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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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...
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.