It’s Wednesday – here are some problems to solve

December had 108 books to move from the living room to the bookshelf in her bedroom.  She could carry nine books at a time.  How many trips did she make to move her all books?

Willow was planted some flower pots with morning glories for her yard.  One package of seeds planted three flower pots.  How many packages of seed did Willow need to plant all 18 of her flower pots?

Izzy created a riddle about a pool party she went to over the summer.  She wrote:  There were some people and some dogs at the pool party.  There were 30 legs altogether.  How many people were there?  How many dogs were there?  How many different correct answers can you find?

Alex spilled a bin with 156 markers in it.  They dropped out of their boxes as they fell.  Alex had to put them back into the boxes when she picked them up.  If each box held 12 markers, how many boxes did Alex fill when she finished putting all the markers away?

Quick Writes – today’s topic – making changes

I just sent the letters to the members of a new 3E.  That’s exciting, but I’m wishing for more time with you.  You, I am guessing, are looking forward to discovering whether you are part of 4D, 4H, or 4L – but also longing for the security of continuing on where we left off.  Starting and stopping can be challenging (I feel it too), but learning and wondering and discovering continues from year to year to year.  I’m still working on that! That’s exciting! We can always change and grow!  So here are some quick write suggestions that might help you think and dream of things you’d like to accomplish… someday…

Read through the prompts, think about them for a bit and when you’re ready, find ten quiet minutes to begin…  It’s okay if you finish one idea, begin another, just try to keep writing for the whole ten minutes.  It’s okay if you don’t finish when the time is up… you decide:  stop, or keep writing.   Post your Quick Write as a comment, or on your own blog. Have fun writing!

If you wake up tomorrow and everything has changed for the better, what will have changed?

If I had three wishes, I would…

The joy of today is…

What is your favorite song and why?

What is your favorite time of day?  Why?

Five things I’m good at are…

How could I encourage people around me to do more kind things for one another?

Or, write about whatever you choose. Write about what makes you happy.  Enjoy!  It would be fun if you shared your writing in a comment, or on your own blog.  Happy Writing!

Quick Writes – today’s topic trips and vacations

I’m creating this post while sitting at Midway Airport in Chicago. I’m waiting for my flight to Denver where I’ll be camping in the mountains near the Colorado Trail.  Mr. Eaves is hiking the whole 500 mile trail this summer – he’s been walking for 3 weeks already, with 3 weeks more left to go.  This has me thinking about you and your summer trips.

Read through the prompts, think about them for a bit and when you’re ready, find ten quiet minutes to begin…  It’s okay if you finish one idea, begin another, just try to keep writing for the whole ten minutes.  It’s okay if you don’t finish when the time is up… you decide:  stop, or keep writing.   Post your Quick Write as a comment, or on your own blog. Have fun writing!

If you could go on a summer vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?  What would you hope to see and do there?

Summertime is great for being outdoors.  Go for a walk.  Write about where you walked and what you saw while walking.   It will be interesting to compare walks in different places.

What important things have you done this summer right at home?  Sometimes everyday things are actually pretty magical.  What things are you thankful for each day?

What’s your favorite thing to do when you play outdoors in the summer?

What’s your favorite thing to do when you play inside in the summertime?

Or, write about whatever you choose. Write about what makes you happy.  Enjoy!  It would be fun if you shared your writing in a comment, or on your own blog.  Happy Writing!

It’s Monday – here are some books you might enjoy

I know, it’s Tuesday today.  I am losing track of days – but I guess that is what summer is about.  I’ve spent lots of time with my family and Maggie.  We’ve been walking everywhere and I’ve been collecting lots of feathers on those walks.

