Saturday, March 30, 2013

Spring is HERE

Spring is officially here!  (Too bad the weather didn't feel like spring weather the whole time we were on Spring Break.)

Here are a few pictures from before Spring Break.  Enjoy!

In Reading Group:
We read Cat in the Hat.
Mrs. Via was our guest reader for Read Across America Day!
We made Cat in the Hats

Then we wrote about if we would like the Cat in the Hat to come to our house!  Most of us said no, because our mom's would not like the mess he would make!

We also read Yertle the Turtle.

We wrote our opinions on Yertle as a king.  (We all agreed that he wasn't a good one!)

They also met a challenge I set for them in January!  ALL 20 first and second graders in my Reading Group earned a Reading Counts Award!  We had a small celebration the day before Spring Break.  Some of us have even earned our second or third award....WOW!!!  WAY TO GO!  Keep up the great reading!

In Homeroom:
Taste the Rainbow....a sorting, graphing and interpreting data activity!  (With a sweet treat at the end!)

I hope you all are having a fabulous break....enjoy your last 2 days!
Don't forget to send in your permission slip and $4 for the Jack Hartman concert on Monday if you haven't already.  The concert is only a few days away!

Miss Gilbert

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Polar Animals

In Reading Groups we have been learning all about Polar Animals.  Each group chose an animal to study for the month of February.  We asked questions, did research, wrote reports, and created things!  We learned SO MUCH and really improved on our Reading and Language Arts skills while doing so.  We created a nice display in our hallway for everyone to see.  Even the big 5th graders enjoyed our display and learned information from our reports!!!  The display is still up if you want to come by and take a look.  (We did lose a few pieces in the wind this weekend, but thankfully most things survived.)  Here are some pictures in case you don't get to stop by and see the display.
Walrus (Mrs. Szlosek's class)
Real life size!!

Arctic Hare (Mrs. Treur's class)

Penguin (Ms. Gilbert's class)

Real life size of the smallest penguin!

Real life size of the largest penguin!
We measured and graphed ourselves against the Emperor penguin.
Most of us are taller than one!

Polar Bear (Ms. Fischer's class)

That is how big a polar bear's paw is!

Polar Bears can be 10 feet tall....WOW!

We hope you enjoyed our display!