Monday, May 29, 2017

Muffle's Truffles - a third grade Math Exploration

All Grade Levels participate in Math Explorations with "Contexts for Learning" units.  Each unit poses a bigger problem for students to engage with.  In Muffle's Truffles, students work as design team members to create different sizes of truffles boxes for Muffle's Chocolate Shop.  Students look at how many sizes of chocolate boxes they can design and then need to evaluate which of their creations are best likely to meet Muffle's needs.  Students use an number of different strategies to figure out the math and then present and justify their conclusions.

More on Mystery Powders

Continuing to explore their Mystery Powder Unit, Mrs. Bennett's Third Graders observe and take notes on the attributes of their mystery powders.  Learning to think like a scientist is an important part of the Mystery Powder unit.  The Star Student Bear thinks perhaps she might need better fingers and a thumb to be a very good scientist.  Humans and Bears have different physical characteristics.  What do you think might be most important for a scientist?

Research and Reading in Third Grade

The Star Student Bear is keenly interested in how the Research Groups are deciding how to choose their next topics.  He listens intently as students await their new research topic assignments in Readers Workshop.
Learning to read and write about non-fiction topics is an important part of Third Grade!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Glorious Day for a Big Backyard Outing in Third Grade

 All classes at Bowman School participate in the "Big Back Yard" program.  With their teachers and parent volunteers, students have the opportunity to investigate the natural environment right outside of Bowman's doors.
 We are lucky to have our school connect to conservation land.  It provides many different kinds of habitats for students to investigate.  Today the Bear was excited and curious as he participated with small groups as they spent time observing and identifying specimens found in Bowman's watershed.
He was pretty surprised earlier in the week to discover that a flock of geese had decided that the marshy puddle by the Kindergarten was a good place to stay for a while.

We think that the land that Bowman School was built on 50 years ago must have been a marsh or other kind of wetlands. It is always surprising to see how wet our grounds get with even a little bit of rain.

Literacy Research in Third Grade

The Big Bear is listening for accurate information as a literacy research group presents its information about Grizzly Bears to the class!  The Bowman Bear thinks he's an expert on all kinds of bears -- and was surprised at how much new information he learned.  Learning to read and write about non-fiction is an important part of our readers and writers workshops.


Monday, May 22, 2017

A return visit to Mrs. Bennett's Class...

Today the Star Student Bear joined Mrs. Bennett's third grade class.  He was excited to see that the children were involved in a "Mystery Powder" unit.   This unit lets students go through the scientific process to make some hypotheses about what five different kinds of white powder might be.

Here the Big Bear is exploring the Mystery Powder kit and the guidelines for being safe while doing science experiments.  He has his safety glasses on and is ready to go.  What are other safety considerations you think the Big Bear needs to know?

Friday, May 19, 2017

More Learning in Ms. Perdiz' Class!


First graders enjoyed the Big Bear's help as they built their aquariums and terrariums as part of their life cycles unit in Science. The Bear listened carefully while the students talked about what they observed with the organisms and drew diagrams.


In First Grade, many classrooms use the RAVE-O program to help integrate the many neural pathways the brain uses to develop automatic and fluent reading.  The Star Student Bear thinks it is pretty cool that by learning about word meanings and word parts (like the ending -ed, always means that the event is in the past) they can be "word detectives".  The Big Bear helped students find the many hidden treasures in words during a word work lesson. The Bear held the word treasure box as students pick out a few words and thought of the many interesting meanings that words can have! 

How many interesting meanings can you find for the word "bat"?  First graders get to think about how silly a sentence would be if you get a picture of the wrong bat in your mind while reading a sentence like... 
"He hit the ball with the bat."

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Big Bear visits First Grade...


The Big Bear enjoyed playing the Money Matching Game with students! The Bear joined students as they pulled coins out of a sock and tried to match with their partner based on the name of the coin and the description. Bears and children learn a lot from playing games!
 The Big Bear read "Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse" with students. The Bear was impressed by the students reading abilities and how well they talked about the book after reading!

