Hi River Role Models!
Ms. Harris and I have had a lot of fun setting out all of the NEW books we can't wait to share with you! At Meet & Greet, we saw a number of familiar faces and met some new friends we look forward to getting to know during enrichment time this year.
The burning question is, "When are we going to make slime?" Answer: Sometime this year!
The next burning question is, "When is Boomer coming?" Answer: More often than last year!
We will definitely incorporate more technology using the Kahoot, SeeSaw and Nearpod applications. You may also have the opportunity to make crystals, sidewalk chalk, fabric flowers and play with food. We'll take a virtual field trip or two around the world (hopefully using some cool VR glasses thanks to our book fair last spring!). The school has purchased a typing software program for the entire school, so you'll also get to flex your keyboarding muscles. Maybe, just maybe, you'll type as fast as me before the year's over! :-)
See you soon!
I hope you are continuing to read this summer...
Jessie A. is in the lead for the most minutes read so far this summer.
Are you recording your minutes in Biblionasium? Be sure to do this.
You can find login information here and on the school's website.
Summer Reading Program Information
CCPL Library Rock SRP Video
All CCSD students are challenged to
read 1500 minutes this summer! Studies
have shown that students who read
more as children learn more and, as a result,
earn more as grown-ups! SO READ!
Log your reading minutes here!
CCSD Summer Reading Program links
Cobb County Public Library links
Don't forget to R.E.A.D. to Boomer
at the Smyrna Public Library.
Biblionasium login: Lunch #/Computer Password
Library PASS login: Lunch #/4 digit PIN
Your PIN = Month + Day of Birth
Boomer's Birthday is January 3rd.
His PIN would be 0103.
Ever wonder about the history behind this humble staple in your first aid kit?
Shared Reading: The Boo-Boos that Changed the World by Barry Wittenstein
Watch & Learn
How adhesive bandages are made
News report from CBS news on Band-Aids
75 Years of Band-Aids (history, old packaging)
Activities: DIY band-aid activity and/or vocabulary activity
Vocabulary: bruise, adhesive, plaster, wince, klutziness, sterile
(1) How did Johnson & Johnson come up with the name Band-Aid?
(2) What two actions did the company take to help increase Band-Aid sales after they were introduced?
In Celebration of Women's History Month, we will be learning about this young lady who so bravely advocated for the right for girls to go to school.
Shared Reading: Malala's Magic Pencil
Map of Pakistan
Brain Pop video - Malala biography
Malala's Foundation/more information about her work/
Information from UNESCO about status of girls' education around the world.
Video interviews: Malala addresses United Nations on her 16th birthday
Malala's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech
Writing prompt: If you had a magic pencil, what would you draw with it to make the world a better place? Why? Be creative and positive. Take it seriously and don't try to be cute: essays about illegal activities and harming others are NOT allowed. And yes, we can provide examples of those who didn't follow directions.
This week's schedule is all over the map with special events and field trips.. We'll be taking our show on the road on Tuesday due to a special event in the Media Center all day. Our super 2nd graders will begin a DEAR time every day at 1:40 p.m. This will last until we line up to return to class.
So what's this about OREOs?
Tuesday, March 6th is OREO day. You know that lovely chocolate cookie with the sweet filling? I unscrew my OREOs and eat the middles first. My everyday favorite is the Oreo Double Stuff. My absolute favorite is the Birthday Cake variety. What about you?
Oreos are made by Nabisco Brands. Visit their website here. How many other brands do you recognize?
Curious as to how Oreos are made? Here's a video about the process.
Did you know this beloved cookie is over 100 years old?
Commercial from the 1970s.
In case you're curious about all the flavors and packages of Oreos available.
What does this have to do with OPINION writing?
Remember the O-R-E-O formula.
Give your Opinion
Give Reasons why
Cite Examples to reinforce the reasons
Restate your Opinion.
You will be asked to share your favorite Oreo variety and explain why. Or tell whether or not you think all the flavors of Oreos is necessarily a good thing. Remember, we have Pina Colada, Kettle Corn and Cherry Cola Oreos coming in May 2018.
This week we will celebrate all things Seuss!
Shared Reading: Green Eggs & Ham and What Pet Should I Get?
Dr. Seuss video bio: Brainpop Jr. TeacherTube
Activities: Shared reading writing responses, DEAR time, Seuss videos/reader's theatre, Seussville activities
Before starting this activity, you will need to get a piece of notebook paper and pencil.
While on the Seussville site, do the following:
Once you have completed the Timeline activity, you may explore the site (try to find the What Pet Should I Get game) until time is called.
Whew! There's a lot going on this week!
Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is on February 13th. Although celebrated worldwide, it is typically associated with New Orleans here in the USA. It is the last big hurrah of parades, partying and overindulgence of food before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Lent is the 40 day period of self-reflection/self-denial leading up to Easter Sunday. In 2018, Lent begins Valentine's Day (2/14) and ends on April Fool's Day (4/1). The dates for Easter change each year, but this is the first time I ever remember Ash Wednesday and Easter falling on the same days as other holidays.
Videos from History Channel (history, facts & figures, king cake)
Visit Kern Studios - company that makes parade floats (click on portfolio to view)
Activities include: word search and mask design
Valentine's Day is on February 14th. This also happens to be spring picture day, so we will be coming to YOU for enrichment this day.
We will share assorted Valentine's stories, learn about the history of Valentine's Day and see how candy conversation hearts are made.
How many different ways can you show your classmates, teachers and family members that you care?
Winter Olympics 2018 - PyeongChang, South Korea
Learn about the host country of South Korea.
Learn about Olympic Mascots. Locate 1996 on the timeline. What was the name name of our mascot?
More than you ever wanted to know about the Olympic Rings
Figurative Language is what adds spice to your writing. It makes your story more interesting for the reader. Some of the figurative language tricks of the trade include similes, metaphors and idioms.
We will concentrate on similes this week.
Storytime: My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks
Animated version through PBS:
Brainpop video on Similes and Metaphors
DIY Simile Activity
Online Simile Game (how many can you get correct?)