Today was another building block day (and a day to work out a few more glitches)! We started the day learning about blogs and what it means to comment on someone’s blog post. Every morning to get us settled, the kids will be replying to a post on our class blog. Today’s was about the field trip we took yesterday. Although you wouldn’t know it from the spelling in their comments, they actually asked for dictionaries! (Hey, I was just impressed that they asked!) Tomorrow we’ll look at the rubric I will use to assess the comments (mainly looking for addressing the prompt, including detail, and using capitalization, punctuation, and other grammar items we’re working on). We’ll also take a look at some of the comments and talk about them together! The kids really enjoyed this!
Then we looked at “Today’s Jobs” – a new section I’ve added to our wiki mainly to keep ME organized! It includes all of our activities for the day including any links we’ll be using (hopefully a time-saver).
We spent the majority of our language arts time visiting Disney’s Surf Swell Island to begin to learn and apply Internet safety. The kids kept some hand written notes as they traveled through the site for an activity we’ll do tomorrow as a follow-up.
Math time went very well again. We spent most of our time working together at the Smartboard reviewing telling time (which they continue to struggle with – can’t the world just go with digital clocks?!). They enjoyed the interactive practice and then really loved opening their Clams to try some independent practice at two cool sites!
Finally, our day finished on a very fun note! Thanks to a tweet from my PLN last night, I found out about the New York Zoos and Aquarium’s “Build Yourself Wild” site! Although ultra fun, it also goes right along with our unit (and field trip) on animal adaptations. The kids created themselves as unique wild critters. The really cool part will come tomorrow. At the bottom of their picture, the site provides facts about the body parts they chose and what adaptation they are used for in “real life”. We will use the pictures and facts as a springboard for a narrative writing assignment.
By the looks of things, we’re a pretty wild group!