K/1 Showcase

Happy Wednesday everyone! We started our morning off with our monthly K/1 Showcase. What an exciting morning.

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Baylee brought in a nerf bow and arrow for target practice.
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Finley shared her science kit.
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Madison brought in materials to make a birds nest.
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Lucia showed off her Tae Kwon Do skills.
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Joshua made invisible ink that when heated up becomes legible.
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Allie brought in Hershey’s Kisses and told us about the history of chocolate.
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Alexander used baking soda, vinegar, and a balloon to show how gas expands.
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Michael K. brought in a car track and showed us how he can make the car do a flip.
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Abe studied snakes. He explained how long the sleep, how often they shed their skin, and how they can swim.
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Beatrice brought in unicorns and told the legend behind their existence.
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Calder brought in a book and a model of the earth’s core.
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Karli brought in her doll collection.
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Syler shared artifacts and photos from his recent visit to Jamaica.

New Cluster Topics

Today we began new Cluster topics. Everyone was excited to get started.

In the Homes Cluster students discussed what the word “home” meant to them and why they are important. Later they decided what kind of home they wanted to study. Some chose tropical, castles, and house boats. In the afternoon, students drew their own homes. After sharing their plans, they collectively decided which components to include in their own life size construction of their home. Future building site: sunroom.

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In the Harlem Renaissance Cluster students dove right into the new topic by studying a person of their interest. Some of these people include: Duke Ellington, Jackie Robinson, and Langston Hughes.

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In the Plants Cluster, students have been busy naming their new class pets (3 fish), learning the parts of a plant, making their own diagram of a plant, and watching a video on how to grow a plant.

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Weather Walk in Wonderland

Today, the students finished up their weather unit by taking a walk across Stephen’s Campus and making some observations about the weather. They noticed it was a little bit cloudy but we could still see the sun. They also noticed how hard the wind was blowing. Many of them observed the trees blowing, their hair blowing, and even papers were blowing. Ms. Cait was a great asset to the Wonderland classroom and shared some great information with the students pertaining to weather.

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Showcase of Clusters

This afternoon the Renaissance, Mysteries, and Inventors and Inventions groups presented their projects to the whole class.

The Mysteries Cluster wrote, directed, and starred in their own play titled The Mystery of the Missing Wedding Cake.

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The Inventors & Inventions Cluster presented on their Inventor of choice and their Invention.

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Spring is Sprouting

 

Students have been taking notice of all the green sprouting around them, both indoors and out! 20140411-080919.jpg

Honalee students are growing flowers on the windowsill and learning about the parts of the flower along the way.

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Students took a nature walk with their clipboards to notice and record the many different kinds of flowers budding and blooming around the school.

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Strawberry Shortcake

Cooking in the classroom is fun, and tasty! Students worked carefully together to cut up strawberries and shortcake for our afternoon snack.

Recipe:

Layer bits of shortcake in a dish and top with cut strawberries. Pour strawberry jello over the top and refrigerate. When jello solidifies, top with vanilla pudding and cool whip. ENJOY!

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It’s Tournament Time

Today during PE, we finished up our basketball unit by hosting a 3 vs 3  SCCS tournament. The students did such a wonderful job at demonstrating skills they have learned over the past few weeks. The students even scored some buzzer beater points to win the games. While each team took turns playing we had excellent sportsmanship shown on the side lines as the other students cheered on the teams in action. Make sure you ask your child how their team played today!

Next week we will be starting golf!

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Creative and Talented Teachers

We hope you all enjoyed the show last Friday in Charters Auditorium. The kids in elementary worked hard with our music teacher Mrs. Violet, to create their own band with original music. Then, while in art class, with Mrs. Shayla they were able to create the cover to their CD (which was passed out yesterday). We are thrilled to have these creative teachers!

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Natalie added extra music by playing the piano

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This was their cover to their CD

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Preschool also shared songs they sing in class!

Friday Fun

Today was filled with exciting presentations! We saw many different ways of presenting information. We finished our afternoon with a wonderful music performance with both Preschool and Elementary directed by our very talented music teacher Mrs. Violet.

Ellie started our morning off with a demonstration of Kung Fu. She takes Kung Fu classes in Columbia. She did several different poses and had us guess what animal she was representing. She also shared with us some of the moves that she has learned in her class.

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Next up was Konnar. His topic was Gold Mining. He dressed in character and told us many different ways to mine gold. He also did a demonstration showing us how to pan for gold.
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Nora’s topic was bracelets. She told us about how the rubber band bracelet has been growing in popularity. This sparked an interest in her to find out about the history of bracelets. She found that the first bracelets were made almost 4000 years ago.

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Rachel has been riding a bike for a couple of years and she decided that she would like to know more about how to take care of it. She made a timeline of the evolution of the bicycle. She also told us all of the steps you should take to ensure that you have a safe ride, including checking the PSI and the brakes.

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Maggie finished the presentations off in the afternoon with a demonstration of handbells. She plays handbells in the choir at her church with her mother. She showed us all about the different types of bells and how to play them.

 

 Last but not least we finished our afternoon with great a music showcase! What a fantastic way to end our week!

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