What’s in Those Boxes?

Last week there was this pile on the risers in our room:

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I wish I would have taken a picture of it BEFORE I opened them all up (just because it looked a little nicer), but let me tell you that this last week was like Christmas over and over and over.  I posted our Amazon Wish List recently and then boxes of goodies just started showing up with our name on them!  What amazingly supportive families we have (THANK YOU!!) and they gifted us with many new learning tools and toys (including MORE LEGOS, a Sequence game, a new book and some paintbrushes that are not in these pictures).  At this point we just had to stop and play!!

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Thank you, families for all the fabulous treats!  We feel very loved and supported by you. 🙂

Name Game (and a Couple of New Books!)

We have been working on names in Rm. 202, both as a way to build community as well as to use a resources for our reading and writing.  We have read lots of books, built our names with Legos and inch tiles, as well as learned about the stories of our names and painted based on that inspiration.

And then we played games.

I moved our word wall this year, making it more accessible to kiddos and groups, and hopefully allowing us a place to gather to talk about words and how they work.  The first thing we learned to do with our word wall is play a guessing game based on our names.  A kiddo sat on the stool, and I gave 3 clues to a name, and they had to guess which one it was.

The first one had these three clues:

  • It’s a short name.
  • It has double letters.
  • The last letter doesn’t sound how you’d expect it to sound.

Kiddos guessed that it could be these options:

Pretty good guesses, right?  We had a great conversation about how the “ie” in Allie and Robbie work together to make the long e sound, and they agreed that that fit the “doesn’t sound like you’d expect it to sound” clue.  Peter’s name was suggested because it has double e in it, so I made sure they understood that the double letters had to be together.  That left ELLA as the chosen name, and we found lots of other words that also fit that rule, including the A that sounds like a U.  This will be a feature we’ll come back to many times as we read and write together this year.

Our second name had these clues:

  • It has 5 letters.
  • The vowel sound is a LONG one.
  • There is a silent letter.

The guesses this time were:

 

Pretty great thinking again, huh?  Two of those names were ones I hadn’t even considered.  Yeah, I know–pay attention, Mrs. Bearden!  The one I was thinking of was CHASE, and we talked about silent e and long vowels.

This game was a great first start with our word wall, and it will become a game kiddos play again on their own, during word work in our Daily 5 or even as a part of our word work in guided reading or just for fun at choice time!  Great work, Rm. 202 kiddos!

Oh, and I promised in the title I’d share a new book!  Mrs. Meihaus has a habit of reading to our class when we come to the library for our checkout each week, and this last week she did not let us down.

She shared :        screenshot-2016-09-01-12-46-51

which included several little surprises inside:

img_3720img_3721img_3722 Can you see how the pages get smaller and smaller in there?  It goes all the way down to a teeny tiny red book and then all the way back out again as you read through to the end.  Who had ever seen such an amazing text like that before?  WE LOVED IT!

Ok, one more.  We heard the sweet, friendly story of:

screenshot-2016-09-01-12-46-11 Heartfelt and wonderful.  Must read it again. 🙂

And learn to play the piano. 🙂

Valentine’s Day

What fun we had at our Valentine’s Day party on Tuesday!  The parents in charge of this party did such an amazing job putting together many great choices for us.  Each classroom had a different activity, and kiddos were allowed to participate in whichever they wanted.  The food was amazing, with the theme of “I’m So FONDUE of You.”  Cute, right?  Here are a few pics of the fun!

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