Friday, February 9, 2018

February Update

February 14th 9:00 to 10:00 am -
During the party students will pass out Valentines, have a snack, and do a quick craft.

Please send in a decorated mailbox with your child’s name on the front by Tuesday, February 13th.  Be sure your students name is large, readable and on the front of the box.  Have fun and be creative!  I love to see all the amazing ideas that families come up with. Don't forget to design a box that allows for cards or candy to go IN but also be REMOVED from the box when ready--- We have had a few boxes in previous years come in with only a small slit opening and then the students couldn't get their valentines or candy back out to read :)  We have 23 students in our class, be sure to have your child bring a valentine for each student.  Most students leave the "To:" part of the Valentine blank and just write their name next to the "From" that way it is easier to pass one valentine to each box. If you would like to have your child put individual names on Valentines you can use the class list on this website.

We have been working playing several math games to learn simple addition using dice and manipulatives. Students have been learning various ways to add including, counting the total using manipulatives, counting on and writing equations. In addition to this we are celebrating 100 days of learning! We are practicing counting to 100 by ones, tens, fives and twos. I am enjoying the students 100 day projects, they are so creative!

We made a paper chain in groups of ten.
We estimated how many links in our chain, counted by 10s and found we had 800 links!
Next, we broke them in 100s and counted by 100s. They loved decorating the room. 
We had to chance this week and last to go to the STEAM lab to learn with Mrs. Fleet. The S.T.E.A.M. lab is another place where students can explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design and Math. "STEAM" is an educational approach to learning that uses each of these subjects to guide student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The goal is to teach students to take thoughtful risks and engage in experiential learning. They solve problems, collaborate with others, and work through the creative process.  

* To learn more about STEAM I've attached a webpage: What is STEM and STEAM mean? 

 In the lab we met DOT and DASH. We learned that robots need to be programed to work using tech tools (coding) that tell them step by step what to do. Then students explored both robots, compared features, and used an ipad program to control them. The BOTS learned to talk, light up and blink in a variety of ways, make noises students chose or recorded, and Dash could even move in a variety of ways following commands students gave. If you haven't heard about it yet, just ask them. They loved it!

Then we made our own paper robots. 
*They were clever coming up with a purpose for their robot. 

In reading and writing we are beginning to study informational text. They have enjoyed exploring non-fiction and learning from pictures and words. We are writing what we learned and will soon begin writing our own informational books. Here's some of our initial learnings: