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!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Fourth Grade Tuesday!

 On Tuesday in Fourth Grade, the students and bear were very busy!  Mrs. Uzenski came to class and taught about stress. She read us a book called Your Fantastic Elastic Brain by JoAnn Deak.  We learned how the human brain reacts to stress and created a list of strategies to help us manage stress in safe and healthy ways.
 In P.E., the big bear took to the parallel bars and now has dreams of becoming the first bear gymnast to compete in the Olympics.

Finally the Big Bear took on the role of editor in chief for our classroom newsletter, Curran Events.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Happy Monday in Mr. Curran's Fourth Grade

The Big Bear is thrilled to be joining Mr. Curran's fourth grade class.  Today in Readers Workshop he got to oversee as students were learning how to read and research historical texts on immigration.  Students learned to gather sources, preview the text and generate a list of subtopics to help guide their research.
In Math Workshop the students were working on identifying lines of symmetry in the alphabet and on designing their own quilts using pattern blocks.  The Star Student Bear wants to know if the students can figure out how many lines of symmetry he has... if any?

Friday, April 7, 2017

All Dressed to Go to Symphony!

The Star Student Bear finished his week getting all dressed up to go to Symphony.  He was a little sad to find out that bears are not allowed at Symphony Hall.  The fifth graders promised to share about the music they listened to when they returned - so all was well.
Mr. Golder's Class and Mr. Avery's Class participated in cooperative games as Buddy Partner Classrooms.  Big Bear loves it when students have time to spend learning together across classrooms!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Fabulous Fifth Grade Researchers...

Mr. Golder's Fifth Graders and a hard working Bear spend time researching a topic.  They need to develop a claim that they can argue using evidence, facts and statistics.  The Big Bear is looking for evidence of his theme - "Bears are a critical predator in the forest food chain so hunting them should not be allowed".

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

On Tuesday I Will Be KING!

Today in Social Studies, the Bowman Star Student Bear got to be KING!  Studying the factors that led up to the revolutionary war, our parliamentary tax collectors with King Big Bear (aka BB King) taxed the citizens without representation.  Happy King and Tax Collectors -- unhappy colonists.  Unfair taxation...

Monday, April 3, 2017

Going to Another Fifth Grade - Mr. Golder's Room

The Big Bear is spending a second week in Fifth Grade.  This week he is in Mr. Golder's class.  Although the fifth grade took MCAS this morning, all the Big Bear could do was look on.  No photos allowed!  In the afternoon the Star Student Bear was learning about rate and algebraic expressions...  "If the Big Bear gets a hug from 3 students every hour, plus 1 hug from Mr. Golder, how many hugs does he get in 'h' hours?  And is that enough hugs to keep a bear happy?
Later the Bear got to play a strategy game with students during recess.  Hmmm, this Bear is having to think really hard...  These fifth graders sure do reason well!