I’m a little late posting to my blog today because both Jack and I were in the cleaning spirit this morning, and you should never pass up an opportunity to clean with the cleaning spirit. So Jack and I cleaned (in our jammies) for about two hours today. Now the layer of grime covering everything is not as thick and we no longer feel ashamed to have people walk through our front door.
But enough of that: on to my week at school. This week was really good! One of my students had a total behavior breakthrough this week. So we’ve been coloring in lots of happy faces and writing happy notes home etc. I love that part of teaching!
In language arts, we have continued to explore text features and are deep into writing our research book. The kids love writing these books and every chance they get, ask me if they can write. I know. I’m a teaching genius. 😉
In math, we finished up coins, to everyone’s satisfaction and promptly began learning about fractions. The kids seem to be getting it pretty easily and are making only the typical mistakes, that can be addressed with repeated practice. For instance, they will mix up the denominator with the left over pieces and say 2 out of 1 crayons are blue instead of 2 out of 3 crayons are blue. Or they will flip/flop the numerator and denominator and say 3 out of 2 crayons is blue.
In social studies, we learned about patriotic symbols, anthems, mottos, pledges etc. The kids really enjoyed listening to our national anthem and even recognized it when the fourth and fifth graders sang it for “Muffins with Moms” (which you will hear more about later in the post). Yesterday the kids were told to write about something that was important to Americans. Here are some excerpts:
Fairness is important to Americans because everyone gets the same amount of french fries. If they didn’t, it wouldn’t be fair.
Obviously he is already learning the function of the FDA.
The green lady is important to Americans because she is freedom and she means liberty
She went on to talk about how the flag was still there in the rockets and we are the house of the brave.
In science, we learned about the different types of weather: temperature, cloud cover, precipitation and wind. The kids held tissues into the wind to measure the speed and direction of the wind, took thermometers outside to see whether it was warmer in the shade or in the sun, showed the different types of clouds using cotton balls and construction paper and ran around in the rain on Friday (that was not officially part of my lesson plan, though.)
So, I know you’re all on tenterhooks about what “Muffins with Moms” is. On Wednesday, all the elementary moms came to the school and listened to the munchkins sing songs. Pre-K, Kinder, and 1st grade sang, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” 2nd and 3rd sang “This Land is Your Land” and, as I mentioned earlier, 4th and 5th grade sang the “Star Spangled Banner.” Then we all trooped back to the classroom and enjoyed muffins together. Last Friday, while we were making invitations, the kids asked me if I was bringing my mom to Muffins with Mom. I kind of laughed and then thought, “Why not?” So my momma came and won over all the children. They asked her if she could stay for the rest of the day.
Now they want to know if I’m going to bring my dad for “Donuts with Dads” next month.