Tuesday, January 17, 2012


We had such a fun week learning about ice, snow, and snowmen!  In shared reading this week, we read a poem called "Five Little Snowmen".  In the poem the snowmen begin to melt until none are left.  We read the poem several times throughout the week and practiced retelling it by pretending to be the snowmen!  It was so much fun!  

Here is some pictures of our melting snowmen!  

We also practiced comparing two stories using a venn diagram after reading "Snowmen At Night" and "Snowman All Year".  We found out that both these books had the same author, Caralyn Buehner.  After reading them, we wrote about what we would do if we were snowmen at night.  Then we made torn paper snowmen at night.  (Sorry these pictures are sideways.  I can't figure out how to make it right side up!)

In writing, we learned about different types of  "how to" writing.  We talked about recipe books, instruction manuals, etc.  We learned about transitional words: first, next, and last.  We did a shared writing about how to build a snowman.  We discussed all the steps and decided how to organize it.  

The next day, everyone did their own writing about how to build a snowman.  Then they got to make their own snowman by following their steps!

In math, we have been comparing numbers to ten.  I found this great comparing numbers activity on pinterest.  Each student makes their own name snowman using their first name.  Then, they partner up and compare their snowmen.  Then we wrote sentences using the words more, less, or equal.  For example, "Cy is less than Iyana." and "Emmy is equal to Ayla."    

We also learned about ordinal numbers.  We read a fun poem about snowmen that used ordinal numbers and then made this fun little flip book.  

We also did a snowman glyph.  They turned out great! After we finished them, we hung them on our white board to examine our data.  Then, we wrote about our glyphs.  We found out that six of us have built a snowman before.  We also found out that more of us like blue than pink.  

In science, we did an experiment to see what would melt ice the fastest.  We set out four plates and put an ice cube on each one.  On the first one, we put a little bit of water.  On the second one, we put some sugar.  On the third one, we put some salt and we left the fourth one alone.  We made our predictions and then set a timer for twenty minutes.  Once the timer went off, we checked our ice cubes and found out that salt melts ice the fastest.   Then we talked about how salt is put on roads, sidewalks, and steps to help melt the ice faster.  

On Friday we ended out study of snow by having a special snack.  We used marshmallows, pretzels, and icing to make snowflakes.  We learned that snowflakes have six sides, so we made sure to count out six pretzels and marshmallows.  They looked great and were so yummy!

 Next week we will be learning about how animals hibernate, migrate, and adapt during the winter.  We will also be doing a Jan Brett author study.

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