Week of February 25, 2019


Mrs. Whitson will be away Monday and Tuesday due to injury. She needs to attend a few appointments and recover.

Fun news, our class  was featured in the Lititz Record on January 28th 2019. The paper told the story of how we use trout in the classroom to learn more about our watershed and connect with our environment.

Also, Mrs. Whitson’s enthusiasm for science and Citizen Science was noted in Scholastic! This link shows a reference to one of her projects with Budburst:


Language Arts

We had a busy week of fun-filled learning. Our trout are now “fingerlings”. The beefy little Brookies are able to be differentiated by their Parr marks, and the students are enjoying their daily observations of trout behavior.Students have noted that the trout which are most aggressive position themselves at the surface of the tank and feed rapidly. The size of these more aggressive trout is significantly larger than the trout who wait at the redd for food to reach them.

In all cases, the Brook trout provided to us by Donegal Trout Unlimited and the PA Fish and Boat Commission and Trout Unlimited are the highlight of everyone’s day. Our authentic research, observation and 6 month project/data collection provides knowledge and wisdom to help u understand that we are just one part of an extremely complex web of life on our planet.

You may enjoy reading another article about us in the Lititz record:http://lititzrecord.com/manheim/something-fishys-going-on-in-these-classrooms/.

Students continue to read and research in ELA.We completed our habitat gardens and are preparing a work/study plan for PSSA prep.

We are continuing our Module 5 work which focuses on classic literature, simile, metaphor, poetry and text dependent analysis.

Mrs. Whitson’s Mathematics Class:

We are reviewing units of measure and how to convert each unit. For example,145 cm=1.45m.

We had a fun day on Friday using our shdows outside on the playground as a basis for unit conversion. Students were able to problem solve while measuring and then convert their measurements !

Feel free to continue to practice multiplication and division facts so that our work is easy-breezy!

Mathpickle.com has some excellent thinking games and strategy work for young curious minds! The philosophy is intriguing…check it out!

Round Tower          Venus Flytrap Decimal challenge          Pollinator Puzzles            Multiplication Ballast