September 23, 2011: Book Treasure Book

Today, we started doing our Book Treasure Books. Our first story was Owen, by Kevin Henkes. Your child should have brought home their brown envelope, a retelling sheet and a little yellow felt square. The yellow felt square is the Book Treasure. It is to help your child remember the story. They need to do a written retelling of the story on the sheet that they brought home. The retelling sheet and envelope are due back to school by Tuesday. The yellow felt square should be kept in their treasure boxes at home. If your child does not return the retelling sheet and envelope next week, they will not get the next book treasure. If your child would like to listen to the story again, they can watch the Reading Rainbow video above. They start to read Owen at 4:22, if you would like to fast forward to that part.

September 22, 2011: Predicting

Today, we learned a comprehension strategy called, “predict what will happen next, confirm with text.” Students were given a pad of sticky notes today to keep in their book baskets. Sticky notes will be used for many things during Read to Self time this year. But for today, we started out with just writing down a prediction about on of our books on a sticky note. When Read to Self time was done, we took our sticky note and put in on the big predicting chart. We then went through some of the predictions together, and talked about whether our predictions were correct or not.

September 22, 2011: Treasure Boxes

Today, students brought in their decorated Treasure Boxes. These will be kept at home and will be used to keep their book treasures in. Tomorrow, we will begin doing Book Treasures. Every Friday, we will read a book and the students will get a little book treasure to help them remember the story. The students will be given a book treasure, a retelling sheet, and an envelope. Students will do a written retelling of the story at home and it will be due back to school by the following Tuesday. The book treasure will be kept at home in their Treasure Box.

September 20, 2011: Pollution Solution

Today, we had a wonderful assembly come to our school. It was called Pollution Solution and taught us lots of things about helping our environment. A HUGE thank you to our wonderful PTO for bringing us this great program. Here are a few pictures….and yes, that is our own Brett up on stage!!!

September 20, 2011: Fraser Scavenger Hunt

As part of our Social Studies unit on Communities, we are learning all about our community, Fraser. This afternoon we went on a scavenger hunt using maps of Fraser. We got into small groups and used the maps of Fraser to find different places. A few of the things we did were: we had to count how many parks are in Fraser, how many schools there are, and we had to name the streets that the fire department and post office are located on. We also used the grid coordinates to find the location of several places.  EVERYONE did a wonderful job working together as a team. Way to go!!!!!

September 19, 2011: Addition Game

Today began our Mad Minutes. We started off with the easy addition facts to ten. I just found this great game called Fruit Shoot Addition. It’s a fun game that can help you with these easy facts to ten. Just click on the picture below and it will take you to the website. Click on Level One for facts to 10. We would love to hear from you, and see what you thought of the game. If you would like to leave a comment, just click below on “comments” and you can write and let us know what you thought.