Our 3rd grade buddies are taking the MAP test next week. We made encouraging posters for them to hang around their classrooms and fun coloring books for them to color when they take a break after testing. Good luck 3rd grade!
Our milkweed experiment has been fascinating! Some of the seeds we planted have grown and others have not. But for some reason a seed that feel in the extra soil tub and was not watered grew, and the extra seeds I left in a ziplock with a damp paper towel away from the window grew a lot!
We attempted to transplant sprouts from the paper towels to see if they would continue to grow.
Me: Are you guys taking a bath or something?
Kids ( baffled by my ignorance): No! We are birds in a birds nest!
We are making a special surprise for Mrs. Starbuck and her baby! Our class is making a photo collage inspired by the book , A Beauty Collected which is a particularly beautiful alphabet book of photographs of objects found in nature. I will be taking photos of the children’s hands holding beautiful objects from nature and compiling the photos into one large collage. I also have a copy of the book for the class to give Mrs. Starbuck. If you would allow your child to bring a natural object like a rock, fruit, flowers, seeds… for me to take a photograph of, that would be great. I will have extra objects here at school so no worries if you don’t get a chance. It would be good excuse to go on a walk and see what your child can find. Please send your object this week or early next week if you choose to do so.
Thank you !
Yay for the first day of spring! We celebrated by surprising teachers around the school by giving them flowers and wishing them a happy spring! We watched some time lapse videos that showed some of the changes that happen in nature in spring. Then we made our spring trees covered in beautiful leaves and flowers.
Today we learned on the STEAM Bus! The STEAM Bus travels around Columbia Public Schools at teacher request and provides lessons related to science, technology, engineering, art, and music. Click here to learn more.
Our STEAM Bus lesson involved using legos along with math and problem solving skills to build ducks and a nest inspired by the children’s book Make Way for Ducklings! The rules were to make ducks and a nest, using as many legos as you could count, as well as using kindness and good manners towards our friends. It was a fun challenge!
After our Eat the Rainbow Party we celebrated our great behavior with a MakerSpace party. We borrowed supplies from the library and the kids got to make and create!
Designing paths for Ozobots…
Play dough fun…
Creating stories with legos…
We had the most colorful, healthy party ever this morning! The kids had so much fun choosing foods in a variety of colors and trying new foods and old favorites! Thank you so much for everyone who helped supply us with such a yummy array of fruits and vegetables!
After we ate (and ate) we drew a rainbow of our favorite foods of each color.
We had a great trip to Daniel Boone Regional Library! We toured the library, learned about fun ways to use the library and saw interesting art, rocks, and animals. The library gave the child each a coupon for a free book as well as a library pencil. If you filled out a library card form, your child will bring their card home in their blue folder soon. Here are the kids on their tour.
Each morning the kids have the same routine. I greet them and they can choose it they would like a hug, high five, or pinky hug! Sometimes the kids get fancy and ask for a handshake or a tickle. They put their things in their cubby, put their blue folder in their seat sack- first checking the folder for any notes they need to give me. They then get to choose something they would like to do like read, write, draw, or use math tools. Sometimes I give them a coloring sheet for fun or another activity to practice skills like number writing or name writing. The kids have fun and enjoy choosing an activity each morning. This routine helps us start our day on a positive note!