After what seemed like a very long wait, the pheasant eggs arrived for our incubator. For the next 23 days we will stand in for a mother pheasant, keeping the incubator warm and moist and turning the eggs several times each day. The x’s and o’s on the eggs are to help us be sure we turn all of the eggs each time.
This week we have been learning the different ways to make an “a” say its name. We did a word sort and made lists and drew pictures.
Then, we made videos to show how much we had learned. Check the students’ blogs to see these creations about The A Sound. These girls were able to (mostly) work on this project despite being squished together.
At the literacy evening this week, the students got a chance to see and touch a peregrine falcon, thanks to Larry Going who was good enough to bring his in for us.
Interestingly, this bus also appeared in our classroom one day while the students were working…
For several days, the students worked hard on these artistic creations. We mixed paint and then painted the green background over several days before finally adding the daisies. The painting look so sophisticated
If you can’t make it into the school to see these works of art in person, you can see each child’s finished product on his or her blog.
This week the Missoula Children’s Theatre came to our school and produced the musical Sleeping Beauty. Casting, rehearsing and performing twice within six days is no mean feat, but it was a fabulous success. The five actors below were all from our class and were, in a word, awesome! We can’t wait until next year.
On Friday we had two very special visitors in our classroom. This one is Hank, a blind hawk who is in rehabilitation with Wild and Cared Free Wildlife Rehabilitation. One of the students’ mom is a volunteer with this organization and was able to answer some of the many questions the animals elicited from the students. As you can see, we even got to touch the magnificent bird.
We have been working on procedural or “how to do something” writing. Each student chose to write how to do something that he or she knew how to do well. These ranged from how to make chocolate chip cookies to how to make a friend. Check out the students blogs to see their descriptions.
When we’ve been sitting for awhile, we like to take movement breaks to help our brains stay active. One of our favourite sites to do this is Go Noodle. Who doesn’t like jumping and dancing to music?
Several weeks ago, Mr. Paice and Mr. Silversides promised to allow the students to shave their heads if the students purchased 400 or more books at the Book Fair. More than 500 books were actually purchased, so one student from each class got to help shave a head. The energy in the gym during this popular event was incredible.
Well done students AND Mr. Paice and Mr. Silversides.