Independent Inquiry

Today we had three independent inquiry presentations. Rachel started us off with chocolate. She told us about how chocolate is made and all about cocoa beans. At the end of her presentation we all got to sample some of this delicious treat! Nora studied Athena. Rather than standing up and just telling us about Athena, Nora wrote a script to a talk show. In the talk show her peers asked her questions about this well-known goddess. Maggie shared her knowledge of the Raptor Rehabilitation Project and even had some special friends come to visit our classroom!IMG_2628.JPG

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Making Music

Today Mrs. Violet worked with our class on songs for next week’s winter musical  showcase. We are practicing singing with breath support, enunciation, and good posture. We hope you can make it next Friday the 19th for this exciting performance in Windsor Auditorium. IMG_2618.JPG

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What’s Happening in Literacy?

With two weeks left before break, we are staying inspired by studying various authors. Our K/1 group is looking at Tomie dePaola, our 2nd graders are looking at Chris Van Allsburg, while our oldest members are finding their favorite authors to learn more about.

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We are reading many books written by our authors, looking at their web pages, and using art to inspire our writing.IMG_7287.JPG

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Students are also carrying on with reading groups and independent writing.  The students below are reading a Time for Kids magazine and wanting to find a way to save the whales!IMG_7290.JPG

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Magnets

This afternoon we started our next inquiry study of magnets. We read both a non fiction and a fiction book about magnets to get us inquiring.  We read That Magnetic Dog by Bruce Whatley to get us thinking about a different kind of magnetic force. This dog, Skitty, was always attracted to food.IMG_2606.JPG

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IMG_2611.JPGIn small groups, student listed words or phrases of what they thought magnetic meant. After collaborating, we came back together to write a class definition.

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IMG_2614.JPGAfter collaborating, we came back together to write a class definition Elementary definition: “Magnetic means something is attracted to something else.”

 

Roxaboxen K-1 Showcase

Roxaboxen K/1 Showcase was a huge success!

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Avery shares her light bright

 

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Brianne shares her love of books

 

 

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Katie shared her horse

 

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Eleanor talks about The Statue of Liberty

 

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Tavish shares his magnetic shapes

 

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Elliott brings his pet dog to share

 

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Adam shares large block legos

 

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Jonah shares photos from family vacation to the Grand Canyon

 

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Cooper brings transformers

 

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Eden shares holiday jokes

 

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Cece shares an ABC book all about herself

 

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Evie shares her dolphins

 

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Abe’s sister Eliza is proud of his showcase about the human body

 

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Ellie shares her puppets

 

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Allie sings into her microphone

 

Spelling Madness

We started the week back to school with our Spelling Workshop. Our older students focused on double consonants. They went through dictionaries to see what they could find. Then they charted all the words they found. Our youngest students focused on the silent tricky “e” as well as writing out numbers in their expanded form. wpid-wp-1417448909982.jpgwpid-wp-1417448883165.jpgwpid-wp-1417449040709.jpgwpid-wp-1417448973290.jpg

Human Body Showcase

Students shared their visuals with fellow classmates, families, and college students as they completed their study of the human body this morning.

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Elliott studied the ear.

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Beatrice made a 3D visual representing what the eye looks like in light and dark.IMG_1933.JPG

Ellie taught us about touch.

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X-rays are what Eden talked about today.

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Alyssa, Michael and Joshua showed us how a muscle works.

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The Nervous System group had a play we could attend after we gave them tickets.

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Taye focused on skin and the importance of melanin.IMG_1940.JPGNora focused on our nails.IMG_1943.JPG

The Circulatory System showed us how our blood pumps through our body.IMG_1942.JPGTavish displayed his artwork of the human body.

 

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Marley taught us about our hair.

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Kaylee showed us major bones in our body.IMG_1948.JPG

Our gums can get diseases if we don’t brush is what Maggie shared with us today.IMG_1946.JPG

Matthew shared with us about different cells.IMG_1950.JPGEvelyn shared with us her elbow joint she made.

 

I Am NOT A Turkey!!

This morning was full of excitement when we found a letter left for the students!  Gobble the Turkey needed help disguising turkeys to survive through Thanksgiving dinner.  The students were left with a table full of art supplies to create their own turkey in disguise, then were encouraged to write about their creation.IMG_1906.JPG

Our letter was left with questions to think about when writing.

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IMG_1903.JPGWe will make sure to display them on Friday during the showcase!

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Burning off some Energy

With the cold temperatures moving in we are not able to have as much outdoor recess as we would like. The students build up lots of energy throughout the day and need a fun way to get it out — and, what better way to practice our gross motor skills?!

One afternoon this week,  the teachers built an obstacle course for the preschoolers to enjoy and burn off that extra energy.  When performing obstacle courses, we usually split the students into smaller groups and run through the course, however, this time we functioned as one big team! The students engaged in conversation about how they could cheer on each other as they raced through the course. The course consisted of bowling, doing a trick on the mat, hopping down a pattern of circles, and running in a zig-zag line. They had a lot of fun working together and celebrating each other’s success.

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