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.

Gilly Comes to JWW

On Tuesday, September 14, Gilly, Portland's working police dog, came for a visit. Our story this week, Tara and Tiree, is about two dogs who save their owner. The second graders learned a lot about dogs and their amazing abilities. We really appreciate Police Chief West and Officer Eisenburg for taking the time out of their day to bring Gilly by for a visit!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Happy Grandparent's Day

Grandparents are such special people. We loved having their company at breakfast this morning. Thanks for all you do grandparents!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Great Work!

I just wanted to show off what beautiful work my students have done this week. Since we've been studying ants from our story, The Strongest One, we've done a couple of really neat art projects. We made the life cycle of an ant on a paper plate. Also, we made a pop-out ant picture story that correlates with our story this week. I think they all did an excellent job!

Silly Bands Outlawed

Starting Monday, September 13, 2010, J.W. Wiseman students will no longer be allowed to wear Silly Bands to school. Mr. Wix has been making announcements this week, preparing the students. Some of my kids proudly wore their Silly Bands to school today, the last day they were legal at J.W.W.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

View Our Class Chant

Each morning, before math meeting, we have a class chant that's lead by our classroom helpers.
It goes like this... Who are you? Brilliant kids! Why are you here? To learn! How will you do it? Work hard, be nice! YeeeeHaw!
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010


As a part of our daily Reading Block, my students enjoy learning and working at reading workstations. The chart in this picture is what we use to stay organized during worksatations. It has a picture of each child beside his or her partner and a picture of the workstation they will be working at for that day. We have ten workstations, which are: Partner Reading, Overhead, Computer, Art, Library and AR, Helper, Puzzles, Spelling, Writing, and Games. During reading workstations, I pull small groups of kids to work with me at my reading table. This allows me to give more of my attention to each student. We love reading worksations and group time. It helps make learning (and teaching) fun!!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

More Visitors...and You Won't Believe Who

We had several students from the PHS speech team come to our school and present a wax museum. Only, the wax museum came to life. We got to meet Ricky Bobby from Talladega Nights, Little Bo Peep, Woody from Toy Story, Thelma from Scooby Doo, Fat Albert, Harry Potter, Spider Man, Little Red Riding Hood, the Wicked Witch from the West, and many others. It was so much fun watching all these characters come to life one by one. The speech team did a wonderful job, and we had such a good time watching their show!