Castles, Dragons and Knights Oh My!

This afternoon was the start of a new inquiry topic! We were super excited to dive into the Medieval Times. We started by reading Ms. Frizzle’s Adventures in Medieval Castles. Afterwards we began a KWL (Know…Want to know…What we have Learned) chart. We charted what we already know and made a large list of what we are curious about! The final step will come later when we chart what we have learned at the end of our study. After working on our KWL chart we broke into small groups to fully understand when the Medieval Times took place. We looked at a book called A Street Through the Ages and put together a timeline of castles.IMG_1878.JPG

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Friday Fun!

Friday in the Elementary Classroom was filled with cooperative learning and community building. Our older students divided into small groups. In their groups they had a task that was assigned to them. They had to build the tallest freestanding tower possible using only paper.

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Students are brainstorming possible solutions

 

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The tower designing begins

 

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Here is one of the final towers

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Having fun with measuring

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The tower winner! Very creative thinking!

The Royal Preschool

Preschool has gotten off to a great start this year. We are diving right into our unit of study — Castles, Dragons and Fairytales. Today, the students transformed Wonderland into a Royal Palace! They built a castle in the block area and even made a moat with scary sea creatures to keep the bad guys out.

In the art room, students made shields and crowns. Then, they were able to bring them down to Wonderland and take on different roles in the dramatic play area! It was a successful day.

IMG_7549.JPGNatalie is walking up the draw bridge.

IMG_7551.JPGEliza is posing with her butterfly wings — she was a princess!

IMG_7548.JPGEleanor was drawing a scary crocodile in the moat.

IMG_7552.JPGNatalie was acting out one of our favorite princesses — Rapunzel.

IMG_7555.JPGCooper and Eliza are working on creating dragon masks.

IMG_7554.JPGEleanor is adding details to her crocodile.

IMG_7560.JPGSeveral friends were working on drawing sea creatures in the moat.

IMG_7556.JPGJeanne is creating her dragon mask.

IMG_7562.JPGViolet was dressed up as Cinderella and also wore a dragon mask.

IMG_7564.JPGPaxton created a shield and wore a crown.

IMG_7565.JPGConnor was proud of his shield!

IMG_7563.JPGCooper was a scary dragon.

IMG_7566.JPGJosey spent a lot of time adding many colors to his dragon mask.

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IMG_7567.JPGLogan is climbing over the moat.

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IMG_7572.JPGOlivia was trying to discover how the dragon got over the moat!

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IMG_7573.JPGThis dragon is scaring the princess.

Lunch Recess with Elementary and Preschool

The Elementary and Preschool students have joined together for lunch. We are still getting used to the new routine, but the students have adapted well. Tuesday the weather was too hot to be outside, so we had indoor recess.

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Students read books or wrote in their draft books

They played games

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They worked together to create puzzels
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Some played with paper dolls

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They created structures using the wooden blocks
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They created art projects
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and some watched a movie

First Day of School

 What an exciting first day back at school!! We started our morning meeting by reading First Day Jitters. Everyone was happy to be back in the classroom to write about and share all about their summer adventures. We made All About Me shields where we shared our favorite foods, our families, our hobbies and interesting facts about ourselves. We are thrilled to get the week started!

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Open House

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The teachers are ready to welcome everyone back at our open house.  You are welcome to come by anytime between 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on August 19th.  Come meet your teachers and see the classroom!

Elementary Field Day

Today we had a blast! We loaded our lunches,  games, and water bottles to walk to Stephen’s Lake Park. The kids had fun and the teachers enjoyed seeing them all smile.

Mrs. Sarah (Kaylee’s mom) stopped by to bring us Gatorade and popsicles.  What a treat!

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Don’t forget tomorrow is our 5th Grade Graduation at 2:00 p.m.

Planetarium Showcase

Our elementary students took a field trip to the Rockbridge Planetarium! We enjoyed a ride through space and then learn a lot about the stars and planets in the night sky.

Our classroom has been studying Space for a few weeks.  They have been working hard to transform the Community Room into our own Planetarium!  We want to invite our entire school to this event.

If our families are interested in the Elementary Planetarium, we will have two showings on Monday afternoon-1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

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