Miss Rumphius – Making the World More Beautiful

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Students watched/listened to the story, Miss Rumphius, on Book Flix

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IN THE STORY, MISS RUMPHIUS LEARNED/REALIZED FROM HER GRANDFATHER’S STORIES THAT SHE WANTED TO LIVE BY THE SEA, SEE MANY PLACES, AND TO MAKE THE WORLD A MORE BEAUTIFUL PLACE. WHEN SHE GREW UP, SHE ACCOMPLISHED ALL OF HER DREAMS AND THEN PASSED ON HER STORIES TO HER NIECE (THE NARRATOR OF THE STORY) AND TO HER VISITORS. MISS RUMPHIUS MADE THE WORLD A MORE BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN MANY WAYS, BUT PRIMARILY BY PLANTING LUPINES EVERYWHERE.

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After the story, I proposed the following question to the students, How will you make the world a more beautiful place, now or when you’re older?”  Students did a ‘quick-write’ to answer that question.  The room grew silent.  Students took this assignment extremely seriously and everyone wanted to share their responses.  I was in awe.  These second grade students have such kind hearts.

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Miss Jeanette: We will miss you!

On Friday, we had to say “good bye” to our amazing student-teacher, Miss Jeanette. We had a little farewell party!  Thank you to the families that donated the juice and sambusa … you are too kind! I made sugar cookies with apples on them and Miss Jeanette made cupcakes.  We presented Miss Jeanette with a personalized Teacher Tote Bag (pictured below) and a binder filled with personal messages from the students.  The students took pride in their work and were so excited to give it to her.

We are so grateful for the time that we had with Miss Jeanette.  She positively impacted each and every student in the classroom. We are going to miss her but we know that she is going to be an incredible teacher at her next placement and one day in her own classroom!

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Willy Wonka Valentines Day Party

We read the chapter book as a read-a-loud in class each day with the intent on finishing it before Valentine’s Day!

For Valentine’s Day, I wanted to have a party based on something educational.

We did activities all day based on the book!

We watched the original movie and then completed a venn-diagram comparing the book to the movie.

We brainstormed character traits for each main character via a graphic organizer.

We also did science labs using Wonka candies and other other Valentine candies!  We followed the scientific method!  Wonka loved doing experiments to create new ideas for candy so we did some too!

LAB #1: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DROP CANDY CONVERSATION HEARTS INTO CARBONATED POP?

for further details: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sweet-science-dancing-conversation-hearts/

LAB #2: “THE M&MS HAVE THE SLOGAN OF MELTING IN YOUR MOUTH, BUT NOT IN YOUR HANDS. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY GO IN YOUR MOUTH OR WATER?

Candy Science – Floating Letters

Delicious hands-on science that melts in your mouth, and dissolves in water.

M&Ms have the slogan of melting in your mouth, but not in your hands. You wanna know something cool? The special melting property is totally scientific. Certain parts of an M&M will dissolve in water, while others won’t. The results are an amazing phenomenon that we call Floating Letters.

  1. Fill a clear glass or bowl half-full with water.
  2. Drop a few M&M’s into the water.
  3. Allow the M&M’s to soak in the water for 10-20 minutes.
  4. As the M&Ms sit in the water, you will witness the colored dyes start to dissolve into the water. After a bit more time passes, you will see a translucent shell, along with the white “M” float to the surface of the water. Cool!”

for more info: https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/floating-letters/

LAB #3:”GOBSTOPPER CANDIES ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR COLORS, BUT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THEY WERE DISSOLVED IN WATER?

Hard candies are known for their bright colors, delicious tastes, and, well, having a ton of sugar. While having a handful of candy every once in a while is definitely a good thing, we like conducting experiments with them! We especially love Gobstoppers. They have layers of colors that, when they dissolve into water, do something very peculiar…

  1. Fill a petri dish with enough water to cover the bottom.
  2. Drop a Gobstopper of a different color along the edge of the petri dish. We would tell you to put them all in the corners, but the dish is round and doesn’t have corners. So you need to place the Gobstoppers at equal distances from from each other.
  3. Now watch the colors!”

https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/gobstopper-science/

 

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A little fuzzy but we’re all looking – Wonka, Charlie, Verruca, and Wonka  

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Wonka Character Traits 

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Wonka Activities

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Valentine’s Day Math

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Valentine’s Day Math

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Valentine’s Day Math

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Sports Day

African American History Month ~ Story Teller

Last week, we read children’s literature focusing on important African American history.  Each day we studied a different important person and learned about their significance on how they helped shape today.

On Friday, we had a beautiful assembly with a story-teller.  Athena, Nishan, and Brooklyn were invited on the stage to participate in the interactive presentation.

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Polar Express 2019

Another successful adventure to the North Pole!

Having the 8th grade buddies was a nice experience!

We had a wonderful day of smiles, joy, and sweet innocence!

The kids got back to school and some napped for the remaining 20 minutes before community time. During community time, the kids reflected on the trip and the other great things that took place this week!

