Friday, January 30, 2015

Egg Experiment

We did a science experiment today with one brown egg and one white egg. The class had to make a prediction at what they think it will look like on the inside once I crack it open. Will the brown and white egg look the same or different on the inside? Our class was divided about half thought they'd look the same and half thought they'd look different. Some children said that the brown egg would be brown on the inside and the white egg would be white on the side, others thought one would have more yellow than the other.

We then made connections to some stories we read last week about Martin Luther King Jr. and how he stood up for black people and wanted them to be treated equal to white people. Even though some people may look different on the outside, we all have the same feelings on the inside. If someone does something mean to us we all feel bad on the inside. If someone makes fun of us we all feel sad on the doesn't matter what color skin we have.


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Thursday, January 29, 2015


We started a new math game today called "stackers". One partner was the "architect" and the other partner was the "builder". The architect had to look at the picture card and give directions to the builder on how to stack the cubes to make the structure on the picture card. (The builder can not see the picture card, only the architect can) we were focusing on using positional vocabulary like next to, on top of, to the right, to the left, beside, behind, etc.

Here is the architects view...

Here you can see the board that the builder has to stack the cubes on...

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Night of the Ninja

Here is our backdrop and scenery we used to dramatize the Magic Tree House story "Night of the Ninja". We made these beautiful cherry blossom paintings to decorate around Mount Fuji!

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Moonbear in Seattle!

Checkout the "Moonbear" page to see what national landmark Zachary took Moonbear to visit over December vacation!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Making Props for Mummies in the Morning

We worked together to color in a scene from ancient Egypt that we used for our backdrop while dramatizing the Magic Tree House book "Mummies in the Morning." We had to talk with our group members to figure out who was going to color what and what colors we should use. This was great problem solving practice!

Another day we worked with our group members to glue yellow bricks to the pyramid shape that we used as a table top prop to dramatize the story...

Reading Rockets talks about Tools of the Mind

Reading Rockets talks about Dr. Blair's study on Tools of the Mind- check it out here!

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