Saturday, December 10, 2016

December 10, 2016

We are theatrical!  This class LOVES to perform, so we have introduced "Reader's Theater".  We practice with our partner on reading with a strong, clear voice.  We are learning to read aloud with fluency and expression.  Enjoy one of our performances:

We are creative!  We love our Bio-buddies, but this month was extra-fun:  we had two STEM challenges!  One was to create a dreidel that would spin.  The second one was to create a 3-D Christmas tree that would stand up on its own.  It was a sight to behold, watching these kindergartners and middle schoolers working together (and it was just as much a challenge for the 7-8th graders as it was for the kinders!)

We are problem solvers!  We worked together as a team to solve another challenge:  how could we make another 3-D Christmas tree using cups?  We were really practicing Growth Mindset during this activity.  We had lots of great ideas, and we needed to modify and adjust our thinking and our plans as we went along.  Even though it fell over right before we took the picture, we all agreed it was a lot of fun, and can't wait to try again this week during choice time!

We are deep thinkers!  We are learning about wants and needs.  We read the book "Those Shoes" by Noah Z. Jones.  

Jeremy wants a pair of black high top sneakers.  He needs winter boots.  After the story, we had a great discussion about wants vs. needs.  We sorted some pictures into wants or needs.  There was a lively debate when we came to a picture of a dog.  Some children thought a dog was a want, because you don't need it to live (the definition we gave the children at the beginning of the lesson).  But others mentioned pets as being part of your family, and you NEED your family.  And still other children reminded us about service animals, and people that have service animals NEED them!  All of this from five and six year olds!  

This week reminded me why I love my job so much.  I am blessed to teach this children!

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