Thursday, December 19, 2013


We shared some of our math writing and choice writing this afternoon.

J. - There were 11 dots.  4 went away.  How many are in all? 

K. - I had 12 brown cats. I got one more. I have 13 cats.

S. - There were 8 girls and 12 more came to play. Now there are 20 girls.

C. - I made a pattern. There are 3 reds. There are 6 things altogether. How many green? 

M. - I like Rudolph and Dancer and Prancer and Cupid and Dancer and Vixen and Donner and Blitzen.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Time Song!

This is a fun Christmas song.  It is really funny and it gets stuck in our heads.  Some of us have been singing it at home at night and we wanted our parents to see the video.  Here's the link:

Friday, December 13, 2013

Snowmen at Night Art

We read "Snowmen at Night" by Caralyn Buehner and used our imaginations to think of all different things that snowmen might do at night if they came alive.  (Some of my grade 1 scientists pointed out that it was not factual that snow would come alive and we discussed that too!)  Once we had brainstormed a big list of things snowmen might do at night, each student chose one idea to illustrate for an art project.  Using white crayon or pencil crayon on black paper, students drew their favorite snowmen at night scene!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Procedural Writing

We have been working on a text-type study focusing on procedural texts.  One of our tasks was to write our own procedural texts.  The grade 1s chose their topics, used a graphic organizer to plan their writing, wrote rough copies, had editing conferences with me, then typed their good copies (using one of my favorite kid-friendly programs called Pixie).  I am really proud of their work! 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Microsoft Partners in Learning Hot Topics Blog

I was really pleased to receive this nice certificate for my guest blogging contributions.  Educators, administrators and other education stakeholders, you can check out the Microsoft Partners in Learning Hot Topics Blogs at

Topics include:
Project Based Learning
Professional Learning Communities
Change Management & Culture of Innovation
Building Teacher Capacity
1:1 Learning
Workforce Skills Development
Games Based Learning
Student Voice
Virtual Learning Environments
Personalized Learning
Leadership & Strategic Innovation