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

This year, I decided to teach about all four seasons: one week per season. The first season we learned about was winter because I was able to easily transition from learning about African American Heritage Month to winter by reading the book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. For our winter week, we read The Mitten by Jan Brett and Winter by Ron Hirschi. On Friday, we created a beautiful mural about winter. Take a look!


Our winter mural


In the winter, we play snowball fight.


It is white.


In the winter I drink hot chocolate.

[room 209m] heritage quilts

February 8, 2018

We’ve been celebrating African American Heritage Month this February at school. Aside from all the reading we’ve been doing, the art teacher at my school (who is awesome) taught the students about quilts. During slavery (and other times) families would make quilts and pass them down each generation in their family. Some families still have these super old quilts. Other families have created newer ones that are just as amazing and tell stories. While the art teacher wasn’t actually going to teach my students how to quilt, she did neat quilting projects with various classes at my school. The students worked on combining shapes, colors, and patterns. They also talked about symmetry. What a fun and relevant project for the class!

A quilting photo adventure:

At the end of last week, the art teacher came in and taught my students the worst skill ever – tearing paper! I’m just kidding, this is actually a great skill for them to have … as long as they’re using it appropriately.

In this case, they were wearing up pieces of white paper so that they could make super cute snowmen! I just love how projects like these allow my students to have an end goal in mind but also allows them to be as creative as they prefer. Each of their snowmen look different even though they each followed the directions given. Differentiation and creativity at its finest!


Student A


Student B


Student C


Student D