Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Math update

We are teaching the kids many different ways to solve math problems besides using their fingers.  Today we practiced addition and subtraction on a number line and then played subtraction Bingo.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Solving small problems

Mrs. G, our school counselor, returns this Friday to help the children practice strategies to solve small problems without grownup help.  Kelso's wheel gives 9 different ways kids can solve small problems.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Back to school!

We are writing nonfiction books during Writing Workshop.  Ask your child what they have been writing about!
Yup, we have a book about Sponges.  How cute are these children???????

We are finishing up our math addition strategies of +1 and +2.  The kids should be automatic with this skill by now.  We played a game called Lucky Bugs to help us practice.  Next addition strategy: =10 (1+9, 9+1, 2+8, 8+2, 3+7, 7+3, etc).

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving crafts

Super cuteness today!  Special thanks to Danielle, Jessica, Elizabeth and Kevin for the snacks and drinks.  More thanks to Renee and Christine for the Thanksgiving crafts.  Check out the pics!!!
It's a turkey!


Santa Pug

Friday, November 18, 2016

Building excellence in student work

Today we watched an amazing short video about a first grader who edited his work 6 times! Fixing up work to make it better can be a tough concept for our little students.  If you have 6 minutes, it's an cool video!  Click the vimeo below.  We then used our learning to fix up our math work and make it even better.  Your child will be bringing home "9 Birds in a Tree" math work today.  Ask your child to explain our work!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Reading goals

Today each child choose their own reading goal from the many reading skills and habits we have studied since September.  "I need to remember to do that MORE so it becomes a habit."  They will carry this goal in their reading bags to remind them to do it more.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Today's lesson: QUIET

As we get more comfortable with each other, our classroom has become quite rowdy and loud.  Our group goal for a while is to focus on creating a more peaceful classroom.  

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Veterans Day activities

This week we made a graph detailing the veterans we know, filled in a mystery 100 chart of a soldier, watched some PBS informational videos, and read a mini-book to learn about our armed services and thank our vets!  The children also wrote thank you notes to honor our vets
Do You Know Any Veterans? approx 4'x8'

"Color number 97 green. Color number 4 brown."

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Post-election in our classroom

Today's message from the PC grownups:

And, business as usual...Mrs. Hampton teaching about listening from your heart.

Pond Cove Thanksgiving Food Drive


Monday, November 07, 2016

Election day at PC!

Final big results:  Trump 58, Clinton 399 (Mrs. Hasson will publish Johnson and Stein)

Friday, November 04, 2016

Workin' hard!

Readers Theatre presentation of A Terrible Fright!

Math lesson with Cuisenaire Rods, teaching recognition, ordering and comparison of lengths.

Learning flexibility for solving unknown words.
If one strategy doesn't work, try something else!
Then try something ELSE!

Ten frame top-it, building mental arithmetic strategies and number sense flexibility.

If I were the President....

On Thursday we learned about voting in the USA, and we worked on an art project about being the POTUS!

Wednesday, November 02, 2016