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!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Week 24

Students made a series of twirlers this week and experimented with them to see which design rotated the fastest and longest.  Students tallied their observations in a class chart and wrote about their findings in their journals.
We've been receiving lots of responses to persuasive letters lately!  Most recently Mia Colton (the author of the Danny books) and Judy Blume responded to student letters!
Students published their how-to books this week and shared them with their kindergarten buddies!

On Friday we learned some new ways to program our new Blue Bots by using an app on our ipads!
On Wednesday we welcomed two new students into our classroom!  We are so excited they are here!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Week 22

We've started studying force and motion in science this week.  Students created tops out of different sized disks and straws and determined both the force and the motion in the experiment.  See their top designs and hear their scientific thinking on Seesaw!

After a few weeks of studying non-fiction text features, the class worked together to complete a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting two non-fiction books on the same topic.

We've started writing how-to books in writers workshop!  Students are practicing writing step by step directions, creating teaching pictures, using transition words, and writing endings.  Some book topics so far:
How To Wrap and Deliver a Present
How to Make a Bed
How to Brush Your Teeth
How to Make a Pizza
How to Play With a Dog
How to Do The Breaststroke 

Mrs. Wolinsky introduced us to BlueBots! She let us explore ways to program them and intentionally make them move and arrive at designated locations.

We will be celebrating the 100th day of school next week!  Please help your child count out 100 items to bring to school for the big day!