The story Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown is about a boy who was flattened by a bulletin board one night. He then goes on many adventures because he is flat. One such adventure involved Stanley visiting a friend across the country traveling by mail. So, our class made our very own Flat Stanley so that we can send him on adventures as well.
We learned how to address an envelope, then carefully placed Flat Stanley inside. It was with a lot of excitement and anticipation that we mailed him before our Spring Recess. The children each placed their Flat Stanley envelope into the mailbox with the utmost care. Now we eagerly wait for his return to our classroom so that we can learn about his experiences while with our friends or families.
I have to report that despite our best efforts and creative leprechaun traps, the clever leprechauns eluded us this year. They made a mess in our classroom, left behind footprints, and managed to escape without getting caught. However, they did leave behind some treats for us. I guess we will have to try again next year. Maybe we’ll get lucky.
What would you do with a pot of gold? Oh the possibilities!
Our school participated in the International Stand Up to Bullying Day by wearing pink shirts. We read stories and discussed the importance of standing together and showing kindness towards each other. Our class worked with our Big Buddies to perform a song about reaching high and standing tall. The children were natural performers!
The idea of wearing a pink t-shirt was conceptualized by 2 Nova Scotia high school students back in 2007. Travis Price and David Shepherd witnessed a fellow student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school, so they decided to take a stand.
Here is a snippet of a Globe & Mail article about their efforts: “David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts in their school.
‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’
So Mr. Shepherd and some other headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag. As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled.
The idea of supporting and helping one another is fostered at many levels in our school. Students model for each other what true kindness looks like. The message is kindness begins with our own words and actions. Just one extra step of thoughtfulness and kindness can have a tremendous impact for someone!
The first grade celebrated Chinese New Year with a day of special activities. We learned that this is the Year of the Dog. We made Chinese dragon puppets and learned how to write Chinese characters. We even had a Lunch and Show. After we ate Chinese food, the 6th graders entertained us with a Dragon Dance. There were drums, cymbals, and a lot of energy. We had an exciting day!
The children had been eagerly anticipating the 100th Day of School. So for the 100th day, we had a celebration with special activities such as making a 100 Fruit Loops necklaces, playing addition games, camouflage the number 100, and making a snow day scene with 100 snowmen. The children read poems about 100. We counted to 100 in different ways. We even read stories about 100. What a fun filled day we had!
Groundhogs (also known as woodchucks) are very interesting animals. Our class learned about this animal, who has its very own holiday. After learning about Groundhog Day and the legend behind it, our class made our own predictions about when spring will arrive.
The children learned about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We discuss the concept of peace, fairness, and equality. Then, we celebrated Dr. King’s life by making a crown and writing about our own dreams for the world.
The Holiday Season usually brings gingerbread to mind. So the First Grade classes came together for a special lesson involving the story The Gingerbread Man. We even made our very own Gingerbread Man by following a recipe. (A great lesson on sequencing and following written directions!)
After sending our Gingerbread Man to the school kitchen to be baked, the First Graders happily went back to our lessons for the day. All of a sudden, we were interrupted by the cafeteria ladies with the news that our Gingerbread Man had jumped out of the oven and ran out of the kitchen!
And so, the hunt for our Gingerbread Man began! We searched high and low for clues as to where the Gingerbread Man could be hiding. We even enlisted our Big Buddies to help us make Wanted Posters to hang around the school.
We received many reports of Gingerbread Man sightings. He even managed to turn the Principal’s Office upside down one evening! He was a fast and mischievous fellow! The children came up with the ingenious plan of making Gingerbread Houses to lure and trap the sneaky Gingerbread Man. Our plan worked! The Gingerbread Man was found and brought back to us. A great big Thank You to the wonderful parents who came to our class to help build Gingerbread Houses. The children had a great time!
Our class is proud to participate in helping others this Holiday Season.
We were so excited to be a part of the annual Fifth Grade Bake Sale to help needy families. By purchasing baked goods, we helped our fifth grade classes raise over $1,600 for our community. Way to go!
Our class also participated in the Macy’s Believe Campaign to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Macy’s will donate $1 for every “Letter to Santa” they collect during the Holiday Season. However, Macy’s donated $2 for every letter received on Believe Day (12/8/17). That was the day we dropped off our letters of course. A quick math lesson showed us how the money we raised through these letters can quickly multiply when our Buddy Class, along with other classes, join this wonderful program. Macy’s Believe Campaign will run until December 24th.
Our class is learning about programming and how to write codes for video games! With the help of our Big Buddies, we participated in the Hour of Code along with millions of students world wide. We learned how to use blocks to create codes for games such as Minecraft and Angry Birds. This is just the beginning. We will continue to learn how to code throughout this year. So exciting!