Monday, October 27, 2014

Zoo Animals

We have 4th grade buddies from Mrs. Schnee's class that get together with us occasionally to help with different activities. Recentlly they came and helped us draw zoo animals.  Each child had a zoo animal to draw and then paint.  We ended up with 18 different animals to hang in the hall.  Room 101's zoo looks beautiful!  

Halloween Door Decorating

The Francis Wyman Student Council is having a Halloween Door decorating contest. Each class can decorate their door, but must include something they are learning.  Mrs. Smith designed the door and the children painted it.  The class made triangles with their name on them for the monster's teeth.  We added "F" is for Frankenstein for a letter sound. I think we have a good chance to win, if not we had fun and it looks spooky!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Informative Writing

Over the last few weeks we have been learning about informative writing.  The children are starting to understand that they can write about a subject and include important facts. We decided to write a report on apples.  On the first page each student drew an apple and labeled the parts.  Second they answered the question "What color are apples?"  Next they told us where apples grow.  On the last page they answered the question, "What can you make with apples?" That was the page that everyone enjoyed answering the most!  

This was a good, basic introduction to what informative writing is about, and everyone loved using apples as the subject.  

These are two examples of our writing.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Going to the Zoo

We have been learning all about zoo animals to be ready for our trip.  We've read and talked about mammals, reptiles, and birds. See if your child can tell you something about each. 

We made monkey and crocodile puppets to perform "Going to the Zoo."

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Johnny Appleseed

Last week we spent a lot of time learning about Johnny Appleseed.  We found out his real name was John Chapman and that he was from Massachusetts. We researched a few books and listed the things he liked to do.  It included helping people. planting apple seeds, telling stories and bartering. There were some drawings of Johnny with a pot on his head and we talked about how that was probably a "tall tale." None the less, the class had a great time making a pot that told us something Johnny liked to do.