Sunday, December 30, 2012

Festivities Around the World

What a busy last week of second grade in 2012! We loved learning about Egypt and are still discussing this intriguing ancient culture. We jumped around the continents and read stories from different cultures about special days celebrated. All of the cultures we learned about celebrate light in some way- in India,  Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. These lamps are kept on during the night and one's house is cleaned, both done in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. We cleaned our desks to start off the new year fresh and organized in second grade! 

We also learned about Ramadan, where beautiful lanterns have become symbolic decorations welcoming the month that Ramadan is celebrated.  Charity is also very important in Islam, and even more so during Ramadan. We made a "Charity Chain" of good deeds we can practice at home and in school- we were amazed how long our chain was when we put it together- that is a lot of good deeds!

And we read many stories from European cultures, where candles and lights brighten the darkest days of the year. We made delicious cookie houses, a European tradition which was a lot of fun for us to try!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Our Trip to the Moretown Landfill

On a cold and snowy morning, our class toured our local landfill to see where all of our community trash ends up! We were surprised to see a very large hill that is buried trash! The hill was actually a 40 foot hole in the year 2006- that is amazing! We learned that the landfill converts some of the trash into electricity and could even produce more electricity with another converter. The electricity it currently produces powers over 2000 homes! We also saw the recycling area and an area where tires, clothes, computers and other recyclables are collected.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

We had a lot of fun with our Great Lunchbox Challenge! Students were challenged to pack a snack or lunch from home that did not create any trash. We talked about how even if just one item is packed in a reusable container, you are making an important difference. The students were so proud to share their packed lunches and snacks!
What can you make with junk mail? why, beads, of course! We measured and cut out triangle shapes from donated junk mail and turned them into gorgeous beads! It is fun to recycle!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Our Field Trip to Grenier's Farm

  Exploring the pumpkin field and the corn field! We picked out our own pumpkins- average weight was 20 lbs!!!! And, we were treated to delicious cider and cookies! A huge thank you to the Grenier's for opening their farm to us!

Please come to our classroom to pick up your child's pumpkin- they are too big for the bus!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Community- Where We Belong!

Today, we finished our "Community Pockets".  We began this project by drawing a small picture of ourselves. Next, we made a pocket picture of our house, followed by a larger pocket picture of our neighborhood, then an even larger pocket picture of our town, state, country, continents/earth and lastly, a giant pocket of space! This project helped us to understand how each community "fits" in to the next- a great visual!!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Community Field Trip

 What an awesome day! 

We began at Owl's Head Apple Orchard where Farmer Jodi and Will taught us all about apples!


We helped to prepare the apples for sauce and cider and we pressed the apples and enjoyed the freshest most delicious cider! Thank you Owl's Head Orchard!!
Next, we went to Rosina's Dairy Farm! We spent our time in the cow barn where we met many cows! Rosina answered all of our questions and showed us how to milk a cow!

From Rosina's barn to Stonyfield Farms!

Listening to a soon-to-be-born calf!

On to Grow Compost! Here we learned how compost is made...and nature takes care of it all! We learned that inside the compost the temperature can reach 140' F! Those microbes sure generate a ton of heat!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Wednesday, September 26th
6:00-7:00 PM
We hope to see you!!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Science Inquiry:
How do you grow a dinosaur? 
Second grade students focused on observation, prediction, and data collection during our "Grow a Dinosaur" experiment!

Friday, August 31, 2012

 What is a scientist? Second grade students had a ton of fun exploring a slimy substance called "oobleck".  Students were challenged when asked if this was a solid or liquid- we discovered that sometimes oobleck acts like a solid, and sometime a liquid. The scientific term for this is called a "dilatant".  If you would like to make oobleck at home, all you need is cornstarch and water. Basically the ratio is 2 parts cornstarch to 1 part water. Have fun (and best done outside!!)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Welcome Back to School!

Our class is having a Back to School Potluck!
  Monday, August 27th from 5:50-6:30 pm at the Hope Davey Field Shelter in Waterbury Center. Please bring an easy dish to share. I will supply plates, plasticware, cups and drinks.
Please let me know if you have any questions or need a ride!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Have a wonderful summer! I can't wait for second grade!
Our very last days of first grade! Cory came in for a special taste-testing lesson, "The Great Smoothie Taste Test". Cory demonstrated how to make three kinds of smoothies; strawberry/banana, straight-up strawberry and straight-up banana. Banana was our class favorite!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Our class will be performing an Arcadian dance at our last All School Share on June 20th at 8:15 a.m. 
We hope you can come!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

On Tuesday afternoons we have been participating in Adventure Learning. These activities and games are designed to enhance communication and cooperation. Children focus on cooperation more than competition and challenge students to try new behaviors and skills. Adventure games are also a ton of fun!

Field Trip to ECHO Center!
Our class is going to ECHO on Wednesday, June 13th. We will leave school at 8:00 a.m. and return around 2:00 p.m. Chaperones are welcome! The cost for students and chaperones is $6.00. Please sign the new permission slip and send in $6.00 as soon as possible. Thank You!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

           They are so cute!!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Seven chicks hatched last night! And more are working hard pecking their way out! First graders are soooo proud of their chicks! Just a reminder to please let me know if you are interested in our egg-layers! I would like to find new homes for them this weekend!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Assuming all is going very well, our chicks will need new homes soon! Please let me know if you are interested in adopting any of our egg-layers. I would like them to be in their new homes on Friday, May 25th! Thank-you!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