The Big Bear worked with students as they practice number and letting writing. The Bear noticed students working hard to form their numbers and letters properly!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Busy Weekend with the Cautela Family!

The Bowman Bear usually finds weekends a little dull - the children go home, the building is quiet, and there frankly isn't much going on.  To his GREAT surprise and appreciation, the Bowman Bear got to spend the weekend with the Cautela Family.  Tevan is in Grade 2 in Mr. Curhan's room, and Oliana is in Kindergarten with Mrs. Day.  The Big Bear was delighted to find out that the Cautela Family won the pleasure of his company through the Bowman PTA Auction... He was happy to help! 
The Big Bear started off his holiday weekend with a quick game of Basketball with Mr. Waters and Mr. Bruff, another generous auction donation to support the Bowman PTA.
He got to try his first ever ice cream at Rancatore's in Lexington.  Yum!
The Bowman Bear had no idea that you could Ice Skate in Lexington.  He went on his first every trip to the Hayden Ice Rink.  He thinks ice skating looks like a lot of fun - and probably wouldn't hurt much if he fell -- after all he has a lot of padding.

The Star Student Bear spent a lot of time in the car, driving around to all sorts of different activities.  The Big Bear always remembers to wear his seat belt.

 He had an awesome time at soccer!
With both the boys and the girls!


He even got to go play Softball with the Mariners...


By the end of the days he was exhausted and couldn't wait for a good night's sleep!  I'll bet Tevan and Oliana are the only ones who can tell you whether or not the Bear snores? It sure looks like he does...

Even though the weather was grey and rainy at times, the Bowman Bear had fun in Lexington Center.  

Tevan and Oliana let the Big Bear help them celebrate Mother's Day with their mom at Lexx!  The Bowman Bear didn't realize that there was a holiday especially for mothers. 

The Star Student Bear feels so very very lucky to have been the guest of Oliana and Tevan this weekend.  He had no idea weekends could be so busy!  A special THANK YOU to the Cautela family for the best vacation weekend ever!

Friday, May 12, 2017

 In Math Workshop, this student is teaching the Big Bear to play the math game Sushi Monster.  This game is an Addition Game.

 In Math Workshop, the Star Student Bear is helping first graders who are playing GO FISH.  Students GO FISH decks are set up to help them practice with their "Working Number". 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Enjoying First Grade in Miss Thompson's Room



 The Bowman Star Bear is very lucky to be spending this week in Miss Thompson's first grade classroom.  First grade is a magical place.  Here the magic is happening with Mrs. Sepe during Readers Workshop.  The Big Bear LOVES reading, and is so excited to be getting help on reading each word.  The Bear needed help tracking as her paws have trouble pointing out each word.  As students (and bears) learn to read longer texts and harder words - they need their fingers to assist less and less.
In Science students are sharing their thinking with the Star Student Bear.  They are sharing what they would like to discover as they grow seeds.  The students have just planted green bean, pea and pumpkin seeds.  The Big Bear hopes she gets to eat some of the vegetables when they are all grown...  Silly Bear, it will be a long time before the vegetables are ready!

Friday, May 5, 2017

A week of exploring Bess Beetles!


The Star Student Bear was thrilled to be in first grade for a week of exploring the characteristics and habitat of Bess Beetles.  Students got to observe the beetles closely, look at their preferences in environments and check out how they responded to different stimuli.




Students also got to decide whether or not they wanted to hold a Bess Beetle.  The Big Bear really liked watching, but wasn't sure she really wanted the Bess Beetles to be climbing on her fur.  What do you think?  Do you want to hold a Bess Beetle?

The Big Bear LOVED first grade so much that she is excited that next week she will be in first grade again, with Miss Thompson's class.  So much to learn - so little time left in this year!

Relaxing after a busy week in first grade... Big Bear cannot wait for another week to begin.

