Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

To all the mother's that contribute to the success of Room 108, we salute you!  The love, compassion, forgiveness, support, and comfort you offer us is immeasurable and unquantifiable.  Thank you moms!

With the end of the school year just around the corner, now is the time for teachers and school staff to find creative organized activities to motivate school children to finish the year strong.  One such activity took place this week at school.  A.C.E.S. (All Children Exercising Simultaneously) was organized by our physical education teacher and included the entire school doing a variety of dances.  Below you will find a couple video highlights of the event.  Fifth grade students were asked to be "Dance Leaders" for the younger grades.  You will see some of the fifth graders giving their best to show the littler children how to dance.  As you'll see, some of the first graders need more leadership than others!  

Unit 10 will be starting up this week in Everyday Math and Open-Court Reading.  Both of these units will be cumulative reviews of all the skills, concepts, and methods we have learned and practiced over the course of the school year.  It's very rewarding to see the way students apply thinking patterns, analysis, and problem solving skills during lessons and assessments now.  The past nine months of discipline and hard work really allows students to demonstrate their new knowledge bases.  Writing has become a more routine exercise in Room 108 as well.  With student vocabularies increased, handwriting improved, and spelling patterns applied, first graders are now starting to shape complete paragraphs full of details.  Keep your eyes in those Mail folders for writings and review activities!

The media resource teacher (the position formerly known as librarian) has generated an outstanding literary project themed around the author/illustrator Eric Carle.  His creative illustrations and early reader friendly stories like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear are the inspiration for a project that asks first graders to go through the artist's process to create creatures of their own with stories they make up.  Students in Room 108 have gone through the first two steps with the third and final production coming this week.  Be sure to check the blog later this week for student work!

Thanks for reading and being involved in the Room 108 learning process.  It is together that we help children achieve their best.  See you on the blacktop!