Library & Book Art Center Fun

What a great day of literacy and fun!

The kiddos got a tour of the Buffalo & Erie County Central Library!  While there, they saw a character education themed juggling show where they got to juggle feathers and scarves! Next we made very unique bookmarks and ate lunch.

After that, we walked 2 blocks to the WNY Book Art Center where the kids learned about letterpress and got to press their own poster on the 89 year old machine named Olga! Then we went upstairs and learned how to make origami books!

Finally, we walked back to the bus by the library.  During the walk, we learned about the different styles of architecture that surrounded us and we noticed the different attributes of an urban downtown area.

I think the children will fall asleep early tonight!  What a wonderful day of literacy!

Fall Fest 2019

All that I can say is, WOW!  Thank You SO much for everything that everyone donated to the Fall Fest!  It would not have been as spectacular without the donations!

We listened to a live story that I wrote called Bony Ben.  The kiddos put their hand in a bag of Bony Ben’s brains (broccoli), heart (tomato), fingers (carrots), etc.  We had SO much fun!

In addition, we had Fall centers in the afternoon!  The centers were:

  1. Decorating Cookies with Mrs. Barb
  2. Story Time with Ms. Jeanette
  3. Candy Corn investigation Science with Mrs. Murtha
  4. Activity Station
  5. Coloring Contest

We had so much fun!  Thank you again for all of your donations!

 

Arcade & Attica Railroad

Students had so much fun riding the “Polar Express Train to the North Pole” via the Arcade & Attica Railroad!

While on the bus ride to the Arcade & Attica Railroad, children observed the attributes of rural areas!  For a few of the students, it was their first time in a rural area!

Upon arriving, the conductor gave us our tickets which were later punched!  We boarded the train car and turned the seats to face each other!  Children enjoyed each other’s company while traveling in a historic train that was all decked out in Christmas decorations!  Children ate their lunches and before they knew it, they were in the “North Pole”!  We walked through Santa’s workshop and made Reindeer food!  On the way home, we enjoyed cookies & cocoa!

These photos truly show the fun that we had!

Fall Festival 2018 👻

All that I can say is, WOW!  Thank You SO much for everything that everyone donated to the Fall Fest!  It would not have been as spectacular without the donations!

We listened to a live story that I wrote called Bony Ben.  The kiddos put their hand in a bag of Bony Ben’s brains (broccoli), heart (tomato), fingers (carrots), etc.  We had SO much fun!

In addition, we had Fall centers in the afternoon!  The centers were:

  1. Decorating Cookies with Mrs. Barb
  2. Story Time with Ms. Harpst
  3. Candy Corn investigation Science with Ms. Huber
  4. Activity Station
  5. Coloring Contest

We had so much fun!  Thank you again for all of your donations!

8:10 – 8:30 READ BOOK: SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN
8:30 – 9:15 WATCH MOVIE: SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN

  • Teacher writes student names on rims of plates for later
9:30 – LUNCH
  • CAFETERIA FOR BONEY BEN LIVE STORY
  • READ BOOK: EXCUSE ME, ARE YOU A WITCH?
10:45 – 11:15 LUNCH
11:20-12:20 LIBRARY

  • TEACHER WILL SET UP FOR GROUPS
12:25 – 1:55

  • 15 MINUTES PER GROUP
  • 75 MINUTES /90 MINUTES LEAVING ABOUT 3 MINUTES TO TRANSITION
  • 5 STUDENTS PER GROUP
GROUPS 1:  — CIRCLE TABLE

  • SPOOKLEY COOKIE DECORATING WITH MRS. BARB

GROUP 2:  RUG

  • HALLOWEEN STORY TIME WITH MS. HARPST

GROUP 3:  TABLE 1

  • HALLOWEEN SCIENCE WITH MS. HUBER
  • CANDY CORN INVESTIGATION

GROUP 4:  TABLE 4

  • COLORING CONTEST

GROUP 5:   TABLE 5

  • FALL ACTIVITIES BOOKLET
2:00 – 2:30 PHYSICAL EDUCATION

  • TEACHER WILL CLEAN UP
  • TEACHER WILL POUR CIDER
2:30 – 3:20
  • EAT COOKIE & DRINK CIDER
  • JUDGE COLORING CONTEST
  • FINISH ACTIVITIES
  • CLEAN UP
  • PACK UP

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JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT (JA) IN A DAY!

Ms. Freiser from Junior Achievement visited us on Thursday!

The students produced donuts (good/product) to sell to consumers.  They earned money for producing the donuts.  Then the tax collector came around and collected some of their earnings to pay community helpers such as police and fire-people.

In addition, students identified occupations and learned how and why they are important to the community.

The afternoon was very fun-filled, hands-on, and interactive!   The entire day was filled with reinforcements from the unit that we just finished!

We can’t thank Ms. Frieser enough for volunteering in our class!  She was so wonderful with the students and the students were thrilled by her enthusiasm!

THANK YOU JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT!

 

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