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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Veteran's Day Celebration 4th and 5th Grade

Veteran's day at Kennedy school is a great chance to learn about real live veterans up close and personal.  You can learn so much! like what it was like to be in a war or battle. One of the veterans had a story about an orphanage. They had no running water at the orphanage so they would have to send two kids to get water from a well. When the vet came he saw the kids carrying the water and helped them. And kept coming back to help them. And one of the times he saw a little girl in one corner of the room and said "Lati! Lati!" which means come here come here. When the little girl didn't come to him he came to her and eventually when he came again she was just waiting for him, so when he said "Lati! Lati!" she would run over him and sit on his knee.

-Alix










Friday, November 1, 2013

November?!

We've had an eventful couple of days! Yesterday, we were able to meet with our 2nd grade buddies for a second time. We helped them put on their costumes if they needed it and then read some Halloween and Fall books while snacking on cookies. The 5th graders really enjoy spending time with their buddies!

In math we started working with volume and exploring rectangular prisms. We have been giving the kids a volume and they would then have to construct a rectangular prism that has that volume. We have been working with base-ten ones blocks, and they have really picked up on the concept of volume!




It has been very encouraging to see how well a lot of kids are doing with the math program, especially when they are able to tell us all of the "math" behind what they are learning. 

In science, I like to do as much hands-on activities as I can. Unfortunately, the science units that I teach aren't very friendly with my hands-on approach. Right now, we are studying space. If I could give them a planet, a star, or a Mars Rover to hold and study, I would do so in a heartbeat. As you know, that isn't possible. So, I've supplemented with other things. We've been working with the new iPads our school received to study space. Below, the kids are completing an AppWalk through a variety of space related apps. If you are interested in any of the apps, let me or your child know! All the ones I have the kids explore are free and wonderful! :)



It's already November. My, how time flies! Have a great weekend!

~Mrs. Lengyel