Saturday, August 30, 2014

Learning to be a Team at Bear Creek

Well our first week sure did fly by! We spent a ton of time learning how to open our lockers (almost all of us have it!), learning our way around Bear Creek, getting to know our new friends, and learning about how things work in our classroom.

One of the most important things we started to talk about was being part of a team. We played a game called Name Juggling, and when Mrs. Bair added more than one bean bag, it was very easy to see how our actions affect other people. Even if one person started laughing and being silly, the whole game got messed up! We talked about what that meant about our actions in the classroom. We played some other games to practice being active listeners, and we also did some activities to get to know each other better.

Our favorite activity was 2 Truths and A Lie. Each student had to think of 2 true things about themselves and one lie about themselves. Then the rest of the class had to figure out which one was the lie. We had a LOT of fun hearing about everybody's pets, interests, and favorite foods, and there were some very creative lies to try and trip us up!

On top of all of the activities in our classroom, we did a lot of different stations throughout the school with our team. We learned about bus rules with Mr. Kingsborough, school rules with Dr. Spagnolo, and played a crazy balloon game with the counselors and Mrs. DelMarcelle, the instructional coach. It was a busy and fun week, and you can see pictures from all of these different activities in the slideshow below. The best part, though, was really starting to think about what it means to be a team. Here's what we came up with so far! I'm sure we're going to be great teammates in no time!

Our class decided these were the things good teammates do

And here's our beginning of the year slideshow:


Monday, August 25, 2014

Wow! What a First Day!

I can't believe our first day is over - it went so fast! Here in the Bair's Den we spent a TON of time trying to learn our lockers (some of us have mastered it already!), and we did different stations to learn about Bear Creek. We talked about how to get our lunch in the cafeteria, and we got a chance to try out the playground. The music teachers and reading specialist talked to us about clinic time, and we learned that every Day 6 we get to have Free BEAR. That's a fun time where we can pick the activity that we want to do. Some of the choices are a game in the gym, computers, a nature walk, movies, chess club, puzzles, and board games.

After lunch we did one more station to learn about the walking path. Did you know that we can walk from Bear Creek all the way to East High? You can!! We learned the rules for the walking path, and Mrs. Shenk taught us a fun chant to help us remember them. In the picture below we are signing our names to show that we will be safe and have fun on the walking path.

It was an amazing day that flew by! I can't wait to see everything that we can accomplish tomorrow!

Team 4A (Team Kit Kat) signing the walking path

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Welcome and Special Schedule

Hi everybody, and welcome to The Bair's Den! I am looking forward to having each of you in my class, and I hope you are just as excited as I am to be starting a new adventure at Bear Creek School!

Please check back here every day, and you will be able to find out a little bit more about our classroom, see some pictures, and find out more about what our days will be like in The Bair's Den!

All of our specials will be held from 11:25 - 12:10. Each day I will update our homework page and the community portal to remind you which special we will have the following day so you can help your child remember their sneakers, recorders or library books if needed.

  • Day 1 ~ Phys Ed (students should always wear sneakers for PE)
  • Day 2 ~ Library
  • Day 3 ~ Music
  • Day 4 ~ Health (students should always wear sneakers for Health)
  • Day 5 ~ Art
  • Day 6 ~ Art

New this year is a double art class. Students in the Bair's Den will have art on Days 5 and 6 during the first and second marking periods. Then we will have technology on days 5 and 6 during the third and fourth marking periods. 

I'm hoping that all of you will be able to come and join me on Thursday, August 21 from 8:30 - 10 AM for our Open House. Come and see the school, visit the classroom, make your name tag, pick your first book, and meet some new friends.

I cannot wait for our new year together to begin!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Sneak Peek at the Bair's Den!

Hello new 4th graders!! At the end of 3rd grade, you had a tour of Bear Creek, and you may have even attended one of the orientation tours here at Bear Creek this summer. But you may still be wondering, "What's it REALLY like to be a  fourth grader in the Bair's Den?" Well, the students who were in my class in the past have some answers for you! Check out the video below to get the scoop!

We hope you enjoyed the video! If you have any questions, please leave comments, and I will answer them for you!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Sand Story

 Our touch pebbles group looked at a picture from the Pueblo Indians  and we had to think how we were supposed to right it so. Enjoy our story.

by Emma and Megan
There once was a man who came back from the war. The mans family had been  killed in the war, so the man had no friends but since the man served the war he could go anywhere! So he chose to go to the village where he saw a girl sitting by herself, she was selling rugs. She told him that she knew him and she knew his family died. She also had the perfect rug for him, he took the rug home and laid it over the floor, the man set down his weapons and his shield and he sat on the rug all of a sudden the rug began to glisten and glow then the door bell rang, answered  it and there was his family. They rejoiced and were as happy as can be, and it was then realized the was a rug made of friendship and love.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Interpreting Poetry

Students in our Touchpebbles reading strategy group have been working on interpreting the poem, "The Song of the Wandering Aengus" by William Butler Yates. After working together on visualizing and interpreting what we felt the poem meant, partners took their thoughts and created a story version of the whole poem or just some of the stanzas. Here are two of those stories.

Molly and Rachel's Story - The First Two Stanzas

The man went to the woods nearby because he was confused. He had peeled wood from a tree and then made a wand to fish with. He went over the stream to get a berry on his string. When the moths and birds were finally coming out and when the lightning bugs and stars were flickering out, he went fishing. To get across the flowing stream he made a bridge.

He caught a silver trout, and he laid the fish on his floor at home. He set up a fire nearby to heat the fish up. Then he heard a rustle on the floor. Somebody called his name!

Sam and Megan's Story - The Whole Poem

There once was a man who had fire in his head. When he went to the hazelwood he fished for a silver trout when stars were flickering about. Not knowing the fish was a disquised human, he took it home and laid it on the floor.

Suddenly, the fish turned into a girl! The man got frightened and mystified, and the girl ran away. The man tried to chase her on the hollow lands. She faded through the brightening air. Though the man is now old, he wanders to find where she has gone.

Lily and Xavier's Story - The Whole Poem

I went out to the woods because my hair is red. I cut a stick from a tree. I put a berry on a hook, a moth went to my berry, and lightning came down from the sky. I dropped the berry in the stream and caught a fish.

I laid my fish on the floor and went to make the fire bigger. But then the fish flopped on the floor, and some random person yelled my name. The person who yelled my name was a girl who had a flower in her hair. She said my name and ran away through the foggy, clearing weather. 

Even though I am old and very confused, I will run through lots of empty lands with lots of hills to find out where the girl has gone. I will give her a kiss and hold her hands. We will walk through the bits of long grass and work until it's time to quit the job. The moon looks like silver in the sky, and the sun looks like gold from above.

You can check out other stories by clicking the links we add here when they are published on our student blogs!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Science Review

During this week we are taking a little bit of time to review all of the many topics we've learned in science the last few years. The Science PSSAs actually offer us a lot of opportunities to review and get some hands on practice of some fun topics.

One of those fun topics is clouds, and reviewing clouds goes right along with what we're learning in Social Studies right now: climate! Did you know that climate is the temperature and precipitation that a place has over a long period of time? And the different types of clouds are seen in different climates depending upon the different precipitation that falls... or doesn't!

Today we learned a song to help us remember the different types of clouds. You can try it out for yourself to see how well you can sing The Cloud Song!! I think we're just about ready to try out for The Voice! :)