Monthly Archives: May 2013

Writing Update!

Oh man!  We have been reviewing small moment, narrative stories this past week and the kids wrote their final piece for me to grade for the report cards.  These stories are knocking my socks off!!  Too cute!  Check out just a few of these stories by clicking on the picture below!

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Lilly’s Story: One day, not so long ago, my mom said we could get a cat.  Me and Cotey thought my mom was lying, but no she wasn’t lying.  And we got in the car.  We went to a house.  The lady who lived there gave Willow, our cat, to us. I couldn’t wait to get home.  When we got home, me, Adrie, and Cotey played with Willow.  But, she’s not good at tag, so we played get the mouse.  Willow was good at that.  But, she was sick.  But, we had fun.  I love Willow.

Evelyn’s Story: I was camping in my back yard on a hot spring day.  Me and spencer were eating gummy bears.  I twas fun. When it was dark, my brother told me the story of the boogie monster.  He said, “If you say boohoohoo three times, you are dead!  I t was fun. When it was darker we ate goldfish and played catch.  It was fun.  When it was morning, me and Spencer’s feet were freezing.  So,  we went in side.  It was fun.

Nicholas’ Story: I am at my grandma’s trailer.  I opened my present.  But, Grandma said, “no, you have to open your card first.”  “Ok,” I said.  I opened my card.  I opened my present.  It was a….TABLET.  “Yessss!”  I played it in bed.  “I love my new tablet!”  The heart of the story is I wanted a tablet.

Shopping List!

Every year, we look forward to celebrating the end of the year together outside with bubblessidewalk chalkpopsicles, and fun!  We are all stocked up on FUN, but…we would LOVE if you would add bubblesLARGE bubble wands (Dollar Tree)or sidewalk chalk to one of your shopping lists in the next few weeks.  We are most in need of large jugs of bubbles and LARGE bubble wands.  We hold our celebration on the second to last day of school (June 5), so if you are willing to help supply us, you can feel free to send in your goodies anytime before the second to last day of school.

Thanks so much!

Math Workshop!

The kids have gotten so good at working on math skills independently during our math workshop time to allow for me to meet one on one or in small groups with kids to reinforce our math curriculum.  I took some snapshots of them at work yesterday. 🙂  Click on the photo to see more from our workshop.

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Math Update!

We have been studying larger 2-digit numbers.  We noticed that every 2-digit number has a place to show the tens hiding inside, along with a place to show the extra ones.  We also represented these numbers using ten sticks and circles, and wrote an equation to match our work.

Then we worked on adding two 2-digit numbers together and solved it the same way: by drawing ten sticks and circles.

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We checked to see if we had enough circles left over to make a new ten.  If we did, we circled them into a group of ten.  Then we counted all our ten sticks and then our left over ones to find the answer.

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Beach Day!

On Tuesday, May 28, we will celebrate BEACH DAY since the class earned their 20 star prize!  We plan to take part of our readers’ workshop outside and soak in the sun.  To prepare, make sure your child comes to school wearing suntan lotion and comfortable clothes/shoes.  Your child can also bring a beach towel and sunglasses to use during our outdoor fun!

Writing Celebration!

The kids had a blast this week, celebrating their ALL ABOUT BOOKS from our informational writing unit.  These will come home at the end of next week with all their writing from the whole school year.  You will have to take a look at these, the kids did an amazing job of teaching us about different topics.  We celebrated by taking some time to read our friends’ stories and then leave them some compliments.  We also ended with our fruit punch toast! 🙂

Click on the picture below to see more photos from the celebration:

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Our Trip to the Zoo!

We had a great field trip to the zoo! The kids had a blast learning about (and touching) some fun animals and touring the zoo.  The weather didn’t hold us back and the kids adventured all over the zoo on a hunt for lots of animals!  We did end up bringing our lunches back to school to find a dry spot to eat, but all in all, it was a great trip.  My favorite quote from the zoo trip was: “Mrs. Woodring, are we going to John Ball Zoo or Kalama zoo?”  Come on, too cute!

Thank you, thank you to all the parents who volunteered to join us for our trip!  I really am so thankful for all of you!  Thanks for coming and sharing this fun filled day with us.  I couldn’t have done it all without you!

Click on the picture below to see more pictures from our trip!

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Field Trip!

We are looking forward to our field trip to the zoo on Wednesday!   We are going to hope that the rain comes before or after our trip, but we will go RAIN OR SHINE!  We do need $1 from each student to cover the cost of the trip.  Our PTC has graciously covered the raining fee for us.  Please send $1 to school with your child before Wednesday in an envelope with your child’s name on it.  Thanks so much!