Archive for April 2010


April 14, 2010

I spent a great class period with Mrs. Keane’s class today.  After starting “Learn Something New” day last week, where I asked the kids to take home a nonfiction book and present their learning in class, we finished up today.  It was very successful.  Here are some highlights of the kids’ projects:

First, here’s Gabe with his “go kart”.  He was inspired by Tanner from last week, and he and his father made this little number, which I actually took for a spin around the parking lot (thankfully, there are no pictures of that!)

Here’s Brandon’s science experiment:  after reading The Mad Scientist Handbook, he found out that hard boiled eggs left in vinegar for a week will lose their shells.  The library had a nice vinegar-y aroma as he held up his eggs.

Souix-Ann is proudly showing a picture of the fort she made with her family on her property, based on the book Build Your Own Fort.    The fort holds 12 people!  She had lots of pictures showing the process of building it, from frame to covered-with-plastic to the finished leaf-covered fort.  AWESOME!  I love it when a project becomes something the whole family can enjoy together.

Faith loves cats and she loves to draw.  She learned some new things about big cats, and she painted some pictures of them, too.

Gunner’s always up for a fun project.  He made a “robot” with a little help from his dad.  He also wrote a story about it.  The class loved it.

Here’s Kody with his net: we’re not sure what he’s going to catch, but he was pretty proud of it.  He read a book called Knotting.

Luke took out a book about knot tying, and he showed us the knots he made PLUS a swing that utilizes some of the knots.  The pictures on the board show his family members enjoying the swing.  Nice job, Luke!

Learn Something New project

April 9, 2010

I started something new in my 4th and 5th grade classes last year:  LEARN SOMETHING NEW day.  I asked each student to take out a nonfiction book that taught them something they didn’t know, and come the next week prepared to share it with the class.  It was a huge success, with over 90% of the students proudly displaying their new knowledge.   Last week I assigned it again to Miss Haines’ 4th graders and Mrs. Keane’s 5th graders.  Here are a few highlights:

Above you see some of Mrs. Keane’s students surrounding Tanner and the go-kart he made with his father.  Nice job!  The kids had a blast scooting around the playground with it.  Of course they wanted to try it down the hill…but we didn’t.

Here are some fun scenes made by Ana and Caroline in Miss Haines’ fourth grade class.  They used an American Girl book called Tiny Treasures, one of my favorites, to make these little scenes.The first one is by Ana, a nice little “sleepover” scene.

and this house full of tiny treasures was made by Caroline:

Book-loving girls

April 6, 2010

This  morning I had a  visit from Maddox, Chase, Avery, and Ana who presented me with this card and some money they had earned this weekend running a lemonade stand.  All four of them are EXCELLENT readers, and they would like me to use the money to buy some new books for the CPS library.    It is very much appreciated!  What great role models you all are!

Happy Easter

April 2, 2010

Here’s the awesome thing about working in an elementary school:  you get surprised in the middle of your morning by a kindergarten girl dressed up as the Easter Bunny delivering Easter eggs!

Fancy Pants World Two by Blake

April 2, 2010

Here’s a story written by a third grader named Blake,  one of Mrs. Clarke’s Title I students.  Blake wanted to share this story with the CPS community, so here it is.

FANCY PANTS WORLD TWO written and illustrated by Blake

Fancy Pants just got the snail shell in the hole.  The mayor gave him an ice cream because he was the only one who got the shell in the hole.

Then a rabbit came out and stole the ice cream.  Fancy Pants jumped in the hole to get his ice cream back.

Then Fancy Pants followed the rabbit.  Now they were both in the hole.  Spiders were everywhere!!!  Fancy Pants just kept jumping on them.  You had to just watch out for the mice.  They had bazookas!!!

Next, Fancy Pants got the ice cream back from the rabbit.  Then he ran back to the hole.

Fancy Pants jumped out of the hole and ate the icecream.

The bunny never came out of the hole again because he was scared of Fancy Pants!

(p.s. I just want you to know that this is only a computer game.  Fancy Pants is the main character.  He is a guy with orange pants and he is cool!) THE END