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December 2014

Honalee Showcase

Take a look at what our Honalee friends brought to school to share with their friends!

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A Visit To The President’s House

Last week, our students worked hard to create various art and literacy pieces to display at the President’s House for the winter months. On Friday, the students were able to see the house completely decorated. They were invited to color pictures, eat cookies, visit with Santa, and tour the house!

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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

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