Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Southwest Florida Eagle Cam

Check out the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam!  A pair of bald eagles are caring for a pair of bald eagle eggs which are close to hatching (as of December 28, 2016).  They also have videos of previous activity from the nest.  What an exciting experience to watch as we learn about the Bald Eagle in our American Symbols unit.

Eagle Cam

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Frosty Day!

To celebrate our last day before Christmas Break, CCE had a Frosty Day!  It was a fun filled day with STEM activities, a treat walk and a special showing of Frosty the Snowman!  We began our day watching a Reader's Theater performance of the book Snowmen at Night by some of our very talented CCE staff!

After finishing a writing activity craft, we found a gift from Jingles!  He left us brand new crayons in our crayon boxes, Elf on the Shelf Band-aids, and the Elf on the Shelf movie (which we enjoyed as we ate lunch!).  We also drew pictures and wrote letters for Jingles.  The letters below say "Jingles Good bye" and "Bye Jingles.  The whole class will miss you.  Merry Christmas.  We love you."  We will really miss having Jingles around after Christmas!
Next we began our STEM rotations.  Our class visited 3 stations where we learned about how salt melts ice, saw a chemical reaction with 'erupting snowballs', and made marshmallow snowflakes.  It was fun to share these activities with different classes and students enjoyed visiting other classrooms! For the ice melting, students observed plain ice cubes and ice cubes that we sprinkled salt on to see if the salt helped the ice melt faster.  For erupting snowballs, students did a version of the experiment found here:  Erupting Snowballs.  For marshmallow snowflakes, students were given one large marshmallow, toothpicks, a lot of mini marshmallows and designed their own snowflake.

To end our day, students went on a walk through a Winter Wonderland to get treats for our Frosty Movie!  Thank you to everyone who sent in candy canes, juice boxes and Hershey Kisses!  When we returned to class, students also made a snowman treat to enjoy.  While we watched our Frosty movie, students each made a bag of reindeer food - don't forget to sprinkle it on the lawn on Christmas Eve!

It was truly a magical, fun filled day!  We hope all of our families enjoy time together over our break and have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!  We will see you all again on January 2nd when we return to school.  

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Jingles Update & Candy Cane Science!

This has been a very fun week in Room 004!  Jingles returned once again and surprised us by popping up all around our classroom!  He also left pencils and erasers in our crayon boxes and notes for a few special students on the tree. 

We enjoyed a few fun activities as well as we approached Christmas break.  We reviewed beginning sounds (using our new pencils!), searched the room for teen numbers, independently followed directions to make our own reindeer, practiced popcorn words and learned about winter from our Scholastic News booklet. 
On Thursday, we were excited to have friends from Mrs. Chatfield's 4th Grade class join us for Candy Cane Science!  Students from each class paired up to find out if candy canes would sink or float and explored candy canes using their five senses!  Our 4th grade friends were excellent guides during the activity and really helped our students understand by discussing their observations.  We look forward to future collaborations with our new 4th grade friends this year!

Monday, December 12, 2016

A Peek at our Week! December 5-9, 2016

We had a (mostly) great week in Room 004 last week!  Jingles continued to return, surprising us as he popped up all over the room!  On Thursday, he brought us a craft to make since we did not have a related arts class.  We enjoyed singing and creating our very own snowflake ornaments (and did I mentioned he let us use glitter!).  We did get a warning on Friday for being too loud.  Jingles even wore ear muffs so we didn't hurt his ears!
We also finished a 2 week mini series on The Gingerbread Man!  Each day we read a different version of this story and discussed the characters, settings, and endings of each one!  (We may read a few more this week since they enjoyed them so much!).  Ask your student which one they enjoyed the most!

We also began working with teen numbers and made a Christmas Countdown Chain!  Each student should have a chain.  We hope they remember to remove a link each day and read the number to you!

