Shabby Miss Jenn

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Quick Note

Hello!  Just wanted to let you all know that I was out yesterday.  The substitute sent home all the work they did yesterday.  I don't know if it was graded and I apologize if it wasn't. 

Monday, February 20, 2012


We had an awesome time at our Math-a-Thon! In the morning students went through 7 centers all about different math concepts.  The center above was our money center.  Students had to find different ways to make the same money value.
This was our pattern block center.  We worked to find different ways to fill the same shape.
We completed a 100 piece puzzle.
We played a game called Tantrix.  We also worked with pentominoes.
We played a game called "Head Full of Numbers."  In this game we worked to find different math equations from a set of 6 numbers.
We played Smath.  This game is a lot like scrabble.  You make math equations instead of words!
In the afternoon, Mrs. Young taught us a great lesson about geoblocks.  We worked together in teams to sort and solve problems.
We had an amazing day!  Thank you to all the families who sent in a donation to help me buy games for our Math-a-Thon.  (We will also use these later in the year.)  Thank you also to Mrs. Moriarty and Mrs. Vrabel for their terrific help during our morning centers.  Many thanks also to Mrs. Young who taught us an awesome lesson in the afternoon.!

The oral language reports on a president are this Friday.  Last Friday we spent time looking at two websites that can help the students get information.  I sent the materials home in your child's folder.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

We had an awesome Valentine's Day party!  We played games, made a fun craft, and had ice cream sundaes. Thank you so much for all the wonderful planning and preparation, Mrs. Vrabel!
Also a big thank you to Mrs. Harvey, Mrs. Mahaffee, and Mrs. Cosmos who helped make the party special.
We made a fun craft with glitter Modge Podge and tissue paper.  I'm sure you're enjoying it at home right now!
During the morning, we decorated valentine bags, passed out our valentines and read them!  It was a GREAT day!!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Rocks and Minerals

Hello!  We have had a great time learning about rocks!  We learned that there are 3 kinds of rocks: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic.  We learned through books and experiments.  We made volcanoes to show how igneous rock is formed.  The picture shows some of us right before we "erupted" our volcanoes.  The students had fun with this experiment and many told me that they went home and duplicated it!  I was so happy to hear that!
In math we are learning differents ways to add double digit numbers (22+36).  Soon, the students will pick ONE way that works for them and use that consistently.  Soon we will learn about telling time to 5 minutes.
In reading we read stories and write extended responses to the stories.  In an extended respose, the students restate the question asked, give details from the story to support their answer, and tell what they think about the answer.  This is a great skill to practice at home!  Ask your child a question about a book that you've read together.  Have them prove through details what their answer is.  Then ask them their personal thoughts about the answer. 
Thanks so much to all of you who sent in money for our Math-a-Thon!  I was able to purchase two games that we will use during the Math-a-Thon and throughout the year.  We can still use parent volunteers, so please send me a note if you are able to help on February 16th in the morning.
We are running a bit short on boy ROAR prizes.  If you are able to send some in, that would be awesome!
Be sure to check the side calendar on the blog for upcoming dates and events!!
Have a great week!!