Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Quincy Wetland Ebook

Quincy Wetland Resource Guide

iBook Creator has evolved to the point where we can now share this project out from last year.  Mrs. Johnson and I worked together with the fifth graders from last year to put together this wetland guide from our school wetland ponds.  We have some other ideas on the burner now that we can push this tool out to kids.  Exciting times!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hemlock Crossings Sturgeon Presentation

Students working on the presentation

Videoing tasks of Sturgeon Care

Right before the presentation!

They looked so professional!
We presented our Sturgeon in the Classroom Project at Hemlock Crossings Nature Center last week!   56 people were in attendance to hear all about how we raise our lake sturgeon, care for its environment, and release it into the wild.  The students did an amazing job!  We will be releasing our classroom fish "River" this coming weekend in Onaway MI.  This marks the fourth consecutive year of our program and "River" will be the fifth lake sturgeon that we have raised here at Quincy Elementary.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Notes Coming Home / Spring Break

There were some important notes that went home Thursday night.  1.  The note for “The Talk” coming in April.  2.  The note about choosing a music or non-music option for middle school next year.  3.  The camp t-shirt size letter for camp.   Please sign notes and return asap.
Next week we will be having our Monday celebration to end our IditaRead competition.  WOTV8 will be here to focus on our March is Reading Month.  Should be fun!  I hope everyone has a great Spring Break and you enjoy your time with family. 
I can…
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Quote accurately from text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences.
Explain how the motion of the Earth and moon around the sun relate to the phases of the moon.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Four Generations and Sled Building / Ikidarod

Meet Michael, his Great Grandpa, Grandpa, and his Dad.  Michael was super excited to build his Ikidarod sled for our big race day!  Below is an excerpt from Michael's Mom.  

My husband's grandpa (Pep Nagelkirk) used to run the model shop at Herman Miller years ago, and Jason's dad (Dennis) was also highly involved with that and with working at Herman Miller for many years (still does). These pictures were taken in Pep's shop which he still has operating in his backyard. It was pretty special seeing 4 generations work together on this project. 
Wow!  Four generations working on a school project together, now that's priceless!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

IditaRead / Ikidarod and Finishing Force and Motion

This coming month for March is Reading Month we will be reading to race the other classrooms around the rotunda in the front of the school.  Sign those paws as they come home.  No reading log for the next couple of weeks as we try to read as much as possible to move our musher person to the next checkpoint!  Rescue the IditaRead Note from backpacks for more information.
Next week, we will continue with a few more force and motion lessons and then begin reviewing for the test. 
Remember  you are invited today to come and watch our Ikidarod at 1:30pm on the back playground.  Just check in with the office before you come out.  Should be fun!
I can…
Gather information to support their point of view.
Explain how a series of stanzas fit together to provide structure of a poem.
Demonstrate non contact forces using electricity.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Newtons of Force / Valentine’s Day / Yukon Quest

This week we did some specific measuring of force in Newtons and learned about the difference between mass and weight.  It was fun to see the kids doing so well working with our tools and collecting data.
Valentine’s Day is coming up!  The kids can bring in cards for each other, we will have the party on the afternoon of the 14th. 
We are all excited to follow the Yukon Quest Dog Sled Race this coming week.  It will help us prepare to lead the school in our IditaRead Program again this year at Quincy during March is Reading Month.  Our Quincy Ikidarod is coming up soon!
Our Benefit Hockey Game is this Sat. (Feb. 4th).  We would love to see you!  You can read more about Shannon Shamback and her struggle at this link.

I can…
Analyze mentor text and generate ideas for persuasive writing.
Quote accurately from a text while explaining what text is explaining.
Relate balanced and unbalanced

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Hot Dog Luncheon

Ice Skating Party


I appreciate all the gifts and thoughtful treats!  I will stay good and caffeinated over break!  Thank you!

We had a great week, we finished up our life science unit with the test yesterday.  After break will begin Force and Motion and also start Unit 2 in our Ready Gen series.

Have a fantastic break with the kids!  Enjoy the time of Christmas with your family and friends.  I am very excited about all the other fun learning we will do as we return in January.  Thank you again for all your support and sending me such amazing kids to teach each day!

I can…

Determine theme in a story from details in the text, including how characters respond to challenges in summary.

Describe how a narrators point of view influences how events in a story are described.

Describe the forces that affect the movement of an object.