We have been learning about the Northeast region of the United States in class. Today, we sampled some food that are synonymous with the region. We sampled pancakes topped with real maple syrup from Vermont, juicy grapes from vineyards in New York and Pennsylvania, and dried cranberries from bogs in Massachusetts. Students also made their own butter to add to the pancakes. What a delicious day!
Today we Skyped with Mrs. Wonders' Fifth Grade Class in Hartford, Iowa, which is just right outside Des Moines. It was exciting to connect with another class from the Midwest!
It's Festa Italiana this Saturday! Today we spent the afternoon learning more about Italy. Mrs. Restivo taught the students about Italy and Frontenac's Italian heritage. In Mrs. Siebuhr's classroom, the students got to sample some delicious pasta with marinara or alfredo sauce. In Mr. Vesco's classroom students, students learned about the artist Michaelangelo. Students learned about how he painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling. The students were then challenged to create a piece of art just like Michaelangelo did. It was a great way to kickoff the weekend!!
Our 7th Mystery Skype of the year was with Ms. Parker's class at the Lee-Scott Academy in Auburn, Alabama. We were very impressed with all of the great questions these 3rd grade students asked. One interesting coincidence is the the Kansas State University Wildcats and the Auburn University Tigers play a big football game tonight! E.M.A.W. vs War Eagle!
Our 6th Mystery Skype of the year was our first outside of the U.S.A. borders. We connected with Ms. Superstein's class in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This was quite a challenge for the students. The students learned that in Montreal citizens speak both English and French.
All across the United States today people are celebrating Constitution Day. It was no different in our classroom. First, we had a discussion about what the Constitution is, when is was written, and who helped create it. Later, we watched the classic Schoolhouse Rock video about The Preamble of the Constitution. We talked about what each section of the Preamble means. I also issued each student a challenge. If a student can recite the Preamble to me or Mrs. Restivo before the school year is over, they will receive 10 extra credit points in Social Studies and their picture will go on the Wall of Fame! Our last activity for Constitution Day was writing the Constitution just like James Madison did in 1787. Each student got a brown paper sack, a feather, and some ink (tempura paint). Each student attempted to write the Preamble of the Constitution. Needless to say, I am sure the students are glad they live in the 21st Century!
Today in class we had a fun and messy way to learn about finding averages. We participated in the Oreo Cookie Challenge. Each student was challenged to stack as many Oreo cookies as they could. The students collected the data using Google Drive. From there, we did a short lesson on how to find the mean or average of a set of data. The average height for our cookie stack was 18 cookies. We will continue to use the data to learn about mode, median, maximum, minimium, and range. After completing the lesson, the students made some sculptures using the Oreos. Students from all over the USA will be participating in the same project. Data from classes from all over the country will be collected and shared. All in all, it was a fun lesson.
Today our class celebrated International Dot Day! IThe Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration. We started the day by reading
After reading the book, we had a discussion about leaving your mark on the world and being a positive role model for someone. Each student created their own dot. Click here to download your own dot creation sheet. We were able to bring these dots to life using the colARmix app. We also watched a few videos that hopefully will inspire the children to go out and leave a positive mark on society.
We connected with the mountain west today! We did our fifth mystery Skype of the school year with Mr. Horan's 4th grade class at Freedom Elementary School in Highland, Utah. We learned that Utah has the best snow in the world!
Mystery Skype #4 is in the books! We connected with Mr. Luke's 5th Grade Class in Irvine, California. We learned quite a bit about California. Mr. Luke's class were great teachers!
Today we had our third Mystery Skype of the school year. Our class was able to connect with Mrs. Boucher's Class at Mallets Bay School in Colchester, Vermont. It took us a while to figure this one out! Did you know they go skiing in PE class!!
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