Thursday, May 1, 2014

All About Plants!

We have been busy learning about plants in our class. We began by reading The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. Then we added our schema to our plant anchor chart. Wow! We impressed Ms. Feuerstack with everything that we already knew. We also labeled the parts of a plant and seed. We also made our own flowers that we labeled. We even planted bean seeds (I hope they grow!)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Math Tubs

In math we have been busy working on numbers to 40. We have been using place value charts and base 10 materials to help us understand numbers. To help us use our best learning Ms. Feuerstack has started dividing our class in half for math groups. Half of our class works with Ms. Feuerstack on the carpet and SMART Board while the rest of our class works on Math Tubs. We love Math Tubs!  At our tubs we work with a partner on math games that help us review what we have already learned or help up improve our fact fluency. After 15-20 minutes we switch. The students working at math group move to their tub and the tub kids come to the carpet to work with Ms. Feuerstack. We go to one tub each day so that by Friday we have worked on each activity.

Students find their tub for the day on our Math Tubs pocket chart.

The tubs are found in plastic shoeboxes. The students grab their bin and find a spot in the classroom to work at their activity. All of the materials that they need are located inside. Many of our games involve dice or playing cards.

We have been working on using many strategies to help us solve math problems.
(Poster inspired by Abby at

Monday, March 31, 2014

Awesome Animal Reports

Wow! We did a wonderful job on our animal habitat reports. I am so impressed with all of the hard work everyone did.

Our class also created a rainforest habitat in our hallway. We each picked an animal to create. What a great job!

Sunday, March 9, 2014


It was  nice to get back to a actual full week of learning. I can't remember the last time we had that. We have been digging deep into Animal Habitats. So far we have studied the Arctic, Desert, Savanna, and we have just began to learn about the Temperate Deciduous Forest. We were excited to learn about our own habitat and see animals and plants that we are familiar with. I hope everyone is having fun planning and creating an animal habitat at home. Remember projects are due on March 21st. Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.

In math we have been working hard on adding and subtracting numbers to 20. We have learned many strategies to help us solve our math problems. We have also worked on solving real world word problems. In social studies we learned all about the job of the president. Ms. Feuerstack read several books to us and then we voted who should be president. Ms. Feuerstack, Duck (from Duck for President), or Grace (from Grace for President). Then we held a class election and guess what Ms. Feuerstack won!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

It's been a while

It has been a while since I have posted updates from our class, but during this time we have been quite busy.

At math we have been working with numbers up to 20. We have been using place value charts to name our tens and ones. We have been having so much fun practicing math at stations.

This month we learned about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ms. Feuerstack read some books to us and we even had a chance to listen to part of Dr. King's I have a Dream speech. We then drew Dr. King and thought of a dream that we have for the world.

Last week we began learning about penguins. We have read several non-fiction books and have begun to collect facts on an anchor chart (Thank you to Mrs. Carroll at The First Grade Parade for the great idea). Next week we will be writing a non-fiction piece about penguins.

This past week Circleville Elementary School celebrated kindness with a week of fun spirit day. We wore animal print, hats, silly socks, and school shirts. We also wrote about what it means to be kind. Here is what we came up with.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

November Recap

We have had a lot of fun learning about the first Thanksgiving and turkeys this month. We read non-fiction books about Thanksgiving and created a chart about what we learned. Ms. Feuerstack was very impressed with all of the facts that we remembered from kindergarten. We also wrote a class acrostic poem about Thanksgiving and we wrote how-to catch a turkey stories. In our stories we worked on using transition words like first, next, last. This month we also made family turkey projects turned out so cute and so different.




Sunday, November 10, 2013

Scholastic Book Clubs

Your child will be bringing home 3 Scholastic Reading Club catalogs on Tuesday. If you plan on ordering you may send in the order form and money with your child or you may order online. When you order online you have access to additional catalogs. You can also pay by credit card. To order online go to Once you are there you can set up a free account for yourself. If this is your first time ordering online this year you will need a one time activation code. This code will make sure that your order is sent to me. Our code is GQGDB. If you are purchasing books for your child for the holidays and you do not want them to see the books, just send me a note or e-mail me. I will package the books so they do not see them. Happy Reading!