Some of the feathers are flight feathers, fallen from wings and tails.  Others are smaller feathers from breasts and bellies.  I think they are beautiful. Some are speckled and some are striped.  Some are iridescent and others appear to be different colors depending on the angle you see it from.  Most have white shafts, but some shafts are tan or even bright yellow.  Even the black feathers, that I’m guessing have been molted by crows, shimmer  midnight blue in the sunlight.  Melissa Stewart’s book Feathers: Not Just for Flying tells of how different feathers serve birds in different ways.  The book blurb says:

Feathers aren’t just for flying. They can also protect a bird’s skin like sunscreen, attract attention like fancy jewelry, or even distract a predator like a bullfighter’s cape. Feathers: Not Just for Flying introduces young readers to sixteen birds, from the sleek emperor penguin to the fluffed-up blue jay and describes just how positively practical feathers can be.

It is interesting to think of all the things feathers do.  Birds have made some many different adaptations that allow them to survive in so many different environments and habitats.

Another thing I’ve been noticing on my walks with Maggie are the mushrooms.  They are everywhere in the woods and along the dirt roads where we walk.  Elise Gravel has written a new book about hunting for and gathering mushrooms with her two daughters.  It’s called The Mushroom Fan Club.  In it you can begin to learn about how and where mushrooms grow.  Scientists who study mushrooms are called mycologists.  The author teaches us about a few different kinds of mushrooms – some that are edible and some that are poisonous – and ends with a collections of mushroom facts.  She writes: “In case I still haven’t convinced you that mushrooms are cool… There are about thirty species of mushrooms that glow in the dark!  The super mushroom from Mario is a poisonous fly agaric.  Mushrooms grow better where lightning has recently struck…”  Mushrooms are pretty interesting and the more you know about them, the more interesting they become.

The world is an amazingly wonderful place.  What have you been wondering about? What have you been noticing this summer?  What kinds of memories or things are you collecting during your summer days?

It’s Monday – here are some books you might like to read

Last week after I read through many books of poetry, I started reading articles about the books that had won special awards last year.  One of the award winners was a book of poetry I hadn’t read yet, called Out of Wonder.  I went to a favorite book store in Concord the next day to find a copy.  It is gorgeous.  There is a poem for everyone. The one I most want to share with you is Majestic by Kwame Alexander, written as a tribute to Maya Angelou.  She is one of my all time favorite authors.  The last stanza is an important message especially to you:  “Shine on, honey!  Know you are phenomenal.”

Many of you looked through books one and two of The Next Best Junior Chef series by Charise Mericle Harper.  The last book in the trilogy was published a few weeks ago.  You’ll be able to discover who reaches the end of the contest when you read The Winner Is…  It’s a pretty exciting and intense competition with lots of surprising twists and turns.  The food lovers and chefs from our class are sure to be inspired by the choices these junior chefs make and the challenges they overcome.  I’d sure love to try their food creations (and I’d like to know how to cook like that too!). How would you design your own food truck if you won?

And finally I think you’ll like the picture book, Drawn Together.  It’ll be a great one to share with your whole family.  A boy, about your age, is dropped off at his Grandfather’s house.  He’s going to spend the day.  The problem is, they don’t speak the same language.  They try to find things to do together, but nothing seems to work – not talking, not lunch, not TV.  Finally the boy takes out his markers and sketch pad.  He begins to draw and that’s how their adventure together begins.  His grandfather draws too.  All day they create an action packed story full of daring do.  Without speaking many words they have found a way to come together.  I can only imagine what their next day together will be like.  I bet you can too!

Quick Writes – today’s topic, family

I bet you know why I chose this week’s topic!  Here’s the newest member of our family.  She was born yesterday.  That’s why Friday’s quick writes are found on Saturday.

Read through the prompts, think about them for a bit and when you’re ready, find ten quiet minutes to begin…  It’s okay if you finish one idea, begin another, just try to keep writing for the whole ten minutes.  It’s okay if you don’t finish when the time is up… you decide:  stop, or keep writing.   Post your Quick Write as a comment, or on your own blog. Have fun writing!

Who is the funniest person in your family?  Explain why.

Think about your favorite family vacation.  What made is special?  What things did different people in your family do that made this vacation stay in your memory?

Is there a movie that you and your family like to watch together?  What draws your family to that movie?  Why is it a movie everyone in your family can watch together?

