Friday, February 27, 2015

Crazy Hat Day!

Crazy Hat Day will be Monday, March 2, in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday!  If your child does not have a crazy hat, encourage them to wear a favorite hat or any old hat.  Often kids think they do not wish to have a hat until they arrive at school, and then they are sad that they cannot participate! We will post pictures, I promise!

Winter animal adaption

One of the kids' drawings depicting MIGRATION. Lots of cute drawings in there and great detail! He wants me to post his name, but we're not supposed to :(

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Guidance lesson

Mrs. G, our school counselor, has a student intern.  Today, Ms. Wilcox taught her first while-group lesson (adorable!), and used Amanda Panda to discuss and role play acts of kindness.
What can you do if you see someone trying to find a place to sit?
Someone dropped a glove?
Someone looks lonely on the playground?
You have to find a partner?
Someone fell down?
Someone comes in the door behind you? (Hold the door)

Now, write down some acts of kindness you can do.

100th day of school

Choose a 100-day activity from the table! You can choose games, art projects, math, writing or reading!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Indoor recess

Below zero outside, warm in the gym!

Curriculum t-shirt

How cool is this?! We are studying animal tracks!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Writing book reviews

Our last job during our Writing Reviews unit is to review our favorite books.  We will then make Reading Rainbow-type videos to share these books with others.  Here are just a few of our favorite titles:

Image result for reading rainbow

Valentine's Day prep

We are making Valentine bags to hold all of our valentines on Friday.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Writing Reviews

We are very busy learning how to write opinion and persuasive essays.  Here is a sneak peek of our instruction:
Make sure to write a good lead and a great ending.

Edit your work when you are done!

Indoor recess open gym

Too cold to go outside today!

Math time

Ten-frame math and estimation and addition with The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Great Pond Winter Walk

We have just returned from our annual winter walk at Great Pond in Cape Elizabeth. Cape Elizabeth Land Trust's own Lisa Gent and Suzanne McGinn again hosted us this year. They are amazing trail guides and seem to find many things that the untrained eye would never see. A special thanks to Tim and Nina, our parent chaperones, for helping to keep the kids focused...a tough job in the awesome snowfest of the woods!  And extra thanks to CELT's Suzanne and Lisa!

a cold, blustery, snowy day!

Suzanne McGinn, CELT
a "shelf" mushroom and woodpecker holes up high
"Fairy Rings"
In the winter, trees hold heat from the sun, so the snow around the bottom of the tree stayed melted and makes a ring.
Mr. Pollick, our parent chaperone, trying to be camouflage and having waaay too much fun
frozen Great Pond
trees with snow on one side so you can see what direction the wind is coming from
deer antlers from CELT that have been nibbled on by small critters trying to survive
look close!  DEER TRACKS!!!!!!!!!
the kids in a pretend "deer den" taking shelter in the bottom of an evergreen tree
People are not well-equipped for winter camouflage!

gathering for a science mini-lesson