• Character Clubs

    Posted by Julia Seligman on 3/22/2018

    Character Clubs

    We began our character unit of study by forming Character Clubs.  Each club began reading a book in a series and noticed how their character looks and acts. The students illustrated their folders beautifully!  Ask your child what character he/she is studying.




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  • STEM-Building Pooper Scoopers

    Posted by Julia Seligman on 3/9/2018


    We designed a contraption to pick up something gross (we voted on dog/cat poop) based on what we learned about bird beaks.  While we brainstormed the best beak for the job, many of the students agreed that the wabler (tweezer like) beak would be the best for picking up poop in tall grass.  We used clay to simulate the poop, planned out our ideas, built them, tested them, and improved them.  I was pleasantly surprised with the designs that the students came us with.  They perservered and had a lot of fun trying to solve this human problem by mimicing a bird's beak. 

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  • Bird Beak Experiment

    Posted by Julia Seligman on 3/8/2018

    Beak Experiment

    Beak Experiment

    Beak Experiment

    We experiemented picking up food (macaroni) with a beak like a warbler (tweezer like) and a duck (wide spoon like). The students found that the duck bill was more efficient.  Then we scattered rocks (beans) and expermented which beak was better at picking up food only (if rocks were picked up then the students had to put them back).  The students found out that the tweezer beak was the most efficent.  Birds with this type of beak are good at picking up seeds and eating insects in tall grass where birds with duck bills are good at scooping up plants and fish out of the water.  From this experiment and our past research, the students made connections about the shape of a beak and the food that it eats.  We will be able to use these patterns to predict what other birds eat by looking at the shape and size of their beaks.  The students had a fun time experimenting!  Ask your child which beak was easier for him/her to pick up food without picking up a lot of rocks.

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  • Birds- External Parts

    Posted by Julia Seligman on 2/17/2018

    Observing birds

    Observing BIrds

    We began a unit learning about how animals use their external parts to grow and survive.  The students observed 6 different birds, listed the external parts that all birds have and concluded that all birds have common parts: beaks, wings, feathers, claws or talons, legs, eyes, and ears.  We read a book and concluded that beaks are different colors, shapes, and sizes because birds eat different food.  





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  • Decorating Valentine's Day Boxes

    Posted by Julia Seligman on 2/16/2018

    Decorating Valentine's Day Boxes

    Valentine's Day Boxes

    We prepared for Valentine's Day by decorating Valentine's Day boxes. The students were very creative and had a blast passing out friendship cards on Valentine's Day. 

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  • Hunting for Non-Fiction Features

    Posted by Julia Seligman on 2/2/2018

    Non-fiction Features

    We learned that Non-Fiction books have features, visual and text, to teach readers more information about the topic and help readers find facts easier. The students have been hunting for a feature a day and then adding them to their Non-Fiction Feature notebook.  It has been a lot of fun!

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  • Our Garden

    Posted by Julia Seligman on 1/26/2018


    To culminate our Plant Unit, the students painted and labeled a garden. The students labeled and wrote captions explaining the function of each plant part.  I am impressed how detailed their cations are. 

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  • 3D Snowflakes

    Posted by Julia Seligman on 1/26/2018

    3D Snowflakes

    To celebrate winter we made 3D Snowflakes.  The students persevered and helped one another to make these beautiful snowflakes.  They worked on fine motor skills as well.  Aren't they amazing?

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  • Fiction vs. Non-Fiction

    Posted by Mrs. Seligman's Class on 1/20/2018

    Non-fiction vs. Fiction Non-fiction Text  

    We began our new Reading Unit of study comparing and contrasting Fiction and Non-Fiction texts.  The class erupted in cheer to hear about this upcoming unit!  We read A Seed is Sleepy and answered questions that helped us determine that it is a Non-Fiction text.  We also learned interesting facts about seeds from this book.  Some seeds can stay dormant or sleep for up to 10 years.  Orchards have millions of seeds in their pods.

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  • Teaching Diversity through Author's Message

    Posted by Julia Seligman on 1/15/2018

    Author's Message

    This month we are learning about diversity through read alouds.  We also focused on finding the author's message which taught us all a lesson.  In Oliver Button is a Sissy and We're All Wonders we learned that we are all different and to accept others for who they are.  We also learned that different is cool!  We should not be scared of others, it makes us wonder about them.  

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