Thursday, 4/25/16, we visited Kathy and Le, the librarians, and presented them with coffee, cookies, and sushi (their favorite), sat them down in comfortable chairs, and the kids read them their favorite book, The Little House. After that, the students each read them the thank you notes that they had written. Kathy and Le were moved by the work that the students put in, and the students were really proud that they could bring so much happiness to the grown-ups in their school.
Today we went through the website as a class, and read the previous two blogs together. Students worked in pairs to write down a few thoughts on the first week of school, then shared them out loud while I typed them into the blog. So this third blog entry is from the students themselves!
Rose and Audrey
Ms. Simington is a great teacher. She let us do fun descriptive writing, let us eat gummy candy, and have music class, too.
Isaiah and Jonah G.
On this blog, I would like some pictures of students working, more slide shows, and getting Fred the worm through the lifesaver!
Sophia and Claire
Our first week of school was extremely exciting because we did so many activities, such as figuring out what types of things we are good at.
Olga and Simone
The writing activities, games, PE, students and teacher are all supercalifragalisticexpiallidotious.
Jonah M. and Parker
The first week of school was a roller coaster, a lot of ups and downs: wasps, PE, and Fred, of course. Plus a lot of fun!
Kenzie and Grace
We liked the writing activities and 8 Kinds of Smart bar graphs.
Zoe and Zia
This week was crazy fun. There was lots of drama but we partied like the crazy kids we really are!
Gladelle and Camille
As Camille and Gladelle, we really liked the beautiful heart maps, and we can't wait to get started on more projects.
Jonah B. and Miles
Jonah Bell ate Fred's head off. Miles H.L. stabbed Fred. Just so you know, Fred is a gummy worm.
Willow and Zaya
Ms. Simington is very good at teaching important things. She is a better teacher than we thought she would be.
River and Jim
We got to make our own cool awesome name tags, and it was very, very fun.
Miles J. and Gabriel
In our fourth grade class, we made colorful name tags. I really like 17 fourth grade because Ms. Simington makes learning fun.
Dino and Tyler
In room 17 we went to an assembly and saw Mr. Curley dump a bucket of ice on his head. We also had PE until a girl got stung by a wasp. We hope the same thing does not happen again. We made name tags as well.
We had a really interesting first day today, and it was very exciting to start to become familiar with everyone! We did a lot of getting to know each other activities and also worked on learning procedures and expectations.
Another big focus of the day was communication. What makes for good communication, especially when you are working as part of a team? We did one activity where teams of two worked to get a gummy worm through a gummy circle using only paperclips as tools--they could not touch the worm or circle with their hands. Before we started we talked about what makes it easy to talk to someone when you're working on a cooperative task. The students made all the suggestions that went on this list, and then worked to use these skills during their task.
I was impressed with the communication that I saw happening during this task, and in our discussion afterward, the kids had a lot of positive things to say about working together. Group work is going to play a big role in the class this year, and we will continue to strengthen these skills.
We also talked about the four Westlake Ways: be responsible, be respectful, do your personal best, and be safe. We talked about what these might look like and sound like, and kids added their own suggestions about what these terms meant to them:
I look forward to the day when this blog is updated by the students themselves, and we get to see some firsthand accounts of these activities!
Welcome fourth-grade families! My name is Ms. Simington, and I am really looking forward to this year! We are about to embark on an adventure together as we create a classroom that is full of learning, fun, and community.
This year we'll learn about electricity, study the physics of roller coasters, and race isopods (that is, roly-polys). In math, we'll become strong problem solvers through games, puzzles, and riddles. And we will write, write, write--about ourselves, the world around us, and things we haven't even imagined yet.
This website and blog is just one of the ways we will be encouraging connections between home life and Westlake life. Pictures, blog entries, and classroom work will hopefully provide a window into what's happening in the classroom so that parents can see what we're learning about and get familiar with room 17's layout and schedule. We'll talk more as a community about how this website will work!
I'm including some sneak-peek pictures of room 17--all it needs now is YOU! So make sure you get a good night's sleep, and be sure to eat breakfast! There's so much to do, and I'm so very glad we're getting started right away!