Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Fun Way to Practice Reading Fluency!

 In Reader's Workshop, we are working on both comprehension and reading with fluency.  These Reader's Theater plays were a fun way to practice reading with fluency!  The kids had so much fun in their costumes!! 

Goldilocks and the Three Bears


The entire "Goldilocks" cast

Hansel and Gretel

Last, but not least... The Three Little Pigs!! :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Writer's Workshop Celebration!

We have been working so hard in Writer's Workshop this year!!  So far, the students have published one Personal Narrative and one Realistic Fiction story.  To celebrate all of our hard work, we read our published stories to the students in Kindergarten.  It was so much fun!! An added bonus was that this year's Kindergarten teachers, were last year's Second grade teachers.  So the students got to show off their hard work to their teachers from last year!

So excited to get to read with Mrs. Corson! 
Thank you , Kindergarten!! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fall Party

 On Tuesday afternoon, we had our Fall Party!  We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful room mothers!  We played games, made bookmark crafts, and ate yummy treats!  What a great way to kick off Fall Break! Thank you, Room Mothers!! 

Candy Corn Relay!


Learning about Measurement with Pumpkins!

This week we had a fun pumpkin activity that also helped us learn about measurement! We started by estimating the height, weight, circumference and length of the stem for five different pumpkins.  Then, it was time to get out the measuring tapes to measure the actual size of the pumpkins.

Getting out the measuring tapes!

Working with partners!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Getting Ready for Donuts and Dads

After a day of Acuity testing, we ending our day by making centerpieces that will be used on Friday for Donuts and Dads.  The kids did a GREAT job.  The pumpkin "leaves"  each have a message for dad!  :)

I loved this student's message to his dad :)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Wildlife Program!

What a Fantastic (and BUSY) Friday!!  This morning we also had our wildlife program.  The students were SO excited. Larry and Cheryl Batson were back again to teach students about some wonderful and rare animals that they care for.  It was a fun program!

Congratulations, Washington Elementary!!

What a wonderful place to work!:)  Congratulations Washington Elementary School.....WalMart's "School of the Year"  for Warsaw Community Schools!!  This mornining, before our wildlife program, Washington was honored by WalMart! Ten lucky teachers were honored with a $100 WalMart gift card to use for classroom supplies and I was one of the lucky winners!  WalMart was also generous enough to give every child a cupcake to enjoy.  Thank you, WalMart!

A yummy cake for the staff!

Cupckaes for our class.

Everyone loved the cupcakes!

My teacher reward!  Thank you, Walmart!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Writing Realistic Fiction

In Writer's Workshop, we have been working on writing Realistic Fiction.  The students are creating a fiction character who encounters and real life problem.  We have been using this awesome Fiction Unit by Amanda Nickerson of .  

We started out by creating a character.  The students took several days to develop the character.  They were asked to fill out a character development sheet to really think about what the character would like/dislike.  

After planning out a story by developing a character, setting and plot, the students are creating a story rollercoaster.  
 Check out the entire file by Amanda Nickerson

The students will begin publishing their work within the next day or two.  They are doing such a nice job and I cannot wait to see how they turn out! 

Our Focus Lesson today was creating a Powerful Ending for our story.

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