On Tuesday in Ms. D'Abreu's First Grade


 On Tuesday the Big Bear helped support students during writing by bringing their attention to the "Fiction Writing Process" chart.  Charts help students keep track of the steps that they can take to make a piece of work even stronger or strategies that writers use to produce strong work.  Ms. D'Abreu's students are currently working on writing Realistic Fiction!

The Star Student Bear loved joining the students for a game of "Guess Who" during Choice Time!  So much learning, so much fun!

Fun in First Grade

 In Ms. D'Abreu's room the Star Student Bear learned about 10's and 1's by planning the Pathways to 100 Game.

At the end of the day, the Big Bear got to lead the Goodbye Song during closing meeting.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Learning About India in Ms. Kupfer's Second Grade


Throughout the our India unit, students investigated questions like "What makes the Taj Mahal a unique landmark?" and "Why is Gandhi important? How did he impact India?". Today Big Bear helped students create posters to teach others what we have learned about India. He was very impressed! 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Learning about the relationship between Resources, Power, Oppression and Privilege in Second Grade



All students at Bowman are learning about identity, perspective, bias, privilege, power and oppression.



As a part of the second grade Dismantling Racism Curriculum, students and the Big Bear participated in a simulation to help illustrate how lack of resources can impact some groups unfairly.  In this activity, three groups of students got bags of letters and were asked to build as many words as possible. The Big Bear was very surprised to see that each bag had a different number of vowel letter tiles! Students began to notice that it was much easier for some groups of students to make lots of words and hard for others to make any words at all.

In discussion, the students talked about the relationship between the amount of available resources based on privilege and the concepts of power and oppression. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wednesday enjoying some poetry!


The Big Bear helped students find inspiration from mentor poets during Readers' Workshop. Students paid close attention to how the authors used line breaks and special words to make their poems more powerful! 

Tuesday's Learning about India


The Big Bear observed primary sources to make inferences about daily school life for children in India. Students made connections with one student who attends school within her Odisha tribe and another student who attends school on a lake near Kashmir. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Returning from Vacation - to Second Grade - Yay! Ms. Kupfer's class!

Today during Readers' Workshop, the Big Bear listened to the class debate on Frog's character, from Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel.  Students debated whether or not Frog was a "Good Friend".  They needed to use text evidence to support their opinions with reasons and examples.

In Writers' Workshop, the Big Bear exercised his "Poet's Eye" by looking at objects in new and fresh ways!  The Big Bear saw a sand dollar as a cookie with too much sugar poured on top!  He also looked at a sea shell as a throne of the Mermaid Queen!

I wonder what other things the Big Bear might look at with a Poet's Eye this week.  What do you think?

Sunday, April 23, 2017

On Holiday in NY with Mrs. Arvelo and family!

Check out all the fun things that the Bear got to do this week in NY... She's not sure what was her favorite... but probably hiking in the woods...  The Bowman Star Student Bear is a very happy Tree Hugger!

Thanks Mrs. Arvelo and family for making this week memorable!
 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Going on VACATION... Happy Spring

The Star Student Bear LOVES adventures... learning by exploring the world is fun...
Can you tell where the Star Student Bear is going????
Can you figure out with whom the Star Student Bear is on vacation????  Stay tuned to see if you are right!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

On Thursday the Bear...


 To wrap-up the week, the big bear got to visit Mrs. London's music class with the fourth grade and learned to sing and dance to a traditional Irish folk song.
Finally, the big bear got to give hugs goodbye to the students of Room 25 before heading off for spring vacation.

On Wednesday in Grade 4


On Wednesday the Big Bear got opportunity to visit the Bowman Library and help the fourth graders with their research projects on national parks. The class watched a live streaming video of Old Faithful from Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

The Fourth Graders and the Star Student Bear practiced their fraction skills using the computer math program Fraction Nation.  The Big Bear thinks they need to make Bigger headphones!
Fourth Graders finished out the day by combining with Mrs. Sawka's class who are their Second Grade Book Buddies.  Collaboration with others is always fun!