Friday, February 24, 2017

Author Visit!

We were so lucky this week to have the amazing author and illustrator Emma Virjan visit our school! We had so much fun learning about how she makes her stories and pictures.  She even read aloud one of her books for us!  What a great day!





She even showed us how to draw the pig in a wig!


These are the books that she has out right now!






Click the link below to check out the author's website to learn more about her books and to see some short videos about each book!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Houston Symphony Field Trip!

We had a great day at the Houston Symphony!  We learned so much about orchestra instruments and music.  The kids looked great in their fancy clothes!






Monday, February 6, 2017

100 Random Acts of Kindness!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our 100 Random Acts Of Kindness project for the 100th day of school!



This week we were also able to begin using our Legos that were purchased for us with a LEAF grant!  We now have a Lego Storystarters kit!  The students build settings and characters with the Legos and use that to write a story.  There is also an excellent app that goes with this where they turn their Lego creation into a comic book story!  We will be learning that soon.




Sunday, January 29, 2017

Context Clues and Persuasive Text

We have been very busy learning about using context clues to find evidence that might help us figure out unknown words when we read.
We learned that there are several different types of clues that we can look for in the text.


We had time to play some games as groups and we used our AcivExpressions to vote on some answers too!







In writing we are also working on persuasive text.  This was a lot of fun!  We are finishing up our final paragraphs.  I can't wait to read them all!





Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Scaredy Squirrel

This week we are working on making predictions before, during, and after reading.  We read the book Scaredy Squirrel to practice this.  I think everyone enjoyed this fun book!



There are many more Scaredy Squirrel books that you can check out at the library. The author also has as great website that has games, videos, and activities.  Click the link below and check it out!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Research

We have been doing a lot of research in writing class and we will continue that into next week with our animal research project. The kids are doing great!

This week we finished up talking about main idea and moved on to learning about how to read and think about nonfiction stories and articles.

Today we learned how to stop and use Think Notes to write our thinking.


We read a great article from National Geographic Kids and used our think notes to stop and write our thoughts, new learning, connections, or surprising information. The class did great!

To see some more great articles, visit the National Geographic Kids website below!






Another great place to look at cool articles is Pebble Go!  Visit the site below.  (You will need a username and password.  The kids already know what it is!)



Friday, November 11, 2016

Main Idea

Next week we will begin learning about main idea.  Look below to see the notes about where to find the main idea.



Check out the song below that tells you more about main idea!




Here's another great video that shows you how to find the main idea! Check it out!