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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Munching on the Moon!

In science, we have been learning the differences and similarities between the night time and day time skies. One of the things the students noticed was that the moon can be seen sometimes during the day and sometimes during the night. We decided to do a little exploring to discover how this happens. The students were astonished to find out how our earth orbits around the sun and how the moon orbits around the earth. Once they understood how the moon reflects the light from the sun as it orbits, they were able to understand how we can see it at different times.
Today we discussed the different phases of the moon. Since the moon is too far away for us to do any hands on learning, I decided to substitute the moon with a Little Debbie Star Crunch! The students used their "moon" to create the different phases of our moon. We started with a full moon (uneaten), then a gibbous moon (only a sliver missing), followed by a quarter moon (or half), after that a crescent moon (the one that looks like a smile), and finally a new moon (all gone). Who knew learning could be so delicious?!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Remarkable Readers!

We are already half way through the 3rd quarter and the students are really beginning to shine. One of the things they are most proud of is how well they are reading. Click on the pictures below to listen to these remarkable readers!

DeMarcus and Allison





Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Love is in the air!
The students were so excited to share their love with each other today by creating cards, passing out treats, sharing smiles, and giving lots of hugs. Each student decorated a Valentine's bag and then took it home packed with all kids of goodies.
I hope each of you have a wonderful evening filled with fun and reminders of how much you are loved.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 3, 2012

A Delightful 100th Day

Today marked our 100th day of school. The students came in bursting with excitement this morning, wondering what wonderful things were planned for the day. Though we still did most of our typical school activities, we mixed in some fun ways to celebrate this special occasion.
For Reader's Workshop we read a book called 100th Day of Scohol, by Melissa Schiller, which taught the students about several ways another classroom celebrates this unique school day. Then each of the students made a pair of 100th day glasses - some of them even decorated their glasses with 100 things, like 100 stripes. During Recess the students practiced counting to 100 by 1's, 5's, and 10's as they made their way around the field, trying to see whose 100 steps would take them the farthest.
The highlight of the day was our 100th day snack bags. 10 pieces of 10 different treats! The students had to count each treat carefully and record it on their 100th day paper to be sure that they had the right amount of each item. Once the counting was complete, the students watched a video for Health that counts by showing pictures of people at each age starting from 1 and ending at 100. Their favorite part was they were able to eat their snacks until the video reached 100.
Our class even had a special surprise at lunch when our principal, Mrs. Reese, and our vice-principal, Mrs. Polydore, came to eat lunch with them and brought some pizza snacks and colorful pencils! This was a reward that they earned for following directions in the cafeteria and it sure fit in nicely with our already fun-filled day!

A big thank you goes out to all the volunteers who helped by sending in supplies and those who helped with our snack bags!