Monday, November 25, 2013

Weekly Response: November Lesson Learned!


Hey kids! December is just around the corner! I know you have learned a lot this month.
How do I know? Just check out these cool student assignments and projects!

By Jasper

The Orange
Written by Brandon 

The orange is very round and bumpy,
and has curves that show lots of lumpy.
It's really rough and tuff and buff.

It has an everlasting citrus flavor that is worth the time to savor, 
It's very sour withlots of great power 
because it's sugar makes
it blow like a burst of gun powder

By Cameron

And don't forget about the creative Henry Huggins book reports in the post below!

For this week's response...

Share something you learned, created or accomplished in one of your classes in November.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Book Club: Henry Huggins Final Projects!


Gee whiz! I can't believe we are finished with our first Book Club book... Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary! If you would like your final project posted on this site, please send it to Mrs. Sol by November 27. You can find the instructions by clicking the image below.

For the complete Henry Huggins novel study activities and book reflection pages, visit my TpT store!

Next up... Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH coming your way on December 4!

Check out these awesome Henry Huggins projects! Well done kids!
Please feel free to comment on student work. Click the image to enlarge.
All comments will remain hidden until approved by Mrs. Sol.


By Jillian

By Connor

By Kaylee

By Meagan

Monday, November 18, 2013

Weekly Response: Gratitude


As William Arthur Ward stated above, every day is a great day to give thanks.

What are you thankful for today? 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Diary of a Wimpy Fan


Now that I've gotten to know the kiddos in my class, there is one thing I know for sure...

Many of them enjoy Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid books as much as I do. 

When asked if they've read a good book lately, the answer is usually Wimpy Kid. This is a great series for reluctant readers and definitely a hit with boys. I'm not sure if it's the silly cast of characters, the storyline, or the hilarious illustrations, but these books are hard to put down!

For those fans out there... Book 8 is here! I just found Hard Luck at Costco for $7.99 (you may have to look through a giant stack of Wimpy's before finding it!). I brought it home and my boys were extremely excited* to add it to our collection (above).

*I actually think they 'squealed with glee' at the sight of it. 

There are also fun games based on the series. My favorite is Don't Scramble the Egg, which is a fun category/brainstorming/coordination game that parents will like too!

I have one more tidbit of information for the Wimpy fans out there... check out the Jeff Kinney and Wimpy Kid Club websites. You can find information about the books, the author, games, and even a place to wimp yourself.

For example, here is a wimpy Mrs. Sol...

If you decide to wimp yourself, be sure to send it to me! I would love to see a wimpy version of my class. Hee hee.

Happy reading 
and (as much as you may want to)...

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Science of Fall


In class today, we learned why leaves change color in the fall...

       Plants need sunlight and warmth to make the green chlorophyll in their leaves. If there is little or no sunlight, new chlorophyll is no longer made by the plant.
      When summer is over and the weather starts to cool off, this affects the trees in Washington and many other places around the world.
       In the fall, the days get shorter and there is less sunlight, Without enough sunlight,  the trees stop using photosynthesis to make food. Then, the green chlorophyll dies away. As the green disappears, the beautiful colors of fall appear!
      Guess what? The vibrant reds, oranges and yellows were hiding under the green chlorophyll the whole time!

So, why are our days shorter in fall and winter?
Here is a cool video which explains why the seasons change on earth. 

November Work Sample:

[click here for the printable version]

I can't wait to see your leaves!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Weekly Response: The Magic Seed


On my walk this morning, a rather small squirrel came up to me. He was holding a strange looking nut in his paw. 

Imagine my surprise when he looked up at me and squeaked, "Behold, the magic seed! Plant it wherever you wish. It will grow into anything you fancy!"

I am passing this magic seed on to you. 

Where will you plant it? 
What would you like it to grow into?

I look forward to your responses!