Sunday, November 24, 2013

I am sorry to have to admit, but this site just was not working for my intended purposes. I want the students in my class to be able to post entries as well as pictures relevant to what is happening in class from their individual iPads, and that is not possible from this site :(

We are switching over to this site, which is way more user friendly with iPads.

Check it out and comment when you can. You should see students using this more and more, hopefully enjoying it!

www.kidblog.org/ithinkers-2

See you over there!!!!!!

Ms. Whitinger

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hard Time

I am trying to use this blog with our class, but seem to be having a hard time. My true goal in having this site is to allow the students to use and maintain it. The problem I am encountering is the uploading from our iPads. 
So, please be patient while we figure it out. Hopefully we will be up and running again soon. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Veteran's Day

Our Veteran's Day assembly was very moving this year. We honored Veteran's from all branches of the service both near and far. Students invited their family members to attend, and many did. Mrs. Miller gave time for each Veteran in attendance to introduce their family and tell about their time in the service. 
We watched a video showing honor to all US Veteran's.

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States. Rollingwood observed Red Ribbon week the last week of October. We were able to have some fun days with a focus on drug/alcohol prevention tied in.


Sock it to Drugs....wear the craziest socks ! 




Follow your Dreams. Don't use drugs ....wear a hat! This was our "act crazy" picture! It was Halloween after all!

Put Drugs in the dark....wear sunglasses!! Notice the girls were the ones smiling, I think the boys were too "cool" to smile!
On Thursday, October 31, we attended an assembly where the guest speakers were from the Oklahoma K9 Academy.  (if you click on the name, it will take you to their website). 
The students were able to see a drug dog in action, as well as ask questions they had. The two men who came with the dog were friendly, professional and knowledgeable. It was an informative way to end our day and Red Ribbon Week.

This is the drug dog in action. She had to find the drugs by sniffing three different backpacks. She was successful each time. 
Silly side picture, but it does show how our class is well behaved even in assemblies! Yay!

She is rewarded with a treat every time she gets the right backpack!
We were able to stay after and grab a quick class shot. The man in the picture was kind enough to talk to the students and answer a lot of different questions. We are so grateful they came out to share with us.

We ended Red Ribbon week also celebrating the 50th day of school. At two times during the day, there is 50's music played throughout the school. The first time, early in the day, students and teachers are supposed to stop everything and read for 10 minutes. The second time, we went out in the hallway and danced and danced and danced! Look at these amazing dancers and their amazing clothes!


Aubrey, Jace, Kaitlyn and Chloe got into the day showing off their 50's clothing. They look just like they are from the 50's!



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Rocket Buddies again!

Our class really loves spending time with Mrs. Boser's kindergarten class aka our Rocket Buddies. Usually when we do am activity with them, we head down to their room in the kindergarten hallway. 

This time we invited them into our room, room 17. The activity today was based around the fact that tomorrow is Hallowen. A fact that cannot be ignored in an elementary school. 

Mrs. Boser started the time out by reading one of her favorite Halloween stories, The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything. She has had signals down and all. It was a great read aloud for our class. 

The students then paired up to complete a Pumpkin Glyph. A glyph is a way to convene meaning without words (like hieroglyphs).  Looking at this poster, you can see what each section of a the pumpkin will tell you about the student. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

As you may have heard from your child, I was out of school the two days before Fall Break. My daughter, Abbie, and I went to Philadelphia. While we were able to do a little sightseeing (not the Liberty Bell... as the government was on shut down), the trip's main purpose was for her surgery.

The sightseeing we did do was fantastic. American history everywhere you looked, bold evidence of how our country was founded. I was awestruck. Truly, I cannot wait to go back in 6 months( for surgery follow up) to be able to see more.

We spent a good chunk of time at the Christ Church Cemetery. This is where Benjamin Franklin and his family are buried. This plague is visible from the street, as is his grave. The other graves are really best seen by entering the cemetery. The graves were quite old, some not even legible, but oh so intriguing. The epitaphs really touched my heart. Makes one stop and ponder what people would put on mine if I were to die today.


