Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year!

Thank you for visiting our website! Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the blog. I have tried to add many pieces of important information regarding our class. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. If there is something you would like to me to add, please let me know. This blog is a work in progress:-) I look forward to working with all of you. My contact e-mail is shannon.descamps@fraserk12.org

Weekly Newsletter for the Week of Apr. 27th

Happy Monday! Please click on the link below to access our newsletter for the week. I am also including a link for National Poem in Your Pocket Day. We will be celebrating on Thursday.
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Earth Day Videos & Photos

We spent so much time learning about ways to take care of the Earth this week. We often talk about this topic in class and we always make sure to reduce, reuse, and recycle in the classroom. On Friday, we had some time to use the school cart of iPads. As a teacher, I use the app Explain Everything to create my recorded lessons for the students. In their 21st Century Class, Mrs. Zombo first introduced the students to the app and I have now been using it with them in small groups. This was our first attempt at utilizing the app as a class. Here are the videos the students have made to share their learning from Earth Day. Unfortunately, not all videos made the final process and weren’t saved or sent properly, but the ones that finished did a great job and deserve to be shared :-). Some of the sound is a little off as the children are getting used to our new microphone headsets. I’ve posted our Earth Day clean up pictures below the videos.

 

Earth Day by A.M. from Shannon Descamps on Vimeo.

Earth Day by A.S. from Shannon Descamps on Vimeo.

Earth Day by L.P. from Shannon Descamps on Vimeo.

Earth Day by O.M. from Shannon Descamps on Vimeo.

Earth Day by I.M. from Shannon Descamps on Vimeo.

Earth Day but K.S. from Shannon Descamps on Vimeo.

Earth Day by J.R. from Shannon Descamps on Vimeo.

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Who Do You Believe?

Last week we enjoyed reading The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Sciezska. In the True Story, the wolf wants us to believe he was just baking a cake for his dear old granny and he ran out of sugar. All the huffing and puffing was actually him just sneezing because of a cold. He feels the media make him out to be a big, bad wolf. After reading the story, we had to decide who we believed. Did we believe the original fairy tale? Is he really a big, bad wolf or is he an innocent, sweet grandson?

In our class, 16 students believed that the wolf is innocent after reading the new book. The rest are sticking with the original fairy tale. :-)

We used our favorite writing app to share our thoughts about the book. Here are a few of the writings the students created through the Write About This app. We love using the app because it allows us to create our own prompts, we can use their prompts, and we can record ourselves reading our words.

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Taking Care of the Earth- Souvenir Bit

This week’s book is Taking Care of the Earth by Billy Goodman. This week the students need to share some facts or things they have learned. We have had a lot of fun learning different ways to be “green” and take care of our Earth. This is a non-fiction/informational souvenir bit. The students will be bringing home their souvenir bits today. All of the directions are in the bag. Please click on the link if you would like to submit the homework online. You do not need to send the response sheet back if you choose to submit via blog. Please make sure the post is submitted by the time school starts on Monday.
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Mystery Number

Today we participated in our first Mystery Number online activity for this school year. Through Google Hangout we connected with another 1st grade classroom we had met through Twitter. They are located in Connecticut. We each took turns choosing a number and then the other class had to ask questions to try to guess the number (similar to the Guess Who game).

We asked questions like- 

Is it an even number?

Is it greater than ____?

Is there a ___ in the tens place? 

Our new favorite question we got from them involved adding the 2 digits together-

Is the sum of the two digits ____?

As we made our guesses all of the children followed along on a number grid and crossed out the other numbers until we made it to the final number. It was a fun experience and we plan on doing it again regularly!

 

 

 

Newsletter for the Week of April 20th

Happy Monday! Please click on the link below to access our Weekly Newsletter.

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Souvenir Bit- The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

This week’s book is The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka. The students will be bringing home their souvenir bits today. All of the directions will be in the bag. We have read this book a few times this week and I have included a video of the story (if needed). Please click on the link below if you would like to submit the homework online. You do not need to send the response sheet back if you choose to submit via blog. Please make sure the post is submitted by the time school starts on Friday.
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Weekly Newsletter for April 13th-17th

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A View of our Maker Space Time

I had a lot of questions from both parents and other teachers about our Maker Space time. I took some video clips during our last session to show what the room likes during this time. It’s definitely organized chaos!! However, you will notice the children are focused on their tasks and working together. The creations are more impressive each week!
**It’s not a professional video and it’s blurry at one point, but it still does the job :-)

Souvenir Bit- Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones

Sorry for the late post! I had scheduled it for Thursday!!
This week’s book is Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones by Ruth Heller. This is a non-fiction/informational souvenir bit. The students will be bringing home their souvenir bits today. All of the directions are in the bag. Please click on the link if you would like to submit the homework online. You do not need to send the response sheet back if you choose to submit via blog. Please make sure the post is submitted by the time school starts on Monday.
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