As part of our measurement unit, we have been studying bar graphs, pictographs line graphs and line plots. We have had a lot of fun doing graphing scavenger hunts as well as surveying classmates to create graphs using the data. Currently, each student is recording the temperature in Seattle and another city in the world and will be creating line graphs. Those will be completed later this week. This week we will be doing more graphing and starting geometry!
Time flies when you're having fun and if you don't watch the clock it could cost you true love. Or not. Good thing Cinderella's fairy god mother made a couture slipper that only fit her foot. Cinderella ends up with the prince. The Rough Face Girl and the Invisible Being are together for all of their days. The Rough Face Girl is an adapted Cinderella tale that taught us that inner beauty and recognizing the true beauty around us can fill the soul. We studied both fairy tales and this talk show combines the two.
Warning: This talk show is loooong. Last week was a week of technical struggles. During the filming of this talk show, two "fully charged" camera lost battery, we lost two characters due to absence, and even with "expert" help, compressing the videos was a challenge. No, we're not writing backwards, the images you see here are flipped so you'll have work a little harder reading any text in this video. Regardless, all talk show videos are live on our website! Nice work characters!
March 22nd is World Water Day. What are you able to do because you don't have to carry water? Here's what our 2nd graders are grateful for because we have this basic right. We hope you launch the start of spring with a conversation about what we've learned about water and what we're grateful for because of where we live.
To continue our work around awareness of the water crisis we are gearing up for the Carry 5 Walk for Water event on Sunday, May 4th at the Seattle Center. We have registered a Queen Anne Elementary team to participate in carrying up to a 5 gallon jug of water for 5k. Please consider joining with family and friends and spread the word. Be sure to click on "join a team" and select QAE.
Little Red Riding hood, AKA the "chatterbox," gets herself in a tight bind when going to her grandma's house. Apparently she's nearly a teenager so her mom trusts her to travel in the woods alone. The food in her basket are like "dirt and worms" to the wolf, he has meatier appetite that doesn't prevent him from picking on a little girl and a sick old grandma. The skilled hunter has saved the day. Here is their story…
It's hard to cook when you have a little one to look after. At least this was the case with the Three Bears. Their porridge was too hot so they went on a walk to let it cool leaving an empty house for Goldilocks to explore! What gave Goldilocks a troubled night's sleep? Find out in this episode of room 105 talk shows.
This afternoon, our classroom transformed into a T.V. studio that hosted our first talk show, The Three Little Pigs. Everyone likes bacon right? Well, that was one thing we took from today's show. Concluding this show, we reviewed and talked about what went well and what we could improve when filming the next talk shows. So here it is, The Three Little Pigs. Stay tuned to room 105 for more to come!
If you haven't noticed, most of us have been living in fairy tale-land recently. We have been studying this genre in reading and writing workshop by reading traditional and fractured versions of favorite tales and writing our own adapted versions. Most of us are starting the final draft phase of writing. We are going to take our time to publish a quality book and I would LOVE extra volunteers to help with the publishing process. Please contact me if you have any time to devote with us during the school day in the next couple of weeks.
Move over Ellen-we have some new talk shows in town! This coming Monday and Tuesday our classroom will transform into a studio where we will welcome the cast of characters from Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, Golilocks and the Three Bears, and Little Red Riding Hood. All characters will be played by the students of room 105. After analyzing the four fairy tales, we looked at each story seperately and created thought-provoking questions for the characters of the stories. We then broke into fairy tale groups and designated a role for each student (each group has a "host"). Each character (AKA your child) received a list of questions that will be asked of him/her during the talk show. They are to take the perspective of the character and think critically to answer according to what they know about the character and connect it to the story. The responses should be well thought out and rehearsed so that it sounds convincing and allows the talk show to run fluidly. Some of the questions are tough and we love that! I really enjoyed reading the questions our students came up with.
Here are a few examples:
The first two little pigs: What are you going to do now that your houses are destroyed?
Wolf: After you found out where grandma lived, why didn't you just eat Little Red Riding Hood first and then go eat grandma?
Little Red Riding Hood: Why did you divulge so much information to the wolf?
Mama Bear: Why was your porridge too cold while papa bear's was too hot?
Baby Bear: Do you think you and Goldilocks could be friends?
Cinderella: Why didn't you ever stand up for yourself?
Fairy Godmother: Why did you choose mice, lizards and a pumpkin to use as a horse-drawn carriage?
Prince: What would be different if the glass slipper had fit someone other than Cinderella?
And there are plenty more where those came from!
I am still in awe from such a beautiful Zambia fundraiser event that was thrown last Friday. It was an informative opportunity to hear from Dwankhozi Hope founders Beth and Matt MacLean and get a history of the organization and QAE's partnership with Dwankhozi. The event recruited the insightful QAE staff who went to Zambia last year and shared their experience and classroom connections with their Zambia relationship. This night has really jump-started my excitement for our late June travels and the learning potentials it will bring back to QA. Thanks to you and my past classroom families, more than enough money was raised to send me on my way! I am left touched and appreciative of your generosity and shared excitement.
It's time for me to brush up on my Nyanja so I'll say it again, zikomo, zikomo, zikomo...thank you, thank you, thank you!!
A huge zikomo to Erin K. Heidi Roth, Kristi Barnes and her in-laws Dr. and Mrs. Barnes for hosting such an event! And to the Canlis family and those whom donated eats and drinks. You really out-did yourselves!
I apologize in advance if you end up with a 7 or 8 year-old in your bed at night. We have been learning about money-identifying, spelling, counting, adding, and some even finding change for money amounts. And, we even found that the Googies will pay money to buy little children. On Friday we read the poem by Shel Silverstein and found how much it would cost to buy certain combinations of children. We left the day trying to find out how much it would cost to buy one of each kind of child. Our answers were varied and while some strategies were shared, we did not agree on one answer. The challenge remains, how much would a googie have to pay for one of each child. Any student that does the math and brings the correct answer to school (along with the work to show the answer), will receive a "surprise" from me. We were however, able to draw the conclusion that in this particular case, it pays to be bad!