Sunday, March 30, 2014

What's Happening in Room 23?

 Our bean plants have finally begun to sprout!
 The children are so excited!
In Language Arts, we researched the life of George Washington Carver.  The students wrote about his life and accomplishments and made the portraits of the famous botanist. 

In Math, we are learning about fractions.  This is the fraction sort the students completed in class.

In Science, we learned about matter and the three states of matter:  solids, liquids and gases. 
This experiment showed the students how solids( baking soda) and liquids (white vinegar) can react and create a gas, blowing up the balloon. 

This is Oobleck.  It is a suspension created by combining cornstarch and water.  It goes from a solid state to a liquid state and back again. 

...then liquid.
It was a busy week of learning! 
Mrs. Dryzal

Sunday, March 23, 2014

What's Happening in Room 23?

 In Science this week, we took a closer look at seeds as part of our plant unit.  The students were given a variety of seeds which we described and compared.  I didn't get photos because I was caught up in what we were doing at the moment.  Their papers will be coming home on Monday. 
Our final Research project is learning more about George Washington Carver.  He found 100s of uses for peanuts.   Above is our investigation paper. 

In Math, we began our Fractions Unit.  In this picture, students are sorting a variety of cards with objects divided into 2 parts.  They had to determine if the object was equally or not equally divided.  We then labeled the objects as 1/2 if the parts were equal.
Thank you for stopping by!
Mrs. Dryzal

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day

The students shared treats and encouragement with their reading teachers to spread some cheer!  Behind the tags are mini bags of Skittles candies.  The printable is available here.
 We read The Luckiest Leprechaun by Justine Korman.  It's an engaging tale about friendship.

 Then we wrote about when we feel lucky and created a Leprechaun, which we named with our own Irish name.  I am Mrs. O'Dryzal today! 

 This activity was in my file from when I taught first 3 years can get the patterns here.
Lucky Leprechaun left us a letter, along with some "Magic Powder." 

We added milk to our "Magic Powder" and then....

While we sang the chant, the powder turned green!  After letting it set for 5 minutes....we had our own Leprechaun Snack!
Some of the children enjoying the Pistachio Pudding!
Thank you for stopping by!
Erin Go Bragh!
Mrs. Dryzal

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Here's what's happening in Room 23......

In Science, we have been learning about Plants and Seeds.  We learned the life cycle of a plant, what a plant needs to grow, the parts of a plant and much more!  Next week, we will be doing a study on seeds. 
We placed lima beans in baggies with a wet paper towel to see if they would sprout.  A few are sprouting as of today, which is day 6.  Students are recording the growth of their beans in writing and with pictures.

We also planted lima bean seeds in soil and will observe and record the results of that experiment. 

In Math, we are finishing up our unit on Geometry.  The students worked with Geoboards and geobands today to create shapes.  Then each student made a triangle, a rectangle and a square on the board and wrote a description about the location of each shape using words, such as below, above, beside, next to, and in the corner. 

More math pictures to come!
Thank you for stopping by!
Mrs. Dryzal

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Polygons and Plants

Last week, we read the story of Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker.  Following our reading of the story, we mapped our ideas of what problems we would have if we were square, then wrote our story about our day as a square shaped person.  Below you can see our display of writing on our square people.  This activity was a freebie on TPT.  

Our Hallway Display

One of our square people

 In Science, we learned the parts of a plant.  Today the students made a diagram of a flower and labeled it appropriately to show their knowledge of the parts of a plant. 
Our next unit in Science has us learning more about seeds and plants.  Look for more activities to come!
Thank you for stopping by!
Mrs. Dryzal