March is Reading Month Finale
Star of the Week: Ben
Star of the Week: India
Happy St. Patrick's Day 3-17-16
Genius Hour 2nd Trimester Presentations
Mr. Metty Reads to the Class
Star of the Week: Blake B.
Field Trip Troy Museum 3-9-16
Star of the Week: Mia
March is Reading Month
Mom's Day 3-3-2016
Star of the Week: Blake D.
Snow Day 2-25-16
Jump Rope Warrior
On Thursday 2-24-16 We attended an assembly and workshop with the Jump Rope Warrior David Fisher.
Watch Dog Dads (Dads of Great Students)
In the month of January we began our Watch Dog Program. We had our first Dad from our classroom in today. Thank you to Mr. Strek (Teagan's Dad) for spending the day with us at school.
Star of the Week : Kayleigh
We were so proud of our friend and classmate Teagan as she sang and performed in the Talent Show this week! Great Job Teagan!
100's Day Cup Challenge
In 3rd grade we don't celebrate 100s Day like we have in the grades before, but we did try and achieve the cup challenge. In the time we had the girls were successful in creating a standing structure with 100 cups the boys were so close but it ended up falling before we could snap the pic.
Digital Learning Day 2-17-16
Here in Fraser everyday is Digital Learning Day but to celebrate even a little bit more we added extra digital components to our day. We started with Morning Meeting and made our Greetings in digital form today.
Make a Friend Day and Wear a White T-Shirt Day February 11
On Thursday February 11th it was Make a Friend Day and Wear a White T-Shirt Day. Most students chose to wear their third grade t-shirts and hopefully we all tried to make some new friends!
HEART Class Fun
We have been practicing our multiplication facts all year and today we tried it with a new game called baseball multiplication.
FISH Awards: February
National Puzzle Day 1-29-16
Kindergarten Buddies Begin
Science Begins Again....Earth and Me
We have been doing a lot of observations of earth materials as of late...
Star of the Week: Roland
Creation Hour Continue Trimester 2
We had a very successful first trimester with Creation Hour and are looking forward to another great trimester.
We have worked so hard to win the classroom dolphin. Hard work definitely pays off. This month we named him Winter and we are hoping to get to keep him for a second month. We will find out soon!
We began the new year with some new technology. Seesaw is a digital portfolio to keep students' work that they are proud of or work that shows them reaching or attaining their self set goals in both reading and math.
Star of the Week: Andrew
Welcome Back, It's 2016!
Hope everyone had a great relaxing break! We are back and ready to roll into the remainder of the year!
Multiplying by 3's, 6's, and 9's
Many students are working on their 3's, 6's and 9's facts....Here are some videos to possibly help students remember their facts!
Social Studies Lesson :Interdependency
We have been studying economics of Michigan during our unit this time and learned about a concept called interdependency. With the help of the book Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle we visually saw how we depend on so many natural, human and capital resources to make something as simple as a pancake. The students LOVED this activity!
Star of the Week: Tyler Week of December 14-18, 2015
100% Conference Attendance: Thank you to all the parents who attended parent teacher conferences last week. I am so glad I was able to meet all of you!
Metacognition: Thinking About our Thinking
Goodbye, Ms. Bushon
We had to say goodbye to our wonderful student teacher Ms. Bushon on Thursday. We wish you the very best in your career and move to North Carolina, we will definitely miss you!
Dreambox Pizza Party
We won a Dreambox Pizza Party courtesy of Dreambox Learning. We celebrated with pizza, bread sticks and cookies. Thank You Dreambox, YOU ROCK!!
Creation Hour 11-20-15
Creation Hour is a time for the students to create in whatever form they would like. Some students have picked to work on genius hour projects, makerspace creations or coding activities for the first trimester. As you can see every student is fully engage in everything they are doing. We added balloons to our makerspace materials and it was an absolute hit.
During Math this past week Ms. Bushon had the students doing some quick formative assessment with a game called Kahoot. Needless to say the students LOVED this way of checking their understanding of some math concepts.
Lip Sync Competition
Mr. Metty and some staff members paid up their debt from the Fun Run on Wednesday by participating in a Lip Sync Competition. Enjoy the pictures because we sure enjoyed everyone's performance!
