Sunday, December 10, 2017

Making Butter

Music by Taylor Swift, "Shake it Off"

The students wanted to experiment with how our ancestors created butter.  Did you know it is as simple as a Mason jar, heavy whipping cream and a little bit of elbow grease?  

The students had several turns shaking the jar (with the help of Taylor Swift) and within ten minutes we had homemade butter.  The recipe is linked below if you would like to try it at home.

After we had separated the butter from the remaining water we added a little bit of cinnamon, honey and powdered sugar.  The students each had a taste on crackers.  The end result was delicious!

Try it at home using these directions!

If you would like to try the cinnamon butter follow the recipe below once you have created the butter in a jar.

Simple Cinnamon Butter

½ to 1 cup butter, softened
½ cup icing/confectioners' sugar (optional)
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Turkey Talk

The students have been studying turkeys.  We read a variety of fiction and non-fiction books.  They gathered information about what turkeys have, listed what turkeys are, and what turkeys can do.   They used the information to write a small report about turkeys.  In addition, the students completed a directed drawing of a turkey and added their voice to make the turkey come to life.  Enjoy!!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Thank you to the moms that came to help with the party.  It was a great time!  Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Meet the Blends

The students have been practicing consonant blends.  Consonant blends are when two or more consonants are blended together in a word, but each consonant sound can still be heard.  We have practiced l, r and s blends so far this year.  Check out some of the blends that visited Room 104!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Applesauce Adventure

The children created a delicious applesauce from start to finish, in honor of John Chapman (a.k.a. Johnny Appleseed).  Of course, we topped it off with a little whipped cream and a graham cracker to give it the apple pie a la mode taste!

Music provided by iTunes: "Apples & Bananas" by Raffi

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Superheroes in Training

The students practiced their superhero skills and saved sentences from grammatical errors!  Check out Room 104's superheroes in training.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Morning Tubs

This year I decided to try something new with our morning routine.  Instead of paper/pencil tasks when the students arrive, the children can choose a "Morning Tub" to work on independently or the students can work with a partner.  The children are engaged with the activity as well as each other.  "Morning Tubs" promote socialization, provide choice (there are twenty tubs to choose from), encourage collaborative learning, and provide an opportunity for play as well as communicate with one another.

Below is a slideshow of the students engaged in their "Morning Tub" routine.

Music courtesy of Spa Music.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Welcome to First Grade!

Welcome back to school from the students of Room 104.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Please join me on Remind

Parents of Room 104 
~ 2017-2018 ~

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I used this last year and it was very effective and efficient.  Please consider joining Remind to receive text message updates regarding classroom information.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Happy Summer!!

The Joseph Family wishes all of you a Happy Summer!!  Enjoy the last weeks before BTS!  

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Face Lift...

My blog has recently gone under a transformation.  I am so excited for everyone to see the new design!  

A special thank you goes out to Becca @ 
Jumping Jax Designs for the beautiful new look!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Sky is the Limit!!

Have a wonderful summer!!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Chick This Out

Welcome to our brood!

Our eggs hatched and we are the proud parents of five chicks!  

Please join me in welcoming to the world ~
Lotus, Big Bird, Sunny, Mary Poopins and Lady Stanley (we thought she was a boy at first).

Music courtesy of Bobby Day, "Rockin' Robin" & Bob Marley, "Three Little Birds"

Below is the time lapse video of the chicks hatching in the incubator.

For more information about the different types of chickens please visit:
Raising Happy Chickens  or Murray McMurray Hatchery

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pirates take over Room 104

This week we have been practicing the sound of /ar/. The students became pirates and gave it their best "aargh."

Monday, April 10, 2017

Chickadee in a Tree

The students have been learning different songs and movements throughout the year with the Wonders Reading series.  Recently, we practiced long e and learned the song and dance moves to "Chickadee in a Tree."

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Room 104 was taken over by leprechauns!!!

 I managed to catch them all!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

We had a lot of fun at the Valentine's Day party.  Thank you to the moms that came in to help!!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Happy 100th Day!!

We have spent 100 days together!  To celebrate the 100th day the students completed eight different activities and created a hat with 100 items on the bands.  A special thank you to Cara Carroll for her great planning and brilliant ideas that she shared on her blog to make this day so much fun.

The children created a marshmallow structure out of 100 marshmallows, built a structure out of 100 red cups, created a unique design from 100 pattern blocks, made a "gumball" machine using 100 sticker dots, created an ice cream cone with 10 scoops of ice cream and counted by tens, put 100 Hershey Kisses in order from 1 - 100, created a structure out of 100 connecting cubes and played "Race to 100" by rolling a die and marking a 100s chart.

Enjoy the video below and the song that we listened to throughout the day.