Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A Visit from Baby Lynden!

We got a special treat today before our field trip to the nature center--a visit from Baby Lynden and family!  The students asked questions about the baby and made connections with stories they have heard about when they were born.  So many of the teachers were excited to meet the baby and hold him too!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Last Week of Subtraction

We finished up our unit on subtraction with week with some fun stations.  We had subtraction bowling with ten bottles and a tennis ball.  Everyone worked in teams to practice their subtraction skills--and bowl some strikes! 

Everyone also worked on reading and answering subtraction equations using plastic beans.

We also introduced "Mathopolis" on the iPads, a game to practice subtraction and addition fluency.  The students had a lot of fun "putting out fires" by solving simple equations as quickly as they could.  We even had one student get a class record!

One of our favorite math games this week was cup stacking, where a partner read an equation from the bottom of a cup and their partner checked their answer (written inside the cup).  If they got it correct, they got to stack the cup!  Lots of friends built towers and walls as they solved problems quickly!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Last Biobuddy Visit of the Year

We kicked off our last biobuddy visit with a video on animal senses.  Then it was time for the students to think about what super sense they would have--would they have super vision like an eagle?  Or maybe a super sense of taste like a bumblebee?  Buddies and kindergartners wrote about their super sense and drew portraits of themselves as those animals in their science booklets.  Then it was time to make animal masks.  Creativity and collaboration were in the air as the students made some colorful masks--it might be hard to tell who is behind them!

Then it was time to eat pizza and icees with our buddies in the middle school dining room.

Everyone is excited to see their buddies in the hall!  We know this year brought wonderful memories that will last a long time.

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Kindergarten Pizza Restaurant

 Our classroom pizza restaurant was up and running this week!  In addition to taking turns cooking and serving, our students will also learn more about money amounts and begin to make print menus next week.  So much fun was had this week in making pizzas and adding toppings!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Happy Birthday!

We celebrated our second April birthday today with a reading of a book about a Minnesota boy who traveled all over the country.

Happy birthday and enjoy your special day!

April Community Partner Project

Birthday Wishes – April 9 - 23

The Lower School is collecting items that make birthdays special, like
cake mix, frosting, candles, paper plates, napkins, etc.
to share with families in our community. 
People around the world celebrate in different ways, so we have included rice, noodles, cookie mix and pizza crust mix.

Gluten free, kosher, and halal food is welcome as well.

First grade will deliver your donations to S.T.E.P –
the St. Louis Park Emergency Program.

Donations can be delivered to classrooms or to the
blue “Community Cupboard” near Gym C.  Thank you!
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Happy Birthday!

We celebrated our first spring birthday following the break today.  The birthday book was the adorable Clark the Shark.    

Enjoy your special day and happy birthday!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Last Week of March

When the children came in this morning,  they discovered that the leprechauns had been in their traps and escaped, with their gold!  There were even tiny green footprints everywhere.  Once we were in the lower school commons, we spotted a leprechaun clue and were off on a leprechaun hunt!
sneaking through the lower school to catch a leprechaun
After finding clues all through the school, we finally returned to the classroom to find a pot of gold!  It was so exciting that it was hard to keep everyone away from our treasure.
We also worked towards our service goal of making Rainbow Loom bracelets for children displaced in Syria.  Our final count was 192!!  Everyone contributed and worked very hard during their choice time to help.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

March Biobuddies

We finished our body systems study with our biobuddies today. 

To see our digestive system in action, the children mashed up saltines and sprite to watch the food disintegrate.  It was instructive (and a little gross) to see how the food gets broken down.

Then it was time to make our body vests--with working baggie lungs!  

Please check out your child's Seesaw for a picture of the final result.  Then it was time to weigh and measure...

and we even had time to have our buddies join us in our rainbow loom service project.  

Thank you buddies!  We look forward to seeing you for a pizza lunch in April!
Friday, March 9, 2018

Last Skating Day

We had so much fun today for our last skate!  There were determined smiles everywhere.  Some students even taught themselves to skate backwards!

Well done, kindergartners!  Way to use that growth mindset!