Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween fun

A special thank you to Kara, Heather, Julie M. And Julie H. for bringing crafts to school for the kids to make this morning! It was adorable!

Apple math

Last week was National Food Day!  Kids were served new healthy food to try in the cafeteria and also enjoy a local Cape farm apple in class.  We used the apples to learn about measuring circumference with a tape measure and collect data using tally marks for how many bites until your apple is done!

New ceiling tile!

Three eighth grade art students from CEMS painted a special ceiling tile for our classroom!!!!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

New and Different

We are trying a new stand-up table for kids to work at in our classroom.  Kids can choose to sit where they would like in our classroom, so this offers a different option.  I saw it on the news; it's all the rage.  :)  They can also choose a very low table where they sit on the floor, and then some regular-height tables, too.  

Monday, October 26, 2015

Spelling practice

Guidance with Mrs. G

Strategies where someone is unsafe or not being kind to you or hurting someone:
1. Speak up
2. Be a friend
3. Tell an adult

Monday, October 19, 2015

Daily 5

In our classroom, we use a modified Daily 5 structure during a part of our literacy block.  Each literacy block begins with a whole-group mini-lesson at the rug.  After the mini-lesson, your child makes 2 choices per day out of a total of five choices.  Soon we will add a sixth and seventh choice called "Word Work" and "Listen to Reading."

This framework gives us flexibility in our teaching of reading and writing.  We can meet with individuals, pairs or small groups based on need as defined by the assessments or observations.  Our groupings are fluid and we are likely to catch areas of concern sooner.

The structure of daily 5 means that we can spend more focused time instructing rather than managing behavior.  The children are independent and working on purposeful activities for 10-15 minutes of time.

The children have more ownership, the goals are clear and the children know what they are working on, and they have the power of choice, they are taking charge of their own learning within a controlled learning environment.

Daily 5 is a framework that builds independence, so that we can teach individuals and small groups.
Students build stamina through training and practice and take an active role in their learning!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Guidance with Mrs. Hannon

Today we learned the social concept of using your eyes to get information about others. For example, knowing when someone is upset or knowing what the group plan is in the classroom.

Meet Mrs. Angelica Hall

Mrs. Hall is an educational technician in our classroom. She is helping out in our classroom for a while and is a great asset to our student learning!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Book Fair

Special thanks to Julie H., this year's Book Fair co-chair!

Recycling in the classroom

This year we have many kids in our classroom who love to make things out of paper! Several kids like to set up a little factory at choice time to make things (I had a little dude last year that could make an entire suit of armor out of paper!).

If you feel like a lot of wasted paper is coming home, rest assured!  I am an amazing recycler! I get free paper for Ruth's Reusable Resources, a place where companies donate unused or gently used materials for non-profits like damaged paper and office furniture.  It is out near Unum and Haven's candy factory and Cinemagic.  

If you will help complete the recycling cycle by recycling your child's little paper projects that come home from school, we can make this work!  

Thursday, October 08, 2015


Our class won the VERY FIRST 1st grade sportsmanship award in Gym class! Yahooooooo! I am one proud teacher!  The kids are bringing home certificates and pencils from the Mr. Shields, and they also received extra Choice Time from their teacher.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Farm class photo

Potato video

I took this video today at the farm.  Who knew this old rickety lookin' machine still works, and is still in use at Alewive's Brook Farm!?

Alewives farm field trip

Caitlin Jordan, Cape farmer
picking green beans
harvesting beets
pulling onions
Pulling carrots is hard work!
Potato picking contest!
Still used today to harvest potatoes!
Today's catch!
learning about the farm

perfect pumpkins
Bees to pollenate the plants
feeding chickens
Special thanks to Eric, Erin, Nichole, Heather, Julie, Maura and Julie for chaperoning today!