Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sweet Writing!

It is another year of prepping our fourth grade students for the Statewide Writing Assessment that will be in February.  I think writing is fun, but the students do not always agree with me.  We started the year off right by using M&M's and 7-UP.  We talked about consequences and how there are good and bad consequences.  The children each got to grab a handful of M&M's, but were not told what the consequence would be if they took a lot (one handful) or only a few (minimum of 5).  Then we talked about 7-UP sentences.  This is a sentence that has at least seven words or more.  Then each child got a can of pop.  Finally, the students were told what they had to do with the M&M's.  For each chocolate candy, they had to write a 7-UP sentence about themselves!   It was a fun way to learn about each child and they got to enjoy a special treat while doing it.  I may have given in with a child or two since they chose more than 20 M&M's;)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

First Day of School 2015-2016

Today went so fast that we didn't even have/take the time to take a picture of the group! I need to make sure that we get that done before the end of the week.  We had a fun time getting to know each other.  I have 16 students in my room this year.  That is quite a difference from the 24 that I started the year with last year!  We unpacked supplies, learned about the procedures used in 4th grade and did a few activities.  We even enjoyed a yummy snack (see sample picture below) while Mrs. Anderson started the first read aloud of the school year, Little House on the Prairie.