Thursday, December 5, 2013

Burpee Update!

We have been participating in Spartan Race's challenge of 30 burpees for 30 days.  Today is day 10 for our class.  We created a chart to keep track of our burpees.  We color in 1 box for every 10 burpees we do.  Today we counted by 10s and found out that by the end of today we will each have done 300 burpees.  We are having fun with this and persevering even though it can be hard and tiring.  Have you been doing your burps?  How many have you done?

Christopher, Colby, and Connor
Mrs. Smith's First Grade

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

30 Burpees

We are doing 30 burpees for 30 days.  We do 10 burpees in the morning, after lunch, and at the end of the day.  I bet you are wondering why we are doing this.  First, it's fun.  Second, we are learning how to persevere.  Perseverance means that you never give up even though it's hard.  Burpees are tiring, but we are persevering.  We will get very good at them.  Third, we are doing it to have healthy bodies.  So, how do you do a burpee?
First, you do a squat with your hands on the ground.
Second, jump your feet out behind you.
Third, do a push up.
Fourth, jump your legs back to a squat.
Fifth, jump up with your hands up.
We are keeping track of our burpees.  We are filling in a graph every time we do 10 burpees.  
Will you do this with us?  Let us know how many burpees you do and we will add it to our graph.


Mrs. Smith's First Graders

Friday, May 17, 2013

Slim Goodbody
By Mrs. Smith's 1st and 2nd Grade Class

After a fantastic assembly about healthy bodies, our class had a chance to sit down with Slim Goodbody to ask him some questions.

Jenna:             What is your name?
                         Slim Goodbody told us "My name is Slim Goodbody."  He said when he is not in
                         his superhero costume his name is Jonathan.

Katelyn:          Where are you from?
                         Slim Goodbody use to live in Maine but he moved to Pennsylvania a few months

Joel:                What was it like growing up?
                         Slim Goodbody's dad was in the Air Force so he lived in 17 states from the time
                         he was born until he graduated high school.  It was hard to make friends because
                         he kept moving.  When he got into performing it became easier to make friends.

Spencer:          When is your birthday?
                         Slim Goodbody said his birthday is September 24 and he is a Libra.

Brookelyn:      What do you like to do for fun?
                         Slim Goodbody likes to write.  He is writing 2 new shows - 1 environmental and
                         1 about what the bible says about healthy bodies.  He likes to work out and

Cadence:         What is your favorite part of doing Slim Goodbody?
                         Slim Goodbody likes the Lubba Dubba section.  "I like the heart."

Jacob:              What is your favorite food?
                          Slim Goodbody said his healthy favorite foods are fruit salad and turkey burgers
                          when he makes it.  He adds bell peppers and seasonings.  His favorite unhealthy
                          food is pizza.

Olivia:              What is your favorite animal?
                          The flying squirrel is Slim Goodbody's favorite animal because they can glide.
                          He wrote a report about them when he was our age.

Mason:             Do you have a pet?
                          Slim Goodbody has an 8 year old Yorkshire Terrier named Nala, like the Lion
                          King.  She is 6 1/2 - 7 pounds.

Timothy:           What is your favorite junk food?
                          Slim Goodbody's favorite junk food is Twizzlers.

Elihu:                How do you learn to do all the voices?
                          Slim Goodbody said he loved to watch comedies when he was a kid.  He said
                          he liked Jim Carrey and Robin Williams.  He mimicked the voices and practiced.

Mrs. Smith:      How did you get your costume?
                          Slim Goodbody told us that an artist made his costume.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday News

Dear Families,
This week we tried something new with our class blog. My goal is for the kids to have full ownership of the blog and for them to be in charge of what information you read about. This week we used Glogster as our method of blogging. Glogster is a more visual form of blogging and almost comes across as a poster collage of the information shared. The students are able to write detailed sentences about a topic of their choice and then they can add some flare through colors, backgrounds, pictures, and frames. Our first authors to try this new method were Jenna, Joel, and Cadence and it was a fun experience for us all. It was wonderful to watch them progress through the phases of drafting, pre-writing, editing, and producing a final draft. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Super Sentences

Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday News

Dear Families,

We had an assembly on Wednesday to learn about Afghanistan.  We learned that the people in Afghanistan wear different clothes than us.  Girls wear dresses and have to wear something to cover their head.  We also learned about how kids travel to school.  They have walk over big rocky mountains and through rivers and streams.  The roads are too small for cars to fit and are also unsafe.  Did you know that Afghanistan is about 6,000 miles away from Proctor, Vermont?

