Welcome to a photo-heavy peek at the last couple of weeks. It's been busy around here, so there's lots to share.
School started the last week of August. My friend--the one with whom we camp--is also a teacher. We decided to get together at her house on Labor Day weekend for a last summer HURRAH. There were water balloons, bubble gloves and homemade bubble solution, and marshmallows to toast. Gabrielle enthusiastically volunteered to have a bag of icy cold water dumped over her head. The three other girls worked together to rip it open above her.
Summer rocks, but going back to school is also fun. I'm blessed to work in a district where the faculty is warm and welcoming. My friend dropped this off on my desk one day. My colleagues are UDDERLY amazing. Get it?
As I said already, I love going back to school. I also love coming home after work! The 3 preceding photos could be summed up as everyday small things that make me smile. Pulling into the driveway one night, I was greeted by cheerful chalk drawings. As I walked by Gabrielle's room, I noted that she had her before-bed reading set out on her pillow. My husband made homemade pizza, which we ate for 2 nights. Even the dough was homemade. He added olive oil and honey to it.
Peach and apple picking...
Then, we get into small groups and do the "toothpaste activity". Students squeeze an entire travel-sized tube of toothpaste out onto a plate. Then, they are told to put ALL of the toothpaste back into the tube using toothpicks. Of course, it's impossible.
We connect the activity to the text. Once unkind or untrue words are spoken (squeezed out like toothpaste), taking them back is really not possible. You can apologize and try to make it right, but damage has been done.
We started our weather unit (using Mystery Science). I supplemented with this "cloud in a jar" activity.
- Have a mason jar for each group.
- Heat up water in a coffee pot.
- Add hot water to jars and top with upside down lid.
- Add 2-3 ice cubes to each lid.
- Students will see water evaporating.
Now for the REALLY riveting part! In nature, clouds are formed when water vapor condenses on tiny particles in the atmosphere. So in order to form an impressive cloud, you need some particles! You can do this in two ways.
- Option 1: Light a match or 2, blow it out quickly, and drop it into the jar. Replace the lid/cubes immediately. OR...
- Option 2: Spray some aerosol hairspray into the jar and replace the lid immediately.
I always use the hairspray. Without fail, a chorus of oohs and aahs follows the cloud formation. It is especially dramatic when I ask a student from each group to RELEASE THE CLOUD!
I taught a mini-lesson about readers' purpose. In small groups, students sorted a bin of books by thinking about the purposes readers might have for reading them. They got pretty creative!
And, of course, cats!
Sparrow is ridiculous. She's the only cat I've ever owned that craves cuddles and hugs.
I spent at least an hour on the loveseat last week making equal group bracelets for a multiplication activity. Herbie watched intently then tried to eat the pipecleaners.
Thanks for your patience with this LONG blog post. Hopefully I didn't wear you out! Thanks for stopping by.