Friday, February 28, 2014

Brownie Points

Sometimes we just need a few extra brownie points.  
February was a great month for reading. The chilly weather kept kids indoors and reading a book provided a good distraction. 
February's reading time was sweet and the added bonus of brownie points had students buried in books.   

Congratulations to my FULL class of readers!

Please continue to encourage your child to read. Click here to view a a slide that shows the correlation between reading time and vocabulary.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Bubble Gum Research

An article in Forbes Magazine cites several research studies about how gum chewing can possibly increase alertness, improve memory, lower anxiety, and accomplish a host of other good things. Chewing gum before taking a test may help improve the result, apparently by stimulating the brain with increased blood flow. 
It's been a hectic several weeks with lots of writing practice. Students have been preparing for the district writing prompt. The focus has been descriptive writing.  Descriptive writing is an art form. It's painting a word picture so that the reader "sees" exactly what the writer is describing. Students have looked at various ways to "hook" the reader with catchy beginnings, figurative language, vivid verbs, adjectives, and writing components to “show not tell”. 
Today the student writing samples were delivered to central office and Room 100 celebrated because we didn't just write - -we were able to "blow the top off this writing assessment."

Thanks, Shannon, for the cute font.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Heart Day!

We had so much fun at our Valentine's party this year!  I believe it was just what we needed to get us through February's crazy winter weather.
Here are some pics to share.
Click to play this Smilebox collage

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Chubby Crayons

Room 100
 is connecting our Valentine’s Day celebration to a service-learning project.  

Since we have lots of crayons, we agreed to pop some in the oven, melt them down, and share brand new heart crayons with little hands.

These recycled crayons will be delivered to Goldenrod Hills Head Start. Fifth grade students learned these extra big crayons are easy for little hands to hold and they don't break when used. Putting crayon to paper also enables young toddlers to develop a range of skills, including hand-eye coordination, verbal reasoning, color recognition, and creativity. 

Happy Heart Day!

Thanks, BitsyCreations, for the quote download! 

Monday, February 10, 2014

A Really BIG Contest

February 10 - February 21
The Middle School PTO is sponsoring a Box Top Competition. The homeroom that collects 300 Box Tops will win a popsicle/fudgesicle party. The class that brings in the most Box Tops wins a pizza party, too! 
Please clip Box Tops from your favorite General Mills products. Parents can earn cash for our school every time they shop for groceries. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents - and that adds up fast!  Please ask your family, extended family, and friends to clip and collect Box Top logos. 

 Click the Box Top for a complete list of products.