On Wednesday we had a new student join our class.  Her name is Olivia and she is a first grade student.  She moved here from New York.  We are very happy to have Olivia in our class!

Brookelyn and Timothy

Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday News Mishmash

Dear Families,

Well, it has been a crazy few weeks in our classroom.  With Winter Carnival, Winter Wonderland, and Dr. Seuss' birthday, we have been left with little time for the students to sit down at the computer and update our blog.  With a Friday afternoon finally free, we have decided to partner up and update you on all the exciting things that have been happening.

Dr. Seuss Day
by Jenna and Brookelyn

On Dr. Seuss day, some high school girls came to read to us.  They read us Hooray for Diffendoofer Day.  Mr. Rosenberg joined us.  He is the principal for the high school students.  He is very nice.  Peter really enjoyed this story and got very comfortable.

Winter Wonderland
By Mason and Timothy

We got to enjoy a fun afternoon of games and activities.  Many of our parents came in to plan this for us.  First, we made lava lamps.  We took a little water and put it in a bottle.  Then we put in vegetable oil.  Next we put in food coloring.  Finally, we put in Alka Seltzer tablets to make it bubble.  It was awesome!
Second we pinned the nose on the snowman.  My favorite was when we were spun around (Mason).  My favorite part was when we had to wear the bandanna (Timothy).
Third, we had a relay race.  We had to use a sand shovel to toss a ping pong ball onto a large Frisbee that someone was holding.  If the ball fell off the Frisbee we had to start over again.

Winter Wonderland
By Cadence, Kaitlyn, and Mrs. Smith

Despite the disappointing news that there was just not enough snow (these crazy Vermont winters!) to have Winter Carnival, we did not let that get us down!  We decided to have our own Winter Carnival right in our classroom.  The students spent the morning playing "Minute to Win It" games. They were given one minute to  complete different tasks.

First, we had to stack three golf balls on top of each other.  Next, we put Oreo cookies on our foreheads   We tried to get the Oreo into our mouths without using our hands.  Nest, we put some Vaseline on our noses to get cotton balls to stick.  We had to move the cotton balls from one plate to another plate.  Even Mrs. Buzzell tried this one.  Next, we had 4 cups that were stacked with cards in between them.  We had to slide the cards out and get the cups to stack on top of one another.  Finally, we split into two teams and dressed one of our teammates up like a snowman.  It was so much fun!

This Week
By Joel, Elihu, and Jacob

Yeah! Today is Friday!  This week, we got to join Mrs. Cook's class for an extra PE class instead of going to health.  This has been the 2nd best week of the year because we got to use iPads.  It was very fun!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday News

Dear Families,

Last week we celebrated Digital Learning Day.  We invited our parents to show them how we use technology in school.  We use computers, iPads, iPods, laptops, T.V.s, and SMART boards to help us learn.

We invited families into our classroom to teach them how to get on to our blog and our class website.  Parents used iPads with the students to get on to the class blog.  We learned how to make comments on the class blog.  It was fun to have the parents come.

At the end of the day, we had an assembly.  Some students in our class earned respect rewards.  We got to watch a slideshow with pictures of students using technology.  At the end of the assembly we got to dance.  The day was AWESOME!

Dominic, Mason, Jacob  

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Digital Learning Day

We had a blast today incorporating technology into many aspects of our day.  We were very excited to have a few parents join us this afternoon.  I know the kids really thought this was a treat!  I will let the students tell you more about Digital Learning Day on their Friday update.

I wanted to share a few new websites that we will be using in our classroom.  We will be incorporating Spelling City into our daily Word Work block of time.  This is a site that will teach students how to spell, play games with their spelling words, and take a spelling test.  This would be a great way for students to practice the skills they are learning in school.  Students are each assigned a color group and will find that attached to the online spelling list.  This will let them easily identify which lists are theirs.

