camera! Every student got a turn shaking the containers saying, "Abracadabra! Make magic pudding!" Since the containers I brought ended up being a little too small and I had to reconfigure the amounts of the ingredients, things were not exactly pretty. My soldiers didn't complain! They ate their pudding and were happy!

Math was more recognizing numbers in a 10 frame. That wasn't the fun part of math. The fun part was when we finished our lesson and played Facts for Cash! That would be Cub Cash. 2 students go head-to-head in a battle of wits! They are given unifix cubes and a number story. The first student to figure out the answer and ring the bell wins Cub Cash! (Thank you, Ms. Leahy for sharing the idea!) The biggest winner of the day...

the smiling gentleman in the white shirt! The winners stayed at the front until they finally lost a round. This student won 10 rounds before someone beat him! The second place winner...

the brilliant lady in the blue jacket. The best part of the game? No one in my class got a bad attitude about not winning. I am so proud of my soldiers for not getting upset! We cheered for everyone!

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