This is on the outside wall of the cemetery. 

One of "Ben's" famous quotes was: A penny saved is a penny earned. Traditionally brides would throw pennies on top of his grave on their way into the church to be married for good luck. Now people drop money on his grave, in hopes of some good luck. The cemetery collects between $3,000 and $4,000 annually from people leaving money on his grave.

This is Benjamin Franklin's grave. There was no headstone, just the plaque shown above. 






This is the one headstone that  melted my heart. The picture I took is not the best (remember, I teach third grade, not photography, ha!), but I really was trying to capture the inscription: God was pleased to take her to Himself on the 3rd day.... What a joyous thought! God was pleased. I can only hope God would feel on my final day. Yes, this is history. These headstones were covered in talk of God and the great moral character of the people buried there.




These have been updated so they will last, though the inscription is the same. 


Image life today is people had the same greatest ambition:"to be an honest man and a Christian."



This is the United States Mint in Philadelphia. They offer free tours (but sadly no free money) and house many historic items, one being the first coining press from 1792. It is said the workers worked 11 hour days, 6 days a week and were paid a dollar a day.



This is the house Betsy Ross lived in. We were not able to go in, as there was a private party going on. Hopefully next trip.




Of course, no one should visit Philipadelphia without tasting a true Philly Cheesesteak. It was quite delicious, and filling! I believe the authentic way is with Velveeta, we choose provolone instead.




Lastly, one shot of my beautiful daughter at the Shriner's Hospital. This was taken after surgery, with some Shriner clowns who popped in to visit the patients. She felt very special.





Until next time.............

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Open House

Last night, Rollingwood held it's annual Open House. The iThinkers were prepared to show off some of the great things that are occurring in our room on a daily basis. When students first came in, they were to follow the 5 tasks on the board. I believe the students like when their parents tried to pass a "quiz". I don't think anyone got 100% but they sure had fun trying. 

Here are the 5 tasks parents and students completed together. If you weren't able to attend Open House, you can still talk about all but #5 (those came home in folders today). Great conversation starters to hear about school.



 Wyatt was trying very hard not to give his mom clues to complete his "quiz" she had to take.
Kaden and his Mom had fun seeing the things he wrote about his in writing journal.


Sania enjoyed showing her family the different apps she uses on her iPad while her Mom plugged away at the quiz. Who knew these questions might stump our parents? The students really enjoyed watching their parents try to get them all right.
Alyssa brought her Grandma, sister and Aunt!

Dilia looks like she is excited to see how well her Dad does on the quiz! You can see our "branches of government" and our face glyphs with the legends in the background.

Cristian wasn't able to do his part of the quiz during class, but he worked really hard to do it during Open House so his parents could try to pass it.

I do believe Cristian gave the most clues to his Dad. We all know how he feels, we never want to see someone struggle when we can help. His Dad did pretty good on his own though!



I was glad to see Aubrey and her Mom. She did pretty good on the quiz, even after being at work all day!   If you take a peek behind her on the wall, you will see our Quilt we made for our class. You may remember seeing the one we created with our Rocket Buddies, too.

Kaitlyn was so creative. She took the opportunity at Open House to take a photo of herself and her mom to add to the background of her iPad. Now she can "see" her mom anytime she wants! That's one smart cookie! (she did get the idea from Wyatt, who is also a smart one!)

Cristian brought his whole family. His little brother was even here.

Dilia was very proud to show her Dad around.

Marcus and his Mom working on the quiz. I don't think she wanted a lot of help :) They worked great together! It's always a good night when we see cooperation in our class! 

Justin mom was taking his quiz, and sneeking a peek at his iThinkers page (we completed this at the beginning of the year.. it 's look like the home page of a facebook page). His younger brother is looking like he can't wait to get into third grade himself !

In the hallway, we wrote tongue twisters (aka alliteration sentences) on long tongues coming out of self portraits. Sania tried hard to say hers to her family without getting it wrong.