Check back later this week for more updates and for a report on our Frosty Day on Friday!! :)

Friday, December 2, 2016

Jingles Day 4 & 5

Happy Friday!  We are so lucky to have our elf Jingles!  He is a nice and kind elf.  On Thursday, we found him perched in a Crayola chair on top of our cabinet and he left us a gift (a new book!) under the tree.  On Friday, we found Jingles snuggled with our Reindeer with a new ornament on our tree.  Later that day, when we returned from related arts, we found a present from Jingle by the tree.  He gave us supplies to make ornaments of our very own!!  We had a great time making our ornaments and singing as we ended our day.

In other news, this week we have been working on our next writing display.  On Monday, we learned all about reindeer!  The rest of the week was spent working on a reindeer writing and craft for our hallway display.  Students also had the opportunity to practice their opinion writing skills!  We are doing a great job of sounding out our words and using our popcorn words!!  One of our favorite ways to writ this time of year is by our "fire" with our Christmas lights (see picture above).  It's a great way to enjoy the season with a little classical Christmas music

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Jingles - Day 2 & 3

Jingles has been busy in Room 004!  Yesterday we found him on top of our Christmas tree.  Today we found garland around our Promethean Board with Jingles perched above it (and a note for a special student left on the tree!).  He has really made our room more festive!  Jingles also brought Santa, a reindeer and a Christmas bear to join him in class.  Students were very excited to see all of our new additions!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Introducing..... Jingles!

Today was an exciting day in Room 004!  We had a Scout Elf come to visit our classroom this morning!   I was very upset when I thought someone wrote on the board without permission, but it turned out to be a note from our elf!!  We  saw a book near the note which told us all about him.  Our class voted to name him Jingles!  His book that explained he would visit us each day to watch and report back (good and bad) to Santa each night.  We aren't allowed to touch him or he will lose his Christmas magic.  Students kept watching him throughout the day and were very excited about our visitor!  

Happy Thanksgiving! November 22, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!  Last Tuesday was a day filled with celebration for K5 students.  We had our first ever K5 Mini Feast!  Students from each class brought in items for the feast, warm items were cooked by teachers at school, then all of our food was shared with other classes.  Once our plates were served, we ALL ate in our K5 hallway together.  It was an excellent lesson in giving, sharing, and community.   Following our feast, we began preparations for our annual K5 Thanksgiving Play!  Each student had a part as a Puritan, Native American, or Turkey.  We donned our costumes, took pictures, then lined up with the rest of K5 to begin the trek down to the gym.  Our students performed for a full house!  Thank you to all of the family members and friends who came to see our play!!

Real Men Read! November 21, 2016

Last Monday, CCE hosted our annual Real Men Read event!  It was 1 of 2 events this year!!   It was a wonderful day full of men from our community supporting our students and our school.  We appreciate the time they took from their day to read with us.  We had 10 different readers visit our class.  We want to say a special thank you to: Mr. Padgett (Mac's grandfather), Mr. Sonny (Sonniyah's grandfather), Mr. Dumas (a K5 parent), Mr. Burkhart (a K5 grandfather), Mr. Tyler (a 1st grade parent), Mr. Nate (Greenville News writer), Mr. Aaron (Post & Courier sports writer), Pastor Joe (from Greer United Methodist), Mr. Rice (one of our assistant principals) and Mr. Ethan (a Greer High soccer player),

We will have another Real Men Read event later this winter.  We would love to have you join us!  :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Box Top Popcorn Party!

Yesterday we had our Box Top Popcorn Party for having the most Box Tops in K5 for the 1st Quarter!  We had a total of 476 Box Tops!!  Thank you for supporting our music program by bringing in Box Tops to help Mrs. Fernander and Mrs. Coleman raise money.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Fisher's Orchard, Red Ribbon Week, and Pumpkin Day!

Our last 7 days have been full of fun, learning, and celebration!  On Tuesday, Oct. 25 we took our first field trip to Fisher's Orchard in Greer, SC. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the picnic lunch, hayride, petting zoo area, maze, and picking apples & pumpkins!  Even better than that, according to our class, was getting to ride a real school bus to get there! :)

We also celebrated Red Ribbon Week last week!  We had a several spirit days including: Dress for Success day, Sock it to Drugs Day, Black Out Drugs Day, Team up against drugs Day, and I'm a "Jean-ius" Day.  I didn't pictures of us in our jeans, but I was able to capture our class exploring on how to make shapes given only toothpicks and play-doh.  It was a fun and challenging activity!

