Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Alternative Seating at Work in the Classroom

Thanks to the Chadron Schools Foundation and the grant money we received, these happy students are getting to try out our new alternative seating choices through Gaiam seat cushions and yoga mats from Yoga Outlet. We love using the cushions at our back table for small groups and also in our chairs during while group learning. The yoga mats are especially handy for silent reading, using our class iPads, or working on independent work. What an awesome way for our class to get to be more "at home" in our classroom. Finding a place we are comfortable can help us to become better learners. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Sharing Our Personal Narratives

Phew, we did it! We finished our final drafts of our second personal narratives last Thursday and got to choose our favorite story to share with the class. From brainstorming, creating a graphic organizer, drafting, proofreading, editing, and adding many details, we have learned that the writing process is a lot of work. The hardest part of writing a personal narrative is probably deciding on a "Small Moment." A small moment is not a story about an entire week of vacation or an entire year of school. It is something small that has happened in our lives that we will always remember. Something that we can share with others that can give them a glimpse into our own lives. I enjoy hearing the stories about small moments, because it demonstrates how similar stories can be told in original and creative ways. These kids did a marvelous job of choosing those small moments and it was so fun to hear them share their stories. Sometimes it takes a little courage to share a personal story with peers, but I was proud of them because EVERYONE got up and shared. Yay to all of you! Be sure to share your stories with your families at home, too!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Friday's are Fundays

Shopping trips in math are fun. Especially when they are imaginary and don't require actually leaving the classroom. For this project we used an idea from Teachers Pay Teachers (Teaching in Room 6) to help enhance our learning outcome of adding money. We found and cut out six books, then found their prices in retail compared to the scholastic price. Then they subtracted to find how much we had saved. In the end they added their total cost and total savings to complete the project. The cutting and pasting is always good practice, too. I'd call that a fun Friday for sure!

Monday, October 3, 2016

CARDS Day of Service: Giving Back

Friday morning our CARDS groups met and each group had a goal to be proud of our school as we helped out with small projects that each contributed to one big project. We raked, swept, cleaned, made posters, cleaned up trash and so much more to help take pride in our school and make it shine. What an awesome school-wide project! We are proud to be CARDS!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Biome Posters

We are working on life science in science this quarter and biome studies are helping us to understand interactions between biotic and abiotic components. These posters were created in small groups after researching our biomes using the website www.kidsdoecology.com.

Monday, September 26, 2016


Not sure what is so scary, but these turned out to be pretty great. We used oil pastels and watercolors with straws to create these colorful masterpieces. They went down today to make room for new artwork, so I wanted to share them with all who hadn't had a chance to see them yet!