Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Progression of Wizards in Winter

So I saw this

and I was like

but then I was like
so then the Kickboxing Kangaroos were like
and oh yeah, why not this too?
Then it was time to roll...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

20 Feet of Greatness

*Kids did not read their work on this one.  Sorry!

Friday, November 30, 2012

A M-A-R-V-E-L-O-U-S Book

We have been working on verbally retelling stories in the correct order.  One of the books we focused on was The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce.  For those of you that have not yet read it, its illustrations and storyline are sure to impress.

In fact, the story inspired a short film, which won an Academy Award.  Enjoy the magic as we did:


In other news, the students have completed yet another compliment word.  Today they spelled M-A-R-V-E-L-O-U-S.  They voted for "show and tell" as their reward for next week.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

If I Was 20 Feet Tall...

We have started a school-wide writing prompt!  Over the next few weeks, every student at Mann will be working hard to create a response to "If I Were 20 Feet Tall...".

Here are a few pictures we have used to help us;


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Your Royal Impressiveness

Sophie and the BFG are on their way to Buckingham Palace to stop the nine man-eating giants from guzzling up more kids...

You can read more about Buckingham Palace by clicking this sentence!

You can read more about the changing of the guard by clicking this sentence!


In other news, the Kickboxing Kangaroos have completed another compliment word.  I-M-P-R-E-S-S-I-V-E was spelled a few days ago.  The students voted on a bonus recess as their reward.  As always, click our Compliments tab to see all the words and rewards we have earned this year.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Impromptu Inquiry

"Sophie dug her nails into the sides of the pocket, trying to prevent herself from tumbling out when she was upside down.  She felt as though she were in a barrel going over the Niagara Falls."
-The BFG, page 85

Want to find out about more waterfalls?  Go to The Waterfall Database to learn about all sorts of waterfalls all over the world.

Angel Falls in Venezuela is one of the tallest waterfalls in the world.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Piggie vs. Fly Guy

Election Day is near.  Who are YOU going to vote for?


Fly Guy?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Have a WONDERFUL Halloween!


Our class has spelled yet another compliment word.  This time they voted on Twin Day.  For those of you counting at home, that's 31 adult compliments in 45 days.  Not too shabby...

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pumptastic Animations

Special thanks to our technology support, Mrs. Labak, for helping us out with this fun project!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A New Kind of Smiley Plus

I don't know where we've been, but this is what we should have been doing all along!  You will also be able to find our Voice Threads under the Smiley Plus tab.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Picture Day Tomorrow!

Time to look good (and maybe put a little extra product in your hair...)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Lego Our Tumblr

I have set up a tumblr page for both of my Mann Power Lego classes (Lego club & Lego robotics). I have encouraged any and all of the students to send me pictures of the Lego creations they create at home. Check out the page here and also be sure to check out the archive spread here. Build on.

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Epitome of Exemplary

Well, they're at it again.  And this time it was quite astonishing.  Last Thursday, our students received a classroom record 4 (!) letters and followed it up with 2 more on Friday to complete our latest compliment word.  Be sure to check the progress of our compliments by clicking the "Compliments" tab above.

Monday, September 24, 2012


Mr. Kaegi's Kickboxing Kangaroos!

Here's how we got there;


Friday, September 21, 2012

Crazy Hair Day!

Also be sure to check out our great work under the "Smiley Plus" tab!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Barrrrrrrel of Laughs

Apparently today was International Talk Like a Pirate Day.  So this happened;

International Talk Like a Pirate Day from on Vimeo.

Also, we started our new read aloud today; A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears by Jules Feiffer.  It's a comical tale of our friend Roger going on a quest- even though he's not quite sure what his quest is.  Oh yeah, anyone that comes near him begins to laugh uncontrollably.  It's pretty great.  Hopefully our wonderful students find it as hysterical as I do.  I know last year's class did!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Have a F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S Weekend!

Our wonderfully behaved children are at it again.  As you can see, they have completed the word "fabulous" by earning compliments from other teachers and parents.  They have voted for Crazy Hair Day on Friday of next week, the 21st.  Can't wait to see those hairdos!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Happy Roald Dahl Day!

Yes, that's correct!  Roald Dahl was so unbelievably awesome that he had a day of celebration made after him and his writing.  Be sure to stop on by the Roald Dahl website and check out all the great stuff going on.
The Snozberries taste like Snozberries!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Homework Starts Today

Homework is NOT given every single day so please remember to check the homework section over on the right for daily homework assignments.  There is never homework on Fridays.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Imaginations Rock

"RAINBOW DROPS- SUCK THEM AND YOU CAN SPIT IN SIX DIFFERENT COLORS."- pg. 151, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
...and now I'm laughing.  Very hard.

Friday, August 24, 2012


Never have I had a class earn/spell a "compliment word" so fast.  3 days it took them.  3 days.  Take a look here, or click on the "Compliments" tab at the top of the page to check out their progress over the course of the year.

Thursday, August 23, 2012


Everyday, for 15-20 minutes after lunch, we have a read-aloud.  This is easily my favorite time of the day.  Yesterday we started our first book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.  We are already on chapter 5.  Golden tickets, here we come!

Also, I like to choose books that have a movie version as well, so we can compare and contrast.  When the time comes, I will be sure to verify that movie watching is acceptable from all of you.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Off and Runnin'

Today we talked about expectations, reminders, read a few books, went to art and an assembly, and even did some writing!  Oh yeah...we also had to store and organize all of those supplies.  Oh my, the supplies!  At least that's over!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Love Is All You Need

As the end of the school year approaches, the first grade team would like to provide the students with an end-of-the-year music video project.  As you will quickly learn, such a project requires time, possibly some help from home, support in school, and tremendous creativity.

In years past, we have performed "Stay Positive" by Oren Masserman and "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra. This year, our music video will be based on the song “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles.  The common thread through all these songs is that they send a message of positivity and optimism.  Using this year's song as a basis, the students will learning on three different levels.  First, we will be learning a bit about The Beatles and the time frames in which they sang (roughly 1960-1970).  Second, the students will be asked to choose multiple projects from the “choice board”, which includes nine separate projects catered to different learning styles. 

All You Need is Love

Third, as we learn and work through this project over the next several weeks, the students will have the responsibility of planning, choreographing, and filming their music video for “All You Need Is Love.”  In turn, this video will be turned into a DVD for your family to share for years to come. 

Today the students were introduced to The Beatles (although most of them already knew who they were) and to the song itself.  We learned that the song was written specifically for the "Our World", the first ever whole-world live TV show.  Over 400 million (!) people watched together as The Beatles did this...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

AABBa ca daba!

Today we wrote our first poems that follow the AABB pattern.  Here is our work;

Friday, April 13, 2012

Scrapin' the Skies

Yesterday in our read aloud, James and his rather large peach landed smack dab on top of the Empire State Building.  The students found this quite humorous, but it also sparked intrigue.  The students quickly wanted to know if the Empire State Building was taller than the Willis Tower, as well as what other tall buildings there were in the world.

With some freed up time today, we all investigated this inquiry- I didn't know either!  After some quick research, we found a wonderful graphic to illustrate the tallest buildings in the world and set off on a Google Earth adventure. 

Each armed with our own iPad, we traveled from Chicago to Dubai and everywhere in between in search of the tallest buildings in the world!
As an added bonus, the students loved the man made islands in Dubai that symbolize the globe.