Showing posts from September, 2012

Happenings in River Class

This week's Big Fish.

It's Dee's turn to read story. The current book is called All About Sam by Lois Lowry.

Students are working hard in language groups. They are silent reading (as pictured above).

They write about the weather, their feelings, upcoming events, and recess activities in their journals.

                                             Some students are working on sight words.

Last Week continued

Water Watch in River
Our Friday research time was about our Lower School theme, WATER.  Dee explained what would be happening.

We took 31 ice cubes (representing our students) and asked the students to answer the following questions:
Do they make noise? If they do, why?
How much water will 31 ice cubes make?
How much time will it take for 31 ice cubes to melt?
Why are they shining?

Children worked in cooperative groups to figure out the answers to the water questions. This research time included learning about measuring cups (1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, 1 cup, 2 cups), estimation, working with others, reading, writing, and our theme, water.

Last Week in River

Our second Big Fish of the year following her Big Fish celebration on Friday.

We had our first Monday Mélange last week. Lisa, one of our classroom parents, kindly came to River Class to do mushroom activities with the students.

There were three rotating activities. One group looked for mushrooms outside on our beautiful campus. The children were so inspired by this activity that they continued it during their S'math class on Tuesday and Thursday.

Another group stayed inside to pick a mushroom, from the many collected by River families, in order to make a spore print.

The other group got to look at mushrooms through a microscope.

                                                       A lot of fun was had by all!
Our first Big Fish of the year

The Big Fish gets to share every day. The rest of the students may share one time during the week.
Sharings include something from nature like the feather above.

A student may also share a book or picture/photo.

Students may also bring in something they made such as a pillow or a lego building.

Occasionally we allow the children to share a stuffed animal. The children may do this one time in the next couple of weeks.
Interest Groups begin this Friday afternoon at 1:15 - How Exciting!

Interest GroupsSeptember, 2012

1.  Green Living - Let’s make reusable items to replace the disposables we use every day!  We will use fabric remnants to make snack bags, cloth napkins and shopping bags.

2.  Bingo Bash - Do you love BINGO?  Here’s your chance to play all kinds of different BINGO games.  Everybody will get a chance to win at BINGO.

3.  Teddy Bear Picnic - Bring your favorite teddy bear and come picnic with us.  Each week we will make a small snack and find a special place to picnic with our teddy bears and read stories about bears.

4.  Outdoor Fun-  We will do outdoor activities such as scavenger hunts and a mystery hunt with clues written in code. If it rains, we will play some classroom games.

5.  Beading Blast- We will learn to make different styles of friendship bracelets, necklaces, earrings and trinkets using many types of beads and bead patterns. You can make these projects for yourself or as gifts…

Second Week of School - River Class