Our class went to the public library and chance to explore around. The children were so excited to receive their brand new library cards and checked out books. Please take note of when the library books need to be returned. Hopefully this is the start of a wonderful relationship with books!
The theme for this week was Thanksgiving. We tried to save some turkeys by giving them a disguise. We wrote what we are thankful for. We learned about the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving. We read poems and stories about this holiday. Our class compared and contrasted life in the past with our life today. I think we all agreed that we like the comforts we have now. Our mini-unit would not be complete without making cornbread in class and churning our own butter. What a great time we had!
Our class worked with our Big Buddies to create Kindness Rocks for distribution throughout our community. Participants of our school’s annual “Stand Tall and Rake for Fall” placed these rocks around our community as they went around raking leaves.
The Kindness Rocks Project was created with the goal of inspiring others through randomly placed rocks inscribed with encouraging or uplifting words. This project also hopes to encourage other to conduct random acts of kindness. To learn more about this project, please go to thekindnessrocksproject.com.
Our school honored 41 of our local veterans with a special assembly on Wednesday, November 8th. Students in the primary grades decorated the gym with posters thanking our veterans for their service and sacrifice. Students in the intermediate grades wrote poems and letters which were distributed to veterans. In preparation for this assembly, our class learned why we celebrate Veterans Day. Thank you to all our brave U.S. Veterans!
‘Tis the season for monsters! The children worked with our “Big Buddies” to create a math monster. By generating addition equations with dice, the buddies created a “recipe” for their math monster. The equations dictated the number of eyes, ears, mouths, etc. their monster should have. Then they had to use their combined imagination to draw their monster. I was extremely impressed by the children’s creativity.
A great big Thank You to the moms who came to our class to help with our Halloween craft. The children had a wonderful time making pumpkin mummies and decorating goodies bags for our Halloween treats.
This year’s Literary Pumpkins were amazing! Great job on all who helped decorated our Halloween Parade path.
The children looked amazing in their Halloween costumes for our annual Halloween parade. Our class had a fabulous week!
On Thursday, our class went to the Pumpkin Patch set up by our wonderful PTA. Each child was able to select and take home a pumpkin. The children were very excited and had a wonderful time. Thank you to the PTA for organizing this awesome event!
Our class went to the STEM Lab for the first time this year! We met our STEM teacher, Mrs. Wicks, who taught us that STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. For our first lab investigation, we used the scientific method to learn how germs spread through contact. By using glitter to represent germs, each team of children started with only 1 color glitter on their hands. After shaking hands with children from other teams, they were surprised to find that the glitter on their hands had transferred (spread) to everyone they touched. What a powerful visual of how germs travel!
This week we learned about John Chapman (a.k.a. Johnny Appleseed) and did many activities with apples in honor of Johnny Appleseed Day which is September 26th. The children had fun learning how the apple tree changes with each season. We studied the parts of an apple. We even played apple themed games. We ended our apple mini unit by tasting applesauce. Yum!
The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21 each year to recognize the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace. The Pinwheels for Peace project was created to coincide with the International Day of Peace (or Peace Day). Each year, on this day, millions of people around the world display pinwheels of all different sizes as a public visual representation of our hope for “whirled” peace.
Once again, our school is proud to participate in this wonderful project. Many thanks to Mrs. Katz, our art teacher, for creating the beautiful display on our school’s front lawn. With her help, each child in our school made a pinwheel with words of peace and harmony written on it. Then they placed the pinwheels in front of our school. With this simple act, we join many schools and people around the world in our hope for world peace.