September 8th, 2006
Today, we had a full day of ground-laying activities. We’re being careful to spend time up front building teamwork and cooperation, so later, when fourth grade becomes more challenging, students are prepared to help each other.
- Students completed a Student Interest Inventory, which will help me to get to know everyone. After it was completed, the students interviewed each other to find out a few new things about their neighbors.
- Students performed skits on how to handle class library books and keep them safe from water, dirt, writing, tearing, and bending.
- Students had gym and Spanish today.
- I also introduced students to a few exciting additions to our class website: a live “shoutbox”, where students can chat with each other. I also introduced them to a private email system, where students can email other students within the class website.
- Students received some special beads that students noticed changed color when they went to recess. We brainstormed some ideas on how the beads changed color. Students were challenged to do some tests on the beads this weekend and see if they can make them change color, then come back on Monday and tell about their discoveries.
- We also learned about our class wireless weather station, which measures brightness, wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, air pressure, and rain. Hopefully, our weather station will be live on the Internet soon!
- Finally, we participated in Team Day. We started with a whole-class challenge called Sticky Ankles, in which students lined up shoulder to shoulder, then had to walk four feet while keeping their feet in constant contact with their neighbor’s. There were also three stations involving untieing knots in a rope wrapped around a tree (while holding onto the rope and not moving hands), holding hands in a group tangle and then getting untangled, and stepping from plate to plate without touching the ground. It was frustrating at times, but students learned that listening, taking turns, helping each other, and staying positive are the ways to solve difficult problems!
- Our Open House is next Monday, September 11, from 6:30-7:30 pm. Stop by for a visit, tour the room, and get your questions answered about the class and field trips!
- Thanks for all the parents who volunteered for Team Day today! We couldn’t have had team day without you!
- Students will need a dry erase marker and three poly envelopes this week. I have them for $0.50 each, or they can be purchased at any office store. See the schools supplies page for more information.
- Students will also need a mug for our “paper and coffee” Fridays.
- Students are welcome to bring to or keep at school a water bottle, to keep from having to ask frequently to go get a drink.
- Help! Our Room 130 Pride board is looking a little sparse! Your student can help by bringing in three “objects” that show who they are, and that can be put on display for all to see. These could be photos, postcards, papers, medals, or little trickets that can be put in bags and hung on the board. The only limitation is size, and being able to be attached somehow to a bulletin board. These objects can remain with us the whole year, or rotated out whenever the student wants.
- Don’t forget to return the Emergency Data Cards and Student AUP form sent home this week in the eagle folder!