Today we celebrated Pumpkin Day!  Students enjoyed hands-on fun as they gathered pumpkin seeds from a pumpkin, measured a pumpkin, tested to see if a pumpkin would sink or float, learned about the life cycle of a pumpkin, compared white and orange pumpkins, used pumpkin seeds to count the number of corners on our 2D shapes, and tasted pumpkin flavored treats!  This was also Miss Rice's 1st day teaching us this week!  We are excited to see what she has prepared for us to learn the rest of the week.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Book-It! and our Pete the Cat Pumpkin!

We had our first 2 Book-It Reading Logs turned in today!  Congratulations to Dot & Sonniyah for earning a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut!  This is a wonderful way to encourage reading and earn a fun treat.  Each month, fill out the Book-It reading log that is sent home.  When a completed log is returned to school, the student will receive a certificate for a FREE personal pan pizza that they can redeem at Pizza Hut!  This was a favorite program of mine as a student and I love sharing it with my class each year. :)

We also made our class pumpkin today for the Pumpkin Decorating Contest next week!  This year classes were invited to submit a pumpkin in addition to individual students!  We discussed what book character we wanted earlier this week and worked together to make the pieces and place them on our pumpkin today.  We are very proud of our creation!  It will be on display in the library next week.  Students can vote for their favorite pumpkin when we visit the library on Thursday.  Votes are $0.25 each.  If you want to submit a pumpkin in the contest, you can drop pumpkins off in the library on Monday, October 24.  Pumpkins must be picked up on Friday, October 28.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Peek at *Last Week* Oct. 19, 2016

Whew!  October is a busy month - the season is changing, families are taking advantage of the beautiful weather and school break, and we are in conference mode at school!  I have loved meeting with so many of our families to share the growth our students have seen since August!  Last week was an exciting week in our class with 2 fun events!  On Monday, October 10, we hosted the Greenville Little Theater.  They performed the play Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day.  It was a wonderful performance that the students really enjoyed!

On Wednesday, October 12 we hosted our annual K5 Transportation Fair!  We were thankful to have vehicles from the City of Greer, Greer Fire Department, Greer Police Department, Greenville Police Department, Josey's Chuck Wagon, Whitey's Auto Auction, & Eastside Transportation in addition to an electric car and a kayak provided by two of our K5 parents.  It was a fun event where students were able to experience the vehicles up close and ask questions about their function in our community.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Hero Day!

We had a wonderful day celebrating "Hero Day" in Room 004!  We talked about real heroes vs. Superheroes, listed out the names of each, and learned that their qualities were the same.  Students decided that heroes are helpful, strong, caring, kind, brave, smart and keep you safe.  Students enjoyed making their own cape  with their favorite hero or superhero and loved having a windy day at recess so they could blow in the wind!

Also, thank you for supporting our music program by saving and sending in box tops.  We haven't had a single week of school that we haven't turned in box tops when we went to music class!  That is awesome!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

We love our blue shoe!

Thank you to all of the families who participated in our Read for Education postcard fundraiser for the library.  Our class had the most booklets returned per class in the school, so we earned a large, inflatable blue shoe as our prize!  It has a new home in our classroom library and will be well loved this year.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Workshops and Llama Llama

We had a great performance today from The South Carolina Children's Theater!  A group came today to perform Llama Llama - a combination of the books Llama Llama Red Pajama, Llama Llama Mad at Mama, and Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney.  Students and teachers alike laughed and enjoyed the expressive acting and students did very well sitting through almost an hour long performance!

In our classroom, we have been enjoying our Workshop rotations the last two weeks!  These activities are primarily literacy based, with social and fine motor skills added in.  Next week we will begin going to two workshops each day instead of just one. Students can read, practice handwriting, complete fine motor craft activities, practice social skills while playing games, and review letters & high frequency words!

Last, don't forget to keep collecting Box Tops!  We are so proud of how many Box Tops our students and families have sent in so far!  If you need a new paper, send a note to let us know.

Have a great weekend!  Check back next week to see our new letter cycle!