January 24

Making Inferences

Facts are clearly stated and can be proven.  They can also suggest other ideas that are not clearly stated.  An inference is made by using the facts as clues or evidence.

We used this activity to practice making inferences.  The children drew a picture and then covered something in the picture with a snowdrift which was painted on a transparency and placed over the original picture.  The next step was to write clues for their classmates to use to determine what or who was hidden.  Like all good writers, we tried to start our sentences in different ways.

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January 20

Comets

Darcy kicked off our space unit by creating a comet in our classroom! A comet is sometimes called a dirty snowball or an icy mud ball flying through space.  It is a mixture of water, frozen gases, and dust. Comets are known for their dust “tails” which are seen as they fly closer to the sun and begin to melt.

Darcy combined dirt, ammonia, water, corn syrup (organic material) and frozen ice (very exciting) to make our comet. We observed it melt throughout the day. I know the children have a wonderful visual of what a comet looks like after this experiment.


January 18

Friendly Letters

There is nothing like getting a handwritten letter in the mail.  I’m a strong believer in writing thank you notes.  In fact, my daughter recently thanked me for insisting that she always write thank you notes for all of her gifts.

I gave her a model to use which I shared with the children when they wrote a thank you note for one of their Christmas gifts.  First, thank the person specifically for the gift he/she gave you.  Then tell him/her why you like it or what you plan to do with it.  Then complement the person and add a personal comment or question.  I was very pleased with their final products.

We also learned the five parts of a friendly letter:  heading, greeting, body, closing, and signature.

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December 9

Acts of Kindness

We are watching for acts of kindness by our classmates.  When we see an act of kindness, we write it on a heart and place it around the Grinch.  When the Grinch learned the true meaning of Christmas, his heart grew.  With Jesus in our hearts, we know that His birth is the reason we celebrate Christmas.

November 20

Perspective

In reading, I have introduced the literary term perspective.  We practiced this concept by thinking of items for which someone or something else may be thankful.  Look at some of the examples below:

George said, “If I were a football player, I would be thankful for the touchdown zone, my football, my pads, my mouthpiece, my eyes, and my feet.”

Cailin stated, “If I were a horse, I would be thankful for hay, grass, water, trainers, riders, and friends.”

Makena said, “If I were a rock star, I would be thankful for music, microphones, the stage, my fans, my voice, and radios.”

Aaron wrote, “If I were Olly, my guinea pig, I would be thankful for hay, Aaron, water, a cage, bedding, fur, oxygen, and a lock.”

Hudson explained, “If I were a policeman, I would be thankful for my gun, my police car, my partner, my chief, and my computer.”

November 20

Math Turkeys

I have been so impressed with the mental math skills I have seen this year.  The students in my math group each wrote a target number on a turkey and then wrote equations which equaled the selected number.

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