I totally meant to write this post yesterday morning, but I got sidetracked in a major way browsing these ADORABLE reading posters!!
In language arts, we finished up our author study of Kevin Henkes books, but to the sadness of the class and myself. The munchkins did a great job recording the title, author, characters, setting, problem, and solution on their story map all by themselves (which they were convinced they could not do, and I convinced them otherwise). We also finished up our blue book on Monday (finally!) and did complimentary chairs, the munchkins favorite game. If you haven’t heard about it before, the kids dance around the room to music, and when the music stops, they have to run to a desk that is not their own, read a fellow student’s book and write a compliment on their “compliment sheet.” When the author returns to his/her desk, she has a page full of nice things from his/her peers. SO CUTE!
In math, we did a whole week of geometry. The kiddos did a great job at identifying plane shapes and solid figures, but they still mix them up sometimes and call a cube a square, a sphere a circle (actually, they have trouble saying sphere even if they know what they’re supposed to say) etc. They also learned about faces and vertices (which a parent came and asked me about, because she couldn’t remember). The only problem is that the book cannot decide whether a cone has 1 vertex or 0. It’s one way on one workmat, and the other way on another workmat. I have informed the students that the number of vertices on a cone will not be tested.
In social studies, we did very little because math took up so much time. But, while we were finding time, we began learning about choices. Students picked scenarios and listed the benefits and costs of each choices. They also, hopefully, learned what opportunity cost means. This week, we will begin talking about the choices that families make.
In science, we observed the worm-filled terrarium all week. They made observations, desperately searched for their worms, cried that they worms must have surely died, and jumped for joy at the sight of a worm bit poking out from beneath the soil. After observations, we did a mini-activity like reading an animal/plant interdependence book, using a venn diagram to compare our terrarium to the environment outside the school, and taking a nature walk to observe plant and animal interdependence. On Friday, they took all their observational notes and wrote a report about what they learned.
Also taking place on Friday, my teaching partner was out sick, so the class had a substitute. Usually on Fridays, I take half of both classes and do an art project, and my teaching partner takes the other half of both classes and does a drama activity. However, this substitute was clearly not ready to be in charge of the class, and eventually I figured out that I needed to take both classes so that anarchy did not reign. I ditched my plan in favor of a read-aloud/fill-in-the-rhyme activity with “The Cat in the Hat” and a Magic School Bus video. 37 kids is just too many kids to do anything at desks, especially since there are only 18 desks in my class!