We started the afternoon celebration with the ebook The Lorax. Many students knew that The Lorax movie opened in theaters last Friday. The National Honor Society took over as the classes went to separate rooms.
The fourth and fifth grade talked about the Lorax then drew their own versions of the Once-ler. As everyone knows, you only see his hands in the book.
The second and third graders listened to My Many Colored Days then colored their personal version of their “colored day.” While they worked, Mrs. Binger read Fox in Socks to the group. This book will tie anyone’s tongue in a knot.
Kindergarten and first grade did a Lorax color by number picture, but had to do some math to figure out what colors to use. They finished by listening to The Cat in the Hat.
The celebration finished with Laurin and Jordan doing a duet reading of Green Eggs and Ham.
The fourth grade reading class recruited some third graders to help them put on a play. The play they chose was “Rumpelstiltskin, Private Eye” by Jason Sanford from Newfangled Fairy Tales, Book #2.
The miller approaches Rumpelstiltskin about his kidnapped daughter. Seems he bragged about his daughter’s ability to spin straw into gold and the next day the king kidnapped his daughter. Rumpelstiltskin doesn’t get along with the captain of the guard (who can never remember his name) so he has to sneak into the castle through the sewer. When he finds the miller’s daughter, he discovers he has been tricked. The straw is coming into the castle and gold is going out, but it is from the treasury, not the daughter’s talent. Rumpelstiltskin must run for his life and figure out how to clear his name and save the king’s treasury from the greedy con artists.
On the day, the king is to marry the miller’s daughter Rumpelstiltskin appears at the castle. He leads everyone through the castle until he finds hidden straw (thanks to the captain’s hay fever), reveals the con artists’ plan, and tells the king where his money is hidden.
Jaiden Anderson – Narrator
Jake Roberts – Rumpelstiltskin
Kade Moore – Miller
Hannah Wohl – Happy
Jace Langford – Captain of the Guard
Miller’s Daughter – Joce Varvel
The King – Hunter Letcher
Play Directed by Mrs. Matthews
The first and second graders recently went on a field trip to the Binger farm. The lambing was at its peak and we had a great time viewing and holding all the new lambs. There were lots of interesting questions, like “How do you tell how old they are?” (Look at their teeth) And, “How are the lambs born?” (Very fast) But the true excitement came as a protective ewe jumped a panel. We finished the farm tour with ice cream and drinks. What a blaaaaaaast!
The second and third grade students worked for several weeks researching Christmas celebrations around the world. Each student took a different country and learned when the holiday is celebrated and about foods and decorations connected with the holiday. They spent one class period learning how to search Flickr for a picture to use with their report and how to give credit to the person who took the picture. Then each student made a three page slideshow. The finished slideshows were put together so everyone can enjoy them.
Students learned many skills in the process of creating their slideshow. They learned about researching on the internet, giving credit to others by citing their sources, taking notes, writing a report from their notes, how to insert text and pictures into the PowerPoint program, and how to adjust the size of pictures correctly.
Monday October 31, the Hay Springs first graders performed The Great Pumpkin Investigation. The Investigation was from 2:00-3:00 o’clock. There were three groups of little “investigators” with three kids to a group. Mrs. Anderson led one group and two parents led the other groups. Each group had their own pumpkin. The little investigators conducted a number of different experiments to do on their pumpkins. The tasks consisted of how many lines their pumpkins had, how big around they were, how tall they were, how heavy they were and many other fun tasks. They also counted how many seeds there pumpkins had. The smallest pumpkin had 491 seeds. The next biggest pumpkin had 461 seeds. And the biggest pumpkin had 432. The class found it funny and interesting that the smallest pumpkin had the most seeds and the largest pumpkin had the fewest seeds. After counting the seeds the kids carved faces on their pumpkins. Mrs. Anderson said, “I think the kids had a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to do it again next year.”
Yum yum! For three years Donna has been the head of the fruits and veggies program. The program is for grades K through 5. Daily at three o’clock in the cafeteria, Donna serves the kids an assortment of different fruits and vegetables. The point of the program is for the kids to try new things and find out what they do and do not like. The fruits and vegetables cannot be frozen or canned and must be grown in the United States. Before Donna serves the kids their snack she tells them some interesting facts about what they are about to eat. She tells them what the fruit or vegetable is, where it’s from, and the nutritional value that it has.
Donna says, “The kids seem to really enjoy it.”