March 22

Wonder Words

We have added a new feature in our classroom.  When children read just right books, they should know almost all of the words in their book choices. However, if they come across a word they don’t know, they may add it to our “Wonder Words”.  We define the words together.  They are very enthusiastic about this activity and their vocabulary is growing!  I have a hunch that I’ll start to see these words in their written assignments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During reading today, we defined gawked, cinch, instantaneous, unravel, and feeble.

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March 22

21st Century Teachers

What is a 21st Century teacher?  This topic is being debated in the world of education today.  At KRCS, we believe that within the context of mastering core subjects, 21st century learning includes:

1.  Global awareness

2.  Creativity and innovation

3.  Critical thinking and problem solving

4.  Collaboration and communication

5.  Information media and technology skills

6.  Life and career skills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any thoughts?  Leave a comment.

March 18

More Precious than Gold

We have been learning to write excellent paragraphs with topic sentences, supporting details, and closing sentences.  Our most recent paragraphs are about those things which are the most valuable to each of us.  Love the hyperboles (exaggerations) that are beginning to pop up in their writings.  Come see more of these writings in our hallway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 15

Pi Day


 Our class had the privilege to recite this poem about Pi Day on Tiger TV.
The symbol for Pi is a Greek letter and it is the abbreviation for perimeter.
Pi is rounded to 3.14, but in our poem we recited the first 50 digits.

Roses are Red, Violets are blue … 3.141592
PI is a number that is mighty fine … 653589
Practice this often until it sticks … 79323846
Practice when you swim since there’s nothing else to do … 26433832
Let no one ignorant of geometry enter this door 79502884
Numbers rule the universe, so let’s all shout with glee … 1971693

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March 13

Gruffalo

We read The Gruffalo which has sold over 10 million copies. Before we read the story or looked at the cover, we predicted what the story might be about from the title. Then I presented a description of the Gruffalo and we all tried to visualize what he might look like from that description before seeing the illustrations. I explained that the mouse tries to persuade the other animals throughout the story and instructed the children to listen for examples of persuasion. There are several examples of alliteration in the story too.

There is a sequel to the story: The Gruffalo’s Child.  There are some great descriptive words in the story and it has traits like a “tall tale”.


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March 13

Happy 100th Anniversary Girl Scouts

Today we celebrated the 100th year anniversary of Girl Scouts.  Do you know who founded Girl Scouts?  Scratch off the green square to check your answer.


The KRCS Girl Scouts celebrated this special day with some of the teachers who had been in scouting when they were young girls.  The girls presented a striking bird bath to the school at the end of the event.