It all started with a scholastic news magazine about polar bears. They had one simple wonder..."What eats a polar bear?" I asked them where they could find the answer and their response was..."Siri".
Eventually after much prodding and encouragement they came up with books. We took books out of our library and they started learning about polar bears. We also used the data base "Pebble Go". The idea of "post-its" came up as a way to capture the things they were learning.
We also found a great polar bear cam to watch from the San Diego Zoo. Here's the link: Polar Bear Cam
Riley brought in a book from the Medfield Library. As the kids were reading it, they discovered that it was all about two of the polar bears that we were watching! So exciting....
They then decided that they wanted to teach other kids in our school about polar bears. They came up with the idea of a bulletin board.
Tahila came up with an idea of how to show that polar bear's fur is hollow transparent tubes with black skin underneath. The light reflects off the tubes making them look white.
We looked her at her design and used design thinking to come up with even better prototypes. They even held them up to the windows to see if they really looked white.
We even wrote polar bear story problems with partners in math centers. Now we are trying to solve each others using QR codes.
They were incredibly engaged, read a variety of text, worked with partners, explained their learning in writing, etc. WOW! All I did was ask them what they needed. We are still getting polar bear things brought in and added to our board. Here is an example.
Be sure to send homework and the signed homework sheet back to school on Fridays
Please send your child's halloween costume to school on Monday. All makeup should be done at home.
Memorial's Halloween Parade is scheduled for 9:30 on Halloween
Continued learning to "tap to read" and "tap to spell" with CVC words
Continued framing our sentences with capitals and end marks
Learned how digraphs are two consonants that work to make one sound. We learned wh, ch, th, sh & ck
Focused on trick words. Remember students need to be able to read and spell these words accurately. They will come home on a list of other words. Keep these and practice these words. (a, the, and, his, is, as, has, in & into)
Learned how to make our small moment stories come to life by making our characters move and talk
Finished Elmer and the Dragon. Began The Dragons of Blueland.
Continued solving story problems
Learned how to solve compare problems
Continued learning addition strategies: doubles, doubles plus 1 and addends in any order
Here is an explanation of doubles
Continued with Scholastic News
Read several stories about Christopher Columbus
Wrote facts about Christopher Columbus
Talked about "calming down" strategies in Open Circle