Write about a time you and your family went for a walk.  Tell about where you were. Tell some about what you saw and did and said.  What makes this walk stand out?

What job has your family given you to do at home?  What do/did you do?

Or, write about whatever you choose. Write about what makes you happy.  Enjoy!  It would be fun if you shared your writing in a comment, or on your own blog.  Happy Writing!

It’s Wednesday – here are some problems to solve

Derek and Miles went to the movies.  Derek bought the two movie tickets for $7.35 each.  Miles bought two buckets of popcorn for $5.60 each.  How much more money did Derek spend than Miles?

Annika paints rocks and sells them at craft fairs.  She charges $6.25 for a large rock.  She charges $5.80 for a small rock.  Last week she sold six large rocks and three small rocks.  How much money did she make in all?

Emily’s acting class started at 10:42 am and it ended at 1:28 pm.  How long in hours and minutes did Emily’s acting class last?

Leave your math thinking and answers in a comment below.  Have fun!

It’s Monday – here are some books you might enjoy

I’ve been reading books of poetry looking for new poems to share in our classroom.  Last year, I don’t think we changed our poems as often as we could.  I wanted some new chart ideas.

National Geographic’s Book of Animal Poetry is as much fun to look at, as it is to read.  The photographs are breath-taking.  They feature animals great and small – can you imagine being the photographer who was able to capture each exact moment.  The poetry is stunning as well because of the different varieties and the flow and rhythm of the language.  Here are  some examples:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of the book, there is an invitation to be inspired and write your own.  I hope you will.  Check out the collection in National Geographic’s Book of Nature Poetry too.  Our world is a wonderful, indeed. Find something beautiful, take a photograph and write poem sharing what you see.

Quick Writes – today’s topic, food.

Read through the prompts, think about them for a bit and when you’re ready, find ten quiet minutes to begin…  It’s okay if you finish one idea, begin another, just try to keep writing for the whole ten minutes.  It’s okay if you don’t finish when the time is up… you decide:  stop, or keep writing.   Post your Quick Write as a comment, or on your own blog. Have fun writing!

Tasty Holidays

There are lots of holidays that celebrate food.  January 3rdis Chocolate Cherry Day, July 23 is National Hot Dog Day and April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly day.  These holidays are just for fun, but are mentioned in newspapers, on calendars or even on our school lunch menu.

Which of all the foods you eat is worth celebrating?  Which food would you choose for a special holiday?  How would people celebrate your special food day?

Going Shopping

Make a partial grocery list of what you need to buy for the weekend.  Write about a food that gives you energy or that just plaint tastes good.

Write about your favorite food or meal.

Write about a food you hate.

Write about your favorite dessert.

Or, write about whatever you choose.  Write about what makes you happy. Enjoy!  It would be fun if you shared your writing in a comment, or on your own blog.  Happy Writing!

It’s Wednesday – here are some problems to solve

Brian was playing soccer.  He practiced 3 days a week for 90 minutes and played games with 25 minute halves two times a week.  How many minutes did Brian spend practicing and playing soccer in a week?  How many hours and minutes is that altogether?   

Brian practiced and played soccer for six weeks of the summer.  How much practice and playing time is that altogether?  Congratulations on the dedication and effort Brian.

Tavi was having fun at farm camp.  He was picking the peppers and tomatoes.  There were 6 peppers ready to be picked on each pepper plant.  There were 4 tomatoes ready to be picked in each tomato plant.  Tavi walked down the rows of plants – there were 12 pepper plants and 24 tomato plants.  How many peppers did Tavi pick?  How many tomatoes did he pick?

Dylan was learning how to do some trick on his skateboard.  He wanted to do the Nollie Shove It and the Fake Frontside 180.  Dylan knew what to do, he just needed to practice.  He spent two hours each morning and forty-five minutes each afternoon everyday for two whole weeks.  Finally he could do those tricks easily.  How much time to Dylan spend practicing his skateboard tricks altogether until he met his goal?