May
13

Positive Thinking Day & Talent Show

Positive Thinking Day on PhotoPeach

May
07

Boarding Chickens

Last week Mrs. Henn hatched 6 chicks.  She is letting us board 3 of them in our classroom until 5/12.  The kids have loved seeing the little fluffy chicks. Friday students got to hold them during indoor recess. Thanks Mrs. Henn!

May
03

Final Egg Update

I am sad to say we had an unsuccessful hatch.  Our eggs were expected to hatch on Monday (day 21 of incubation).  We waited for them through day 23 but none had any cracks at all.  We aren’t sure why this occurred but here are a few hypotheses:

  • Maybe the temperature was too hot.
  • Maybe the temperature was too cold.
  • Maybe the temperature spiked or dipped on the weekend or evening when we couldn’t adjust it.
  • Maybe our eggs weren’t fertilized and had no chicks to grow. (when I candled them on day 8 I didn’t see any veins so this is a definite possibility)
  • Maybe germs penetrated the eggshells and harmed our growing chicks.

Mrs. Henn’s chicks have started hatching and Mrs. Swavely’s will hopefully hatch next week. We will enjoy seeing their fluffy chicks.

Lesson learned: Don’t count your chickens before they hatch!

May
03

The Greedy Triangle

On Monday I read the class a book called The Greedy Triangle to begin our study of geometry.  This triangle isn’t happy with his number of sides and vertices.  So, he visits a Shape-Shifter who grants his wish and gives him one more side and vertex.  Now the triangle is a quadrangle.  The greedy character still isn’t happy so he returns to the Shape-Shifter over and over and changes to a pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, etc.  After listening to the book the students had a chance to build their own shapes with toothpicks and marshmallows to match the changing shape character.  We even got to eat a few marshmallows at the end of class!

Apr
30

Our Field Trip

Our Field Trip on PhotoPeach

Apr
27

Good Bye Mrs. Ringler

Thursday was Mrs. Ringler’s last day student teaching in our classroom.  We had a surprise farewell party for her.  We gave her some books for her future classroom and a scrapbook filled with pictures of her time with us.  We will miss her and we wish her luck as she begins her job search and begins her teaching career.

Books for her future classroom

Checking out Mrs. Ringler’s scrapbook

Apr
27

April Star Party

Today we had a slime party to celebrate good behavior for the month.  Each day our Students are Taking Academic Responsibility by making good choices at school. They start the day with 4 stars and try to keep them all day or even earn an extra star for excellent behavior. Teachers kept track of student scores all month and averaged them to see who was invited to celebrate good behavior at our S.T.A.R. Party. Any student that averaged 3 stars or higher was able to make slime.   Students who averaged 4 stars or higher were “Rock Stars” and were able to add fluorescent paint or food coloring to their slime. This month all students in our class were Stars or Rock Stars!  Yipee!  The kids had tons of fun making the slime and playing with it. Here’s the recipe in case you’d like to have some more slime fun at home!

  1. Squeeze 1 bottle of school glue (4 oz) into a plastic cup.
  2. Add paint or food coloring to dye it and stir.
  3. Add about 1 Tablespoon of Sta-Flo liquid starch and stir. Some students needed a bit more.
  4. If the slime is too sticky add a sprinkle of baking soda.

Apr
27

Hatching Chicks- day 17

This was the last day we had to turn the eggs.  Kara and Juan carefully took care of our eggs.  After school I laid down wet paper towels under the eggs.  They will rest for days 18-21 so that the chicks can get in position to hatch.  Hopefully they’ll begin hatching on Monday (day 21)!

Apr
26

Hatching Chicks- Day 16

Blaze and Cameron took care of our eggs today. They carefully recorded the temperature both in the incubator and in the classroom on our clipboard.

Apr
25

Hatching chicks- day 15

Brianna and Elliana cared for our eggs today. They were very careful  when turning the eggs in the morning, before lunch, and at the end of the day.

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