A Peek at Our Week
Our Spectacular 1st-3rd Grade Class
January 29, 2016
Athletes, musicians, scientists and other "focused" people trained their RAS to choose what is pertinent. We are SUPER excited to get ours really strong so we can have strong focus abilities! With practice focusing on specific details, we will train our RAS to be more effective. So, if the rain is hitting the windowsill, we have a loose tooth or we smell food from the lunch room, we will be able to quickly redirect our attention to the task at hand and tell ourselves that lunch will be soon or to not think about the loose tooth. We have some fun exercises and RAS workouts in store for us!
There is some serious writing happening during our workshops! There are stories about trips to Mexico, a lost fawn and a book about dragons, just to name a few.
In handwriting, we practiced Magic C letters - a, c, d, g, o although it was a mystery what letter Magic C would ask to write. We had to get our c ready and then wait for the directions....then go up, higher, back down and bump the line. What letter did we make? d!
Phonics groups are working on...
- Baby u, ut, ug, and un famlies continued and making words with sh-, th-, ch-
- Magic e with e continued and word play with letter swaps to make new words with all magic e word families. For example, like could become line or bike.
We also learned about verbs through full on experience...jump, blink, smile, yawn, laugh...actions words can be fun ( but also not so fun...fall, cry, break..)! Some of us practiced identifying what is a verb or a noun. Others practiced different tenses of verbs.
Skip the word and come back is a great strategy that can be used by all readers. It is one of my favorites as it requires using context and other clues and THINKING!
STEM- Can You Save Fred?
Problem: How can you and your partner save Fred using only 4 paperclips? You may not touch Fred, the boat, or the life preserver directly with your hands, only with the paper clips.
Before we tackled this problem we learned about Design Thinking and how engineers design and think about problems...Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve. We followed these step as we worked to save Fred. I saw such creativity and team work with cooperation, great communication and courage to try new ideas with the risk of them failing. Through the process of something not working, we learn something new and can improve our idea!
We sketched and wrote out our final plans that worked in a flow chart. Sorry, I did not capture a picture of that one but you will see it in your Thursday Packets! I did capture them in action!
We are excited to help them and give a big thank you for visiting! We are starting a drive next week to collect items they need, especially as Spring approaches and the need helping orphaned animals becomes great. We will be collecting the following items:
Laundry Soap (HE type)
Squirrel & Jay bird seed mix
Dove and quail seed mix
Black Oil Sunflower Seed for wild birds
Even though all the kiddos are too young to volunteer, they all have the BIG hearts that want to help out. Donating these items will feel really good!
Catnip Mice for the Animal Shelter
Thurston County Food Bank
We will be going back on February 5th to complete an activity about our local heroes that we ran out of time to do. :( The children's librarians are so great and collaborated with me to create a meaningful activity that connects to our theme. They are so cool!
- February 5th - Laurel, Addy
- February 12th - Sam, Gillian
Field Trips and Special Events
- January 8th - February 10th - Read to Feed (Our Fundraising Page)
- February 5th - Bus to the library (1:00-3:00)
- February 26th - Museum of History and Industry - Center of Innovation - 9:00 (all day!)
- May 6 - Wolf Haven - 11:45
- May 20th - Woodard Bay Bike Trip - 12:15
- June 3 - Cougar Mountain Zoo - 8:15 (all day!)