Thursday, April 13, 2017

As part of our study of the water cycle, we've started learning more about clouds through research, experiments, and cloud lessons by Mr. Urban!

We're continuing to study the writing of Donald Crews to help us become better writers of small moments stories...and it sure is WORKING!

Friday, April 7, 2017

We've started a new writing unit!  We are studying the writing of our mentor author, Donald Crews, and trying to use some of his craft moves in our own small moments stories!

We've conducted a few water cycle experiments this week, focusing on the importance of the sun to the process.  First, students made and observed the water cycle in a bag.  Then we collected snow and observed what happened to the snow/water level when we exposed it to heat.
We received a very exciting letter from Ms. Honan on Thursday!

We also received another response from a persuasive letter sent to the Department of Fish and Wildlife asking them to better protect polar bears! 

In math we've been studying composite shapes and 3D shapes.
In reading we've started using a new fiction book sheet to 'talk back' to our books and showcase our comprehension.

Friday, March 31, 2017

In science we wrapped up balance and motion by creating one HUGE marble runway!

Then we started learning about weather and the water cycle!

In math students have been practicing comparing and contrasting shapes and learning names for equal shares.

We celebrated the end of our informational writing unit by having an author share on Thursday!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Happy Spring!

We, along with Mrs. Lincoln's class,  led the March community meeting to welcome spring!  The end result was a beautiful spring mural created by ALL the members of Rowe School!
On Wednesday author and illustrator Cathryn Falwell visited us to talk about how she comes up with book ideas, illustrates, and revises her writing!

In science students made runways for marbles.  After working in small teams for practice, multiple partnerships combined forces and made bigger runways!  Students focused on slope and speed when designing their runways.
We've started studying polygons in math.  Students used straws and twist ties to create their own polygons!

Friday, March 17, 2017

More rolling experiments this week!  Students had to design a system to make paper cups roll straight.  They also experimented with weight to see if it made their cups roll farther.

Ms. Rancourt's guidance lesson this week focused on personal space at school.  Students used hula hoops to help them visualize appropriate personal space bubbles while moving through the classroom and lining up.

In writers workshop students have been working on writing introductions for their informational texts!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Week 25!

We've started a new writing unit!  Students are now writing informational texts.  
In word study we've been learning more about long vowel sounds.
In science this week students created wheel and axle systems out of straws and different sized disks.
After working with a partner to create a design they thought would roll far, we had a class roll-off!
The winning design team!
Students used their ipads to program their Blue Bots to move on different maps this week!