Monday, February 23, 2015

Meet Miss Conley

I am excited to be working in Room 222! Here are some facts about me that I would like to share with you all!
  • I am a student at NIU and will be graduating in December.
  • I have three nephews so I love to spend time with them!
  • I will be going to the Shedd Aquarium in March to meet some penguins and I am very excited about that!
  • I have been in elementary classrooms since I was a senior in high school.
I am very happy to be working in such a wonderful classroom this year! I can't wait to learn from both Mrs. Bright and the children through this journey.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

iMovie Experts

Sharing our learning is an essential skill in Room 222. Not only is true comprehension reach by sharing out your learning but all great ideas are influence by another great idea. 

We have been studying the Solar System by focusing on the Earth, Moon and Sun.

Room 222 recently participated in an iMovie challenge within our 6 table teams. The goal was to communicate and teach using the information we had researched on the Earth unit. They were given a time limit of 2 minutes, 30 seconds and were allowed to use any app or tool that would help enhance their presentation. Here are our 6 amazing videos:

We focused this project on the 4C's:
1.Comprehension - I understand the information.
2. Communication - I can share clearly with my audience.
3. Creativity - I kept my the attention of my audience and made it interesting. 
4. Critical Thinking - I thought about the best way to share my learning. 

The groups are teaching us about:
  • Rotation causing Day and Night
  • Revolutions causing Seasons
  • Colors of the Earth
  • Fun Facts
The students did an AMAZING job. It was really fun to watch these during our viewing party on Friday. We hope you like them too. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Week in Review

It was nice to have a 5 day week. We took advantage of the time and worked on a few projects and invited in some guest teachers. 

We started our week by doing some blogging about our writing. Each student is working diligently on an informational Earth book. Our focuses are elaboration, vocabulary and details. Several of our Room 222 students went on Kidblog and shared a page they were really proud of. Check out their work here. Keep an eye on our Kidblog page. We will have more bloggers this week. 

In addition to writing about the Earth, the students are working in groups to plan an informational video about the Earth.  The focus is collaboration, planning and accurate information. 

They planned and made sure that all of their "domain specific" words were clearly explained in their videos. We are finishing them up this week. 

Friday was a very exciting day in Room 222! We were lucky enough to have two guest teachers. 
The first was Mr. Drendel, our amazing P.E. teacher. He joined us as a "How-To" writing expert. Part of informational writing is not just teaching someone all about a topic, we also need to teach people "how-to" do things. 

Mr. Drendel walked us through the steps of juggling again and helped us plan our "How-to Juggle" papers. He used a cool app that allowed him to slow the video down and find the important areas of our body for juggling. We found the midline and saw that he was making small circles with his arms while juggling the scarves. 

We then began practicing and writing. 

Lastly, we had Mr. Berger join us to share some information on Owls. Mr. Berger is a raptor expert. He has worked with eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. One of his favorite activities is "owling", where he sits quietly and waits for owls to come to him. He uses his owl calls to attract them. 

He talked to us about the wingspan of the Great Gray Owl. It can be up to 4 feet wide!

One of the most interesting facts was about Owls and their 3-D hearing. He taught us that the Owls have ears in different places on their heads and this helps them locate prey with just their hearing alone. Mr. Berger said that you can blindfold an owl, place him in a dark room and the owl will catch it based on hearing alone

With this information, I'll bet we have a lot to write about this week!

Please leave us a comment. We would love to hear from you.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Week in Review

It was another lovely week in Room 222. We were very productive and checked many items off of our list. 

In all of the math classes, we are learning about solving word problems with addends. One way we are practicing this is by ordering off of a menu. 

Some students have started planning and creating their own menus. 

Here is an example of one of their menus:

The students will use these menus to write and solve their own word problems. 
Challenge: Write your own word problem and leave it as a comment on this blog!

We are also beginning our study of outer space. We have started with the Earth and will move to the Sun and Moon in a few weeks. 

We started with an activity called "drawing through the text". This is where the students draw a picture to match each sentence. These pictures help them remember information and are useful for summarizing. 

Listen to how CG and AC use their pictures to help share their learning with us:

Earth from LBright on Vimeo.

With the information that we have learned, we have begun making educational videos that will inform our audience of our new vocabulary words and all about the Earth.

Here are a few links to check out this week:

Our Kidblog Page has been a great place for us to stay connected! Check out the blog posts about the snowy day here.

Our Math Blog has been updated with our newest unit. Check out our update here.

Thank you for checking in with us. 

Please remember, we celebrate each comment that we receive. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Snowy Day Blogging

Good Morning Room 222! 

Join me on our Kidblog page and share your snowy day stories and pictures. I can't wait to hear from you!