Creation Hour 11-13-15
Some of our students who are participating in Makerspace have been very busy creating. Here are just some of the finished products. Some students have chose to work in teams to create their inventions. We had a lighthouse, camera, basketball hoop, alien spaceship and many more creations that fill our classroom and the library as well. Great job students keep up the good work!
Multiplication by 10
Some students will be moving to multiplying by tens this week. Don't forget to keep practicing those facts...
We finally got back to working in Creation Hour on Friday. Some students have chose to work on Coding, some have chose making in Makerspace and others are creating projects and presentations in Genius Hour.
Multiplication by 5's
Goal Setting is a HUGE focus this year in all of our classrooms. We have currently set goals for math and reading.
Multiplication Facts Zeros and Ones
We have started learning our multiplication facts this week. We were all tested on the zeros and ones Friday and we all passed! Watch the videos below if you ever need to remember what we learned about multiplying by zero and one.
Addition Mad Minutes Final Week
Last week of addition mad minutes and almost everyone made it into a club, next week we start multiplication. Start practicing those multiplication facts!
Global Read Aloud #GRA15
The Global Read Aloud is in its fifth year and we are so excited to be participating. We are reading the book The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes. We read certain amount of chapters each week and check in with a classroom across the country in California to experience connections globally. We did our first Google Hangout on Friday to compare predictions we made for the book.
Creation Hour: Coding
We introduced Coding this week into our Creation Hour, stay tuned for more to come...
Fun Run Friday 10-9-2015
Magic Show 10-8-2015
ALL of our third grade students met Septembers goal and were treated to a Magic Show by the Amazing Clark. We all had a great time!
Cardboard Challenge cont....
Grandparents Day 10-7-2015
Mad Minute One Minute Club Members
We are celebrating SOCKTOBER to help needy families in the community. Please watch the video to learn more about the initiative.
Lions Spirit Day
#CardboardChallenge The Beginning 9-30-15
The Cardboard Challenge began with one single little boy and has grown into a global project allowing students to be creative and learn through their work. We had so much fun creating and will continue with finishing touches next week.
Mad Minute Clubs
We have started our Mad Minutes and tracking our goals. Some students achieved the One Minute Club and Others the Superstar Club. Keep up the good work...
For the past nine years when I taught second grade I had a tradition with hugs, handshakes or high fives on Fridays as students walked out the door for the weekend. I am so excited to return to this tradition with our third graders. Hope everyone has a great weekend, see you on Monday!
Genius Hour Introduction
On friday afternoon I introduced the concept of Genius Hour to our third graders! Some weren't sure what it was some seemed excited and some intrigued with what was to come in the next few weeks! Every student wrote down a passion or topic that they were interested in and ready to possible research more. I have attached a quick video to introduce you to the topic of genius hour as well. Enjoy! Excited to see what this year brings...
9-17-15 Marshmallow Challenge
We had another opportunity to practice teamwork skills with our 1st grade friends when we decided to participate in the Marshmallow Challenge. In this challenge students must work together to build the tallest structure in 18 minutes using 20 spaghetti pieces, 3 marshmallows, a yard of twine and a yard of tape. Lets just say there was quite a bit of teamwork, perseverance, problem solving and ultimate satisfaction going on in that room Thursday morning. Our winning team built a structure 22 inches tall!
9-15-15 International Dot Day
We began preparing for this day on Monday by coloring our own individual dots and didn't know what was in store the next day on Dot Day! We partnered with Mrs. Descamp's class to complete the next part of the project since we needed iPads and we don't have ours quite yet. We used an app called Quiver to make our dots "come to life." This technology is called Augmented Reality (AR) for short and takes 2D items and turns them into 3D. Students truly enjoyed Dot Day and watching their dots come to life. Enjoy the pics below and the video of the book being read as well.
Brain Breaks have Begun
To add some movement in our day we take short "brain breaks" to help us ALL refocus. Some of these breaks are upbeat and high impact dancing and other time very slow focused breathing and calming. Students are beginning to feel more comfortable dancing in front of their classmates and myself. Visit gonoodle.com and check it out for yourself.
Read to Self: Building Stamina and Flexible Seating
First Day of School
Ms. Bushon and I had a great first day with all of our new 3rd graders! Can't wait to see what this year holds...
WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 8, 2015
Welcome Back to the new school year, I'm soo excited to see you in the afternoon on the first day! Watch the video below to get you ready for the first day back...