In addition, each student has an account with ScootPad.  This is a site that will allow students to practice math and reading skills at their own pace.  The site adjusts lessons to match student needs as they progress through.  I had a few students test it today and received positive feedback from them.  Students will need a login and password, both of which I will send home with them this week.  This site also has the option to record reading done at home.  I am hoping to pilot this part of the site with the students this month and will send home more information soon.

To get to both Spelling City and ScootPad, just follow the links on the right side of the page under "Our Favorite Websites."

Enjoy the rest of your week and cross your fingers for a little snow this weekend!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday News

Dear Families,

In 2nd grade math class we got to use iPads and we got to pick our own games.  It is very fun.  Today we just learned about straight edges.  Mrs. DiFeo drew little dots and we had to draw a line between the dots using a straight edges.  We also had to write letters on top of the dots.

We are working in reading to build our stamina.  Stamina is doing anything for a long period of time without stopping or giving up.  Right now we are able to read silently for 11 minutes.  Our goal is to be able to read silently for 20 minutes.  We also get to pick our own places to sit in the classroom to read.  It's awesome!

Here is a new video our class really likes.  It is called Sesame Street: Share It Maybe.

Have an awesome weekend and enjoy your 3 days off!

Jacob and Jenna

Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday News

This week we learned about Martin Luther King Jr.  He was an African American who wanted to everyone to be treated equally.  When Martin was a kid, African Americans had to stand at the end of lines, sit in the back of the bus, and go to separate restaurants.  Martin Luther King Jr. wanted to change this when he grew up.

We also learned about a woman named Rosa Parks.  She was sitting in the front of the bus but because she was African American she was supposed to sit in the back.  The bus driver told her to get out of the seat and she said no.  She was arrested.

Today we got to go to a concert.  The concert was put on by a brass trio from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.  A brass trio is three people that play brass instruments.  There was a trumpet, a french horn, and a trombone.  They played lots of music for us.  Our class favorite was their first song which was the main theme from Star Wars. We learned that all three musicians started playing their instruments in 5th grade.  The musicians showed us other objects that could be played as musical instruments.  They showed us how to play a cow horn, a seashell, and a rubber hose.  It was a good concert.

Have a great 3 day weekend!

Cadence and Katelyn

Friday, January 11, 2013

Friday News

Dear Families,

This week has been great because we got to play with our friends.  We got to play outside at recess.  We got to play in snow piles.  It was awesome.

We have been working on our resolutions.  We made people that look like us holding our resolutions.  We also rewrote our resolutions.

In science we learned about solids, liquids, and gases.  We went to the computer lab, went on our blog, and played games about solids, liquids, and gases.  In one of the games we could freeze stuff and melt stuff.  It was really fun.

Look on YouTube!  Our winter concert is on YouTube!


Joel, Brookelyn, Dominic

Thursday, January 10, 2013

States of Matter

We have begun our unit on states of matter.  We have discussed that everything in our world is made up of matter.  Below are a few websites we will use to explore states of matter.

Science Kids - Sorting Solids, Liquids, and Gases

CATIE for Schools - Sorting Solids, Liquids, and Gases

Scholastic Video - Solids, Liquids, and Gases

BrainPOP Video - Solids, Liquids, and Gases

FOSSweb - Changing States of Matter

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Friday News (a few days late)


I am sorry for our Friday News being so late.  I was out of the classroom last Friday and asked the students to work together to write an update.  Here is their Friday News:

Dear Families,

This week in 2nd grade we were using iPads.  The game we played was Hungry Fish.  In 1st grade, we worked on timelines.We were also working on number scrolls.

We started learning  about New Year’s resolutions.  A resolution is a goal you set for yourself because you want to change something in your life.  We made home resolutions, school resolutions, and personal resolutions.  

In science we are talking about gases, solids, and liquids.  This is called matter.  Everything in the world is a solid, liquid, or gas. A rock is a solid.

Enjoy your week!

Timmy, Mason, Jenna