First we learned about winter. Then we learned about spring. Next we learned about summer!

For summer, we read the book But Then Comes Summer by Tom Brenner. I liked this book because it focuses on the way summer looks, feels, smells, sounds, and tastes. During the week, we did our typical discussion of character, setting, and sequencing events to retell the story. On Friday, we made our summer mural for our eventual four seasons wall. The students just love making these murals!


Summer!


Storm clouds


Kids eating ice cream and sunbrellas at the beach


The beach with sunbrellas and sea shells

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The first season we learned about in my class this year was winter. Then we moved on to spring. For spring, we read a funny book about a Bear and his friend the Mole. Mole wakes up and realizes that it’s spring. Then we works hard to wake Bear up, but Bear keeps sleeping! He finally decides to make Bear a grand meal to motivate him to wake up. This works and Bear wakes up, but Mole is so worn out from all the hard work that he falls asleep! We also read an informational text about animals in the spring time. Then we brainstormed about what spring looks like. Take a look at our creative mural!


Our spring mural!


Many flowers in the spring time


Eggs in a nest


Rainbow in the sky because of all the rain

Recently my classroom has grown pretty significantly in numbers. This means many new students and many new students with pretty significant behaviors that interfere with their learning and the learning of others. A few of these students are what are called “runners”. They seem to think that running away, particularly, running out of the classroom, is a super fun game. It’s really not a fun game. Not. At. All.


It’s a runaway!


What is happening here?!?

I like to keep the bulletin board outside my classroom as updated as possible. Mainly this is because mostly everyone thinks that just because my students have special needs that they aren’t able to accomplish much. I really try my best to dispel that completely ignorant and wrong accusation about my students. Not only are many of them at or above grade level, they are incredibly smart and work harder than any typical kid, just to get to that point. This year, my theme has been “We aim higher! We grow smarter!” For African American Heritage Month, we learned about a bunch of different character traits. The students made posters to represent what each of the character traits meant to them: determination, tolerance, appreciation, friendship, and equality. I hung a few of them (at least one or two from each student) up on the newest iteration of the bulletin board outside my classroom. I think it looks pretty good, don’t you?


Bulletin board outside the classroom

[room 209m] character traits

February 22, 2018

We have finally come to the end of our African American Heritage Month unit. Throughout the unit, I wanted the students to learn about five important traits: determination, tolerance, appreciation, friendship, and equality. We learned about these by reading various books.

To learn about determination, we read Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman. Even though her classmates didn’t think she could be Peter Pan, Grace was determined to try her best.

To learn about tolerance, we read The Colors of Us by Karen Katz. The characters in the book learned about different skin colors and how they can all be so beautiful in their own way.

To learn about appreciation, we read Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth. The young girl in the book learned that there is always something beautiful and that if something is not beautiful, she has the power to change it.

To learn about friendship, we read Jamaica’s Find by Juanita Havill. In the book, Jamaica found a stuffed dog and learned that making a new friend was more important than keeping something that wasn’t hers.

To learn about equality, we read Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used his words to fight for all people’s equality.