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Room 120 Announcements
May 31, 2015
Monday, June 1, 2015 1:35 PM

   Just one last update about what’s been going on in Classroom 120.

The Map books are finished. Our Big Buddies helped us cut them out and assemble them. This was a great exercise in both learning about maps and geography as well as taking a big project and breaking it into small pieces to accomplish something great! The students are proud of the end product and the process was valuable too!  Read more...

May 25, 2015
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 3:15 PM

Dear Classroom 120 Families,

            I hope you have all enjoyed the long Memorial Day weekend. It’s been great to get a bit caught up and hopefully we’re all ready for the homestretch!  Read more...

May 12, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 10:40 AM

Dear Classroom 120 Families,

I hope all of the moms had a wonderful Mother's Day! The students worked hard with persuasive writing as they wrote out what they appreciate about their moms. Appreciation was abundant! Read more...

April 29, 2015
Thursday, April 30, 2015 9:00 PM

Dear Classroom 120 Families,

We have been studying living things through the Organisms Unit. Last week we added pill bugs and millipedes to our terrariums! We observed closely using a hand lens. We discussed some fascinating facts including: the protective exoskeleton or outer skeleton of a pill bug; they’re actually related to lobsters. Pill bugs are arthropods (meaning jointed legs). Millipedes have a long segmented trunk and a round head with a pair of antennae. Two pairs of legs are attached to most body segments. They don’t like the light so they burrow using their strong internal jaw.  We will continue to keep our terrariums going as we are collecting and feeding the added “friends” fruits and veggies daily.  We compared and contrasted the pill bug and millipede using a Venn diagram. Read more...

April 12, 2015
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:15 PM

Dear Classroom120 Families,

            Our classroom has been having fun examining and planting seeds as our organisms unit kicks off. Each child chose to plant either a bean, pea, pumpkin or sunflower seed. They recorded the date they planted and also questions they had about the seed and when it might sprout. Classroom terrariums are up coming! Read more...

March 15, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 5:20 PM

Dear Classroom 120 Families,

            I hope you have enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend!

            We have collected information from several biographies as we practice taking notes every few pages as we read. We have also been working hard to construct a personal time line and 4 special moments , which we have made rough (sloppy copies), edited and written our final drafts.  Kathy, Naomi’s mom has also been working with us to make an artful cover so the final book product is looking great! It should be assembled this week, let me now if you would like to help with the binding.J  We also had a special guest from Naomi’s family, her grandmother, Sue and father , Aaron,  speak to our class about the book Sue wrote entitled Thunder of Freedom. She shared first hand stories about her experiences as she and her late husband, Henry worked with the Freedom Democratic Party starting roughly in 1964. It was wonderful to have someone who had been there, shooting photographs and writing the whole time, share her experiences!  Read more...

February 1, 2015
Monday, February 2, 2015 8:00 AM

We finished up our weather unit with the pinwheels and wind vanes as well as a Time for Kids that you hopefully saw come home with your child.  The students also wrote some beautiful weather related poetry. Read more...

January 25, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015 8:25 PM

The weather shifts have made for great learning as we finish up our unit of study: Air and Weather. We have kept track of temperatures, made individual model thermometers, studied cloud types and kept track of the sky daily. We have also explored questions like “what happens when air is pushed into a small space and practiced compressing air using syringes and tubing. . We have submerged a paper towel stuffed into a vial and kept it dry! Air does take up space. Read more...

January 13, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 3:20 PM

Dear Classroom 120 Families,

            The performance last Friday was great! It was wonderful that so many made it to see in person; for those of you who missed it, it’s posted on utube as “Wavin’ Flag by Clara Barton Open School, January 9, 2015”. We’re on the left, the two rows in front of the kids with flags (one student is blurred, we don’t have a media release). Hope you can find your child in the group; it was a powerful performance! The kids did an amazing job! Enjoy Read more...

December 14, 2014
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 9:00 AM

Our field trip to Wood Lake Nature kicked off a science unit we started last week, Air and Weather. At the nature center students were provided with a complex explanation of what creates weather. We learned how low and high pressure systems form and how they interact. We learned that small animals feel the changes in pressure more quickly as well as how the pressure affects our daily lives. We moved through stations as meteorologists measuring wind speed and wind direction as well as snow depth and temperature. Read more...

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