We had our first STEAM lesson today. We learned a bit about this beautiful stained glass window by Frank Lloyd Wright. We talked about the shapes and colors we saw in the design. We noticed that there were two American flags, and that some of the shapes overlap each other. We found out that Frank Lloyd Wright was a famous American architect, and that he designed many beautiful houses and other buildings around the United States. Then we each got to design our own "stained glass window". Some of us had a plan right from the start of how we wanted our window's design to look. Others of us just enjoyed laying out shapes and seeing what kind of design took shape. All of them are unique and look so pretty hanging in our classroom window. Then we took pictures of our windows and recorded ourselves described our design in SeeSaw.
We are learning that good readers have a "toolbox" of strategies that they use when they come to a word that they don't know. We have some Reading Buddies that will help remind us of those strategies. So far, we have met "Eagle Eye" and "Lips the Fish". Eagle Eye reminds us to look at the picture, to see if that will help us. Lips the Fish tells us to get our mouth ready to read the word, by looking at the first letter and making that sound.
Some of our favorite books this week are Mrs. Wegner's favorite books. This week we heard Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes and Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina. We even acted out Caps for Sale, and had so much fun pretending to be the naughty monkeys. Those books have joined all of the versions we've heard of The Gingerbread Man in our Reading Workshop book bins. The children gravitate towards these books they've heard read, and love telling the stories in their own words across the pages. In addition to telling these stories across the page, some children are looking for words they know in the text, others are reading the stories themselves. All are engaged and love our workshop time. I have actually heard groans when it is time to put our books away! Be still my heart!
In writing workshop, we were excited to add a new tool to our writing toolkits: a stapler! We know that just like telling a story across the page in Reading Workshop, we can stretch out our stories and tell them across several pages in Writing Workshop, too. With more than one page, we need to staple those sheets together!
Here is an announcement from both Mrs. Zosel and Mrs. Bailey: (Felix was in my class several years ago, and has organized a fundraiser for Hurricane Relief all on his own!)
Hurricane Help . . . thank you to all for posting the fundraiser on your blogs and reminding and encouraging students to bring change for the Hurricane Relief project that Felix has spearheaded! He is SO excited that his efforts are school-wide, and is so optimistic about reaching his goal ($1,000) to help all who have been impacted by the hurricanes. Just a note . . . adults can participate, too! :) The collection runs this week.
We hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend. Stay cool!