Thursday, April 29, 2010

Reading Workshop

Our reading workshop is a busy, busy time! Students read independently for at least 10-15 minutes. Many students read more when they finish their center work.

Students meet in guided reading groups with a teacher. They read the same book and talk about it. This is a time when they learn reading strategies that are very focused on their individual needs.

At other times students may be working on a center. They may be listening to a story on the computer, reading words around the room, reading with a buddy, writing new words they are learning, or finding new books in our classroom library.

As I said, it's a busy, busy time for us!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Measuring Volume

We've been studying lots of different kinds of measurement (length, weight, volume) recently. The students have explored with each type of measurement and have discovered many things and learned a lot. I hope they are sharing their learning with you!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Letter from NT to our Canadian Buddies

Dear Rachel, Karmen, and Chantelle! I live in America. I like your letters. I hope you like my letter when you see it.

Letter from CK to our Canadian Buddies

Dear Chantelle, Karmen, and Rachel,
We have lots of movies in Virginia. I like to watch football and I like the Steelers in football. Our school is called the Cougars too!
I like the Canada flag!

Letter from EA to our Canadian Buddies

Dear teachers,
Thank you for the letters. What is your favorite color? Do you teach? When are you going to our school?

Letter from X to our Canadian Buddies

Dear Chantelle and Karmen and Rachel,
What grade teacher do you want to be?
What kind of flowers do you love?
I live in America.

Letter from NA to our Canadian Buddies

It says, "Dear Chantelle, Karmen, and Rachel, We live in Virginia.

Our Canadian Buddies

Some wonderful friends in Canada have been writing to us and encouraging our writing and learning. They made a couple of voicethreads to teach us about their country and their city.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Nature Walk

We had a surprise cancellation on a recent, beautiful afternoon. So, we grabbed clipboards, paper, and pens and headed out to see what we could explore. We found buds popping out on trees, flowers sprouting from the ground, and all manner of plants. Students wrote about and drew what they saw and their observations were fabulous!

Thursday, April 1, 2010


After the excitement and joy of having Yertle the Turtle and the fish from the Cat in the Hat joining us we decided we needed a new guest. So, Duck from Click, Clack, Moo and many other wonderful books has joined us for a while. He has greatly enjoyed reading other books and his new friends' writing.