Friday, June 5, 2015

Making Mini Books

This week, we are making some fun mini books during writing time. Each child has a story making kit that includes small blank books, googly eyes, foam shapes and fancy paper for cutting. Fiction and non-fiction stories are being created. Families will see some great books coming home sometime next week!



                                                                 Hummingbird




                                         


                                                     Ant crawling up
                                                       a flower











Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Officer Brownell Visits Our Classroom

Emma's dad, Anthony Brownell, visited our classroom on Monday and taught us about his job as a member of the Burlington Police Department. He explained the equipment that he carries on his vest including a baton,  taser, camera, hot pepper spray,  walkie-talkie and  gun.

He also brought his police cruiser. We went outside where the students took turns climbing in the back seat and sitting in the drivers seat. They really enjoyed turning on the lights. It was a surprise when one of the students learned how the microphone worked. It was loud!



Thursday, April 30, 2015

Guest Readers from CHMS

Today seventh grade students from Camel's Hump Middle school came to our classroom to share e-books that they had written. Each seventh grader researched a country in Africa and made an ABC book that incorporated that learning. They shared their ABC books with our class today.

It was great to hear these older students reading one on one with kindergarten students.






Monday, April 20, 2015

Celebrating Writing

We celebrated the end of our information writing unit by inviting our 4th grade buddies to come to our classroom to see our  published "How to" books.... and to share some salsa and chips. The kindergarten students made some of the salsa by following the steps in a how to book  "Making Salsa".







  








                Our "How to Writing" folders were packaged  to take home and share with our families.
               




Shape Mural







Our class built a shape mural as part of our work in the math unit Build a Shape, Build a Block. Children also took photos of their individual creations before they were added to the bulletin board. They made "Can you find...?  cards for their classmates to use.

Can you find....
      -  buildings made with triangle and squares?
      -  something with 4 rectangles?
      -  a rectangle, triangle and square in one design?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Block building


Here are just a few of the structures that were built in our block area the past several months.  Some great architects and engineers at work!


...with slide to go from one building to the other!










                                         


Happy 100 Days of School






These pictures are from February. Ooops. Just found this still in the draft box. 

Happy Spring


We planted grass seed in cups decorated with eyes, nose and mouth on  Friday, March 6.  We wondered if our "grass heads" would sprout green hair by March 17, St. Patrick's Day. They did!




           We gave them a "haircut" on the first day of spring!



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Winter Animal Tracking

This past Wednesday, we used our senses to explore our outdoor classroom. We discovered many animal tracks in the snow. We studied the tracks to see if we could figure out if the animal was a straight walker, a waddler, a hopper or a bounder when it traveled. We learned that "feet make footprints" and thought about what type of feet might have made the footprints that we found. We also saw other signs of animal life in the woods, including noticing where some animals had stopped to eat and pee. 

We enjoying a prey and predator game in the snow. 

We look forward to another outdoor exploration time soon. 

Thanks to Ms. Kane, who hiked with us through the woods behind RES and took most of these pictures.