Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March 17th, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

This week, before we celebrated all things green, we had fun with rainbows!  We started our Monday morning by mixing a big batch of rainbow playdough.

We also attempted to dye celery stalks.

I say attempted to dye celery because the most exciting thing they did throughout the week was wilt with faintly colored tips.  Everyday is a learning opportunity, especially for the teachers.

Once we had a basic understanding of rainbows, we also attempted to make our own.  We used a variety of objects to test which would create the most brilliant one; bubbles, a CD, crystal, a mirror, a glass of water, and a magnifying glass.  We all agreed unanimously that the CD worked best with the bubbles being a distant 2nd place.

For one of our math activities, we filled rainbow tubes with gold pieces...

...and graphed our rainbow diets, too.

We also managed to give our swirling-whirling rainbow another try - far more successfully this time!

U is for Underground!

In between all these rainbow lessons, we had time for our U-Underground art...

u is for umbrella!

...and u-umbrellas.

Then, it was time to prepare for St. Patrick's Day!

Miss Corinna helped the students to create leprechaun traps.

But, two tricky leprechauns, Lucky O'Reilly and Colin McDoogle, played lots of tricks anyways - complete with green footprints!  They left a note behind saying (and I'm paraphrasing here) sorry for not being sorry.

I'm sorry for all the mischief and trouble
But I had to leave in a hurry...on the double!
For me fellow leprechauns and I
Have many more tricks to play, by and by.
I'm wise to your trap, though it is quite spiffy.
Here's some gold for you, gotta run in a jiffy.
You are clever, but try again next year
To catch a leprechaun, from far or from near!

It was a fine day for our classroom!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

March 5th, 2015

We looked!  And we saw him!  The cat in the hat!

This week, for Dr. Seuss' birthday and observing Read Across America, we celebrated all things Dr. Seuss.

...and started with Cat in the Hat hats.

T is for Turtle!

We also were introduced to the letter T and made our 
T [Yertle the] Turtles...

We built letter Tt's in sand...

...and printed them on whiteboards.

For our math instruction this week, we read One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and were introduced to the concept of graphing.

We ate some and we graphed some.

We also had an opportunity to paint this week

and play with things that start with the letter T.

Then, we made our t-tape.

t is for tape!

After reading Fox in Socks, we took a classroom poll.

Finally, we ended our week with The Lorax.  We had a lot of fun!

Oh, the places we'll go!