We are a third of the way through the year! We have done a lot and will have a lot more to look forward to in the following trimesters. We will begin new projects like Holidays Around the World, Kings and Queen Castles, and Ecosystems.
As we finish up our last project students will be become weather reporters to report on a location in the United States. Take a look inside their homework folder to find a script. Practice all week long over break and we will begin filming when we return. They will be working in partners, so look for the highlighted "Student #_" when trying to memorize lines. Email me anytime to get an extra copy.
Below is a video of our fun Friendsgiving Celebration we had today! They had a great time making Pumpkin Pie Pops, playing How to Catch a Turkey with Bee Bots and other fun activities.
Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!
We are so excited to welcome the new Alta Vista students to TK and Kindergarten! They are all going to have a great year filled with science, field trips, singing, kitchen and many more activities. The first day of school is Tuesday, August 10 at 8:00 am (first bell rings at 7:55 am).
When your student arrives to school on the first day you may take your student to the playground to meet and play with other students. When the first bell rings students will then walk to the cafeteria to line up. Feel free to walk up to the cafeteria with your student. I will be waiting in the cafeteria to take the students in a line into our classroom (room 4). You may hug your student goodbye while inside the cafeteria. Students will then walk into the classroom and sit on the carpet. Parents may come in after the students. Please wait on the tile and we will be sure to wave goodbye to you and hope you have as great of a day as we will!
The TK/Kinder day ends at 1:00 pm. Students will be dismissed one at a time from the classroom. On the first day of school it will take sometime to do dismissal, but please arrive early for this first day. I will open the door right at 1:00 pm. When I see the parent/guardian for pick up I will call the students name to walk out directly to that person. Below is a form you can fill out to let me know who will be picking up on the first day of school. Also, please let me know who will pick up for the rest of the year (or participating in other after school activities). If there are any changes to pick up schedules please email me directly or contact me through Class Dojo (will cover at Back to School Night).
Our very first engineering project was about how to protect an egg when it falls off the table. The inspiration of this project was our unit on Fables & Stories. Many of our fables had a theme of animals or objects that learned a lesson or moral of how to live their life. One of the objects that we saw again and again was an egg.
In this project the main goal was to protect the egg! The teacher goal was to have the kids understand how all scientists or engineers work together to accomplish a task. Each student was assigned a role of director, facilitator, materials manager, technician, and participant. As the project progressed some teams were able to work together nicely and some found out that they may make better directors than any other job. As we do more projects my hope is that each student figures our what personality type they have to best meet the needs of a group. Students used problem solving skills like rock, paper, scissors, or thumbs up to help make decision in their group work. I was very proud that there were no arguments and that decisions were made with little intervention from me.
Below are pictures of us brainstorming, engineering, and testing our prototypes. This is a five step process where students find the problem, throw out ideas, make ONE blueprint, test, and find any changes that need to be made.
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Musical Peformance on April 8th at 5:45pm
(please arrive with your student in costume at 5:30pm)
Sorry for the confusion!!!! We have a busy couple of weeks coming up!
Miss Cowan loves photography, horses, coffee, tennis, hiking, more coffee, and her black lab/sharpei Harlow. Teaching is my greatest passion and I live everyday to find new and exciting things to share with my kids!