Thursday, March 17, 2016

March 17th, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Today, we tried to catch some leprechauns with our 4 leprechaun traps...

But, they were too clever for us.  Each trap had the gold pieces taken with only footprints and a note left behind...
But, we had fun discovering what shenanigans they were up to in our classroom.

We had a good time making some St. Patrick's Day art...
...and planting some clovers.
It was a St. Patrick's Day to remember!

Last week, as we started our new unit on rainbows and St. Patrick's Day, we filled up our library with new books (we love New Book Day).

We also started our Monday with a fresh, new batch of Kool Aid rainbow playdough.  It was beautiful and it smelled like Kool Aid!

Still working with polls and graphs, we "fished" out foods and sorted them by colors... make a rainbow of foods.

We had fun with a sensory bin o' gold...

...and got in some counting practice.

We also experimented with celery and food coloring.

We made our predictions...

Then, five days later, we drew our conclusions.

Literally drew them.

On Wednesday the 9th, we were able to welcome back Ms. Katie from maternity leave.  We're all so happy to have her back at school!

These last two weeks, we've practiced counting...

...and we've practiced dotting.

We've practiced cutting...

...and we've practiced patterning.

By the end of last week, we had a little fun with St Patrick's Day art... 

...and S's
S is for St Patrick's Day!

And, well, swans.
s is for swan!
We do love our art.

And Ocean Beach rainbows.

Friday, March 4, 2016

March 4th, 2016

We looked and we saw him!  The Cat in the Hat!

This week we celebrated Read Across America and Dr. Seuss

We started with The Cat in the Hat

...and practiced our written names.

Then, we read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

and used that as an opportunity to continue with our graphing practice.

Fox in Socks was a good opportunity for the children to laugh at my truly shameful attempt at reading a tongue twister

and for taking polls.

We read The Lorax

We read Horton Hears a Who!

Finally, we read Yertle the Turtle

and had fun trying to create stacks of turtles.

Our record was 8 without it toppling over.

We wrote all about it in our science journals

and replicated the stacks, 1-10.

You'd think we would be sick of Dr. Seuss.  But, no.  A landslide majority of the class painted their favorite Dr. Seuss moments throughout the week.

We didn't forget to learn about the letter Rr, though.
R is for Racecars!

We'll learn all about rainbows next week, but we definitely enjoyed the head start.
r is for rainbow!

We also traced Rr's in rice.

We had a really, really good week!