Saturday, February 25, 2012

Yea Haw!

Go Texan Day was a great success! I love seeing all the cowboys and cowgirls. They have worked so hard to learn their square dances and did a great job.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

SKYPE, we did it again!

Today we met up with our San Antonio friends. One group in our class has been working on researching and presenting information about Houston. Today they did a wonderful job teaching Mrs. Balido's class about Houston. In return, we learned about San Antonio's river walk, The Alamo and their downtown. We will be mailing them postcards in the next few weeks to share even more information.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Rearranging the furniture...

This week in writing we have been working to revise (rearrange the furniture) in our writing. Students are learning to work with peers to see what questions does the reader have after reading the story. After sharing, the author tries to revise their story to answer the questions or better explain part of the story (making the furniture fit and look better).

See how it works...A student wrote about her birthday (1st pic), after confrencing it wasn't clear why it was the best day. She went back and revised (pic 2)...

We have some wonderful authors!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Valentine's Day is one of my favorite. We started the day passing out valentines and sharing what we liked about the day! We ended the day with a wonderful party. Thanks to all the moms that made it great!

Here are what a few of the kids thought...

Jake - "I love the candy"

Abby - "we get to tell everyone we love them"

Keeley - "It's sweet"

Maggie - "It's not just Valentine's Day, it's my birthday!"

Monday, February 6, 2012

Tens and Ones!

Today we worked hard to represent numbers! Students learn that we can anchor to 10, and counting large objects is easier when we make groups of 10. We started by estimating how many cubes would be needed to cover the perimeter of a board. Estimates ranged from 23 to 100. We used our place value mats, to find the actual amount. Students grouped individual ones into groups of 10 and then proceded until no more groups could be made. We will continue to work with different manipulitives and repeat this process as we work to build a solid understanding of place value. Oh, and the actual number waws 42!