End of Year Field Day Fun
Second Grade Bash 6-12-14
3rd Grade Michigan Program
Pixel Press Exploration
Intro to PixelPress Game Floors
Over the last few weeks and months I have been following quite a bit of educators trying out a new app called Pixel Press Floors. This is an app that allows anyone to create their own video game and have it come to life right before their eyes. For the next three weeks that we have left I am going to allow the students to explore and discover how this process works and see what we can come up with. The pic below shows the perfect reaction to what happened in my classroom when I introduced the app on Friday.
2nd Grade Writing Celebration
Family Reading Night
Students, staff and families were invited to school on this night to enjoy an interactive storyteller and pizza. It was a wonderful night thanks to our Title One Coordinator and Staff.
Ike Annual Spring Fling
Thank you to all who came out and supported our school and had a fun night.
Hands on Math during Math Menu
Ms. Taylor's First Published Educational Article
I was contacted about a month ago to write an educational article about the technology we have been implementing in our classroom over the past two years. Here is a link to the article. Thanks for all the support when it came out, I truly appreciate it.
Mad Minute SUBTRACTION Week 1 Superstars
Stranger Danger Presentation with Officer Campion
Flipping the Classroom Continued...
We continued to flip our classroom this week with spelling lessons and even math. Ms. Short shared an area and perimeter lesson with us. We are even getting good at emailing assignments and trying out going paperless for some things. I am very proud of the students and their ability to begin to think on their own already and how much they have picked up these new skills. I am able to give instant feedback as well on some of the assignments which allows the students to go back immediately and look for their mistakes.
Doodle Buddy: Pumpkin Life Cycles
Mad Minute Math Superstars ADDITION Week 1
Annual Spring Music Concert
Word Clouds by ABCya.com
Flipping the Classroom
We are beginning very slowly flipping our classrooms and using the iPads to help facilitate some of our spelling lessons. We learned about contractions and when to use apostrophes this week.
Skype in the Classroom
We enjoyed a Skype in the classroom this week with Howard Wigglebottom to remind us of our manners and that they still matter no matter what!
Flipping the Classroom Beginnings
No Bully Zone Game Show
We have began our explorations of seeds and how they grow. We have set up control groups and experimental groups to see what will effect a plants growth. Students also have baggie gardens as well so they are able to see what the seed looks like once it begins the process underground. Can't wait to see what happens over the next few weeks!
Fraser Youth Choir (5th and 6th Graders) and
Richards Middle School Choir Visit IKE
NEW Science Unit: Plant's Life
We started a new science unit about Plants this week. We began with seed exploration and dissection and will be moving into planting and observing next week. We also took our last field trip of the year to Deneweth's Garden Center in Macomb Township. Deneweth's does an excellent job with the students and offers a great program for us to participate in every year!
Interactive Hallway is COMPLETE!
During these last two weeks as you can see by posts below we have been very busy exploring and creating our hallway display using Augmented Reality, making our writings and projects come to life. If you have a chance to stop by in the next few weeks stop in and see what we have accomplished in such a short time! Very proud of all the students who participated and made this a success. Students were asked to write a very short story or memory of a time they did something in the rain, got stuck in the rain, etc. Once they wrote out their stories they then created Tellagami presentations which were used as their Aurasma overlays to make their stories come to life.
We had a huge introduction this week of a new website/app to help with our math instruction. Dreambox is a fun educational way for students to practice, enhance and even challenge students with their math skills. This program also adjusts with your child as they move throughout. If a skill needs work they practice on it until it is mastered if a skill is already mastered they move on to ones that they need to learn or even be challenged on.
More New Apps and Technology this Week
We are continuing our exploration of technology each and everyday we are in school and hopefully out as well. We continued to work with Aurasma but also incorporating a new app named Tellagmi to make avitar presentations. Our hallway display for April is going to be very interactive and fun this month. Once it is complete hopefully everyone can come on in and take a look!
March is Reading Month and
Reading Olympics Closing Ceremonies
April 1, 2014
We had a great time during March is Reading Month and our Second Grade Reading Olympics. Many of the students participated and did a great job with all things that they were able to accomplish.
AR (Augmented Reality) Exploration Continued...