 Keep a Poem in Your Pocket 

Keep a poem in your pocket 
and a picture in your head 
and you'll never feel lonely at night when you're in bed.
The little poem will sing to you 
the little picture bring to you 
a dozen dreams to dance to you 
at night when you're in bed. 
Keep a picture in your pocket 
and a poem in your head 
and you'll never be lonely at night when you're in bed. 
By:  Beatrice Schenk de Regniers

Today we were introduced to our end of the year literacy unit on Poetry! Students listened to a variety of poems from famous poets and then wrote acrostic poems using their names as the title!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

     Another fabulous week of first grade! The children have been very busy creating gifts for our mom's/step-mom's/grandma's! Today, Jack's mom and her friend taught us how to make very special gifts you can enjoy all year long! Other projects have included our Dr. Seuss pictures from "Oh The Places You'll Go" and our Chick Life Cycle drawings. 
     We have been taking very good care of the 18 eggs in our incubator! Every day we have to turn them 3x, each student has been assigned that job one day per week. We are also keeping track of the temperature and humidity in our incubator. We are working on Embryology reports which include journal entries and other facts about a chick's life cycle. We are learning many scientific terms such as "embryo", "chalaza", "germinal disc", "air cell" and "incubate". We are on Day 9, with 12 days left until our predicted hatch! If anyone is interested in egg-laying chicks- let me know!
     During our Literacy time, we are learning how to write a Constructive Response. We wrote a response based on Dr. Seuss' "Horton Hatches an Egg". The students worked very hard writing about Horton's promise to take care of the egg using evidence from the story.
     During our Math time we are working with patterns. This unit develops ideas about patterns, sequences, and functions, and are a part of the early algebra foundation integrated into the Investigations curriculum.
     It is hard to believe we have less than 30 school days left of first grade! A few important dates are:
  • End of year Field trip to ECHO: June 13th- more information to come!
  • Spring Celebration: June 15th at 1:00
  • Last Day of School: June 20th

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Solar Energy

Our school was invited up to our Library for a special presentation on Solar Energy. We learned how important solar energy is and that Vermont is a great place to get energy from the sun!! Children participated in a skit that showed us how solar energy works.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Trip to Singapore!

Last week, Harper's mom brought us on an imaginary trip to Singapore! She shared beautiful pictures of this very busy city and we even tried some treats from this far away land! Thank You, Tamatha, for a wonderful journey!
Tamatha teaching us about Singapore

 A delicious peanut butter treat

Strong smelling "Durian"!
The Durian fruit

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

All School Shares

Monday, April 30th, 8:10-8:40 Spring Booster kick off in the gym

Friday, May 11th, 1:30 Arbor Day outside, all school share in gym afterwards

Friday, June 15th, 1pm Late Spring Celebration, parade outside, all school share in gym afterwards

Friday, March 30, 2012

Thank You for coming to our "People Who Make a Difference" show! We were so excited to share all of our hard work with you. The children were fantastic!
Just before the big show!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

     Another great week in first grade! We are having a lot of fun reading many books by Eric Carle as we continue our author study. "A House for Hermit Crab" inspired our ocean pictures done in a similar format to his beautiful illustrations using finger paint and collage techniques. He also inspired us to make pancakes after reading Pancakes, Pancakes!
     We continue to laugh out loud as we enjoy the very funny chapter book written by Roald Dahl, "The BFG".
     Our Literacy focus continues with Informational Text. Students are becoming quite good and identifying non-fiction features such as "heading", "caption", "index" and the "table of contents". We have sorted our dinosaur book collection into fiction and non-fiction and are working on a nonfiction feature book using a variety of examples from our non-fiction dinosaur collection.  Daily 5 continues to be a valuable time of our day as children read and listen to a variety of stories. Students also work in small groups with a focus on specific literacy strategies.
     We have begun our new mathematics unit called "Number Games and Crayon Puzzles". This unit develops ideas about counting and quantity, the comparison of numbers, and the operations of addition and subtraction. Most of our work is focused on the 2-addend combinations of 10 as well as finding relationships among different combinations of number up to 20. During this unit, students have many opportunities to engage with ideas that lay the foundation for algebra!
     We are very excited for our performance! Students have been working very hard rehearsing and we are very proud to perform for you next Thursday!
People Who Make a Difference!
First and Second Grade Performance
Thursday, March 29 at 6:00 pm

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March 2012

     First grade students had a great transition back to school after our winter break. We are right back in the swing of things beginning with a new science unit study on Sound. We will be exploring different concepts about sound through a variety of experiments and observations. This unit ties in perfectly with our new literacy focus on non-fiction text. Students are becoming familiar with types of non-fiction text as well as text features. We are learning how to read to answer a question, and also to think about our question as we read. Students will learn practical ways to navigate informational text to locate information that answers their questions.
     Our Math focus continues to be on measurement as we measure and compare length through problem solving and also develop accurate measurement techniques.
     Our exciting news is that we just received a letter back from the author Jan Brett. We wrote letters to her just before vacation as we finished our second author study. We received a beautiful packet of her illustrations and information about many of her books. She also wrote us a letter thanking us for our notes to her. Our next author study is Eric Carle.
     We are currently on our 7th class chapter book! This is a wonderful time of day where students listen to a class book they voted on to read. Our current book is The BFG by Roald Dahl. We have so many interesting conversations based on character, setting, problem and resolution as we share these wonderful story adventures together.

A few reminders:

·      Don’t forget to sign up for parent-teacher conferences by using the link on our website
·      Monday is the Bolton Trip- please make sure your child is ready for their fun day at Bolton!
·      Mark your calendar! Our first/second grade performance is on March 29th at 6:00 pm
·      Friday, March 16th is a non-student day.