Sunday, September 20, 2015

Week in Review

This week was another wildly successful week in Room 200 this week. 
As a class, we are really starting to get into a good groove. We are getting very comfortable and productive in our daily reading centers that we call Dailies. We are understanding place value in math and are writing so much our hands hurt! Right, B.B.? 

It was also a fun week of "firsts."

We are knee deep in our first author study and getting to know Kevin Henkes very well. He has been a focus of our graffiti wall. 

Also, we have been sharing what we know about Kevin Henkes using one of our favorite new apps, ScreenChomp.

Check out this amazing example by A.H.

We also got acquainted with the Chromebooks this week. One of our goals this year is to be tech fluent which means that we will be able to use multiple devices easily and decide with is best for the given task. 

We started by working with a site that we will use often,

M.M. will share a bit more:

In addition, we spent some time in our new Observation Station. This week we observed new plants and wrote about them in our Observation Journals. 

We even presented some of our scientific thoughts to the class. 

If you saw our Dot Day video, you know that we also met our first author of the year. Amy Logan was so gracious and energetic. A few of our girls couldn't contain their excitement all week!

Last, but certainly not least, we started exploring our new science tool. Recently, Illinois adopted the NGSS science standards. Because of that, Kaneland was in need of a new tool to help us meet these new standards. 

We spent time discussing our new topic with friends. 

We read about it. 

But most importantly, we experienced it. 

We traveled outside to observe the differences in "like" living things. For example, we were looking for multiple kinds of plants and we will be deciding what makes them different from each other. 

 We discussed our findings in teams. 

We looked closely to help with our notes. 

We even found several types of water birds within our school area. 

Let C.P. tell you a bit more:

*2-LS4-1 Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats

This week will be another exciting week of firsts! We can't wait to share it with you very soon. 

As always, we love hearing from you too!

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