Our Exciting Butterfly Day!

October 2nd, 2014

Today we watched our Monarch butterfly come out of its chrysalis! It was very exciting to see the beautiful butterfly emerge from what had been a green bag hanging from the top of our butterfly jar. We started with a Monarch caterpillar (larva). The caterpillar ate A LOT of milkweed. When it had had all it could eat it crawled to the top of the jar and wrapped itself up in a chrysalis. In the beginning the chrysalis was bright green but as the pupa inside began to mature into a butterfly, the chrysalis changed. It began to turn black and soon we could see orange spots. On Wednesday we began to see liquid coming from the bottom of the chrysalis so we knew to watch closely for the butterfly to appear. Suddenly the bottom of the chrysalis opened and the butterfly worked its way out. It hung from the shell of the chrysalis for quite a while, drying its wings. A couple of hours later, it let us know it was ready to leave the jar by beginning to flutter his wings. We took him out to a somewhat sheltered area of the building and took the top off of the jar. The butterfly came out of the jar, flew to a window sill, and stayed in the sun for an hour or so drying his wings completely. Finally, he flew away. Mrs. Rush showed us how to tell that the butterfly was a male due to the two black spots on the back of his wings. Thank you Mrs. Rush. We were very excited about watching the life cycle of our Monarch butterfly!

The last picture is a picture of the chrysalis that remained after the butterfly emerged.

Graphing – Pictographs

September 24th, 2014

We have learned a lot about collecting, analyzing, and presenting data using different types of graphs. We have talked about bar graphs, tally charts, pie graphs, and today we learned about pictographs. To help us understand pictographs, we used M&M’s. We each used a small bag of M&M’s to sort. Once we sorted the candy we recorded the data collected as to how many of each color M&M we had in our bag. Once the data were collected we used that data to color M&M’s to place on our pictograph. After using one bag of M&M’s for data collection we were given another bag to EAT! This was a delicious math activity!

Here we are sorting our M&M’s. We sorted by color. We recorded the number of each color in our bag on our data sheet.

Constitution Day

September 24th, 2014

Constitution Day is such an important day in our country’s history. To celebrate, we participated in several activities. We looked at the Constitution and discussed how the writing was different from what we see in our writing today. We discussed the use of a quill and ink well. We looked at a quill and ink well. We listened to Ms. Caudill read about the Constitution in the preface of the book We the Kids. In the same book we discussed the vocabulary used in the preamble as well as other vocabulary common in the Constitution. Then, we listened to Ms. Caudill read the preamble to the Constitution in We the Kids. After listening to the preamble we learned some facts about the Constitution as we made a mini-book entitled The Constitution. We read this book independently and then aloud together. We learned many facts about the Constitution. After learning many things about the Constitution we had some fun with the word Constitution. We used the letters in the word to make 2, 3, and 4 letter words using only the letters in the word Constitution. We recorded the words we made and compared our words to our classmates’. We had fun and learned a lot on Constitution Day.

Two- and Three-dimensional Shape Feel and Say

September 14th, 2014

To finish up our unit on two- and three- dimensional shapes we played a feel and identify game with two- and three-dimensional shapes. Students were given a solid or plane shape in a brown paper bag. By feeling the shape, students were asked to identify the attributes of the shape. For example they identified the number of vertices, edges, faces, curved surfaces, sides, whether the shape was flat or solid, etc. After identifying the attributes the students identified the shape by name to their group. Each group checked for accuracy and then students chose another bag. The game was a success and students did an excellent job identifying attributes and using those to identify shapes!

Germs! Germs! Germs!

September 14th, 2014

As the cold and flu season approaches, we took a little time to look into the world of “Germs”! First we made a KWL chart to show what we KNOW about germs, what we WANT to know about germs and then to record what we LEARNED about germs. We read the book Germs! Germs! Germs!. We watched a germy video which showed us the different types of germs (virus, bacteria, and fungus) as well as the ways that they made us sick. We looked at some slides of some actual germs grown under a microscope and then completed an experiment called “Growing Germs”. We divided our class into thirds. One third did nothing to their hands. One third used hand sanitizer. One third washed their hands with warm soapy water. Then each group handled a piece of white bread and put it into a ziplock bag. We recorded our hypothesis as to what we thought might happen as a result of our experiment and then set them out for observation. We will collect observation data for a couple of weeks. We are looking forward to checking our hypothesis and observing our bread!


Week of September 8 – 12

September 8th, 2014

This week in Ms. Caudill’s class we will be working with the big book, That Big Cat. As we read and reread the big book we will be looking at author’s purpose, text structure, characters and setting. Our word list will include the sight words “down” and “up” as well as words containing short a. Students will be bringing home a practice fluency list. This list is designed to allow students to increase fluency and word automaticity. All of the words included in this list will include the short a sound. Spelling words will also be based on words containing short a with an emphasis on the word families -at and -an. Don’t forget to turn in the weekly spelling assignments listed at the bottom of the weekly spelling list!

In language we will be working on recognizing complete sentences. Students will be working on identifying complete sentences based on four criteria: that they begin with a capital letter, that they end with appropriate ending punctuation, that they make sense, and that they convey a complete thought. As they work on speaking and listening, students will be working on appropriate partner and small group behaviors such as turn taking and sharing of responsibility.

In math students will be moving from working with two-dimensional shapes to working with three-dimensional shapes. They will be comparing the likenesses and differences between the two types of shapes and will be learning about the attributes that three-dimensional shapes have. In practical living we will be doing a “germy” experiment with dirty hands and bread and will be looking at line and color in art.

We will be working on reading MAP testing on Wednesday afternoon.

As you can see we have a very busy week in store!

Happy Grandparents’ Day!

September 8th, 2014

We had a wonderful lunch with our grandparents. After lunch we went back to the room for more activities and fun with some of our favorite people!

When we returned to the room we took a survey of the different names we used for our grandmothers and grandfathers. We also sang a special song for our “Grands” on their special day. We presented our version of “The Squeaky Old Bed”, Reader’s Theater style! Finally, we completed a segment of our calendar lesson so that our grandparents would leave proud as peacocks after seeing us demonstrate our academic talents. We had a great day!

Have a Wonderful Summer!

June 20th, 2014

Enjoy your summer break! Be sure to read a lot, play a lot, and look for wonder in your world. I look forward to seeing you next year!

Happy Holidays

December 20th, 2012

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season! I am looking forward to seeing everyone back for a fabulous 2013!

Phonics Review and Shapes, Shapes, Shapes!

August 20th, 2012

This week we will continue to review our letters, sounds, and high frequency words learned in kindergarten. This will give us a strong foundation as we begin to become strong readers. We have completed our first writing piece, a personal narrative entitled “All About Me”. We are anxious to publish them for all to read! In math we are working on geometry and have learned a great deal about lines and shapes. We have sorted shapes, made shapes, compared and contrasted shapes, and this week we will create things from shapes. We will have a great week. Our letters this week are /i/, /d/, /r/, /b/,/b/, /l/, /o/, /k/k, and /k/ck. Our high frequency words are play, you, he, is, she, and, said, are, do, and this. We are working with both two and three dimensional shapes including circle, square, rectangle, triangle, rhombus, trapezoid, cone, cube, rectangular prism, pyramid, and sphere.