Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Visitors, Schema Building and Mosaics...Oh My!

Last Thursday was America's Read for the Record Day.  My teacher colleague (and co-author) was on campus and came to visit our classroom.  Mrs. Waite came and read a Llama Llama book to us.  The Read for the Record book was "Llama, Llama Red Pajama" by Anna Dewdney.  Mrs. Smith read it on the morning news IN her red pajamas!  Then, Mrs. Waite came and read "Llama Llama Misses Mama" to us later in the day.  It was great to hear two books by the same author--and from two different readers!
We also had some Math Fun with our spider rings.  Students were given ten spider rings and we rolled the dice.  They could add that number to their fingers.  The goal was to see who could fill up their fingers the fastest.  Next week, we'll be playing this game during math centers on our own.  

 Sorry for the sideways view of our Itsy Bitsy spider houses.  This is how we practiced the text we  learned last week.  Students read it to me aloud and tried to point to the words if they could.  If not, I checked to see if they were moving their fingers left to right and top to bottom.  This is a sure sign they know the concepts about print.  It was a fun way to practice this skill.

 And, if that wasn't enough fun...we got to meet our "Learning Buddies" from fourth grade on Friday.  Mrs. Abshire's class will be coming to meet with us each week from 2:30 until 3:00 on Fridays.  Last week we learned the song "I Whistle a Happy Tune" from The King and I.  We talked about emotions and what we do when we're scared.  All the students started sketching a picture of their schema for this song.  This week, we will be painting with our fourth grade buddies to show what we do when we're afraid.

 Today...our artist friends from Ringling College came to visit us again.  We once again visited the art form of mosaics and talked about how we can form our own picture using mosaics.  Today we made pumpkins.  Each child created his or her own picture and then filled it in using appropriate mosaic pieces.  We connected this to the way our brains work when we little little bits of information.  We know that it all comes together to make an amazing picture!  Scroll all the way down to see our "pumpkin patch"!

And finally today we are starting to wrap up our schema chart for our spider learning.  We have read many of the wonderful books in our classroom and the ones that you've sent in.  And they are FULL of interesting info about these creatures.  After revisiting our spider schema chart, each learner added to his or her reading journal the words "I learned..." and wrote what they learned about spiders.  

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