Rainbow Similes with Pic Collage (app) on iPad
Tech of the Week
We were able to incorporate technology this week as we do every week. We continued our explorations with QR Codes for math practice and retention. We used them to check double digit subtraction problems and word problems. We also began an AR (Augmented Reality) project to help us put the finishing touches on our last trimester writing!
Mr. Metty Reads to our class...
Lisa Wheeler, Author, Visits IKE!
Play Field Trip Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
We were all very excited to "dress up" and attend a musical/play at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. We watched a musical retelling of many popular story books and helped keep us in the mood for March is Reading Month.
Brain Breaks with gonoodle.com
We have been dancing out our wiggles and focusing our energy in class with a website called gonoodle.com, this website allows us to take meaningful, active mental breaks throughout the day!
We have finished writing and illustrating our books. We are ready to send them in to be professionally published.
RAP (Read Around the Planet)
Watch our Readers Theatre of Where the Wild Things Are by clicking on the link and enjoying the video!
We met with a class in New York to participate in Read Around the Planet. Each classroom performed a readers theatre of a book of their choice. Their class performed Chicken Soup with Rice and ours performed Where the Wild Things Are. After the presentations we got a chance to ask each other questions and talk about how our schools are the same and different!
Measuring Matters in Science
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss
We kicked off March is Reading Month by celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday. We made green eggs and ham, read green eggs and ham and even got to take a chocolate green eggs and ham treat home!
100's Day 2-25-14
We experimented with an app called Aging Booth and saw what we would look like if we were 100 years old...
FISH Assembly 2-12-14
Snowmen at Work Distance Learning
We collaborated with a class from New York on what snowmen would do if they had a job in the real world. It was great to connect with them!
Jim "Basketball" Jones Character Assembly
Dance Party Behavior Incentive
Digital Learning Day was celebrated on Wednesday February 5, 2014. We incorporated Digital Learning all day long just like any other day in our classroom. We began the day by answering a question on edmodo and completing a project using an app called Skitch. We continued our Wonder Wednesday with a website called Wonderopolis. We checked our twitter account and made some tweets for the day. We also used the cart of iPads to listen to some lessons on geometry using a site called LearnZillion. All in all we had a very packed day with learning and digital fun integrated!
We brought out the math manipulatives, learning tools, to explore our unit on Geometry these past few weeks!
Edible Islands 1-31-14
As we approach the end of our Earth's Land and Water Science Unit we made an edible island. The students made an island (sugar cookie) on a blue napkin (the ocean, lake or body of water). On their island the students had to put soil (chocolate frosting) and green sprinkles (plains). After that they were allowed to pick which landforms and bodies of water they wanted to add to their islands. They could put mountains (Hershey kiss), hills (chocolate chips), plateau (Hershey bar), and a body of water, lake or river, (blue frosting). Mr. Metty even stopped by to join the fun and make an edible island!
Literacy during Math Menu
We have incorporated literacy across all subjects but on Thursday we took it to another level during our math menu time. We read a story to go along with our math lesson on quadrangles and starting to study geometry. I also introduced our math non-fiction book box for when students who have completed their station during Math Menu can go and read some informational math text. The students seemed to enjoy it and I only hope it continues.
MSU Extension Center Water Conservation Program
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Macomb County Health Department Water Program
NED Show Character Assembly 1-16-14
Ned visited our school to teach us some very important lessons.
Red Wings Spirit Day 1-14-14 (Character Assembly)
Troy Museum 1-13-14
Our annual visit to the Troy Museum was a treat just as always. Students enjoyed making beeswax candles, a ball and cup toy along with role playing in a one room school house. All parties involved had a lovely day and enjoyed themselves!
Augmented Reality (Holiday Pages and Happy New Year!)
Once again thanks to the people at colAR app for making great, educational, fun coloring pages that come to life. We were able to explore augmented reality once again using our iPads.
Happy New Year!
Hope everyone had a great two weeks off and enjoyed all their time with family. We will continue our fun and learning on Monday January 6, 2014!
Mr. Metty eats BUGS! So does Ben in our class!
Mr. Metty paid up on his bet that our school couldn't raise $15,000 during our fun run in the beginning of the year! Well we did it and he finally paid up. He had some student volunteers as well. Ben W. from our class was picked and decided to eat bugs right along with him.
