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We have been learning about engineers in science, so after learning about the design process, we tried it out together! Students were put into groups of 3-4 and they were given a tray of mini marshmallows and toothpicks. Their goal was to build a free standing tower as a group. I let them work for about 10 minutes and then we had a discussion about what was working and what wasn't, and then I let them go for about 10 more minutes.  The tallest tower was 7 inches tall. Not bad for our first try. 





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We have spent the last 2 weeks learning about inventors and inventions in social studies, so to wrap up the unit, we came up with our own inventions. We used a clip from Ellen to get some inspiration. They were enthralled. 







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We squeezed in some St. Patrick's Day activities, as well. First, students chose one of the books from the Elite 8 of March Book Madness to write a shamrock book review about.


Next, we wrote about who is worth more to us than gold. I do this every year with my students and they always turn out so sweet!


The ones who push your buttons are always the ones that love you the most.


Then, during teacher table, we read a leprechaun story and wrote about the problem and solution.



Finally, in math we reviewed symmetry and halves to make these adorable leprechauns. This is another activity I do every year that the kids always love.

 

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Our comprehension skill this week was problem and solution, and again, we used one of our March Book Madness books to focus on (MBM is seriously AMAZING). We reread The Day the Crayons Quit and made problem and solution puzzle pieces to go with the story.



The crayons quit, seriously.

Idea from Amy Lemons. Puzzle pieces from Fourth and Ten.

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It's officially the first day of spring... AND the official start to my TWO WEEK spring break!! I love our balanced calendar! I am ready for a break, and my students clearly are too. #idontevenknow


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I was super excited about our unit on geometry, and I couldn't wait to use Amy Lemon's Shapin Up packet.... until our geometry unit came and went in the blink of an eye. Seriously! We only had 1 day for polygons, 1 day I squeezed in for 2D shapes, 2 days for 3D shapes, and 1 day for symmetry. What?! AND I had to administer ISTEP for 3 days during that time, so I had a sub and wasn't even here to teach it! AND it was during Read Across America week! But we squeezed in as much as we could, and I stretched out the unit as long as I could without getting behind. 

My favorite was definitely our symmetry picture activity. I went online and snagged everyone's school picture and cropped them in half. I gave each student a half sheet of paper, because the pictures were already starting to get a little blurry. Some kids got it...some kids had a little more trouble. Either way, we had a lot of fun!







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Our phonics skill of the week was OR (and oar and ore...ridiculous), so I HAD to use some of the ideas from Smitten with First. The mini Oreos were a hit. I also used the write the room cards to play SCOOT with some of my small groups. So fun! Just to make sure everyone was included in the Oreo action, I handed out Oreos to anyone who could fine OR words in the story, during whole group... and anyone who answered my comprehension questions correctly... and anyone who lined up quietly for lunch...and walked quietly in the hallway. It was a big bag of mini Oreos. 


While taking this picture, I noticed the girl in the background sitting on the Bilibo, playing teacher. So I had to zoom in. So precious!



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My mom and dad were in town for my cousin's wedding this weekend and they made an appearance in my classroom. My kids were super excited! My mom had been in once before, but they had never met my dad, so getting to meet Mr. AND Mrs. Weck was just the best. 



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My mom's birthday also happened to be this week, and my dad's birthday is coming up next month. We also happen to be teaching abbreviations as one of our skills this week, so logically, we wrote birthday cards to Mr. and Mrs. Weck. Abbreviations, writing, and happy parents all rolled into one activity. 




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I think the absolute best thing about this week was that we FINALLY got to go outside for recess! We only made it out 2 days, due to rain, and one of those days we only made it to the sidewalk right outside our door, but still. We were able to make it to the playground on Thursday and it was GLORIOUS! 




Now I'm off to pack for my cousin's wedding tomorrow! Super excited! Happy Friday!


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We started March Book Madness and it has been a blast! I somehow managed to acquire 30/32 books and found the remaining 2 as read alouds on Youtube. Win. I'm also pretty proud of myself for coming up with the idea to write our class winners on sticky notes and then when the polls close, we can write in who actually won.

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After learning about past presidents, we had a present day election. One of my teammates was kind enough to share her adorable ballots with me. Love how cute they are!


Poor Grace didn't stand a chance.


Students campaigned for their favorite candidate. 


Being nice and pretty are qualities that make you good for the job, apparently.


Vote for the 70 year old duck in a suit!



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In science, our goal was to figure out how to paint a rainbow using only 3 colors. Well, I apparently didn't have true red (or true blue or yellow, for that matter), because this is what happened when we attempted to make purple.  


Great lesson in how things don't always work out like we predicted! Luckily one of my teammates had some REAL red paint on hand.


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Of course, we HAD to do some fun Dr. Seuss activities this week!

Graphing with Goldfish Colors. Recording sheet from Patsy's Corner

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Adorable Cat in the Hat directed drawings from First Grade Blue Skies. Students wrote what they would tell their mom when she asked about their day. I had some students who were having a serious moral dilemma with their friends who wanted to lie to their moms. They were all about telling the truth.



It was a super fun week, but I am ready for the weekend! Two weeks until Spring Break!



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