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Friday, February 19, 2010

Hoosier Wax Museum with 4th Graders

Our class visited the Hoosier Wax Museum which was presented by the 4th grade class in Howard school's gym. Each student picked a famous Hoosier, researched them, and prepared a report about that person. Then they made a background prop for that person. The entire school got to listen to interesting facts about all of the famous people who lived in Indiana. We pushed a button on their hand to make them talk. We went to a Wax Museum without ever leaving Howard Elementary. What a fun way to learn about Indiana History!

Special Person of the Week

Our special person of the week lives in a light grey 3-story house with blue shutters. It has a pool and a big yard. He lives with his Nanny, his dad, his mom, and 3 brothers. He has 2 dogs named Cassie and Duke, and 3 cats named Jack, Kitty, and Spook. He also had a bird named Mike but it passed away. His favorite color is blue because he just likes it. His favorite subject is Math because it makes him smarter. His favorite TV show is ‘America’s Funniest Videos’ and ‘Dirty Jobs’. He likes to eat pancakes. He likes to play sports, swim, play video games and ride his 4-wheeler. He likes going to the lake house and going fishing on the pontoon boat. He feels happy when the Colts win the Super Bowl. When he grows up, he wants to be a Professional Basketball or Football Player because he loves to play basketball and football. If he could go anywhere in the world, he would go to Florida to the beach. He feels he is special because there is only one of him. He feels the best thing about him is that he can read good and can play pool and ping pong.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Dinosaur Distance Learning

Our class participated in a Distance Learning with a presenter from the Center for Puppetry out of Atlanta, Georgia. We reviewed information about dinosaurs and learned about various types of puppets. Then we made a hand puppet that was a Corythosaurus. Our class took a fieldtrip to Georgia without even leaving Howard Elementary!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Learning Centers

Today for learning centers our class played a 'Penny Probability' game. We tossed two pennies, and graphed how many times they landed with both on heads, both on tails, or one on heads and one on tails. We worked with a contraction matching game where the children had to find the two words that matched the contraction. When we put the two words together with the contraction, it would make a heart. We worked with a Memory game using doubles plus 1 facts, and used our new Tag Reading System from Leapfrog. How fun! We are continuing to write our numbers to 1000. We have someone who has written to 850. He will probably make it to 1000 in a couple more weeks. We are learning a lot each week... and getting smarter every day!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Special Person of the Week

Our special person of the week lives in a brick house in the forest with his mom, his dad, and his two brothers. He has a dog named Copper. His favorite color is blue because he likes it. His favorite subject is Reading because he is good at it and it makes him smarter. His favorite TV show is ‘Smackdown VS Raw’, and his favorite book is Star Wars. He likes to eat chicken. He likes to play with Legos, read, and play video games. His family has campfires every weekend in the summer. He also goes to Wisconsin every year on the lake. He feels happy when he plays video games. When he grows up, he wants to be a dad because he likes kids. If he could go anywhere in the world, he would go to Florida and New York. He feels he is special because he is loving and fun to be around. He feels the best thing about him is he is nice and cares about everyone.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine Party

Our class made Valentine bags by cutting hearts to make and decorate a clown face. After the sacks were finished, we put them in ABC order according to our first names. Everyone mailed their Valentines to all their friends. On Friday, we all opened our Valentines. We found out we have lots of sweethearts and lots of people who love us! We got to make our own sundae during the party... even though it was a Friday! Ha! What a fun party.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Groundhog Day

February 2nd was Groundhog day. We made groundhog ears to wear, and learned that a groundhog is a mammal. It is a rodent. We learned that a groundhogs incisor teeth continue growing throughout their life. Groundhog is another name for Woodchuck. How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? We found out what hibernate means... and that before coming out of his burrow, the groundhog goes into hibernation. We heard the groundhog saw his shadow. So there will be 6 more weeks of winter. Happy Groundhog's day!

Learning Centers

We were very busy during learning centers this week. We had a 'Store' center where the children had to count out dimes, nickels and pennies to pay for items. Then they had to count the total amount of all the coins. We also had a Groundhog game using Reading vocabulary and words ending with 'y'. For the Trading Post Center, the children learned to trade 5 pennies for a nickel, 2 nickels for a dime, and 2 dimes and 1 nickel for a quarter. The children played 'Bucking Bronco' on the computer which helped them do math facts quickly or they would get bucked off the horse. We are continuing our quest to write to 1000. Lots of hard work at centers... but always lots of fun!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Special Person of the Week

Our special person of the week lives in a one-story trailer, with her mom, her dad, and her brother. She’s not sure what it looks like… Her mom just knows where they live. She also has a grandpa, a grandma, and also another grandma. She has a dog named Sammy and a cat named Kitty. Her favorite colors are pink and purple, because purple and pink make her feel good. Her favorite subject is ‘coloring’ because she likes to make pretty pictures. Her favorite TV show is ‘Sponge Bob’ and her favorite books are Dr. Seuss books. She likes to eat Tacos. She likes to play outside. She feels happy when she plays outside. When she grows up, she wants to be a teacher because she can help people learn. If she could go anywhere in the world, she would go to Florida. She feels she is special because she is smart and is a happy person. She feels the best thing about her is that she acts good.