Tuesday, December 6, 2016

At Home in the Ocean Journeys Lesson 11

This week we are living in the ocean!  We are reading about sharks from our vocabulary reader.  Our main textbook section can be found HERE.  We have completed a graphic organizer about what sharks have, what they are, and what sharks can do.  We used those facts to write a triple whammy sentence (3 ideas separated by commas in a sentence).  We are going to write a paragraph about sharks, too.  We are also going to be learning about dolphins, sea turtles, and sea horses.
Stay tuned for pictures of our work!

A great white shark greets the class in room 19.
                                 Watch out for the stinging jelly fish!
After reading about sea creatures we can write about them.  We will add drawings of them to our ocean mural in the hallway.
We have to have some ocean buddies to read all those good books to!
What is an ocean without a little background whale singing and calming underwater sounds?
Our ocean sight words this week that have to be memorized.
The students will make this  and add it to the shark paragraphs after writing this week.
Watch out for the big waves at the doorway!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Our Freedom, the Flag, and Veterans Day

We learned about our flag and our freedoms.  We wrote a paragraph about what we like about our freedom.  We used an app called "Chatter Pix" to record our work.  It was put on our main T.V. in the hallway so everyone could enjoy it.


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by Slaton
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by Davin
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by Emma
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by Aniya
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by Isaac
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by Cooper
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by Javel
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by Izzy
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by Braelynn
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by Destiny
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by Elijah
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by Kyle
We also had a Veterans Day celebration.  Our school chorus sang.  We had several veterans come from some of our students' families.
 PHS ROTC
  Aren't they cute!
 Honoring our flag ceremony by the PHS ROTC.

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Our choir singing the Star Spangled Banner

Awards Ceremony for October

 We had our awards ceremony for first grade and kindergarten last week.  I just wanted to post some of the photos I took as the students received their awards. Mr. Laugh, our awesome principal, was ready with all the awards!










Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Mountaineer Wheel of Fortune

This is not a regular post.  I am trying this out to see if it will work for a project we might have at school.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Intervention Group Time with Mummies!

Our intervention group has been reading an informational text to learn about mummies.We have completed all our work and are finished with this unit of study.  The students wrote the captions to the photographs of our work below to share with you.
We named the dead body Fred.
Fred is about to be mummified.
We needed salt and oils to put on the mummy.  We took out the brain with the hook.
We read a informational text book to make learn how to mummify him.
 (This was written for grades 1-3.  It is a level N book with a  grade level equivalent 3.8.)
 We pretended to be Egyptians.
We took out the wet organs.
Slaton is putting the lungs inside the jar. These organs were kept in the tomb with the mummy.
She helped take out the lungs.
I am taking out the intestines.
They are washing the heart to put it back into the body.
All clean!
They took out the brains with a hook.
The brains were pulled out through the nose.
They threw the brain in the trash when they were done. Egyptians did not understand how important the brain was for the working of the body.
The heart was put back into the body cavity. The body was sewed up at this point in the process.
We had to wash the body.
We put salt on the body because it keeps it from decaying.
The salt takes all the water out of the body.
The body becomes dehydrated.


The washing and salt team are finished.  Time for the next step!
This team had to watch the body for 40 days!
  
40 days later Fred was a mummy!
We pored the oil on Fred.
I used peppermint oil.
Dakota used Melaluca oil.

We also used lavender oils.
The smell is really strong!


We wrapped the body with linen strips.
We put him in the sarcophagus.
He is in the pyramid now with his organs.
Lucky Fred!  Only the wealthy got to become mummies in ancient Egypt.
We have learned that many of the ideas we thought we knew about mummies were really misconceptions.
We recorded the truth about mummies as we read about them in our informational text book.
We added more to our chart as we learned about mummies.
We read about mummy making procedures.  We created a chart about the process.  We added it to our mummy book we created.
  We created a book made from paper bags to hold our vocabulary words we decoded for each chapter.   We added some hieroglyphics and a few fashions the Egyptians wore.  This also holds the writing chart for the procedures to make a mummy.
 
 After we added captions to our blog entry we invited both classes to view our work.  Everyone made sure they smelled how great mummified Fred was on the way our of the room.
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