Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tree planting

Today, (Wednesday) we had a great visit from the governor's wife.  She was here to help us plant a tree.  Tree planting is somewhat of a tradition here at CIS.  For the past couple of years each class has planted a tree behind our school.  Lucinda Mayes, from CSC, was here along with the governor's wife teaching us the hows and whys of planting trees.  We had a beautiful, if a bit windy, day to plant our tree.  The tree was a burr oak and we hope we gave it a good start on its new life as part of the CIS family.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bird Banding

     Thursday started out pretty chilly for the third graders as they made their trip to Chadron State Park to attend a bird banding program.  The Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory staff presented several excellent activities for our students to participate in.
      The favorite activity was a "Migration" game in which the students chose a bird and "flew" from station to station.  There were 15 stations the birds could pass through.  Each station held a real life scenario the birds had to act out on their migratory trip.  Alas, some birds were eaten by a cat, some shot with a b-b gun, some were "banded", but the majority of our birds made the trip unharmed.

 We also went on a hike looking for "signs" of animals.  Ask your student what "skat" means.  We looked at trees, grasses, and shrubs.  We saw one pine tree filled with holes from birds in the woodpecker family.
     We watched as Mike, one of the staff, weighed, measured, and banded a lincoln wren.  Then we all got to pet him and Wesley got to let him go.  Maggie gave us lots of good information on birds and bird banding.
We wished we had more time to see more birds but we had to get back to the school for lunch.

We all want to send a big THANK YOU to all the staff who helped present this wonderful and informative program!

Monday, September 16, 2013

David Nieves and His Reptiles Visit

On Monday, September 16, the Chadron Intermediate School was lucky to have a visit from author David Nieves and his reptile friends.  David talked to the students about the importance of learning to write.  He discussed the Six Traits of Writing and why each is important in good writing.  He also shared with us his life experiences as a "Herpotologist" and why that helped him to write his books.  He brought with him a rat snake that was all white with blue eyes, a turtle, a monitor lizard (cousin to the Komodo dragon), a green climbing snake that hugged his arm tightly, and a python that was very heavy.  The students really enjoyed his presentation!

Top Banana Award

Last Friday, Mrs. Hoffman's and Mrs. Hirning's classes participated in a Math Vocabulary Contest.  Each student was given a definition and they had to supply the vocabulary word.  If they were correct they remained standing, if they missed the word they sat down.  Each round continued until only one man was standing.  Mrs. Hoffman's Dillon Ward was the last man standing so Mrs. Hoffman's class won the Top Banana Award for this week.  We will compete again, usually on early out Fridays.  We will have to stay on our toes to keep the trophy in our room!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Beginning of the Year

Welcome back to school!  We have enjoyed several weeks of school and we're starting to get into the swing of things.  The students have been working hard getting to know a new building, new playground, new staff, and new routines.  It's been a great couple of weeks as we continue to learn about each other.

In Mrs. Hoffman's class we have done some art activities, one of which was using our name as the center of our picture.  We used line, form, and color to create some beautiful name art.
We also made some "wild things" as we read  and discussed the story Where the Wild Things Are.  The students had a lot of fun creating their own "wild thing".  We are also working on Caricatures of ourselves.  These are a work in progress and will soon be displayed in our room.

We continue to work hard in all subjects.  Keep up the good work studying those math facts, and learning vocabulary for all subjects!  We rock!