We also practice responding to reading using the following acronym.
This is hard stuff, but we're becoming better writers and deeper thinkers in the process.
During our literacy block we practice IDR, Independent Daily Reading. We read "nutritional" books. These are high quality books at our reading level...books that make us think! On Fridays, we get a little more choice. We look forward to reading on Friday all week long!
Sweet Books! (graphic novels, picture books, silly books)
Computer Reading! (Epic! and Learning Ally)
And of course Nutritional Books!
We use mindful breathing in the classroom to help us calm down and refocus throughout the day. We have a lot of transitions from recess to reading to math to lunch and all over the place! We also have transitions through emotions inside of our bodies throughout the day. Breathing helps us take a minute, notice our senses and feelings, and start fresh.
Today Ms. Stacey taught us a new breathing technique. Check out Five Finger Breathing below!
Today we visited the Center for the Arts. We had the privilege of seeing the modern art exhibit. We loved the colors and the messages. We loved how we were overcome with emotion from different works for art. We loved how we all had different preferences.
We LOVE this...
So many amazing works of art. We might ask you to do the CB art walk on Friday night!
Your brain takes information through your senses and then uses the information to make a picture. Today we tried a cool experiment that showed how the brain uses information from both eyes to create a picture. Then the brain uses other senses to complete the picture and make a decision. Ask us how this works!
Check out this cool experiment to see the decision making process in action. First read the words below. Then read the colors. Notice how hard it is to make your brain switch tasks.
Sensory nerves travel from your senses (fingers, tongue, nose, etc.) and bring information back to the brain. Movement nerves travel from the brain back to the parts of the body to ignite a movement. Reaction time is a great way to see this in action. We used a ruler and a partner to test our reaction time today. You can try this at home with a ruler or a dollar bill.