Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Classroom Notes

Greetings…and Happy New Year!

Team 20 returned on Monday well rested and ready to go.  The kids were all smiles (most of them anyway) and filled with stories from winter vacation.  As a matter of fact, we spent most of Monday morning sharing stories using a creative dramatics activity called “freeze frame.”  My stories were mainly about visiting Evie’s family, including playing butterflies with my three year-old cousin and playing an entertaining game of horseshoes with my five year-old cousin.  The kids did an excellent job settling into routines during the week and, to no one’s surprise, it turned out to be a very busy and productive week! 

We spent Monday morning telling stories and doing drama.  For the winter vacation essay, kids are planning their writing using a story map and webs, then conferencing with other kids and myself to revise and add to their plans, and writing a rough draft on their Chromebooks. 

This week had several beginnings.  I began reading Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor to the kids.  (Ask your kid about mean ol’ Judd Travers.)  We began a math unit on geometry and measurement.  Drama with Michael Wehrli also began this week.  Similar to last year’s residency, half of our class will take the stage with Michael while the other half works with me during Language Workshop in our room.  Once the first group comes back, they trade places.  This will continue daily through mid-February. I will be sure to share the evening performance date when I learn it soon.

Speaking of drama, the 2015 Lewis Play, Jack and the Three Sillies, has been announced.  Ms. Tori has an informational meeting scheduled for Monday, February 9th, from 3:00 to 5:00 for kids interested in participating.

In other news, we met with our reading buddies in Mrs. Logue’s first grade before winter break.  Here’s a link with photos: http://goo.gl/dg6FwW.  Team 20’s poetry project is on display on the board across from the lunchroom.  Kids illustrated their poems with high contrast drawings using art pencils.  Here’s a link to “How We Made Our Poems” by Kaylee and Sadie: http://goo.gl/FddJuD.

And, in general, it is safe to say that we are back in full stride!

Mark

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