Friday, March 17, 2017

Tricky Leprechaun!

While we were getting ready for yesterday we were surprised to find a gold coin in each child's hat or glove.  The tricky leprechaun was up to more mischief today.

When we returned from Chinese class we discovered some signs that the leprechaun had been in our room.

A note was painted on our easel.

All the green markers were spilled on a table.

Green letters from one of our letter shelf activities were spilled on the floor.

 Green magnet wall symbols were on the wall.

There was a line of gold coins as we entered the room (and the chair in the hallway was knocked over).

 A few chairs were stacked on a table with green stuffed animals placed on top.

Our sinks were painted GREEN!

So the class set out to build leprechaun traps to catch him. We decided he may need to go to the office and have a talk with Mrs. Preissing on how to make different choices. Some students started building right away, while others looked in some of our books to do some research. The whole class worked together on several traps and soon our rooms was a dangerous place for a leprechaun to travel. 

When we came back to the room after lunch we found a note on the door, "YOU HAVEN'T CAUGHT ME YET! KEEP TRYING!"

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Busy Room

The last week has been very busy in our room.  I apologize for being behind in my blog updates. I appreciate all of you being flexible in making up your conference after my illness. Please do not hesitate if you feel you need an additional conference before the end of the year. Here are just a few of the activities the students have been doing. 

We have had several second graders come into our room and read stories to the class at the start of the day. This is a great opportunity for the different ages to connect with one another.

Several students wanted to build a leprechaun village.  They took over the creation table and made the village on the wall in front of our classroom.

The building area has been a flurry of activity with the addition of PVC pipes. They have been used to build houses, furniture, and even a vacuum cleaner!

We have added antlers to our science exploration shelf. We have elk, moose, and white tailed deer.

We met with our third grade buddies to continue our shared research about a Minnesota mammal. They will be sharing their information with the rest of the class after break.

In our continuing study of emotions we have learned that there are things you can do to help you get calm when you are angry. Ms. Carter and the children have been building rain sticks to help make soothing sounds that can be used.

The farm in our loft has been busy. Students have started taking what they have learned in our classroom discussions and using it to create more realism in their play.

Our bird feeder has been busy with birds that seem to be returning after the cold winter months.

Rest Items

Your child will be bringing home any items they use during rest time today.  You do not need to send it back tomorrow. Tomorrow will be a special rest time with a movie. Please send back any rest items after break.

Westwood Hills Field Trip

The class got to learn about how maple syrup is produced.  When we arrived at the nature center we first got to explore samples of native animals of Minnesota.  After hearing a story about the process of collecting maple sap, the children got to watch a short puppet show that helped explain the whole process.  During our nature hike each student got to help drill a hole in a maple tree to hammer in the spile and observe the sap collection bucket get hung. The trip ended with a tasty treat of pure maple syrup and a pancake!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Field Trip

Just a reminder that we have our field trip tomorrow. Students will return to Breck by lunch time after learning about how maple syrup is collected.

We will be outdoor for most of the field trip. Please help your child remember all of her/his winter clothing (snow pants, jacket, gloves, hat, boots).

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

House Area - New Additions

Our kitchen/house roleplaying area had a few new additions today.

There were several pairs of shoes added that can be used for dress up.

We now have a shoe shine box filled with brushes and shoe horns.   Not only did we have fun taking care of the dress up shoes, but many students worked on cleaning their own!

We added a cookbook to our kitchen area.  It was a lot of fun watching students cook the recipes.

Project Room -- Second Group

We have started our next group in the project room. They are working on their own most magnificent thing!  When all of the inventions are complete we will have a special museum to share these new creations with the world!

The first group created some pretty amazing things. It is going to be a lot of fun to see what this group makes.