Sandra Kelly, Moscow City Councilmember, visits us!
Ms. Kelly came in to explain what she does for the city, how things work, and why she loves being part of it. It was fun to learn that she grew up in Mountain Home and took an active interest in problem-solving at an early age. She told some great stories and got the kids thinking about ideas and things that they can do.
We are lucky to have interesting and engaged community members like Ms. Kelly in our town!
Meeting with Clarissssa!
Taya's face says it all and Evelyn was gentle and supportive so that our class pet felt comfortable and safe.
On Friday, the kids got a chance to touch or hold Clarisssssa if they were interested. It was a good conversation and always a highlight of January. The kids wait for this day!!
At 18 years old, Clarissssa is a mature snake and handles all the attention very well. Thanks to Mrs. Miller, who loves snakes, and Clarissssa, for coming to class so that I can take pictures while Clarissssa is "Meeting and Greeting!"
Annie, Aiden, and Jesper enjoy the food brought for our celebration of marvelous acts! We filled the mug AGAIN!!
How the mug gets filled: The kids get 4 marbles every time they level up in Lexia, get 100% on a Newsela article, turn in a reading log, or other types of student behavior that helps them grow as a learner. Plus, they get acknowledgment for cooperation and stamina for what we do together in class.
The kids cooperated and they volunteered the items so that there was a yummy breakfast buffet of pancakes, waffles, bacon, fruit, juice and toppings, utensils, paper towels, plates, and cups.
Thank you to Jesper's mom, Jessica, who helped serve. Thank you to all the parents too for helping get these things to our classroom!
It was an excellent start to our day! 🙌😊
Triad Debrief during Hacksack Game
The groups were throwing at each other within the big circle because I made up a game for them for a possible 5 minutes of added recess.
When we were in one big circle, the group of three could only throw to their partners in 45 seconds.
We did the activity three times and they all really got better. They earned an extra 2 minutes. In the last round, 10 seconds were deducted if the hackysack hit the floor. We did lots of math and the team play was very fun!
Their cooperation and playful attitudes have grown so much this year!
Our Door Decoration: Presents 4 Our World
The kids learned to make a pop-up card and then brought in little boxes to decorate to hold the card.
They gave such sweet things to the world such as love, joy, family, candy, and peace! They know what is really important.
The project took about 5 and half hours of work and I am so proud of the effort and care they put into our beautiful door to celebrate this time of year!
Aubree and Aria, the Teacher's Assistants, call letters for Multiplication BINGO or Bonzo-- as I kidded with them yesterday! It was fun to hear them laugh!
The topic in math has been using the array or partial products strategies to solve math equations like 3487 X 5 = J. But what makes all this work possible is to have the 1-12 multiplication math facts memorized. More of the class is getting them, but all the practice is necessary so that solving problems doesn't bog them down just because a simple math fact like, 4 x 6 gets them stuck.
We have used, dice, cards, games, and counting in multiples as ways to practice. There are lots of ways to have fun and learn these. As a holiday gift for your kids-- ask them to do some math facts with you!
They will love playing with you.
The Holiday < Hidden> Happy Exchange
This was the first day of the giving and receiving! It was so fun to see them enjoy themselves and then share what they had gotten. We talked about the process of how they had learned about the idea and then all the talking and planning of how to do this type of class activity.
It is in this season that we remember important things and people.
Tomorrow, the kids will get to do Day 2 of the HoHiHa Exchange. And, after they open their presents, everyone will get to guess. It is really so much fun because they will talk with the person that they gave to, and to the person they received from, and then there will be lots more sharing! This is a time of good storytelling and classroom connections are made.
Watercolor Painting on the Holiday Cards that the kids created for our Door Decoration-- Our message is "Presents 4 our World."
They wrote a message with a pop-up center and today more color was added. Tomorrow, outline and put in the boxes for the door. Presents. With Messages. 🎁 Lots of fine motor work and creativity.
We have had 16 kids this week. Hope to have everyone back soon-- it will be fun to have their messages.
Taya and Calvin show some of the shapes for plastic film #2 and #4 and how lightweight it is!
They are holding about 5 pounds.
That is why it is so cool that our school community is helping recycle this material!
The kids and family members are becoming more aware all the time of what types of plastics are out there!
Snow Melting Experiment
The kids predicted how long it would take their little cup of packed snow that weighed on average about 16 Skittles. We kept the snow amount as 'the' constant and put the cups in a place away from everyone in our 70-degree classroom.
The cups are checked every 1/2 hour.
They wrote the procedure steps and we talked about how they can set up experiments at home and figure out ways to build scales for measurement and where to put their experiments.
It will be interesting to see the results and their conclusions when we follow up tomorrow.
Josilyn and Haylee catch up with drop-offs! This is 21 pounds.
The Trex competition is in full swing (lasts until April 15) and we here at MCS are just doing our part to keep plastic out of landfill and waterways.
All the 4th graders do a fabulous job of taking care of the 8 boxes in the Middle School and Elementary School for collection.
This is what 2300 pounds or 1 ton plus 300 pounds of baled plastic film looks like! This is 3 bales!
Every bit we collect makes a difference not loading up landfills or waterways. :)
I took this picture at the Moscow Recycle Center a few days ago to show what the material looks like before it is hauled to Safeway-- 🙌our helpful partner-- and then the bale is transferred to Trex.
Thanks and keep recycling and reducing plastic consumption!