Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March Madness with Dr. Seuss

Finally a chance to write a post and catch ya'll up on what we've been doing lately!  We've been on spring break this week and it still feels like winter here.  I can't wait for it to warm up!  Nothing exciting for spring break . . . . catching up on things around the house, watching lots of basketball, and hanging with the husband and Jessie our house guest for the week.  

                                   Jessie                       Cozy Fire

All month we've been reading Dr. Seuss books each day.  So, we decided to celebrate Dr. Seuss the week before Spring Break.  Each day we had something fun planned.   We started with "crazy socks day".  

The next day was "favorite hat day".

We read "Cat in the Hat" and wrote about what we do if the Cat came to our house.  Would you let the Cat in?  What would you tell your parents?  Would you like the Cat to come to your house?  Why or why not?  Surprisingly a lot of our kiddos didn't want that Cat anywhere near their house!

The next day we read "The Lorax".  We are studying recycling right now, so this tied in perfectly with our recycling unit.  We wrote discussed the author's purpose of writing the story and we wrote about the main idea and important details.  To add some art to our writing, we created the earth.

Find a box that closes tight and 6-8 marbles.  Add a piece white card stock to the box.  Drop a some blue and green paint on the card stock and add the marbles.  Close the box, hold it tightly, and shake it up!

Open the box and check out your masterpiece!!  Trace a circle on your painting and cut out.  Now you have a beautiful Earth to add to your writing.  We took our pictures with the Lorax mustache cut out and added the pics to the middle of the Earth.  

We ended the week with "dress like your favorite character day".  

We also read "Bartholomew and the Oobleck" and then created oobleck!!  So easy to make - cornstarch, water, and food coloring.  Each student got their own bag of oobleck and used it to do some scientific observations.  
We wrote about the steps we took to make the oobleck.

Observations we made - What does it sound like, smell like, feel like, and look like?   What does it look like as a solid and a liquid? 

To end our Dr. Seuss week, we read Green Eggs and Ham.  Of course we had to then try it out ourselves to see if we would eat Green Eggs and Ham!

The past few weeks we've been learning 2-digit addition with and without regrouping.  We've been learning to add using the traditional way and using open number lines.  Amy Lemons from Step Into Second Grade has some great activities to practice 2-digit addition with this unit.  Our kiddos loved the "I Spy Around the Room" Activity and sorting problems with and without regrouping.

We also used QR codes to practice 2-digit addition.

To learn more about open number lines and download a freebie -  check out my post on The Collaboration Connection.

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week!!

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