Thursday, January 23, 2014

Core Samples Science Activity

Today we put on our science hats and became geologists.  Each student was presented with a "hill" (cupcake) and a fine precision instrument (a straw) used to take a core sample from that hill.  The students drilled to the center of the hill and then removed a core sample to examine and note the different types of soils found in their hill.  Each student then drew a picture of their core sample depicting the various colored bands they found in the sample.  We had a lot of fun doing this activity and then eating our hills and samples.
Drawing the core sample.

Can I eat now?

Drilling for the core sample.

Working hard on those reports!


Monday, January 20, 2014

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. day

Monday, January 20, found our class at the end of Chapter Five in our new Social Studies text.  In Chapter five we discussed the diversity in our community.  We talked about the different ethnic foods that we can eat in our community, the various cultural traditions that we observe, and the different languages and where many of our now familiar words came from.  We talked about the different holidays that are observed in our country and we discovered what makes our country truly great, our diversity.  The timing was perfect as our country was celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  To close out our chapter, the students were invited to bring a food sample that was either an ethnic food or a special family or cultural food.  Many students brought samples and they were delicious.  We had a special bread from Ethiopia, Czechoslovakian cookies, German/Italian strudel, Flat Bread that Vikings used to eat, Danish rolls, bagels, and Sopaipias.  Each student who brought food told us a little about the food and where it came from.  We had a great (and delicious) time.  We also watched a video called "My Friend Martin".  It is about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.  It was a great way for us to understand the great diversity found in our country and learn about a man who promoted equality for all.

I would like to thank all the parents who worked with their children to create these wonderful foods, and helped their children learn about their cultural heritage.
Some of the extras that were gone shortly after the photo was taken.

Diving in for seconds!

Micaiah sharing her Danish rolls.

Jacee sharing her cookies.

Blaine sharing her bread from Ethiopia.

Kyra's German/Italian Strudel bars.

Xander explaing about his Viking Flat Bread.  Can you believe it will last for 40 years?  Ask Xander about it!

Mr. Cogdill joined us and tasted our delicious food!  He seemed happy to try everything!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Christmas singalong

December 20th we began our day with a sing-a-long hosted by Mrs. Dickerson.  She read parts of the Polar Express story and we sang many Christmas songs throughout the story.  Mrs. Dickerson projected the words to the songs on a large screen so we could all sing the words, even the teachers and paras.  She also led us in a hand jive to "Sleigh Ride".  That was funny watching us all try to follow along.  We had a great time.
Mrs. Dickerson teaching us the hand jive.

We were all engrossed in the story Mrs. Dickerson was reading.