Winter Olymics

Hi, this is Ethan writing a blog entry for Mrs. Boucher about the presentation I did today. First I researched the top 10 winter olympic medal winners (by country). Next I printed it out to record the in. To record it I copied off the number of medals each country had won for gold, silver, bronze, and total. At the begining of math I presented it on the Whiteboard. I had made it so it was a 3-D bar graph. It was amazing! Check out my Excel spreadsheet: olympic #1 spreadsheet

Movie Making

I’ve been exploring movie making recently because MBS has two new Flip Cameras! lets anyone make unique movies (up to 3o seconds) with pictures, short video clips and music (for free!).  I made my first movie with images from our last 4 Winds lesson.  The kids loved using air pressure to pop the top off a milk jug!  Check it out and if you like it, let us know by leaving a comment.  I think this would be a great resource to create unique slide shows of class activities and field trips.

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into the seaOur school lives have been immersed in imagery! During reader’s workshop we’ve been learning how to create quick sketches to capture the mental images we have when we read.  Everyone enjoyed listening to the text Into the Sea and jotting their quick sketches.  Students were encouraged to write the words that inspired details in their sketches.  Once we finished, we compared our sketches to those of the illustrator.  Now we’re practicing jotting our mental images onto sticky notes or thinkmarks, analyzing the author’s word choice and explaining why the words produced visualizations.  I encourage you to chat with your child about mental images with their home reading.  They’ll impress you with their knowledge of author’s craft. 

owlmoonIn writer’s workshop we’ve also been investigating figurative language and creating imagery for our readers. We began our study by “reading like a writer.” Owl Moon by Jane Yolen was the first text to inspire our writing. Jane uses descriptive language, similes and metaphors to help her reader’s “see” the story.  We were so inspired by Jane Yolen’s words we decided to start collecting sentences from our reading that create mental images in a mini composition notebook.  Students can flag entries and share them with the class.  Here are some quotes we’ve collected from our reading books:

“I stood still for a moment and watched her vanish around a curve in the path, her thin white legs flashing through the weeds.”  -Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing  Hahn

“Ms. Hussey had twisted a piece of glittery party wire around her braid, and it bobbed in a saggy spiral on one side.” -The Calder Game by Brett Helquist

“Finally she settles onto the bed, fluffs her pillow behind her, switches on her reading light, and begins to turn the pages slowly, looking at the photographs, reading the quotes.” -Listen by Stephanie Tolan

i love you the purplestMiss DiTullio explored the power of vivid verbs and colorful imagery in  I Love You the Purplest. After analyzing the text for the strategies author Barbara Joosse used, they wrote poems with partners and then individually.  Students will type and illustrate their poems and upload them onto a class Voicethread to share with parents and Miss DiTullio’s college class!  Watch for the blog post!  We’d love your comments.  Here’s a sneak preview of some of the figurative language students included in their poems:

“I love you the color of tears when you’re sad at night” -Cydney

“I love you the color of peanut butter getting spread across bread” -Aidan

“I love you the smell of sweet lemonade in summer” -Jessica

“I love you the color of gold shimmering in the sunset” -Charlie

Tell us what you think!  We love comments 🙂

Polar Exploratons

We started learning about the polar regions of the world today.  We began our unit by drawing a picture of the arctic and sharing our background knowledge about the North Pole.  I then used this Prezi presentation below to highlight some of the similarities and differences between the North Pole and the South Pole. Have your child show you what he/she learned by presenting the slideshow to you!

Air: Four Winds

Four Winds on Friday was full of AIR.  Friday’s explorations highlighted the properties of air and the kids loved it!

One experiment pumped air into a milk jug and everyone was amazed when the pressure built up and popped the top off!

Another station stressed the concept that “air is there” by submersing a cup upside-down (newspaper tucked insid) in a tank of water.  Students were thrilled when they pulled it out of the water and the newspaper was dry.