The 2016 Snow Clothes Challenge

For the last several years, my class has been challenging themselves (and anyone else who wants to try) to see how fast they can put on their snow clothes. It always amazes me the way my students, who normally take at least 10 minutes to all get ready, turn on the speed when they see a camera.
Are you fast at putting on your snow clothes? Check out our video below, make one of your own and let us know where we can see it! You can also add your video to this padlet.
The challenge is on!

Flashlight Friday

Have you ever noticed that doing anything in the dark makes it suddenly much more interesting? That is the thinking behind Flashlight Friday, our now once per week special activity. We spent a couple of minutes seeing how cool our lights looked on the ceiling and shining on our friends, then it was back to the books. Try it yourself sometime!


Math by Myself

The students have been so successful with building their stamina in Read to Self that we are now working on learning to be independent in doing Math by Myself. The students are genuinely proud of the progress they are making in learning to do this on their own!




Stone Soup

With Thanksgiving coming up this weekend, throughout the last week we thought about being thankful, about sharing and about giving. Before the long weekend, we read Stone Soup together, a story about sharing.


Of course, we also had to make soup together. The verdict was not unanimous, but most students thought stone soup was delicious!




The Letter H

We’ve been reviewing all of the letters and their sounds. Today we focused on the /h/ sound. Just look at all the marvelous things we brought that start with this sound. How many different h words can you see? I see happy kids!


New Year, New Students, New Learning

We’ve just finished our whirlwind first four days of school. So much excitement getting to know our new friends and learning routines. The first weeks of school are always exhausting ones for the students (and their teacher!) as they adjust to full days of school. My new students were up to the challenge, though. Just look at the eager learners below.