November 22, 2013

Word Wednesday

Every Wednesday in our classroom is Word Wednesday. Students are responsible for bringing a word to share and put into our "Word Jar". Students must have a definition, prediction, sentence, part of speech and illustration for their word. Each week we pick the best Word Jar entry and the winner gets to pick a theme for next week's words. 

This year we have had some AMAZING Word Jars. We started with paper and pencil entries but quickly escalated to Google presentations.  The past few weeks we have even started to have Word Jar videos coming in. Some students were experienced with making videos and some students have been teaching themselves.

We have really been enjoying the entries and wanted to share a few of the latest with you.

November 18, 2013

Graphic Art with Mr. & Mrs. Stephens...

Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Stephens who came in today and helped us develop graphic art comic book covers for our novel study project. We learned a lot about process, figure drawing and how/where to place text. And we love our superhero posters!!!

November 11, 2013

Donors Choose Project: Mini iPads

I want to make sure our students have the materials they need to succeed. So I've created a classroom project request at, an award-winning charity.

I'm asking for donations of any size to help our kids. For the next week, any donation you make to my project will be doubled by Anonymous Donor (up to $100). If you know anyone who is passionate about education, please pass this along. Your donation will brighten our students' school year, and you'll get photos and thank you's from our class.

Here's my classroom request:
Mini-iPads for Inquiring Minds

To have your donation matched dollar for dollar, enter the promo code CHEER on the payment screen. This awesome match offer lasts through November 17, 2013.

My students and I greatly appreciate your support.

November 3, 2013

Science, Exchange Students, and the Harvest Party...

We had such a busy week last week! Thank you so much to all the parents who came in and helped with science! We had two great experiments and we loved being able to work out in small groups with parents.

 We were also lucky enough to have a foreign exchange student from Japan with us for the week. Mia gave us a presentation on rice and made a poster just for us. Here she is with Mackenzie, her host student.

Thursday we got to celebrate the last hour of the day with a Harvest Party. Thanks to all the parents who volunteered. We had a great time!