Monday, September 2, 2019

Our First Seven Days

We had a very busy first few days in Room 18. The kids took part in many activities designed to introduce different procedures for successfully navigating the classroom. We shared several books, learned some new vocabulary, reviewed geometric shapes, practiced being scientists, worked together with partners, and began to build our class community. 
Check out these pictures of the kids in action!

Team Building Activities
Working together, cooperating, and having fun are great ways to build
our community and to help us grow closer as a class.


We shared three books together. Here's our first.

Making Friends
We learned about each other.

We did 2 science experiments. 
First, we learned about how scientists always ask lots of questions. We drew our hands and observed them closely to see what kinds of things we wondered about them.

Second, we acted like engineers as we designed, constructed and tested different ideas 
for slowing down Bobby as he fell.

Finally, we made a class poster for the International Potluck on Wednesday.
Hope to see you there!

Can you believe we fit all that (and more) into the first 7 days?!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Scholastic Book Orders

Hello Parents,
Scholastic Books are a wonderful way to encourage reading. And every time you place an order, our classroom benefits by receiving FREE books for our library.

We'll be ordering several time through the year, (almost monthly), and this first order brings us A LOT of bonus points to spend on books for the class.

This link should take you to the online digital Scholastic Flyers which you can use to make your selection.

I'd like to submit our first combined order at the end of the week, so if you'd like to place an order, please do so before midnight on Saturday (Aug. 31).
Otherwise, you can wait and place an order at the end of September.

Thanks, and happy reading!

Scholastic website:
Class Code: GWK4F

Friday, August 16, 2019

Welcome to the Room 18 Blog

Speaking Ingle-ish
 Welcome to Room 18! I hope you and your child had a wonderful summer. I had a very relaxing vacation, but now I'm back in the classroom and getting ready for the boys and girls.
 I look forward to meeting you and your child on the first day of school. 

Here are a few things of note...
• Our school day begins at 8:40am. The first bell will ring at 8:35, signaling students to enter the classroom so that we can begin promptly at 8:40. (This will be a bit flexible on the first day.)
Students will enter the classroom in the morning through the Room 18 outside door.

• Morning recess will be at 10:00am. You might want to pack a small morning snack for your child.

• Lunch will be from 12:00-12:20pm with recess directly following until 12:40pm.

• Dismissal is at 3:00pm (M, T, TH, F) and 1:55pm on Wednesdays.
Room 18 students will exit through the front doors of the 2nd grade building.

• It's always a good idea to label lunchboxes, backpacks and all outerwear with your child's last name.

• Parent-info packs will be sent home on the first day. Please send yours back as soon as possible, along with the email-address-request page that I have included. Thank you!

See you on Thursday, Aug. 22.
I'm looking forward to beginning our journey,

Mrs. Ingle

Here's a sneak peek of one of our lessons...
I'll be reading aloud many wonderful books this year. On the first day I like to share one of my favorite books, Ish, by Peter Reynolds. In the story, the main character gets discouraged when his drawings are criticized for not looking very realistic. His brother says his picture of a boat doesn't look very much like a boat. Fortunately, his sister helps him see the beauty in his drawing by proclaiming, "It's boat-ish." Because of her unique perspective, his mindset changes and his imagination soars.  He delights in creating many other pictures, poems and stories - all very ish. Some (of the many) lessons we learn from this story are things don't have to be perfect to be of valuethere's joy in simply creatingand have a growth mindset.
I love this book because it always helps me to remember:
I may not be perfect - but I will always be Ingle-ish.