The Buzz, December 21st, 2012

December 21st

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Winter Break Gifts

So, I am completely devastated that we didn’t have school today.  I really wanted to see all of my kiddos before break and give them books to read with their families while they weren’t at school!  I even made these really cute little candy packages to go with a reading gift I had for each of them…gummi worms will be good in a bag for 2 weeks, right?

What are the chances these will be okay if I don't hand them out for 2 weeks?

What are the chances these will be okay if I don’t hand them out for 2 weeks?

Snow Globe Writing

This is one of my favorite writing lessons all year!  On Wednesday, we read a story called, Snow Music, by Lynne Rae Perkins.  The story was an imaginary look at life inside of a snow globe.  Afterwards, students brainstormed different things they would like to do if they lived in a snow globe!  Most of the class was finishing writing and working on illustrating their pictures.  So, they will be able to finish when we return in January.  After they write and illustrate, I will spray the globe picture with some glitter paint so it sparkles!

Delaney was able to finish her snow globe before Snowmageddon 2012!  We will finish when we get back from Winter Break:)

Delaney was able to finish her snow globe before Snowmageddon 2012! We will finish when we get back from Winter Break:)

Making Shapes out of String!

On Tuesday, our math lesson was to make different shapes using string and our bodies.  We started the lesson in small groups of 5 and made squares, rectangles, and triangles.  Students quickly figured out that a circle was difficult to make if they were hanging on to the string.  But, that if they put the string on the floor, they could manipulate it into a circular shape.  Here are some pictures from the lesson!

Curtis and Jacob are working with their group to make a rectangle.

Curtis and Jacob are working with their group to make a rectangle.

Kaleb, Linna, and Roshan make a triangle with their friends!

Kaleb, Linna, and Roshan make a triangle with their friends!

Sarah, Jasmine, Cole, Bodhi, and Ali talk with each other about the best way to make a triangle.

Sarah, Jasmine, Cole, Bodhi, and Ali talk with each other about the best way to make a triangle.

Cole, Bodhi, Jasmine, Ali and Sarah communicate to construct a rectangle.

Cole, Bodhi, Jasmine, Ali and Sarah communicate to construct a rectangle.

Flashlight Party!

Our class earned another party for being safe, respectful, responsible, and caring at school!  We chose to celebrate by wearing pajamas and having a flashlight reading party!  Here are some photos from our party!

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Cole is on his knees, engrossed in his Flat Stanley book!

Cole is on his knees, engrossed in his Flat Stanley book!

Tristan is practicing read to self with his flashlight!
Tristan is practicing read to self with his flashlight!Lucas

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Jacob reading our book of the week!

Jacob reading our book of the week!

Roshan and Jonny are reading our book of the week, together.

Roshan and Jonny are reading our book of the week, together.

Miss Boruff read to our whole class while we helped her!

Miss Boruff read to our whole class while we helped her!Kiera

Delaney just started the Magic Tree House Series!
Delaney just started the Magic Tree House Series!

 

Talking to your child about Friday’s tragedy

Here are some resources to support conversations you want to have with your child about Friday’s tragedy…

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15109195/ns/health-childrens_health/t/how-talk-your-kids-about-shootings/

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/14/resources-talking-and-teaching-about-the-shooting-in-newtown-connecticut/?ref=health

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/12/14/connecticut-school-shooting-what-to-tell-your-kids/