Moms and Dads, we had an international friend visit us from Germany today. Helin Yilmazturk is a second grader who lives in Germany. The kids met Helin (her nickname is Melin) on facetime 3 weeks ago and were surprised that she came to see them in person. They asked such interesting questions…
“Were you, like, where were you born?” Stella
“In America” Helin Melin
“When have you been in this class before?” Tehya
“Last year.” Helin Melin
“What grade are you in?” Sam
“How old are you?” Elin
“What do you like?”
“Where’d you live at first, when you were about to get born?”
“In America” Melin
“Um, what kind of food do you like?”
“Um, um, where did you get your hair braided?”
“My mom” Melin
“Um, what kind of hotel do you live in?”
“I live in an apartment” Melin
“Do you know if someone from another country, like, lived in Turkey a long long time ago?”
“Where is your apartment?”
“I forgot” Melin
“Do you have a bunch of animals in Germany?” Hudson
“Is there a lake at your home?”
“Um, do you have a pool next to your house?” Elin
“Do you have any baby brothers or baby sisters?” Davis
“Uh, do you drive to Georgia sometimes?” Jack
“Um, what kind of animals are there?” Hayden
“I don’t really know but a deer, a rabbit.” Melin
“How many animals are there?” Cole
“Um, a lot.” Melin
“Um, it’s really not for her, but I see deers out in Atlanta.” Stella
“One time I was driving in a car and we saw some deers walking across the road.” Elin
**My apologies for erasing some of the names of the speaker.
We are writer-rific! The kids are writing and doing all of the good things that good writers do.
If you look at our ice cream cone writer’s rubric you can see the concepts of print that we are targeting:
1. I sound tapped.
2. I began sentences with a capital letter.
3. I used meatball spaces between words.
4. I ended sentences with correct punctuation.
They work hard for a ‘4 scooper’ ! I conference with them so that they can proofread and edit using the ice cream cone. They love this center!
Mr. Tonneson came to visit the class today. He talked with the kids about how their problem solving skills has lead to Fiskars establishing a better quality control method for their kid's scissors. He presented each child with specially stamped scissors and a goody bag. His team also created a book to share with the class.
After our letter to Fiskars Mr. Tonneson, CEO of Fiskars scissors will be visiting our class on oct 25. I told the kids today and they are excited!
OUR SHOVELS DISCUSSION
We had a discussion about shovels (see photo). We discussed the difference btw the 2 shovels, identified which shovel would be best used for shoveling snow and WHY. I then asked which shovel would be best used for dirt and WHY…
Addie Gray said,”Shovel 2 because dirt is more heavier.”
I then asked,”Which shovel would be best used for leaves and WHY?” Marvel at their ability to make connections by using higher level thinking…
“Um, cause the opposite of heavy is light. ‘Cause, cause leaves are not as hard as, um, as heavy as dirt.” Davis
“This one can pick up leaves because it’s bigger, more stronger. Because it’s more pointier so it can chop it up, chop up the dirt. “ Hayden.
If you use shovel 2 and you dig with it for leaves then it will only pick up dirt. Shovel 2 is less heavier. Because shovel 1 is better to pick up leaves than shovel 1 is wider.” Maggie
“Uh, well, shovel 1 has wide parts. The wide parts, shovel 1 is more, more lighter than shovel 2 so shovel 1 can pick up the leaves.” Jack
“This shovel and this shovel, they’re not alike because this one is really heavy when there’s like a bunch of rocks or dirt in it. This one is light because it , it has a big old shovel part right here, and the bigger shovel part it is the lighter the stuff that’s in it. It is.”Hudson
“You can use that one to pick up snow because if you picked up snow with it then it would be easier than to use this one. Because it would be easier with this one because it’s lighter. “ Olivia
“You could use, um, shovel 1 to dig up leaves because it’s lighter, the leaves are bigger and the shovel is bigger to use.” Tait
“This one is curbed right here on the side and this part is like really flat and it’s longer. This one is shorter. Shovel 1 can pick up leafs because the bigger it is the lighter.” Cole
“So, the snow shovel , the snow shovel is like, it can pick up leaves because it’s fat.” Grayson
“This one is much skinnier because this one is fat you can pick up leaves. Because it’s fatter. When it’s fat it can get a little bit more leafs on it.” Tehya
“So, so, the shovel is bigger and the gardening shovel is lighter. This one, the opposite of big is lighter.” Addyson
“This one is lighter so it can pick up the leaves. And this one is heavier so it can pick up the dirt.”Olivia