Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Painting boomerangs

We painted boomerangs in the style of Australian Aborigines.

Learning about Australia from an Australian

     Pond Cove parent Glenn Reeves, who was born and raised in Australia, came to our classroom o teach us about his amazing country.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Feelings Monsters

    At this station during our Guidance lesson, students practiced holding or manipulating objects to help deal with tough feelings. Here they made Feelings Monsters. 

A favorite place

   Another strategy for dealing with feelings that Mrs. Gallagher taught today was to imagine yourself in a favorite place, real or imaginary. Students either drew their favorite place or simply visited it in their minds.

Strategies for dealing with feelings

During a guidance lesson today, Mrs. Gallagher taught strategies for dealing with tough feelings. At this center, students practiced some breathing strategies.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Exploring Australia

Exploring Australia

 Today we went to the Creation Station (aka the computer lab) and used Google Earth to explore the wonders of Australia.

Monday, December 14, 2015

More cozy spots

Cozy spots

When students take math assessments, I ask them to find a private space to work. They make some interesting choices.

Hour of Code

As part of the Hour of Code which took place in classrooms in more than 180 countries last week, Pond Cove's Technology Integrator, Mr. Charltray, visited every Pond Cove Cove classroom to teach coding. First the students programmed a "teacher robot" (me) to stack plastic cups in a specific design. Then they moved on to the coding app Scratch Jr. Before the hour was up, they were customizing cartoon characters and programming them to move across the screen, shrink, grow, and even disappear!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

We're off to Australia!

We have fastened our seat belts, put our tray tables in the upright and locked positions, and "flown" to Australia! There's so much to explore! Here, students are discovering Australia's geographical features by examining an atlas. They are also doing some research to create a booklet of information about Austrlian animals. And of course we've been singing Australian songs: Tie Me Kangaroo Down and Kookaburra. 

Using iPad to support learning

   Students used an iPad app called 30 Hands Pro to create a presentation in which they showed and explained non-fiction text features. They took photos of non- fiction text features such as subtitles, photos, and captions, then recorded themselves explaining the purpose of each feature.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Learning about Hanukkah with Adam Gardner

 We were so fortunate to have Adam Gardner and Lauren Sullivan come to our classroom to share their family's tradition of celebrating Hanukkah. Here's Adam singing one of his original Hanukkah songs, Gelt Melt.