Hour of Code
The children then select their name and the picture icon that represents them and push the orange sign in button. We are coding in class this week and then if you would like to log in over the Winter break to work with your child, you may! Paula, Bodie's grandmother has been coming to the Makers Lab to help us each Wednesday.... Due to testing in the lab, we were not able to attend a few sessions so we are catching up. Mrs. Sanders, agreed to come on Monday to offer classes on her day off. She is wonderful!
Haaniya, Rad, and Mia
Taking a closer look at teeth. How do animals defend themselves?
Using our senses to touch animals. We are scientists!
Willem and Neela
Skulls, skat, and pelts. We benefited from the lending science trunk.
Sharing our Community with others!
Our children have begun a study of community! We are investigating community helpers, neighborhoods, buildings and goods/services found in our community. We are also curious to know what other students (pre-k-2nd grade) classrooms think about communities. So, we entered the Gingerbread Stem to Steam building Project. If you want to view the map of participating schools: http://gingerbreadstemcommunity.weebly.com/participating-schools.html
On Tuesday morning, we will be Skyping with a kindergarten/fifth grade partner team from the Ridge Family Center for Learning School in Illinois to compare our communities. Before our Skype call, students will engineer an entire community out of graham crackers, icing, snacks, etc. The students will have to determine what resources need to be included in the community (fire station, school, playground, hospital, grocery store, etc.) so each classroom’s design is unique to student input. Talk to your child more about Austin and our neighborhood. What goods and services are offered in our neighborhood?
We walked to Galaxy, viewed the Tower, and remembered Wildflower Center. As we read more Fairy Tales, we have discovered other buildings.... tower, cottage, village, etc... Then, we began to look at different materials that each building was made and how it was designed. Our children are highly motivated and eager to build! They did a wonderful job. Special thank you to Rad's mom and Taila's mom and Bodie's grandmother for helping in the classroom.
This project will be a great way to add to our study about communities! I know this time of year is very busy; any help is greatly appreciated. We are decorating on Wednesday, Thursday, and Monday. Please view the photographs that the children designed last year at some of the other schools. On Tuesday, we will wear our Pajamas and have hot cocoa! FUN!!!
We want to invite the parents to see our buildings, visit the butterfly habitat, garden and pond area, and show our community project work. The students voted to share two short plays. Please come on Thursday, December 17th at 11:45am. If you would like to bring a food item to share, it would be fine. I will provide juice and cups. On Friday, December 18th, if anyone would like to come in the morning and share about their culture or community I would love to host visitors. Recently, Neela’s mom (Rushmi) came in traditional clothes from India and talked about Diwali. We did an art project and enjoyed hearing about cultural experiences. Friday morning, we will make small snow globes in a jar with your child's photograph! If you want to help me, I need a few extra hands.
Aiden's birthday November 30thMinje is going back to South Korea for a vacation-December 10th
Mariam is visiting California
Willem's birthday is December 16th (please send a birthday card)
Aiden's last day is December 18th (please make him a special card)
FRIDAY FUN! Fairy Tale Play & 6th Grade Music Event & Volunteer Breakfast
Literacy: We continue to enjoy reading daily. The children love to anticipate the problem and solution in the story. We illustrate our favorite part and write our own stories.
Phonemic awareness: rhyme, alliteration, syllables, and compound words.
Science: Gardening, creating monarch habitat, helping in pond area, pet and nature observations, caring for pets, recycling
Field Trip Fun!
February 2nd We will visit the Paramount to view a play based on the Mo Willems books about Piggie and Elephant.
April 10th, we will visit Crowes Nest Farm in Manor, Texas. Diane Crowe is a former Austin ISD Principal at Gullett Elelmentary where my son attended!