Tuesday, November 23, 2010

We Are Thankful

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving Book Reports

Today, my students presented their Thanksgiving Book Reports. Each student selected a Thanksgiving, Pilgrim, or Indian book from the library or our classroom library to read several times. Then they either created a scene from their book or made a poster to retell the story. I was quite impressed with the outcome. My students are so creative and smart. It was so much fun watching them present their project. I could tell that they were very proud of the outcome. Their hard work really paid off. Way to go guys!!!

Thanksgiving Storytelling and Crafts

Aunt Kay is sharing some of the neat things she found on their hike over the weekend.
Aunt Kay and Uncle Chip gathered leaves, moss, acorns, pine cones, and pine needles. We made Thanksgiving decorations with all of them.
Uncle Chip read Huggly's Thanksgiving Parade and Aunt Kay did some amazing crafts with the class. Here we are showing off our new creations. We had another great time with Aunt Kay and Uncle Chip.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thanksgiving Music Program

The second graders at J.W. Wiseman sang their little hearts out at our Thanksgiving Program last night. Mrs. Evie did an awesome job, as usual putting together a unique and meaningful show. We have so many reasons to be thankful. Our second graders proudly sang about the things that make them thankful, like family, friends, and freedom. Way go go guys!

We Recycle

In honor of Nation Recycling Day, our school held a book swap. We brought in old books that we had either outgrown or didn't want and traded them for new ones. Each book brought in earned the students one book buck. We went shopping on Monday for our new books. Thanks Mr. Martin, Mrs. Brown, the Title 1 staff, and volunteers for giving us this wonderful opportunity to reuse these wonderful books.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Brandon's Last Day

We're going to really miss Brandon. Good luck at your new school!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Thanksgiving Lunch

Allie and Her Grandfather (Above)
Harmony and Her Mom (Above)
Aubrey, Adeline, Kolbe, and Carlos Enjoying Lunch Together (Above)
Lucas and His Mom (Above)
Sasha and Her Family (Above)
Aubree and Her Grandmother (Above)
Chloe and Her Mom (Above)
We are thankful for so many reasons. I loved eating with my students at our Thanksgiving lunch. I am so thankful for each one of them!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Bottom View Farms

After the play, we headed to Bottom View Farms. We each got to pick our very own pumpkin, sample ice cream, and play in the hay maze. The field trip was a huge success. Thank you PTO for our fabulous t-shirts. We looked so sharp!

Meet the Cast

We were so excited to meet the cast of Huck Finn. The look on their faces says it all!

Huck Finn Play at PHS

Our visit to Portland High School's Theater was quite an experience. We watched the play Huck Finn. Afterward, we got to meet the characters and take pictures with them. The high school students did an amazing job.

Halloween Celebrations

Aunt Kay and Uncle Chip came to visit our classroom again. This time it was to celebrate Halloween. Uncle Chip read a Halloween book, while Aunt Kay handed out goodies to everyone. We had so much fun having them in our classroom again!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Caramel Apples

Carlos and Eric (above)
The Boys Chowing Down (above)

The Eager Girls

Aubree's mom, Mrs. Mandee brought all the apples, caramel dip, and fixings. We were so grateful that she took time out of her day to bring us this special treat!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Just Hanging Out

What a bunch of Monkies! I thought this was a cute picture, and just had to share it. You never know what will happen at recess!

Blast from The Past

It's Red Ribbon Week, and we're celebrating being "Drug Free through the Decades." This is Mrs. Vinson, Mrs. Box, and me dressed in our fifties and sixties attire. I can't wait to see what else the week brings!

Lights, Camera, Action

Adeline and Abby
Aubree P. and Carlos
Aaron, Brandon, Carlos, Aubree P., Adeline, and Abby
Group 2 performed the skit Silver and Stripes for our class and Mr. Martin's fifth grade class. Each week, my three reading groups read a leveled reader that correlates with our reading story. This week, Group 2's leveled reader was a play. Mr. Martin gives his time to second grade students once a week during his planning time. I allowed this group to practice and rehearse with Mr. Martin. After much practice and preparation, the kids were ready to perform. It was such a treat to see them use their best voices and expressions while reading their parts aloud to the class. They did an awesome job. I can't wait to see more plays by the other reading groups. Their turns are coming soon!

Learning Some American History

George Washington came to see us on October 21, 2010. Mr. Wix received a grant that brought him to our school. He's an amazing person and leader.He had a lot of great information to share about his life and journey as America's first president. We had fun learning more about the role he played in making America what it is today.
We also had another visitor on Thursday. This is Allison Smith, my neice, dressed up like a rebel soldier from the Civil War. She's in Mrs. B's fifth grade classroom. They are studying the Civil War, and as one of their centers, they got to dress up like a real soldier from that time period. Thanks Allison for coming to visit our class. You looked very authentic!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Mrs. Wilkinson and Mrs. Hester's 5K Run

Over Fall Break, I ran in the Wendy's Wish 5K with Mrs. Wilkinson and some other friends. This was my second 5K. I trained for the race for almost a month. My only goal was to finish the race without walking. It was extremely hard for me, and I wanted to quit several times. I kept a positive attitude and finally crossed the finish line. It felt great to accomplish my goal. Hopefully, I will be able to run in more 5K races in the future!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

We LOVE Our Principal!

We are so thankful for Mr. Wix and the job he does as our principal. J.W.W. students welcomed him back with a "heart explosion" all over the walls. We made the heart necklace at the very top!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

More Treats!

Rice krispies are the best! Each of my reading groups got to make a batch of rice krispies today during workstations. First, we washed our hands and gathered the ingredients. Next, we melted 3 tablespoons of butter. Then, we stirred in one bag of marshmallows. Each student added a cup of Rice Krispies Cereal to the melted marshmallows (6 cups total). And finally, we poured out the rice krispies onto wax paper, cut, and enjoyed. We used our sequencing skills that we've been practicing in reading to retell the steps for making rice krispies. Each child now has a hard copy of the directions, in sequential order, for making their very own rice krispies.

Math Madness

We had a ball during Math Madness today! Thanks to our wonderful parents, we feasted on four different kinds of apples: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala, and Granny Smith. Then we sampled three different types of apple dips: caramel, marshmallow, and peanut butter. After our delicious treat, we graphed our favorite apple and dip. The outcome: Gala and Granny Smith tied and marshmallow dip beat the rest. Learning is always fun when food is involved! Thanks again parents for all your help!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Jack Black Comes to J.W. Wiseman

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We were delighted to have Jack Black come to our school today and put on a show for all of our students. Jack Black is a former Harlem Globe Trotter who holds several basketball world records. We got to watch him do tricks and play silly games with the students. Our school earned the right to have Jack Black visit by selling enough cookie dough during our fall fundraiser. It just goes to show how hard work can really pay off. We loved having Jack Black perform for us at our school. What an awesome experience for each kid at J.W.W.!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Second Grade Pizza Show

Mr. Martin made his own sauce from fresh vegetables in our garden. He explained that all plants need soil, water, and sunlight to grow. It was almost as if we were an audience at a real cooking show.
The students loved the tasty pizza snack that Mr. Martin and his fifth graders prepared. Yum, yum! Mr. Martin is styling in his chef attire.
Thank you Mr. Martin's Class for such a wonderful learning experience. Feel free to cook for our class anytime you want! (Haha!) You all did a wonderful job.