Saturday, March 23, 2013

Beach Day!

To celebrate the start of Spring Break our class earned a Beach Day! Everytime the whole class showed responsibility, respect or self-control I colored in part of a Beach Ball picture. Once the whole picture was complete, the class earned a beach party! Since it has been so chilly out still, it was refreshing to see some spring colors and sunny smiles! Hopefully this happy sight makes mother nature get spring to arrive soon! 
Happy Spring Break!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patricks Day!

Well, today definitely brought us a day filled with luck and laughter! When we go back from Gym today there was a note on the SMART Board saying: 
Walk around the Dome twice 
And I will bring you something nice 
For all the kindness you brought to me 
I will give you back your green! 
So as a class we quietly walked around the dome twice. When we walked back in this is what we saw: 

The Leprechaun Definitely Stopped By! Green items were EVERYWHERE! The Carpet was Turned! There were chairs upside down, the green table was TIPPED OVER, a bag was filled with our green goodies, and a NEW note on the SMART Board! Before we fixed anything we sat at the carpet and read the note as a class. This is what it said! 
I had a great time playing with your green toys and flipping your room around. To thank you I left some magic powder on in the "Leprechaun in Late Winter" book you are reading. I only give this magical powder to kind kindergartners, so you should feel very honored. 
Did you find it yet? What does it smell like to you? 
Well, in order to make it magical you have to follow a few rules. 
1. Captains, grab the magical milk that I placed on your tables. 
2. Mix all the magical milk cartons and the magical powder together. 
3. As you stir, say these words: 
Leprechauns, Leprechauns, Shamrocks Seen MAGIC POWDER Turn Green! 

The captains grabbed the milk and we started reading through the directions. We thought maybe the powder would mix with the milk to make the leprechaun appear, or maybe once we mixed it our classroom would magically be clean, or maybe we were supposed to put in on our skin to turn ourselves green! When we opened the milk carton, we discovered that the milk was already green! The leprechaun even made magical milk! 

We added all the milk to the powder and kept reciting the magic words. We realized, that it was looking more like a yogurt or pudding! Maybe he wanted us to eat it!! But why?! We made predictions about what would happen if we tasted it. Maybe we would turn into Leprechauns, maybe we would be able to fly, maybe we would turn green! I decided to take the first small taste to make sure it was good. And it was delicious! Then everyone decided they definitely wanted to try the tasty dessert!

We talked as a class about why the leprechaun was so nice to our class. These are some of the ideas we came up with: 
1. We found his hat and gave it back so he thought we were kind. 
2. We let him borrow our green items. 
3. We are nice friends to have and maybe he wants to be our friend. 
 4. We are respectful Rangers and leprechauns like polite people. 
Overall we felt very lucky on this St. Patrick's Day and we wanted to share our luck with you! Hope your day was filled with as happiness, kindness, and craziness as ours!

Our Classroom of Lucky Leprechauns!

Meet our Lucky Leprechauns!

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Lucky Leprechaun....Note #3

When we got back from music today we found out the writing center was missing its green tray, we were missing our green morning bins, and our green leaves from our palm trees! 
Where the "GREEN" sign usually hung, this is what we found: 

Dear Class,
Thank you so much for helping me find my hat! To thank you for helping me out, I left a treat in your classroom!

Your Friend,
Lucky Leprechaun
We sat down at our tables and saw that he had left us beautiful gold coins! They even had chocolate inside! We felt very lucky and decided our kindness definitely paid off. Now if he would only bring back our green items....

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Leprechaun....Note #2

Wednesday morning brought many surprises! When we got back from gym class today, we discovered little shamrocks sprinkled all over the floor. At first we didn't think much about them, but then we found out the the green table was missing their "GREEN" table sign and their green tray of water! Where the "GREEN" sign usually hung, this is what we found:

Dear Rangers,
I popped in to visit, but you were not here! I have a problem that I hope you can solve. While I was dancing around your room, I seemed to of lost my hat! I was really hoping that you could look around and find it for me. If you can find it, I will come back to get it! Oh, I also borrowed a few more green items. I hope you don’t mind!
Your Friend,
Lucky Leprechaun is a leprechaun after all! And not only did he leave his hat behind, he left the trail of shamrocks behind! We followed the trail as a class and we did a little bit of hunting and we found the hat! It was hidden in the front of the room. Therefore, we had a class meeting to discuss if we should give the hat back. As a class we decided that we should give it back, because it is the kind thing to do, and we feel like he must be friendly as well because the note said he was just dancing in our room and it also stating that he didn't "steal" the items, he is just "borrowing" them. So he must be a friendly leprechaun!

So we are going to set it out in the morning with a note. Hopefully this act of kindness pays off!

Monday, March 11, 2013

We have a Mystery....

Today, we found a note on SMART Board and we are trying to figure out who it could possibly be from. This is what it said:

Dear Rangers, 
I LOVE green, 
And soon NONE will be seen!
Your Friend, 
We discovered that we are missing Petrie - our Huge Green Tree Frog, our green scissors, our green pillow, and two green morning bins. Now, some of us think that it may be a teacher borrowing these items, some think that it is Mr. Green, and some even think it may be an ACTUAL Leprechaun visiting our classroom!!We will keep you updated as our week progresses!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

100 Number Grid

 For BUILD this week you can click here to watch the video on the 100 Number Grid!
100 grid worksheet
Crayon Cup 
Play a game on the internet to practice placing numbers on your 100-grid!
Group 2: Click Here
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Group 8: Click Here
Group 10: Click Here

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

This Friday we celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss!  All week we read Dr. Seuss books to prepare ourselves for his birthday party! We learned a lot about Dr. Seuss and a lot about his life! 
I truly adore Dr. Seuss. His creative imagination, his play on repetitive and rhyming words, and his ability to make everyone want to read more - from the creative Cat in the Hat to Oh the Thinks You Can Think! My personal favorite is "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" simply because it was one of the first books I "mastered." I can still recite most of that book with my eyes shut!
To celebrate his birthday we did five 30 minute stations. Each class got to go to each classroom. Each classroom had a different book with a different activity. The students had a lot of fun and our morning flew by!
Below you can watch a Smilebox that shows a student writing project. We read the Cat in the Hat this week and they had to answer what they would do if your mother asked you if the Cat in the Hat came into their house that day. Hilarious and very honest results! Oh the joys of teaching Kindergarten :)
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We are wishing Dr. Seuss a happy 108th birthday, and I hope that his stories continue to encourage every young student to read and enjoy reading!