Thursday, June 9, 2016

End of the Year 2015-16

Well that's a wrap. Thank you again for sending your child to Zeeland Public Schools!  I truly enjoyed teaching and spending time with your kids.  We made some great memories!  I hope they will come and visit us soon and often!  Thank you for everything this year.  Have a fantastic summer! 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Camp/ Rocket Launch /Fifth Grade Graduation

Camp was a blast as usual!  The warm weather allowed us to have fun on the water canoeing, swimming, and fishing.  The kids all did such a great job with all the games and activities at camp.  I was once again impressed with how respectful and caring they were to each other and camp staff.  Great job team! 

We built water rockets today and will be shooting them off Monday afternoon at 1:30pm.  The kids looked a bit tired this morning, but got back in action quickly with rocket designing.

We ended our day writing poems and speeches about our experience in elementary school here at Quincy. 

5th Grade graduation will begin at 10:00am Wednesday June 8th.  The students need to wear their green camp shirts, we will have black felt graduation caps for them  here, and they may keep them.
I can…in the coming week.
Celebrate my time here at Quincy and prepare for the next chapter! 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Camp Pendalouan and Sturgeon Release Video

 Click this link to see our classroom sturgeon release!
SRCN Outdoors: Guided Sturgeon Viewing Tour 2016
I can’t believe it’s time for camp already.  It sure feels like summer out there now.  It’s hard to believe it was snowing at our Sturgeon Guard Weekend just two weeks ago.  I guess that’s life in Michigan. 

Speaking of life in Michigan, check those packing lists for camp.  Camp is a blast, but it looks like it will be pretty warm this year.  Bug spray is totally acceptable, head nets for some of the woods hikes can be nice too.  With this weather, swimming will most likely be an elective, and we will spend a little more time on the water in the kayaks and canoes.  So, swim suits and water shoes are another good option.

Please make sure medications are in their original bottles and zip locked in a baggie with the students name on it.

When kids show up Tuesday morning, they can bring their bags down the room, place them on their desk and head down to the Multi-Purpose room for breakfast.

  I can…in the coming week.

Have a lot of fun with my classmates while enjoying the outdoors, and celebrating my time at Quincy Elementary!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Eclipses, Planet Size, Tide Investigations / Camp Packets

This week we investigated partial / total solar and lunar eclipses.  We also did some investigations with tides and drawing models of planet sizes compared to Earth.
Next week we will look at planet heat, asteroids, dwarf planets, and comets as well as reviewing for the Objects in the Sky Test.  We will also be finishing our last novel in our ReadyGen Series “George’s Secret Key to the Universe” the kids and I are definitely enjoying the book.  It will also be our last week of Reading Log.
Camp packets will also come home on Monday.  The schedules and menus are sometimes subject to change once we arrive at camp, but it should give the kids a good idea of what will be happening.  Camp is a blast, and I look forward to it every year! 
I can…in the coming week.
Compare comets, dwarf planets, asteroids.
Compare Earth to other planets in terms of supporting life.
Determine the theme of a story from details in the text and how characters respond to challenges.
Explain how a series of chapters fit together to provide overall structure of a story.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Tilt of the Earth Investigations / Sturgeon Release

This week was a short week with all the half days.  We did some specific investigations of day and night, as well as how the tilt of the Earth causes our seasons. 
We are heading up north this weekend to release our classroom sturgeon “Mickey” in The Black River, Onaway Michigan.  There are a group of families coming along, so I’ll share photos and videos sometime next week for those that can’t make it.  This is our third year of raising a sturgeon and releasing it. 

Keep those camp forms coming in!  We’ll give the kids their packets containing activity groups and cabin assignments as camp gets closer. 
A small note asking some donations for our annual 2 liter bottle rocket launching event should be coming home Friday.
I can…
Explain how the motion of the Earth, Moon, and Sun is related to the phases of the moon.
Describe a lunar and solar eclipse.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Compare and Contrast two or more specific events in a story, drawing on specific details in the text.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Poetry Project / Enjoy Spring Break

This week the kids did a poetry project called Aurora Borealis Concrete Poems in celebration of national poetry month.  The kids used watercolors to make their best impression of a silhouette with the northern lights.  It’s a nice segway into our next science unit “Under The Night Sky” shortly after break. 
We had a great time at the “Thrilla in McMilla” dog sled race this past weekend.  Seeing the kids drive their own team and live out what we’ve studied is always such a treat.  Keep in mind you are welcome to join us for the race in future years if you couldn’t make it up this year.  Just shoot me an email and I can include you in the details.
 I can…
Read and comprehend literature including stories, dramas, poetry at the high end of  4-5 text complexity independently and proficiently.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences.
Writers include text features to make their chapters more clear and interesting.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Informational Writing / Spring Break

I will make sure to send some photos along of our Thrilla in McMilla race this weekend! 
This week we worked on writing informational biographies of our mushers.  The kids worked hard and did a great job.  They really had an interest in their musher after moving them down the halls over the past couple weeks.  They taught me a ton about the Iditarod mushers this year!  The bibs they made were also very cool!  We will have our final bib signing early next week.  Another dog sled racing tradition. 
Next week we will continue working on informational writing, finish up a few things and get ready to enjoy some time off for spring break.  Have a great weekend!
 I can…
Explain the relationships and interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical text based on specific information in the text.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences.
Writers include text features to make their chapters more clear and interesting.