Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Grimm - 11/25/2014

PK-1 Principal/Director of Teaching & Learning
Sara Grimm
Twitter:  saramarleygrimm
SKYPE:  saramarleygrimm

Happy Thanksgiving!
Enjoy your time with family and friends and have a wonderful holiday.

"I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people." -- Maya Angelou

Our transitional Preschool students made their first class book of the year. Students each contributed a page by sharing about a job and tools used in that job. They then drew a picture to go with their words. All of this was done on the Smartboard and printed out to make a class book for the room.

Some preschool students have been reading a lot of books about food and nutrition and they have been making their own books too!  They read two books about messy mice, “Lunch!” and “Mouse Mess”.  They used dot painters and watercolor paint to make their own messy mice and then labeled it with food that was the same color as the paint. They’ve read four books by Laura Numeroff: "If you Give a Mouse a Cookie", "If you Give a Moose a Muffin", "If you Give a Cat a Cupcake", and "If you Give a Pig a Pancake".  Each student picked which book was his or her favorite.  The children then chopped carrots, potatoes, and celery to make vegetable soup. They cooked their soup in the crockpot and ate their soup as they read the book “Growing Vegetable Soup”.

The kindergarten classes are getting ready for Thanksgiving.  One class read "Run, Turkey, Run".  In this book, Thanksgiving is only a day away. Can Turkey find a place to hide from the farmer searching for a plump bird for his feast? If the farmer doesn’t fall for his tricks, there’s only one think left to do . . . run, Turkey, run!  After reading the story the class did a literature extension activity.  Their page said, “Save a turkey, eat more _____.”  The students got to fill in the blank.             
Save a turkey eat more soup and grilled cheese!

First Grade
First Grade continued their unit in social studies:  "Life Long Ago" and learned about the first Americans.  They learned about two Native American groups: the Chippewa and the Cherokee.  They further learned about the Pilgrims and how they came to America and settled in Plymouth.  They also compared life today to life long ago.  Here is their paper bag turkeys that they made as they finished up.

The first grade students have also been working on solving number stories and sentences using a "part-part-total" diagram. To reinforce this concept they worked with dominoes since they are already divided into two parts.  Students also worked with dominoes to play a new game called "domino top it". Each player takes a domino and counts the total number of dots. The person with the higher number of dots wins!

Students at Crestwood Elementary were invited to join in a “DOOR WAR”.  The classrooms decorated their classroom doors for the month of November.  The theme was "Thankfulness”.  Pictures of the doors were posted in the cafeteria and students voted for their favorite.  The top three doors received prizes.  There were many awesome doors.  GREAT JOB students and staff!

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