Friday, April 29, 2016

Lunch in the classroom

Ask your child why we ate lunch in the classroom today!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Internet safety

Mr. Charltray and some second graders came to our classroom to teach Digital Citizenship. The essential question was, "How do I go places safely online?"
1. Ask an adult.
2. Talk only with people you know.
3. Stay on "just-right" websites.

The kids explored the San Diego Zoo kids' website; here is the link at

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Learning a new reading strategy

What can a reader do when he gets to a word he doesn't know? Try one of many reading strategies, including flipping the vowel sound. If you try the short i and it doesn't seem to fit, try the long i sound instead.  Check out this video:  FLIP THE SOUND VIDEO

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Teacher workshop

I went to a math workshop at the town hall today to improve math instruction by starting with manipulatives BEFORE teaching concepts.

Spring is here!

Fact strategies

Reviewing early addition. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Class climate work

Our kids seem to be very frustrated and angry with each other.  We have taught the children to use a GREEN tone of voice most of the time.  A green zone voice works the best, and gets the most done. If someone is not listening to you, and you have tried a green voice several times, then you can move to a YELLOW tone of voice.  And if that doesn't work, then get a teacher.  People's voices should rarely every go to the RED zone.  A good example of a red tone of voice for kids is stranger danger; a good time to scream your head off.
Mrs. G used a block metaphor as a classroom climate example.  If we are all using green voices and taking good care of each other, then we have a loving community.  If even one child is not working hard to create a calm and kind voice, our whole community falls apart.

Show me the money!

We have started to study pennies and dimes in direct relation to place value tens and ones.  You can trade ten ones in for a "long," (a ten), or ten pennies in for a dime.

Special visitor

Children's book author/illustrator Scott Nash came to visit Pond Cove School last Friday.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Our Poetry

by AN

Cake yes cake
Is sweet yes sweet
Is a treat yes treat
On a plate
Yum yum yum

The Electric Candle
by FW

instead of
instead of

Tack Tack  (a thumbtack)
by LF

Make me
think of
bees make
me remember
that my mom
is allergic
to bees


Practicing place value with base-10 blocks and adding doubles up to 10+10.

Special visitor

Todd Gutner, our channel 6 weatherman, came to teach the first graders about high pressure and low air pressure.  Hint: Low means "lousy" and high means "happy."

Writing poetry

Poets look with poets' eyes and see these ordinary things in a new way.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Last of Motion

I realized I forgot to post these pics a few weeks ago during our sciemce study of Motion.  This was the last lesson called chutes and marbles, focusing on rolling.