Posts Tagged ‘teacher pat’

Writing: Storytelling on Paper

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Miss Pat said, “Most of you need help with writing. You need to practice writing if you are going to get good at it. CSo…for the next few days, you are each going to tell me a story and then you are going to write your story down on paper”

The “Can Dos” started to find reasons why Teacher Pat’s idea was not a good idea; all except Wendy, that is. Wendy loves writing and she thought Miss Pat’s idea was just great!

Willie asked,”Why do we have to do this?” Teacher Pat smiled and answered, “Why, because writing is telling a story on page.”

With that, Teacher Pat took out a picture and posted it where everyone could see.Then she said, “What is going on in this picture is what you are going to make up a story about that you can use in your writing assignment.”

writing“Remember when telling a story, or writing a story,” said Teacher Pat,”a good story answer’s the 5 Ws and 1H questions.”

Hector asked what everyone was thinking when he said,” What are they?”

Miss Pat answered, “In this case, the 5Ws questions are…what is happening, who is happening to,  where is it happening, why is it happening and when is it happening? As far as the 1H …how is it happening?”

Teacher Pat gave the class an hour to make up a story that contained the 5Ws and the 1H. Then she told them that she would begin to call on them to share their stories in class the next day. When everyone had a chance to share his or her story, then it would be time for each one of them to write a story using the correct grammar an punctuation and turn it in for a grade. The best story would be put up on the bulletin board outside the principal’s office for all to see.

Okay, why don’t you make up a story along with the “Can Dos”? Remember to name  the puppy and give your story a title.

 

The First Day Back…Counting Exercises

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Miss Pat and counting gamesThe first day back to school after the holiday break was hard for the “Can Dos” and Teacher Pat was having a hard time getting and holding their attention.

Kathy fell asleep and Annie had to nudge her with her elbow to wake up. Bobby was doodling in his notebook. Hector looked bored and Nellie and Maria kept whispering to each other.

“Class,” said Miss Pat,”I can see you are all having a hard time getting back into a listening and learning while sitting in your seats.

So, all of you go to your computers and we will do some counting exercises.”

Willie shrugged and said, “Miss Pat, I know how to count. What do I need the computer to count”?

Miss Pat answered, “Willie, I knew everyone would be having a hard time paying attention their first day back, so I made up two counting games to play on the computer. In the games you will be counting by 3′s and by 4′s.”

Nellie, looked nervous. “That sounds hard, she said. “Oh, it will be fun,” said Orrie. “Okay for you to say, Orrie.You are good at math.” answered Nellie.

Once the class was settled in at their computers, Miss Pat directed them to go to the “Can Do’ Club House, then click on games and choose the counting game. First play counting by 3′s. Then play counting by 4′s.

The room grew quiet for the first time all day as the class got busy playing the counting game.

Why don’t you try the counting game boys and girls at home? Just follow Miss Pat’s instructions.

Here Comes Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Miss Pat decided to use the coming Thanksgiving holiday to teach a history lesson about life in the American colonies.

She invited Jay, since he is an American Indian, to tell the story of what the early colonists ate at that first Thanksgiving meal.

Thanksgiving“Hi,” said Jay. ”What I am going to tell you about today I  learned from reading and listening to the History Channel on TV.

What did the Pilgrims and their Native American guests eat that first Thanksgiving day? Well, lots of what they called fowl caught by hunters. There were ducks and geese eaten on the first Thanksgiving. Historians don’t know for sure if they had wild turkeys. They may have.

If the Pilgrims had cranberries, they would not have been sweet. Colonists didn’t start to boil cranberries with sugar for another 50 years.

They didn’t have potatoes either. The colonists were not growing white or sweet potatoes back then. They didn’t have sweet pies for dessert since they didn’t have butter and flour for pie crust and there was very little sugar for pie filling.

They did have lobsters, mussels, white and red grapes, black and red plums, and flint corn. And that’s what I know about what they ate on that first Thanksgiving.”

Everyone clapped and Miss Pat said, “Thank you Jay for sharing all that you know about that first Thanksgiving!”

