Saturday, February 18, 2017

Outdoor Classroom Challenges

Mrs. Fake and I have been joining forces during outdoor classroom.  It makes for quite an energetic end of the day!  Yesterday, we gave the kids 2 Everest Challenges.  First in teams of 4, that included at least 1 girl and 1 boy, the kids had to make their way across the field to the far field goal posts. Most of the teams ran and then waited for those that needed a little more time.  We explained to the kids if they were on Mt. Everest, they probably would have lost their team mates on the mountain. What was really successful was a chance to burn off some energy!  Second grade legs running through 24 inches of snow!!

The second challenge was to build a snow man as tall as the American Flag.  This challenge brought some great focus and collaboration.  One team thought to pass snow balls up the snow bank, fire line style.

I hope everyone has a great break.  I look forward to many more adventures and learning when we return.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Number sense and support for math at home

We are working on building number sense during math.   I wanted to share with you a couple of links that your family might find helpful.

1.  Today, we used the video below to review an open number line.  It's not a very entertaining presentation but it does break down the steps of what using an open number line looks like and how it is helpful.
Open Number Lines

2.  Learn Zillion has a collection of lessons that are standards aligned.  You can look at just the videos or you can go through the lesson - each is usually about 5 minutes in presentation time.  This is where the open number line video is from.

3.  The next website was recommended by another teacher as a fun way to practice fluency and games around math.  Take care that there are some advertisements.

Lastly, your child has a sheet for homework called Magic Squares.  Magic squares are a way to practice addition with 3 addends.  The sum is given above the square.  For example, for the first square, the sum is 15.  The columns and rows should all add up to 15, as well as the diagonals.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions regarding math, especially if we don't have school tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Animal Shelter

It was fun to host the Animal Shelter in our classroom on Tuesday.  Mia, the shelter dog, came to visit with her person Morgen(the volunteer coordinator for the Animal Shelter).  Morgen encouraged kids to think about ways they can help out the Animal Shelter.  She also talked about humane education, how to treat a dog and how to read a dog's behaviors.  Today we made posters about how to take care of dogs.  On our lap tops we found pictures of shelter dogs to inspire our drawings.

Dogs need:

Love, Exercise, Health Care, Food and Water, 
Toys and playtime

Chewonki Visit

We had the pleasure of a visit from the Chewonki Outreach Program.  We talked with our presenter about Vernal Pools.  If you don't know,...