Friday, December 19, 2014

Seasonal Fun

December is a month full of special days, and Room 100 capitalized on students' excitement.  Lessons combined fun and learning to deliver a holiday presence in the classroom. 
This month's lessons were alive with excitement and enthusiasm; these faces capture the joy of teaching. 

Happy Holidays! Enjoy the break. Classes resume January 5, 2015!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Photo Booth

We all love winter holidays for their special charm and for the “warm and fuzzy” feeling they give us! Today NMS added to the season's fun with a day marked for holiday sweaters. Room 100 decided to sprinkle in some extra fun with a photo booth and props.

The magic of Christmas brings amazing FUN!

Thanks, April, at Catching Fireflies for sharing the crazy cute photo booth props.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Do you recall . . .

 . . . the most famous reindeer of all?

Room 100 is having some seasonal fun with one of the classic Christmas characters - Rudolph.  Students have been studying poetry, paying lots of attention to rhyme scheme, rhythm, tone, mood, and figurative language. We read one seasonal poem about Rudolph's nose changing colors. Students were asked to mix it up a bit and design a new nose for Rudolph. 
The noses decorate our classroom door. I could not resist placing these noses front and center during the holiday. They are so clever and festive. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Deck the Halls

Descriptive writing and art transform our bulletin boards and serve as a wall-to-wall portfolio of student work - just in time for the holiday season.

A descriptive holiday was the topic of this assignment. Words and language  paint a detailed picture of a holiday experience.
It's been a busy first semester with lots of writing. Students are learning to write in descriptive mode. Descriptive writing is an art form. It's painting a word picture so the reader "sees" exactly what the writer is describing. Descriptive writing relies on the five senses to create a word picture. 
Students work through the writing process in order to help them become the best writers they can be. Clearly, that last stage - - publishing - - brings a smile.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Investigation 5 in Saxon Math was all about organizing data in a frequency table. Students were excited to extend the investigation to our November estimation jar. 
Time spent “teaching” students to estimate, and evalate estimations, is valuable. These types of activities are critical in students’ development of number sense. They provide students the opportunity to learn and hone a skill that they will use in the real world. Mental computation is an important part of number sense.

 Congratulations, Damien! He was the winner of 203 Tootsie Rolls!

This Thanksgiving season I am truly thankful  for my students. 
Their pure energy and smiles make learning  fun.   

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Geography Awareness

Fifth grade students celebrated GIS Day and Geography Awareness Week at Northeast's Lifelong Learning Center. Everyone was intensely engaged. Students wrestled with the content, a raft of skills, and some pretty compelling GPS. 
GIS is one fun day! 
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Field Trip

A planetarium is a sky theater where it is possible to stimulate the night sky at any place on Earth at any time of the year. The Wayne State College Planetarium with its special effects explored topics such as the moon, constellations, planets, and galaxies. In the planetarium concepts were denonstrated in ways that are impossible in a classroom. This translates into enhanced learning for students.

The planetarium was an excellent addition to the science curriculum and these students were all smiles as they traveled "to infinity and beyond."