Category Archive for 'Special Events'

Michigan Capitol and Historical Museum Trip 2017

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Michigan Capitol and Historical Museum 2017

64 new photos · Album by Christian Howd

Today was our trip to the Capitol and Historical Museum! We also worked on writing when we returned because the draft of our fiction story is due tomorrow.


Our Mission:
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 5th grade.

Mexican Fiesta 2017 and Holiday Traditions

Friday, December 1st, 2017

¡Hola Mexico!

We won’t be having your normal party. There won’t be any cupcakes. No balloons or pointed little hats. This December, Room 130 is going south of the border to learn more about our neighbor —Mexico.

Over 17% of our country is Hispanic, which is the largest minority group in America, and according to the New York Times, America has more Spanish speakers than Spain. More than half of the foreign-born population in the US is from Latin America, with more immigrants coming from Mexico than any other country.

Yet, many of us have little exposure to the rich culture of a significant and growing population in our own country and an important neighbor to the south.

In December and January, Room 130 will experience Mexico and its traditions through a look at the holidays Mexicans celebrate during this time of the year.

Nuestro Fiesta de Navidad

Our class will learn about Mexico through study of the following traditions celebrated during this time of the year:

  • Arbol de Navidad—typically a decorated artificial tree or shrub. Ours is will be displayed with Flores de Noche Buena (poinsettias).
  • El Nacimiento—the primary holiday display in most Mexican homes, a nativity scene complete with moss, lights, animals, cactus, mountains, and many people.
  • Las Posadas—celebrated from December 16th to December 24th (Noche Buena). This is a reenactment of the story of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter in Bethlehem. Entire towns in Mexico form processions to “seek shelter” in the inn (posada) and have a huge fiesta when they finally find room in the stable. Children are usually treated to a piñata.
  • Noche Buena—December 24th, the last night of Las Posadas processions. This evening usually involves a meal with traditional tamales (corn husks lined with corn dough and filling and steamed), and champurrado (a corn-thickened hot chocolate). Buñuelos de Navidad (fried flour tortillas with sugar and cinnamon) are also enjoyed.
  • Dia de los Reyes—Three Kings Day, January 6th. This is the traditional day in Mexico that children receive gifts. Their shoes are left out and they awake to find little gifts in their shoes left by the visiting Wise Men.

In addition to studying about these Mexican traditions, will will have a fiesta that will include making traditional Mexican tacos (not like Taco Bell!), buñuelos, and Mexican hot chocolate (move over Swiss Miss!), having a piñata, singing a few traditional canciónes (songs), and playing games. Later in the day, we’ll play the Jewish dreidel game and compare that game and tradition to a similar game Mexican children play.

The ultimate goal will be to experience the culture of such a large and growing portion of our own country and one of our nearest neighbors. This will allow us to celebrate the differences among cultures, appreciate the wealth of diversity our country enjoys, and recognize the value of our own traditions and cultures. The hope is that the world will become a little smaller place to Room 130. And so, to that end,

¡Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Nuevo!

Does your family have a holiday tradition that you would like to share with our class? Feel free to comment, email or send in a note and we’ll compare and contrast with Mexican traditions.



Space Fashion Show 2017

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Space Fashion Show 2017

8 new photos added to shared album

Hawaiian Beach Bash 2017

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Pics from our Hawaiian Beach Bash:

Hawaiian Beach Bash 2017

66 new photos · Album by Christian Howd

Class activities for Friday, September 29

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Spelling: None today.

Cursive: Cursive worksheet pp. 7-9 are available and were due Friday.   

Reading: We finished reading a realistic fiction story about two friends at school.

Writing: We talked about using three kinds of details in stories to make them more interesting:

  1. Dialogue (What are the characters saying?)
  2. Action (What are the characters doing?)
  3. Visual details (What do the characters, places, objects look like?)

Students also continued drafting today. A personal narrative is due Friday, October 13, and the minimum length is one page. Your student should be drafting at this point.

Math: None today due to the Energy Fair.

Science: Today was the Energy Fair!

Energy Fair 2017

26 new photos added to shared album

Social Studies: None today due to the Energy Fair.


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Our Mission:
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 5th grade.