Happy New Year, Science Squad families! We had a lot of fun planned for the Friday before the break, so we'll be extending the holiday festivities into the New Year! On Tuesday, we will have our HOLIDAY WORKSHOP! We will make and wrap gifts for family and friends first thing in the morning, until 9:00 or so. What a nice way to start the New Year - filling buckets and spreading joy by giving gifts to people we care about! ALSO - Students may wear PJs (or any cozy, warm clothes) on Tuesday, and we will watch a short movie in the afternoon. We had reached our dojo goal in December, so we earned this reward for good behavior! On Wednesday we will get back to the business of reestablishing our learning routines! 😉
Our trip to the food pantry was absolutely heart-warming! The students felt so proud to be helping others in the community!
Also... We did it! We reached our dojo goal and earned a PJ day with a movie. So tomorrow students are welcome to dress in PJs (or just cozy clothes) and we will watch a movie at the end of the day after our holiday workshop. We will be setting up the workshop while students are at recess, so volunteers are welcome to come around 11:45 to help set up. Thank you!!
We had a fun day today, which culminated with an "Elf Yourself" activity during our learning buddy time.
Thank you so much to everyone who donated items for our food drive. We plan to walk down to the food pantry (at the community church) in the morning to deliver the goods. It looks like it will be VERY cold in the morning, so please bundle those kids up! Thank you!
We took a math assessment, started some holiday reader's theater stories, worked on publishing more books, and we made beautiful paintings of snowmen today.
We made cinnamon dough ornaments this morning... It made our classroom smell sooooo good! This afternoon we had a very special visitor from New Hampshire State Police! Austin's dad talked to us about being a policeman , answered all of our questions, and then showed us his patrol car! It was awesome!
We solved number grid puzzles in math today, we played spelling word BINGO with all of our spelling words from Unit 2, and we made a birthday book for Holly!
We enjoyed a fun show this morning, performed by the 3rd graders. Ask your child about it!
Tomorrow we will take our last spelling test of 2017! Please review those tricky words with your child if you have not already. Thank you!!
Thank you to everyone who already sent in permission slips AND donations for the food pantry! Awesome!
As a fun supplement to our map studies, we have been using Google Earth to get a birds-eye view of different areas of our town. We saw our school and we examined what our walk to the food pantry will look like... from above!
The readiness and First Grade students want to help their community! We will be having a food drive from December 13th through December 20th. Then, on December 21st we will walk down to the New Boston Food Pantry to deliver the goods. Please check your child's folder for a permission slip for this valuable activity. Thank you!
We are learning all about maps! The whole "bird's eye view" concept can be tricky for first graders, but we will do our best to make maps of our rooms and our houses. Speaking of tricky, it's a very tricky spelling week once again! Check your child's folder for the Wonders letter so you can practice those spelling patterns at home! Thank you!!!
We had an evacuation drill today, and the students did a nice job. It would be helpful for parents to have a conversation at home about being silent and following teacher directions during emergency drills. Thank you!
NO SCHOOL TOMORROW! Enjoy your weekend!
We practiced math skills today with brand new tools - Rekenreks! A Rekenrek is a counting frame that looks like an abacus. Each student was able to manipulate the beads on the frame to count and add numbers. Today we worked on sums of ten.
Our spelling test is tomorrow! Please practice those words!
Today we investigated the intriguing question of why stars only appear at night, but not during the day. Students modeled the stars using their own constellation projectors and tested what happened to the stars as the Sun rose and set. Through this activity, students also learned how simple models can be used to test scientific ideas. Ask your child about it!
Our Essential Question this week is: How do people help out in the community? So we brainstormed and thought of ways we could help our community. We voted on whether we would start a food drive, clean up trash , or do something to fill people's buckets. We collected the data and created a bar graph! The food drive idea had the most votes, so we will start one soon! More info to follow...
Our spelling words this week are the most challenging ones yet... and we will have our test on Thursday, as there is no school on Friday. We will practice the words here at school, but it would be helpful for you to practice at home as well. Thank you!!
Spelling words this week: