Saturday, March 31, 2012

Spring Fever!!

We have had Spring Fever this week!!!  I can't believe the third quarter is over!  Only 9 more weeks of school! Wow!  
This week we learned about eggs and oviparous animals.  On Monday, we read a book about eggs and explored what is inside of an egg.

We learned about the shell of an egg and how it keeps whatever is growing inside safe.  We also learned about about how  the yolk provides the baby with food.   

We learned that animals that lay eggs are called oviparous animals.  We made an oviparous animals book.  We also did a oviparous and not oviparous animal sort.  

On Thursday, we had our first field trip!  We went to Pacifica Assisted Living and had a Easter Egg Hunt!  We had so much fun!! Here is some pictures from our trip.

We had so much fun!  When we got back to school, we decided  to write the Pacifica community a thank you  letter.  Here is what we came up with.  

On Friday, we ended our study of eggs by making a bird's nest special snack.  Yum!  

I wish you all a wonderful and safe Spring Break!  When we come back we will begin our Fairy Tale unit!  I can't wait!  :)  

Monday, March 26, 2012

Community Helpers

This week we learned about community helpers.  We had some guest speakers come in and speak to us about their occupations.  

On Monday, Ayla's dad spoke to us about his job as a Marine Biologist.  We learned about algae and seaweed.  We even got to take a close look at some algae through a microscope!  

On Tuesday, a nurse spoke with us about her job.  She explained some of the responsibilities that nurses have and told us what you have to do in order to become a nurse.  The students had some great questions for her.  One student even asked her about a boo boo he had on his arm!  Too cute!  

On Wednesday, a banker from First Federal came in to speak with us about her job as a bank teller.  She was kind enough to bring in a quarter saver for every student.  She also spoke about wants versus needs and why it is important to save.  

On Thursday, Ayla's mom came in and spoke to us about her job as a biologist.  We learned about beach re-nourishment and watershed.  She also brought in some really neat things like maps, rocks, and binoculars! 

On Friday we presented our community helper projects.  The turned out great!  
We had a nurse, babysitter, a vet... 

... a Coast Guard, lifeguard, karate teacher,police officer...

...a police officer with his police dog, and a firefighter.  

Friday afternoon, Josie's dad came in and spoke to us about his job as a lawyer.  We learned a lot about our justice system and got to look at some neat pictures of courtrooms.  

To end our week, we did a writing about what we want to be when we grow up.  Here is a few examples.  I am having them laminated and made into a book so that we can take turns taking it home to share with our families.  

We had a fun filled week learning about community helpers!  Next week we will be learning about eggs and oviparous animals!  

Monday, March 19, 2012

Top of the Mornin' to Ya!

On Monday, I began our morning message with the greeting "Top of the Mornin' to Ya!"  It was so fun to see them come in the rest of the week saying that to one another and tipping their imaginary hats!  Too cute!  
This week we learned about the symbols and traditions of St. Patrick's Day.  We read some Irish folk tales, made rainbows, and came very close to trapping a leprechaun!  It was a fun week!  

On Monday, we did a word study with the word "lucky".  Then we discussed the different things that make us lucky and wrote about them.  

We read Gail Gibbon's book about St. Patrick's Day.  It taught us about the history and symbols of the holiday.  We learned about leprechauns and we made these cute leprechaun masks!  

On Tuesday, we did some Skittles math.  We sorted our Skittles by color and made a graph.  Then, we used our data to make some addition sentences.  

On Wednesday we learned about fair shares using the book, "The Doorbell Rang".  We read the story and used the Mimio to practice sharing.  Then we used cereal to practice on our own.  

That afternoon, we reviewed ROY. G. BIV (the order of the colors of the rainbow), and made tissue paper rainbows.  They turned out beautiful!  

On Thursday, we did a leprechaun glyph and made a fair shares book to go inside him.  

On Thursday afternoon, we had an unexpected visitor!  A leprechaun came into our classroom and made quite a mess!  He turned things upside down and left glitter and gold all over!  He made a pile of green things on the carpet.  

He also left us some messages.  This one said "You will never get my gold!"

And this one said, "You can't catch me!"

Here is a video that shows our reactions when we discovered what had happened!  

After we got our classroom back in order, we decided to make some leprechaun traps.  We used styrofoam cups, clothes pins, and pennies to make our traps.  We set them up all over our classroom.  

When we came in the next morning, you won't believe what we found!  All of our traps had magically turned into little leprechaun hats.  They also left is some more gold!  But we didn't trap that sneaky leprechaun!  He fooled us again!  

During writing, we wrote a letter to our leprechaun.  It says, 
"Dear Parsley Leprechaun, Thank you for the gold.  Please do not mess up our classroom.  You are tricky.  Come back and we will be nice.  Love, Ms. Crowley's Class"  

Then we made wanted posters and hung them up in the hallways.  

To end our week of St. Patrick's Day fun, we made leprechaun punch.  We mixed Sprite and green sherbet.  Then we put some green sprinkles on top.  Yum!  

Even though we never caught the Parsley Leprechaun, we still had a lot of fun!