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February 29-March 4 February 28, 2016

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Hard to believe that February is almost over. March Break will be here before we know it!

This week in Literacy we will be:

-Reading the book: Sing-A-Song

-Focusing on the Letters: X and Y

-Focusing on the Sight Words: To, Go, On

In Math we will be:

-Talking about part/part/whole: splitting numbers into two parts and naming the two parts (2 and 3 is 5; 1 and 4 is 5: etc)

I want to remind everyone that the guided reading books go home on Tuesday and they need to be returned on Thursday. It is very important that we get our guided reading books back each week as we have activities we use them for and if we don’t have all of the books, we cannot do the activities.

Parent/Teacher Interviews will be March 10-11. Forms will go home on Monday. I have used the same times as the last interview. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Here’s to a great week!

Mrs. Marshall


Feb 22-26 February 22, 2016

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Wow! I forgot I hadn’t updated the blog! Sorry about that, it’s been a busy month! Here’s what’s going on this week:

Working on the sight words: to, go and the letter: K

In Math we are focusing on the number 10, and the concepts of counting on (starting at a random number and counting on from there) and part/part/whole (understanding that a number can be broken up into two parts- 10 is 8/2 or 7/3, etc.)

We have been doing guided reading in the classroom, but this week I will resume sending books home. We also are loving writers workshop. It’s amazing watching their writing grow and develop over this time. In education we say, “Readers learn to read by reading and writers learn to write by writing.” It’s amazing watching them become the readers and writers they are!

Notes for this week:

Wednesday is Pink Shirt/Wear Pink day to stand up to bullying. Everyone where a pink shirt or wear something pink that day!

There is no school on Friday as it is a PD day.

I think that’s it for the week. As always, if you have any concerns, please let me know!

Mrs. Marshall




Feb. 1-5 February 1, 2016

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Some photos from sledding today! Great day, great class, great time!

Just some reminders about the week ahead:

No School Tuesday as it’s a Professional Development Day.

-Show and Share notes went home Please check your child’s backpack/notes bag. There is a calendar with everyone’s name on it. We’ve all been assigned a day for Show and Share. If your child misses it, we may not have a chance for them to make it up.

Letter V this week

-Sight words for the month: with, come, here

Here’s to a great week!

Mrs. Marshall



Sand Play and Scientists

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Sand Play and Scientists

I once read an article that captivated me. As I was reading it, all I could think of was the children in my classes over the years who play with sand. And I thought of all of the times we’ve had to defend the practice of play as well as playing in the sand throughout the years. This article, Riddles In The Sand was written in 1996. Maybe more research has been done on sand. Maybe scientists and physicists understand how sand works now, at least more than they did in 1996. But as I read it, I was reminded that children are scientists. Children are physicists. Children are engineers. Every day, across the world, children are involved in theorizing, in planning, in trying out theories, and in finding ‘proof’ for their discoveries.

I was captivated, am still captivated, by the article, by the medium of sand, and by the idea that children are scientists. That is the purpose of this blog post. I wanted to put pictures to the words. I wanted to give credence to children and their play. I wanted to show that just as physicists and engineers theorize and experiment with materials, the idea to experiment, to theorize, begins in childhood. It begins with play.
Riddles in the Sand
Physicists completely understand a solitary grain of sand. Why, then, are they at a complete loss to explain a mere handful of the stuff? 
“That not even a physicist can explain why sand behaves the way it does seems astonishing. Sand is neither invisibly small nor impossibly distant; observing it requires neither particle accelerators nor orbiting telescopes. The interactions of grains of sand are entirely governed by the same Newtonian laws that describe the motion of a bouncing ball or the orbit of Earth about the sun. The odd behavior of a layer of sand bounced up and down on a tray should, in principle be entirely knowable and entirely predictable. Why, then, can’t Behringer [the physicist mentioned in the article] simply take a bunch of equations describing the motion of all of the individual grains, put them in a very large computer, and wait–for years, if necessary–until it spits out a prediction?” (p 2/9)
“Because the language of physics does not contain a vocabulary for granularity, engineers must treat granular material as either a liquid or a solid. These approximations work most of the time, but occasionally they lead to disaster….when the grains come to rest against one another they form intricate, quasi-self-supporting structures. That is why adding more grains to the top of a silo often does not increase the pressure delivered to the bottom at all, but rather increases pressure outward agains the sides of the silo.” (p 3/9)
“Engineers who design buildings and roads, on the other hand, assume that under stress the supporting (and granular) soil will behave like a deforming solid, much the way plastic does. Once again, this convenient approximation occasionally leads to disasters.” (p. 3/9)
“…if engineers understood the physics of soil better, these disasters might have been avoided.” (p. 3/9)
“If you really want to describe what sand is doing in any given situation, you have to know which modes are dominant and which sets of equations you’ll need to employ…. (p. 7/9)
“You just have to recognize that not everything you do is going to shake loose major pieces of knowledge… But collectively, and on rare occasions, experiments will come along and make a significant impact. It’s like looking at a distribution of avalanches- you have a lot of little ones and, every once in a while, a big one.” (p. 9/9)
(*all notes are from the article Riddles in the Sand by Fred Guterl, November 01, 1996. All pictures are mine)