Friday, May 20, 2011

Autumn reading Gone with the Wind 
Delaney helping a guest (Katie) get acclimated

Part of our class enjoying an added music class to help out in music teacher interviews.

Grandma Jeri Teaching Us About Knitting .... The Gift of Love

Aly wearing the 100 year old hand-knit dress.

Yarn Bombing

Grandma Jeri introduced us to 'Yarn Bombing'.  We are interested in doing this in our woods as well!

Fabric (from long ago) cut and used to make scarves.  

Emma holding both very old and more 'modern' types of needles.  

Grandma Jeri and Alex sharing hand-spun silk yarn that is being made into a scarf.

Hand-spun banana fiber yarn.  We learned that the silk is very strong compared to banana fiber.

Grandma Jeri showing us a dress her great (might need to add another great here) grandma knit 100 years ago!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Paired Writing Purposeful Sharing

May 11th, 2011

Christopher and Emma choosing fluency read alouds.

Nikki and Garrett - Ready for fluency!

Aly G and Delaney - Shortcuts

Mr. Risch - Clownin' Around

The weather FINALLY permits us to take advantage of our 'backyard'

Students discovered that other people are using the woods as a dumping ground. :(

Aly G and Cole partner writing.  (Aly discovered how mood/environment affects her writing)

Delaney and Christopher partner writing

Emma and Ethan partner writing in the loft.

Nikki, Hudson, and Austin writing in 'the round'.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What Did You Do Today ??? :)

We'll show you some April snow!!!!

Near the beginning

Getting started

Shaping our styrofoam to resemble our maquettes made from clay

Delaney:  "This is the easiest job in the world!"
(Holding the styrofoam together:)

Lessons from Mrs. Purney

The very beginning (pics not in order).  Notice the clean floor and defined
edges of the sculptures in waiting.

Before we began.  Mrs. Purney came with the styrofoam
arranged to semi-resemble the maquettes students made.

Discussing figurative language

Figurative language

Max...Making sense of figurative language in his own way

Yep.  Pretty much how we all looked at the end!

Kaiyli and Emma hard at work!

The after shot.  Looks like icebergs and ice chunks in a mucky sea.

Hudson, right after our practice tornado drill.
(Notice the styrofoam on his eyelashes.)

 A little extra fun right before we cleaned up.

Lookin' good.  Takin' shape.

The AFTER picture.  Can you believe it?!?!?  While we expect to see tiny little styrofoam balls for weeks to come, the kids and adults did a marvelous job cleaning up.....until the CEMENT tomorrow!