Monday, January 18, 2016


Cookies with a message!


Thank you, Martin Luther King Jr., for your dream!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Snow Excited

For many students {and teachers}, getting back into the swing of things after the holiday break may be difficult. Everyone is used to sleeping in and eating  whenever they want, so the school day routine may be a bit hard to adjust to again.
We tried to make the adjustment a bit easier this week with several activities {and snacks} just to let students know we are "snow excited" to welcome them back!
Graphing Below Zero 

 Can You Haiku?

Our hallway is a winter wonderland!

The cold and snow can be fun, especially for students, but in weather like this, please be sure your children bundle up. Temperatures are dropping!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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. 

Enjoy the break. Classes resume January 4, 2016

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Computer Lab Magic

Students were asked to write a descriptive paragraph about a winter scene. A descriptive paragraph gives the reader a visual picture of the topic.  It gives a point of view about how something looks, feels, tastes, smells, or sounds.  The writer’s goal is to involve the readers so that they can experience the event through the text.
With this assignment students had access to word processing software, that software made this activity fun -- and magical.  All they had to do was input their descriptive paragraph into Google Doc. Students set up the paragraph so that the first line was the shortest one. Then each line grew successively longer, until the last three lines, which were short. 

After the paragraph was typed, students highlighted the text and centered it on the page. In Google Doc that is accomplished by changing the ALIGNMENT from LEFT to CENTERED                                                          

Student writing and crafting created a tree-mendous seasonal hallway!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Pajamas and Popcorn

The latest Box Tops Contest was a 5th Grade vs. 6th Grade challenge to determine “Who Rules the School” – at least in terms of Box Tops!  
Today fifth graders celebrated their victory with a pajama and popcorn party. It was a fun competition and students agreed the real winner was the school. 

Each Box Top is worth 10¢ and that adds up fast! Please continue to collect box tops. Click the box top for a complete listing of participating products.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Seasonal Fun

A lesson in geometry, a holiday pop of color, and an excuse to begin the month of December with a fun paper craft. Mathematics is so cool.
Platonic Solids are named after the ancient Greek philosopher, Plato. There are only five of these 3-D figures, in which all the edges are of equal length. all the angles of equal measure, and all the faces are congruent shapes: Cube, Tetrahedron, Octahedron, Dodecahedron, and Icosahedron.
We're hoping to create a Polyhedra craze with our holiday door decoration.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Feasting on Food Idioms

IDIOMS can be the most confusing part of any language. Idioms are sayings that have hidden meanings. The expressions don't mean exactly what the words say, like “cool as a cucumber” has nothing to do with food, but refers to a calm person. A number of English idioms revolve around food and names of food items.
During the month of November, students have been feasting on food idioms. 
Students tested their knowledge with our hallway display. They discovered the origins of some food idioms are a piece of cake to figure out; they just had to use their beans. Other idioms were so bizarre students went nutty trying to decipher them. The idiom meanings were written on the napkins. There are so many food idioms, we would be out to lunch if we tried to list them all, but here are a few student samples that are the cream of the crop.  

Students had a great deal of fun with idioms and we're confident no one bit off more than they could chew during this idiom lesson.
During this holiday season, I give thanks for this group of students. They truly are the icing on the cake Their pure energy and smiles make learning  fun.    
Enjoy the holiday break!