Thanksgiving

The Monkey House

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

monkey house

The “Can Dos” were still excited about their annual trip to the zoo on Friday; they especially enjoyed visiting their favorite animal house – the monkey house.

Some of the class had monkey factsdrawn pictures of what they saw, others had pictures they took in the monkey house.

Miss Pat had everyone arrange their seats in a circle and announced the rules of the “Monkey Facts” game. Each “Can Do” would take a turn stating a fact they discovered about monkeys. She would go around the circle until there was only one “Can Do” left in the circle who still had a fact they could share about monkeys. He or she would be the winner of the Monkey Facts game.

And so, as each “Can Do” took a turn, they each began share a monkey fact. Here they are:

  • A group of monkeys is called a troop.
  • In the wild, monkeys spend most of their time in trees.
  • Monkeys can live to be over forty years old in captivity.
  • There are over 200 different kinds of monkeys.
  • A monkey can be specially trained to help people with disabilities
  • A monkey can weigh anywhere from four ounces to one hundred pounds.
  • Monkeys peel their bananas and don’t eat the skins.
  • A monkey can use his tail in the same way as his hands and feet.
  • An ape does not have a tail but a monkey does.
  • There are laws against bringing monkeys or apes into the United States or Canada.

Well, surprise, surprise, Orrie didn’t win…Maria did!

After the game, the “Can Dos” looked sad. Miss Pat asked the class what was wrong. Willie answered for the class, “I wish we could see the monkeys again.”

Miss Pat smiled and said, Well, you are in luck because I have surprise for all of you. Go to your computers, choose the “Can Do” Club House and then choose More Games, then choose the Monkey puzzle.”

The “Can Dos” were thrilled as they used the puzzle to create a picture of a monkey!

Okay boys and girls it’s your turn to play the monkey puzzle. Just go to the “Can Do” Club House, choose more games, choose monkey puzzle and put the pieces together that make the monkey picture. There is an easy version and a hard version…good luck!

 

Who Got to America First?

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

The “Can Dos” are having a hard time paying attention in class. All they are thinking about is the three day weekend coming up, and all the fun they will have with three days off.

Miss Pat decides to use the coming holiday weekend to teach a lesson about what explorer got to America first.

Miss Pat asks,”Who knows why we are going to have a three day holiday weekend ?” Bobby raises his hand and answers, ” It is in honor of Christopher Columbus, an explorer who discovered the New World…where we live…in North America.”

“Very good, Bobby. Do you know where his ship made land?” Bobby thought for a moment and said, “I think it was the Bahamas.” Miss Pat pointed to the large map that hung on the wall and said, “Bobby is right, Columbus landed in the Bahamas.

Now I have an even bigger question. Was Columbus the first explorer to land in North America?”

The class grew silent, but not for long. Orrie raises his hand and said, “About five hundred years before Columbus landed in the Bahamas, a Viking, named Lief Ericson, led an expedition from Greenland to North America.”

America“Excellent Orrie,” said Miss Pat, “Let me tell you what we known about Lief Ericson.”

The class all love Miss Pat’s stories.

Miss Pat began,”Lief Ericson was an explorer who led what is believed to be the first expedition to the mainland of North America. He was a Norseman, also called a Viking. The Vikings came from Norway, Denmark and Sweden. He was the son of a man called Eric the Red, who created the first settlement in Greenland. When Eric died, Lief took over as leader of the settlement.

It is believed that Lief sailed west from Greenland in 1002 to find land that had been sighted by a Norse sea captain. While he first landed at a level stone area, he then sailed further south to a heavily wooded area and then went ashore farther south, where grapes were growing. He called this new land Vineland. Lief and his men spent the winter there. On there way back to Greenland, they rescued sailors that were shipwrecked.

No one knows exactly where Ericson landed on his voyages because he didn’t make any maps. However, some historians believe that he may have landed on the island of Newfoundland, on the continent of North America.”

Wow,” Willie says, “That’s some story. If only Ericson made some maps  of where he landed in North America, maybe he would be a famous explorer just like Columbus!”