Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pumpkin Pumpkin!

We love to read poems to practice our fluency.  Each week we add a new poem to our Poetry Notebooks.  We also enjoy adding hand motions.  We hope you enjoy the poem below.  It's called Pumpkin Pumpkin!  It is sung to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.  Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pumpkin from Valerie Ruckes on Vimeo.

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

Our class went on a field trip to the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm.  We learned about life in a village.  We learned that the pioneers use the land for all of their wants and needs.  They choose this area because of the fast running streams and the trees.

We had fun doing chores at the museum.  We cooked in the kitchen, stuffed mattresses, collected eggs from the hen house, carried buckets of water, hung clothes, carded wool, and even played with old toys.

It was a lot of fun!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Welcome To Our Classroom

We are a 1st Grade classroom and we are located in Rochester, Michigan.  Rochester is about 30 miles north of Detroit.  The name of our school is McGregor Elementary School.  McGregor is a K-5 building.  We have four first grade classrooms at McGregor.  Our school mascot is a cougar.  One of the ways that teachers get our attention is to shout, "Cougars" and everyone replies, "Keep calm and Cougar on!"

Here are some of the things that we enjoy doing in our classroom and at school:
  • Daily 5
  • Math Rotations
  • Brain Breaks using Go Noodle
  • Classroom Celebrations-Face Painting, Bring Your Own Device, Stuffed Animal Day
  • Writing Workshop
  • Specials Classes-Gym, Music, Art and Library
  • Playing math games on the computer
  • Using the wireless laptops
  • Sitting on our new Stability Balls
  • The Fun Run
  •  Recess
  • Brain Pop Jr.
We would love to tell you even more about our classroom.  Please leave us a comment and ask us a question.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

BYOD - Bring Your Own Device Day

We earn celebrations in our classroom.  Getting compliments for walking quietly in the hallway, coming to the meeting area Q & Q (quickly and quietly), helping friends, and cleaning up materials earns us points.  Whenever we get 10 points we earn a celebration.  Our class made a list of celebration choices and we vote for the celebration we want the most.  Recently, we celebrated with a BYOD.  It was so much fun!

Four Read Apples - Fluency Poem

Each week we focus on a new fluency poem.  This week's poem is called Four Red Apples.  We read or sing the poem during our Morning Meeting time each day.  On Friday's we illustrate the poem and place a copy into our Poetry Notebooks.  Our Poetry Notebooks go home on Fridays so we can continue to read the poems to our families and practice our fluency at the same time.  Take a look at our video and illustrations below.  How do you practice fluency in your classroom?