Bob and Carl Christmas Music Show
Bully Busters Day
On Tuesday the 17th of December we wore green to show support for our group Bully Busters. We are trying to stomp out Bullying and bring awareness to the problem facing some students in school. Here we are showing our support!
Polar Express Pajama Party
We spent the Monday before break enhancing our literature selection Polar Express. We experienced reading the story on the "train," enjoyed hot chocolate and a sugar cookie along with making a craft for our families. Students were allowed to wear pajamas, robes and slippers all day to make it a true experience! Enjoy the pics and a recording of the story. What a great way to get in to the holiday spirit and to remember to believe the magic of Christmas for all!
Using Technology to Enhance our Curriculum
We have been using Brain Pop Jr. and some computer programs to enhance our social studies lessons and writing to just name a few.
Mr. Metty and Miss Briggs Read to our Class!
Electronics Day (Behavior Incentive for November)
QR Code Scavenger Hunt
Ms. McGillis' Last Day 11-26-2013
We were all very sad to see Ms. McGillis go. Her time with us has come to an end and we will all miss her very much. We put together a nice video, a binder of letters and gave her a wonderful gift card to show her our thanks and appreciation for her time spent with us. She also got each student a goodie bag full of things and had a wonderful gift for each of them to take with them to remember her time here with them.
Thanksgiving Feast 11-25-13
We had our first annual FISH Assembly in the Eisenhower Gym to honor five students who have shown the four principles throughout the first trimester. Congratulations to Riley, Mohamad, Sammy, Sawyer and Dillon!
We added a new feature to our classroom recently, tennis balls! You ask why tennis balls it 1.) takes care of our floors and 2.) lessens the noise in the room on a daily basis.
Follow Up Skype with PA (our first Mystery Skype partners)
Mystery Skype with Canada
Happy Veteran's Day 2013
Ike's Title One Family Game Night 11-6-13
Connections Around the World
We have been making many connections during the first two months of school. We have participated in the Global Read Aloud which has allowed us to connect with classrooms and make predictions, compare story notes, and so much more. We have used Skype and FaceTime to help us connect with classrooms as well and participate in something called Mystery Skypes. To this date we have connected with classrooms in New Hampshire, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas. We also had a fantastic and spooky connection with the night Zookeeper from the UK around Halloween. This has been both exciting and educational for the students and teachers!
FUN RUN FUN 10-25-13
Thank to everyone for donating to our school. We are almost to $15,000.00 and have four more days to go! I am thinking Mr. Metty may be eating some tasty chocolate covered bugs...
Good Luck Tigers!
DISSECTION IN HEART CLASS 10-14-13
Love some of their expressions in the pictures below. They each had to dissect a sheep's eyeball and then were able to see the lungs and heart!
Check out our Padlet...Scan the QR Code to be taken to the website.
MAGIC SHOW BEHAVIOR INCENTIVE SEPTEMBER!
Fun Run Kick Off Assembly
Please register you child as a participant online at www.thegetmovincrew.com to begin tracking their pledges. We are hoping every child is able to raise $55.00 to reach a school goal of $15,000. If we reach the school goal Mr. Metty has agreed to eat an assorted array of chocolate covered bugs GROSS! By registering your child online you can then send your child's individual pledge website out to family and friends in and out of the state and they can donate online without any hassle. Any questions please let me know!
Field Trip Walk Through the Community 10/8/13
SCIENCE EXCITEMENT: We have begun learning about Earth's Land and Water, today we used sand to make models of Earth's surface features. (mountains, hills, plains, and valleys)
Grandparent's Day at Ike 2013
iPad Exploration and introduction to AR (Augmented Reality)
We took our student iPads out for the first time today and began with an exciting app called colAR. We also celebrated Dot Day by creating our own dots and then used this app to turn them into 3D creations, spheres. Check out our pics!
The dots are coming home today, if you are able to download the app colAR on your device at home for free the students can show you in person what they did today!
The dots are coming home today, if you are able to download the app colAR on your device at home for free the students can show you in person what they did today!
Our Colorful Pack Ms. Taylor's Second Graders 2013-2014
First Day of School Pics
We have started off on a great foot this last week. Next week we hope to continue the trend. Enjoy some of our first day pics as a new class of second graders...
With the first day of school approaching I figured I would share one of our favorites for the beginning of the year. ENJOY!