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Teaching Day

A few weeks ago, the students in our classroom wanted to know why they were never given the opportunity to teach lessons. So, we decided that we would set aside a day to do it–and today was that day! Boy, Ms. Rooy learned a lot!

Sy taught us all how to play Minecraft. There is a lot involved in this game!

Sy taught us all how to play Minecraft. There is a lot involved in this game!

Sophie taught us the art of scrapbooking. We all had the opportunity to create a page using a picture of our class.

Sophie taught us the art of scrapbooking. We all had the opportunity to create a page using a picture of our class.

Sienna taught us how to make paper cubes. What a great math lesson!

Sienna taught us how to make paper cubes. What a great math lesson!

Alexis taught us all about turtles and frogs. A lot of information she got from her grandpa because "he knows everything!"

Alexis taught us all about turtles and frogs. A lot of information she got from her grandpa because “he knows everything!”

Lysander's lesson was on Harry Potter. He focused mainly on information about Quidditch and Mad Eye Moody.

Lysander’s lesson was on Harry Potter. He focused mainly on information about Quidditch and Mad Eye Moody.

Ella taught the class how to make two different kinds of paper airplanes. We even had a little bit of time to try them out!

Ella taught the class how to make two different kinds of paper airplanes. We even had a little bit of time to try them out!

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Camping Week(s)!

On Memorial Day, a tent appears in our classroom and stays until the end of the year.

Why do we like the tent so much?

“It is smaller and nicer place to be than being in the whole room.” –Sy

“It doesn’t happen very often that tents are in classrooms!” –Sienna

“The tent makes me happy because it reminds me that summer is coming and that we can soon enjoy lots of outdoor activities!” –Ms. Rooy

What do we do in the tent?

“I read in the tent!” –Lysander

“I do my writing on a clipboard in the tent.” –Alexis

“I do my work in the tent sometimes. I like to do it because it relaxes me so I can work on it.” –Sophie

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Coast Guard Helicopter!

The coast guard helicopter visited our school! We watched it land and got to tour the inside. The people that worked for the Coast Guard explained their job, gave information about the helicopter, and showed us their equipment. What a great day!

In this photo, the Coast Guard are explaining why their job is so important for all of us.

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Sy and Lysander (the birthday boy!) get a chance to be volunteers in the rescue equipment presentation.

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After the presentation, we had a chance to go into all areas of the helicopter!

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Island Clean Up

Today, we cleaned up the entire bike trail on the island. We found a lot of trash and had our lunch at the campground. It is fun but sometimes dirty work.

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Kindergarten and First Grade Poetry

My Grandma’s House

By: Sophie

My grandma has a loud house.

At night I hear a squeaky mouse.

She had lots of red shoes.

That she never used.

She has lots of paper in her desk.

My funny grandma is the best.

Beaver Island in the Spring

By: Lysander

The loud boat is running.

Hissing snakes are sunning.

The sprouting plants are growing.

The flying birds are crowing.

Spring is coming.

People are running.

Florida

By: Alexis

Magical Florida is hot.

There was ice cream in the pot.

There was a codfish.

The codfish is yummy in a dish.

I played games with Mom and Dad.

My Dad’s name is Brad.

The Mainland

By: Ella

Today my mom went on the plane.

I hope it does not rain.

Island Airways takes you to the mainland.

I went to the beach and saw sand.

My mom is coming back tonight.

The starts shine in the sky and make light.

My Farm

By: Sy

At my farm there was a full barn.

Oh Darn!

It was full of oak wood.

Maybe there’s a car hood.

There were lots of nails.

There were enough to fill pails.

School

By: Sienna

I have a weird school.

It has a hot pool.

I got a spicy snack.

It was in a little pack.

I wrote a lowercase a.

It’s in my middle name, Rae.

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Field Trip: Maple Syrup and Iditarod

We had to opportunity to go out to Mark and Jacque LaFreniere’s to experience the maple syrup process and learn more about the Iditarod! It was a great time!

The property had many trees that looked like this! The sap wasn't running a lot because it was cold but it was fun to peek in and see how full they were!

The property had many trees that looked like this! The sap wasn’t running a lot because it was cold but it was fun to peek in and see how full they were!

Mrs. LaFreniere explains how to drill into a maple tree and insert a spout.

Mrs. LaFreniere explains how to drill into a maple tree and insert a spout.

We got a chance to taste fresh frozen sap!

We got a chance to taste fresh frozen sap!

This giant fire boils the sap into syrup! It takes a lot of wood!

This giant fire boils the sap into syrup! It takes a lot of wood!

It takes so much wood, we had to help collect some sticks!

It takes so much wood, we had to help collect some sticks!

Mrs. LaFreniere shows us the final boiling process.

Mrs. LaFreniere shows us the final boiling process.

The syrup is filtered three times before it is ready to eat.

The syrup is filtered three times before it is ready to eat.

Yum! Vanilla ice cream with last year's maple syrup! Mrs. Lafreniere called it "drinking last year's sunshine".

Yum! Vanilla ice cream with last year’s maple syrup! Mrs. Lafreniere called it “drinking last year’s sunshine”.

The sled dogs!

The sled dogs!

Mr. Banville actually raced in the Iditarod! He told us all about his experience.

Mr. Banville actually raced in the Iditarod! He told us all about his experience.

Mr. Banville shows off his Iditarod gear.

Mr. Banville shows off his Iditarod gear.

An official Iditarod jacket.

An official Iditarod jacket.

Ayden on a dog sled!

Ayden on a dog sled!

Sy on a dog sled!

Sy on a dog sled!

Sophie on a dog sled!

Sophie on a dog sled!

Sienna on a dog sled!

Sienna on a dog sled!

Lysander on a dog sled!

Lysander on a dog sled!

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Science Investigation

imageToday the PreK/K/1 investigated various objects from nature using magnifying devices. Using descriptive drawings and texture words, the students took notes to review later.

 

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Close Read: Turtles

This week, our class read an article all about turtles. We read it every day for the entire week and did various activities to help us understand the material better.

Close read: careful and purposeful reading (rereading)

Close Read-preview of articles

The most fun part is that we used our class pet turtle, Turnip, when completing these lessons.

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