Last Thursday, we began a math project for rounding. We had been working with rounding and what rounding is all week. After a quick review, I announced that Mrs. Stephens had chosen our class to plan the Fall Festival. She gave us a $2000 budget. The students had to choose among the various choices already listed as well as going through store circulars and choosing what they would like to purchase, rounding it, and then adding it all together to create a proposed budget for how to spend the money. Naturally the children were extremely excited (though most were skeptical as to whether or not it was real).
They thought about what was important, and they thought about what they would need for a Fall Festival. The students worked eagerly and some even had the opportunity to share their proposal with Mrs. Stephens. The children had such wonderful presentations that we earned lots of fruit. They all walked away from this with the realization that math has very real world applications.
Writing–Draft, Revise, Edit, Publish, Celebrate!
This week we put the finishing touches on our writing that we have been working on since the beginning of the year. We published on Monday and Tuesday. On Tuesday, we also wrote a Dear Reader Letter to let the reader know what to focus on in the story, where the author drew inspiration from, or an area that the writer struggled with. Wednesday was our writing celebration day as each student had an opportunity to share his or her writing with the class. We all then went around reading each other’s work and letters, and we left comments to the author. Throughout our celebration, there was a buzz in the air of the excitement for writing.
Landscaping our Crickets homes
In our novel, Cricket in Times Square, we have completed through Chapter 6. With all the details in the beginning dedicated to setting, we created a scenery for our live crickets. The children were able to choose either the country or the city setting. They had to create their image based off of the details in the book, listing the text evidence and the page number where they found it. Afterwards, our crickets’ cages looked so much more beautiful!
The big emphasis for the week was Central Baptist Church’s Missions Conference. Our Bible verse for the week was Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
To prepare the centerpieces for the International Dinner on Sunday evening, we teamed up with pre-school. Each of the students worked with one pre-schooler at a time and painted their hands to create 4 hand-prints on a sheet of paper. As I watched them, I was very proud of them helping the younger students and kindly encouraging their new friends.
This is the finished product. If you come to the international banquet on Sunday, you should be able to see them!
Throughout the week, our class showed faithfulness by attending the Missions conference each evening. We had the most in attendance of any grade. Because of this great example of bearing fruit, the Patience Fruitstand chose to give us Little Pot for the week for bearing fruit. When we got back in the classroom, we chose to put Little Pot by our buckets. We started this last week; when the students notice a child doing something fruitful or simply have a compliment for another, they write it on the post-it and put it in the other child’s bucket. We are trying to be bucket-fillers not bucket-dippers.
Here is a shout-out to the students who came out on Friday evening!