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First Graders and Flat Stanley

From California to Ireland, Flat Stanley has been busy traveling the world!  Mrs. Gleave’s 1st graders have enjoyed hearing all about Stanley’s adventures and the places he’s been visiting.  The students mail Flat Stanley to a friend or relative and then wait for his/her return.  They bring their Stanley to class and share about the trip as part of their First Grade Grizzly Award they’ve been working on all year!  Great job first graders!

Plants Plants Plants!

In Miss Laura’s Extended Core Classroom, we have been studying the physical characteristics and basic needs of plants.  Before spring break, we planted nasturtium and tomato seeds.  When we came back from break, we had 3-4”plants…very exciting!  We are also completing an interactive notebook to go along with our plant unit of observing, describing and comparing plant parts.  Nice job students!

The Cat in the Hat Helps us READ Just Like That!

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Miss Robin’s class used PTA money to buy a class set of the book “The Cat in the Hat”. The students in class are so excited to apply their reading skills to a favorite Dr. Seuss book! Through this gift from the PTA Miss Robin’s students are excited to choral read as a class! They are seeing just how far their reading skills can go by recognizing curriculum specific sight words in other text, applying phonics based strategies, and discovering just how fun it is to read aloud with friends!

Unplugged Coding in Kindergarten

 Mrs. Genesi’s AM kindergartners have been having a blast learning how to code, unplugged style, this week.  They started by learning what code is – a series of commands, or algorithms, we give to a computer to tell it what to do.  Then they turned their bodies into computers and learned a dance through a coded algorithm.  After they had the basics down, they turned into coders and had a dance party filled with dances they coded themselves.  They finished up their week of code, by playing coding hopscotch and making their way around the classroom by following a series of code that told them how and where to move.  It was so much fun to learn how coding works this week!

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