Today we had three independent inquiry presentations. Rachel started us off with chocolate. She told us about how chocolate is made and all about cocoa beans. At the end of her presentation we all got to sample some of this delicious treat! Nora studied Athena. Rather than standing up and just telling us about Athena, Nora wrote a script to a talk show. In the talk show her peers asked her questions about this well-known goddess. Maggie shared her knowledge of the Raptor Rehabilitation Project and even had some special friends come to visit our classroom!
With two weeks left before break, we are staying inspired by studying various authors. Our K/1 group is looking at Tomie dePaola, our 2nd graders are looking at Chris Van Allsburg, while our oldest members are finding their favorite authors to learn more about.
This afternoon we started our next inquiry study of magnets. We read both a non fiction and a fiction book about magnets to get us inquiring. We read That Magnetic Dog by Bruce Whatley to get us thinking about a different kind of magnetic force. This dog, Skitty, was always attracted to food.
After collaborating, we came back together to write a class definition. Elementary definition: “Magnetic means something is attracted to something else.”
Roxaboxen K/1 Showcase was a huge success!
We started the week back to school with our Spelling Workshop. Our older students focused on double consonants. They went through dictionaries to see what they could find. Then they charted all the words they found. Our youngest students focused on the silent tricky “e” as well as writing out numbers in their expanded form.
Students shared their visuals with fellow classmates, families, and college students as they completed their study of the human body this morning.
Elliott studied the ear.
Ellie taught us about touch.
X-rays are what Eden talked about today.
Alyssa, Michael and Joshua showed us how a muscle works.
The Nervous System group had a play we could attend after we gave them tickets.
Marley taught us about our hair.
This morning was full of excitement when we found a letter left for the students! Gobble the Turkey needed help disguising turkeys to survive through Thanksgiving dinner. The students were left with a table full of art supplies to create their own turkey in disguise, then were encouraged to write about their creation.
Our letter was left with questions to think about when writing.
With the cold temperatures moving in we are not able to have as much outdoor recess as we would like. The students build up lots of energy throughout the day and need a fun way to get it out — and, what better way to practice our gross motor skills?!
One afternoon this week, the teachers built an obstacle course for the preschoolers to enjoy and burn off that extra energy. When performing obstacle courses, we usually split the students into smaller groups and run through the course, however, this time we functioned as one big team! The students engaged in conversation about how they could cheer on each other as they raced through the course. The course consisted of bowling, doing a trick on the mat, hopping down a pattern of circles, and running in a zig-zag line. They had a lot of fun working together and celebrating each other’s success.