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For the second day of Polar Express week, students made glyphs based on questions about trains and Polar Express.

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Then we read the story Christmas Kitten by Vivian French.  We talked about how the girl in the story really wanted a kitten for Christmas, and how the boy in The Polar Express got the bell he really wanted as the first gift of Christmas.  We then wrote about what we would pick for the first gift of Christmas.

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This week we started our apples unit and began the unit by reading the story Ten Apples up on Top by Theo. LeSeig.  Then students picked a number and made a cut and paste art project that illustrated how many apples they can count up on top of their head.

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We read the story Christmas Cookies and discussed vocabulary such as the word tradition.  We also made a list of our Christmas traditions.

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Then we wrote Christmas math stories about making gingerbread cookies, then we made Christmas ornaments using tempura paint.

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For math we’ve been learning about shapes and patterns.  Students learned how to make shapes and positional patterns, then made their own patterns with candy cane pictures.

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Last week we finished up a fun unit full of Thanksgiving activities.  For our word work we created a flip book with repetitive sight words and things that you do on Thanksgiving.

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We also read Thanksgiving books on things that we like.  Then students used their knowledge of sight words to write sentences using the word ‘we’.

 

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For math we read the story “The Great Turkey Race” discussed the problem and solution of the story.  Then we created our own math story problems using addition and pictures of turkeys for the visual.

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Finally we learned about the life of Pilgrims and Wampanoags on Scholastic.com’s First Thanksgiving website.  Students made designs on Wampanoags using pattern block cutouts.

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To finish off our families unit we created a class graph that illustrated who had siblings in their family and who did not.  We found that the majority of the class had both brothers and sisters.  Only one student had no brothers or sisters.  Finally the class copied the graph and we discussed which group had the most and which group had the least.

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Finally we read a book called “Families” as a class and then students partnered up, took turns reading the book to each other, and colored the pictures of the book.

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Lots of things are happening in Mr. Bowen’s All-Star class during our families unit.  First we read the story “I Love it When You Smile” and made connections with the story.  Students talked about times when their family members such as their mom or dad helped try to make them feel better.  Then students illustrated their connections to the story.

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Since the beginning of the school we have been collecting pictures of our family.  This week students got to share their pictures with the class.  We have also been learning how to ask questions in our class, so the class got to ask questions of the person sharing.

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For a math center students rolled a dice with family members on it, and students colored in the corresponding person on their graph.  Students used the graphs they created and compared them to their own families.

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For art students made hand painting family trees, putting apples on the trees for each family member that lives in their house.  Members of our class also made construction paper puppets of their moms or dads.

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