We celebrated Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’s birthday on Wednesday. We had a special guest reader from Sobrato High School. She read the book What Do You Do With an Idea? by by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom. In the book a child has an idea, but is afraid to speak up about the idea. However, as the idea grows so does the child's confidence. And then the idea begins to grow until one day something amazing happens. It is a story for anyone, at any age, who's ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, or too difficult. It's an inspiring story that teaches you to welcome that idea, give it some space to grow, and see what happens next. Our special guest reader’s name was Faith. Ask your child to explain the two meanings of the title of this post. Later that day we wrote an email to thank our special guest reader. Part of the lesson included learning to save a file to their Google Drive and then inserting that file into the email message. While Emily Post may not approve of an email thank you note. Our reader was a high school student, so it fit the situation.
First graders participated in Long Ago Day on Friday. They traveled to four different stations on the campus to learn about life in the past. The activities included learning to embroider, write in cursive with a quill pen, make butter from cream, and try out toys from long ago. In addition, we read Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall, in which the The main character packs his goods - the wool from his sheep, the shawl his wife made, the mittens his daughter knitted, and the linen they wove. He packs the birch brooms his son carved, and even a bag of goose feathers from the barnyard geese. Then he walks for ten days to the nearest market and sells his goods, one by one - even his beloved ox. Then, with his pockets full of coins, he wanders through the market, buying provisions for his family, and returns to his home. And the cycle begins again. In addition, we read Charlie Needs a Cloak, by Tomie dePaola and learned about the steps involved in making clothing from sheep’s wool. Ask your child to tell you more about life in the past.
Second graders had Plant Science Day while the first graders were out of the room. They learned about the parts of a plant. Students examined plants. Then, they drew the plant and labeled each plant part. We learned about the function of each part of the plant. We learned the roots absorb water and nutrients from the soil and hold the plant in place. The stem carries the water from the roots to the leaves. The leaves make food for the plant using a process called photosynthesis. And that flowers hold the seeds to make new plants. We read How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro and illustrated by Giulio Maestro. The book explains how an apple tree changes through the seasons and the important role insects, especially bees, play in helping apples form. Ask your child to explain how plants make food using photosynthesis. We also studied the parts of a tree and compared and contrasted the parts to a flowering plant. In our skills lessons learning about singular and plural nouns. We learned when to add es to words that have an ending in s, ss, ch, sh, or x ending. In addition we learned when to change the Y to and i and add es. In math, we began a new module in which students will be adding and subtracting within 1000.
Hello, I am Renee De Villez. This page is about the activities going on in my classroom. My audience consists of the parents of the students in my class. Other parents and teachers are welcome to read it as well.