Thanks to Hallie we got the privilege to see the Nutcracker at the Hangover Theater. Once we got off the school bus we went into the theater room where the Nutcracker was presented. We waited awhile for the show to come on. Finally all the lights shut off in a INSTANT. The golden sparkly chandeliers stopped sparkling and a women started speaking... The Nutcracker started. People screamed, clapped and were excited to see the performance. In the beginning we saw a big family celebrating Christmas. Then they started dancing... I was so confused. During act 1 we saw Hallie in a mouse costume, we all pointed and whispered when we saw her. By the end of Act one there were two people dancing. Most children noticed there was a hole in one of the performers white leggings (oops!). We started to quietly giggle. After their performance there was an intermission. We were expecting to have snack by that time but the theater volunteers said we could not. So we stretched and took a short break. Once act 2 was over we went on our bus that was headed back to Mill Pond school. The Nutcracker was a great performance and field trip.
After skyping with Jeremy Gilley about Peace One Day our class was inspired to make Kindness Kards. On the Kindness Kards we write what kind actions we notice students in our class doing. What we have started in our class we hope to soon share with our team, grade, school and beyond.
Below are pictures of students writing and stapling together our class Kindness Chain.
Submitted by Hallie
Our goal is to spread PEACE. How can you show kindness to strangers to put a smile on their face? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
It was such a fun idea to connect with the story The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by making yoo-hoo boats! Recreating what happened in the book helped me understand the feelings of letting go of a yoo-hoo boat like Scarletta and receiving a yoo-hoo boat like Popeye and Elvis. It was so exciting to read the riddle someone else wrote about themselves and think about who it sounded like!
Time to Write and Reflect...
Below pictures of us reflecting and writing about our experience of reading the book and making and releasing Yoo hoo boats.
September 21 our class celebrated Peace One Day. A day of cease fire and non-violence. Our class read about Peace One Day and brainstormed how we could make a difference in the world. We decided to practice peace by embarking on a journey to build a positive habit of gratitude. Our Gratitude Journal was a place to write what we are grateful for and any random act of kindness we witnessed and partook in. This month on October 21 we will be connecting with the founder of Peace One Day Jeremy Gilley via Skype. After watching his documentary A Day After Peace (below) students are brainstorming how we can grow our sense of peace by working as a classroom community and give back to the world.
At The School Garden
We are studying and taking care of our school garden. We are finding interesting and factual spices such as crickets and beetles. We are also picking weeds from the garden and putting them in the school compost bucket. We recently cleaned the bird feeders, refilled them and got a new one from the O'Riley family, thank you so much!!!
On the Trails...
Our class went behind the school into the woods on the Mill Pond trails to observe nature. We saw leaves dancing around us, with all different colors. I saw mushrooms popping out of the ground, The wildlife and trees above us were so tall and huge you couldn't even put your arms around it. The walnuts were split in half so you could see the hollow inside them. The squirrels were gathering nuts for the winter. All outside was so extraordinary. You don't even notice how beautiful it is outside until you use all your senses. It was an awesome field trip outside in the wild! Our class then developed poems by using our noticing from our notebooks and wrote about what we saw and how we took our senses and used them in the wildlife. We will post our poems soon.
By Clare and Oscar
We learned new ways to show the moon phases and it helped us understand the orbit of the moon and it's phases better. We held a foam ball (moon) in the air while turning ourselves (earth) around in an orbit while our partner shined a flashlight at the ball to represent the sun. We noticed the new moon, the waxing and waning crescents, the first and last quarter, the waxing and waning gibbous, and the full moon.
By Hallie and Jacelyn
Make Lunar Phases...