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February 2014

Specialists in the Elementary Classroom!

Every Wednesday our students get to meet with our specialists! They go to French with Madam Stephanie, Art with Ms. Shayla, and Music with Mrs. Violet.

In French they have been learning how to count to thirty, the pronunciation of different colors, and how to say days of the week and months of the year.

 In Art they are each working hard on creating comic strips, they loved this activity and their creativity shined.

In music they are working on writing a musical!

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In Art they are each working hard on creating comic strips, they loved this activity and their creativity shined.20140226-151428.jpg

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Hot Lava!

A volcano has erupted in Honalee and we there is hot lava everywhere! The kids work together to stay out of the hot lava.

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Heart Charts

Full-Day Preschool students participate in a math activity. Kellen, Caleb, Corinne, Grace, and Maddison count, sort, chart, and practice writing numbers.

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Morning Yoga

Phallyn, Milo, Eleanor, Maddison, Grace, and Jonah

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Making Math Meaningful

Ms. Chelsea’s Group: Abe, Beatrice, Baylee, Madison, Allie, Calder, and Lucia

Objective: Students will solve addition problems within 10 by using objects or drawings.

Math this week has been very exciting! Our youngest group of students have been working on adding within ten. We made a rainbow chart of combinations to make ten. The students have learned a new math game called Tens-Go Fish. They love using the rainbow chart to help find the different combinations of ten.20140220-104525.jpg

Mrs. Griffin’s group: Kaylee, Michael P., Konrad, Elena, Karli, and Marley

Objective:  Students will use addition and multiplication to find the total number of objects arrange in rectangular arrays with up to 5 rows and up to 5 columns.

They worked on establishing a foundation for multiplication. The students have made equal groups of objects and have started skip counting. We warm up by skip counting everyday and then charting it on a multiplication chart to make the connection to multiplication. The students have started measuring using a standard unit to work on visualizing “twice, three, four etc… times as big”. Next we will be work on graphing and reading multiplication word problems.20140220-104024.jpg

Mrs. Watson’s Group: Syler, Joshua, Finley, Alexander, Michael K., Sydney

Objective: Students will organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories by creating questions, gathering data and creating a graph

This group is graphing!  We have learned the term Data and are working to collect data for our own graphs.  The students have learned how to make a bar graph, picture graph, opinion graph, and a fact graph (using a Venn Diagram).  We finished the week by thinking of questions to ask our classmates and are recording their information.  Next week they will create their own graph from the graphs we have learned.

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Ms. Kelsea’s Group: Natalie, Nora, Thomas, Savannah, Konnar, Eric, Maggie, and Rachel

Objective: Students will apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems by creating their own “Dream Room”.

The older students have been working with area in regards to a room they have created. The students were asked to incorporate three rectangles and three circles in their rooms. First they made a blue print of their rooms, then they were asked to calculate the area of all of the objects. Finally the students made 3-Dimensional models of the rooms they designed. Some of the kids finished sooner and are working on finding the circumference and area of the Earth.ImageImageImageImageImage

Science Made a Pop

On Thursday afternoon our students were introduced to our next inquiry topic.

Experimental Design is what we will be covering in the coming weeks.  Our time will be filled with science experiments, learning the Scientific Method, choosing our own question and finding an experiment to answer our question, and last a Science fair.

Today our student teachers let the students get captivated by an experiment…

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They went outside (it was beginning to storm and the wind was strong-these teachers were dedicated!)

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What happens when you add a Mentos to Diet Coke?

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The soda sprayed everywhere!  The students were communicating with each other their thoughts and reactions.  It quickly gained their attention and the excitement was contagious.  After they discussed the experiment, students were able to look through books to find experiments they were interested in.  Later they were introduced to the Scientific Method, but today they will be surprised with a video from our student teachers!  This video was made by a variety of our Education Majors:

K-1 Showcase Fun! 2-20-2014

Our K/1 Showcase is an opportunity for the students to get
experience with presenting in front of their classmates as well as share their
interests with peers.

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This morning our K-1 Showcase had several science experiments that were creative and tied in to what were are starting to talk about in the classroom.

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Calder brought in information about the human heart. He shared with us that it takes 60 seconds for the heart to pump blood throughout the body.

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Finley showcased her scrapbooking. What a fun way to keep memories! She brought in her own scrapbook to show us an example. The students were able to try it out using some color supplies.

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Lucia brought in her real microscope and allowed students to look at a variety of slides.

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Syler showed crystals he had grown at home.  He told us what they are made of and had a video to share about molecules.

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Madison taught us about properties of air. She brought in straws and potatoes. If you placed your finger over one end of a straw the pressure of the air was trapped within and was then strong enough to poke a hole through a potato!

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Bailey had supplies to make paper balloons.

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Abe taught us how to make fortune tellers.  The students had fun folding these.

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Cosmic Yoga

This morning, the Wonderland Preschool Class did a Cosmic Kids Yoga. Cosmic Kids Yoga is a Youtube Channel where Jaime, a yoga instructor, tells stories to children while walking them through various Yoga poses and exercises (Check this out at home)! Today the students listened to the story of Mike the Space Monkey. They were engaged and enjoyed listening to the story while stretching their bodies.

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Author Study: Rachel Isodora

In Honalee, the students began an author study on Rachel Isodora. Ms. Isodora is a writer, illustrator, and puts her own spin on fairy tales. The students enjoyed reading The Princess and the Pea and Rupunzel. We are excited to continue learning about fairy tales through the lense of an author/illustrator.

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