May
12

Raising Butterflies- Stage 2

Our caterpillars have started their transformation to the next stage of their life cycle.  Each caterpillar attaches itself with  a sticky substance to the lid of the jar.  They then hang in a “j” position and shed their exoskeleton. This reveals the chrysalis that is underneath. Now the caterpillar is a pupa. Its body changes to liquid inside the chrysalis and then reforms to be a butterfly.

May
06

Raising Butterflies- stage 1

We are learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. This year we are raising butterflies so students can witness this miraculous change up close. A special thanks to the PTO for the funds to purchase our butterfly kits!  We are raising Painted Lady butterflies.  They arrived as caterpillars in little jars on May 1st. The jar contains the food the caterpillars eat. For the first 48 hours the caterpillars were quite still while they adjusted and acclimated to their new surroundings.  Then they started eating and growing! They will shed their exoskeletons several times while growing.  Stay tuned to see what happens next!

catterpillars on 5/2

5/6- Our caterpillars grew quite a bit over the weekend.

 

May
02

“Because Brecknock Cares” Day of Service

On May 17th Brecknock students will participate in our annual Day of Service in memory of former teacher Mrs. Lisa Horning.  This year we are collecting donations for the Animal Rescue League of Berks County.  Here is a copy of the letter sent home a few weeks ago. I hope you’ll consider making a donation.

May
02

Butterfly Migration Virtual Field Trip

As part of our Lanuage Arts Module, all third graders embarked on a Virtual Field Trip on Wednesday, May 1st.  Brandon Hall from the “Geo Show” took us virtually to Piedra Herrada, Mexico to see where monarch butterflies migrate to over winter.  We saw a colony of butterflies roosting in the pine trees. Brandon shared lots of intersting information with us about monarchs and students asked questions to learn more.

All three 3rd grade classes connected to Brandon Hall from the Geo Show.

Our students played a Kahoot game to share their knowledge of monarchs.

A colony of monarch roosting in a tree

Brandon shared lots of interesting information with us. The butterfly on the right is a male. Ask your third grader to tell you how we can tell.

Students got to ask questions to our guide.

May
02

April STAR Party

We celebrated excellent student behavior in the month of April with monthly Star party. 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 3.5  stars or higher was invited to our Game Day and was able to play board games and card games with friends after we finished the PSSAs.  Students who averaged 4 stars or higher were “Rock Stars” and were given snack bags to eat.  Now we’ll begin working on making good behavior choices for May!

    

Apr
08

North Museum Field Trip

We had a fun field trip on Friday to the North Museum.  Our tour guide took us to all 6 sections of the museum.  He introduced us to that location and gave us the opportunity to explore.  Then we saw a Magic School Bus Space movie in the Science Dome.  After lunch, groups got to go back to their favorite sections of the museum with their chaperones. Here are some pictures of the day.  Ask your third grader to fill in the captions!

               

Apr
08

Recycling Visitor

On Wednesday, April 3rd, our Language Arts class had a visitor.  Mrs. Joyce Snader, a community member, read the article I wrote about our class’s recycling efforts in the “Elanco Extra.” She was so impressed by what our students were doing that she wrote me a letter.  I invited her to come and meet our class so she could share her passion of recycling with us. How exciting for our students to realize that people from the community were aware of the recycling we do each week!  Mrs. Snader shared some ideas with us on how to reuse items.  She also introduced us to some other community resources that your family might be interested in.

Art of Recycle– This business is located in Ephrata at 27 Coister Ave.  It is a “thrifty craft store” for you to visit to make items out of recycled objects.  They take donations! Visit their website at www.artofrecycle.org

Lancaster Creative Reuse– Located at 1865 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA.  This is a donation based art, craft, and sewing supply store.  Check them out at www.lancastercreativereuse.org

 

Apr
06

March STAR Party

On Friday, 3/29,  we celebrated excellent student behavior with our monthly Star party. 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 3.5  stars or higher was invited to make Candy Catapults! Students who averaged 4 stars or higher were “Rock Stars” and were given bags of Easter candy to enjoy.  After working together with a group to construct their catapult, each group was given the chance to launch 3 jellybeans toward our point containers.  The group who earned the highest points won candy prizes as well.  Now we’ll begin working on making good behavior choices for April!

Here is the direction page in case you’d like to build a catapult at home.

          

Apr
01

Weather Performance Task

Recently we wrapped up our learning for Language Arts Module 4.  We studied aspects of the weather and had the task of educating our school community about the weather and how to prepare as well as safety procedures.  Each day we had a student weather reporter who prepared and practiced a weather report to share the high and low temperature, wind speed, precipitation and sky conditions.  The reporter read the report to our class and then updated a weather map and temperature chart. If you follow your child’s Seesaw account, you can watch the video of their weather report.

Reading groups also read books which focused on a specific type of severe weather. They created a poster to share safety precautions with our school.  These posters were shared with our class and are hanging in the hallway near the bathrooms so all Brecknock students and adults can be warned about severe weather.

The Green Group learned about blizzards.

Red group learned about lightning.

Blue group learned about tornadoes.

Mar
11

Nature Vison Fundraiser due 3/15

Nature Vision Fundraising order forms and money are due Friday, 3/15.

Nature’s Vision is committed to education and the environment. The fundraiser raises students’ environmental awareness.
Nature’s Vision donates to environmental organizations that are dedicated to Rainforest Preservation, Marine Conservation, protecting wildlife, preserving nature and ensuring a sustainable future for our planet.

In addition to their environmental work, the profits help us to have some of those special events that each year are harder to budget for as other costs rise! Last year we used profits to help fund after school clubs and hopefully if we sell enough we can do that again!

 

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