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Freezin' In March
This month is supposed to be the beginning of warm weather, but since it has been freezing lately, our class did a science experiment to see if air, salt, or cold water melts ice the fastest. Students got to make a prediction before we started. The students then got to draw pictures of what they saw. As the experiment was taking place we talked about what we saw and why we thought the ice was melting in some cups, but not in others. One student even made the real world connection that we use salt when our roads are icy to melt the ice and make it more safe to drive! After 20 minutes students saw that salt melts ice the fastest and we concluded that this is why we probably use salt on our roads when they get icy. Students got to draw a picture of the end result as well. We enjoyed having a hands on experiment!
K-2 celebrated rainbow day by reading some books about rainbows and then doing some fun science experiments outside. We made a walking water rainbow, rainbow fizzers and a skittle rainbow. Later we drew our own rainbows with chalk.
Reading for Gold!
This month my students have been very eager to read! They love reading with adults, peers, and even exploring books on their own. We have their sheets to keep track of how many books they read up on our classroom bulletin board and they love writing down a book once they have finished it. Most of my students have already met the bronze requirement and are continuing to go for the gold!
Celebrating Dr. King
Third and fifth graders did a Martin Luther King Jr. scavenger hunt to learn more about him in Mrs. Kluesner's class. Then they created a circle map with the information.
The 8th graders applied what they learned about surface area and volume. They measured the body parts and collected the required aluminum foil to cover their Tin Man. The students worked hard creating their Tin Man.
Welcome Back from Ms. Pettett's Class
Coming back to school after winter break can be hard for students to stay focused and remember the expectations, but I am very proud of these two students! Angela is always lending a helping hand and is friends with everyone in the class and Sylus is always coming to school ready to learn!
K-2 grade students had a great time doing the reindeer obstacle course, pin the tail on the polar bear, bobbing for candy canes and the spoon and ornament race.
Second graders worked at expanding their vocabulary as they explored words from around the world, while engaging in table top twitter.
Before the break, we got together with Mrs. Baker's second-grade class to make elf traps! The students were all given the same materials and had to work in a team to build their traps. The students had a great time and showed their team working skills. They quickly figured out that if they didn't work together it was a very hard task to complete. Once the traps were created, the students got to pick a spot in the classroom to set their traps for the elf to see if they could catch it later that night. Unfortunately, the elf was too sneaky, but the students had a great time making the traps and working as a team!
Mr. Quine's junior high students used their math skills to create pixel art. They had to create spreadsheet shortcuts in order to create the unique artwork.
Representatives from Jesse White's Secretary of State Office visited Pleasant Hill School to talk to students about school bus safety. Students were so excited to meet Toby Tire and learn ways in which they could be safe when they are on or around the school bus.
Fourth Grade Math Games
The 4th grade class has enjoyed playing multiplication games which involved dice and cards. The class is working really hard on their multi-digit multiplication. Next up division and fractions.
Friday Free Write in Fifth Grade
Every Friday, the students participate in Friday Free Write during Work on Writing. This group of students was so excited to share their free write they worked on, which was a short musical. We are so proud of these creative minds at work!
Life on the Mayflower
The lower grades got together earlier this week to recreate the experience of the Mayflower. Before hand, students did activities and learned about what the Mayflower was, where it went, and who it had on it. Our recreation was only 60 students and the Mayflower had 102 passengers. Students could not believe that so many people were in such a small boat for so long! Students had so much fun with this activity and we were happy to be apart of it!
First Grade Hispanic Heritage Lessons
For the first quarter Pleasant Hill School was learning about Hispanic culture with a concentration on Mexico. As part of this celebration, the first grade class learned some Spanish songs and several Spanish words. The class also made a large illustrated book about Mexico. Among the most interesting things the children learned was that fact that the people of Naco, Mexico, and the people of Naco, Arizona, wanted to be able to play together even though a border fence was built between their towns. The fence didn’t stop them; they decided to turn the fence into a volleyball net, and every year they have a large volleyball tournament!
Other things the students shared in their book included the following: 1)the beautiful quetzal bird, the volcano rabbit and the jaguar live in Mexico; 2)the largest pyramid in the world (Cholula) is in Mexico; and 3)Spanish is only one of many languages spoken in Mexico.
Quarterly Reading Competition
So proud of these PK-5th graders for reading so many books during the first quarter. Keep up the great work!
In the classroom it is very important that students have responsibilities that they can be successful at. The responsibilities are things that the students like to do. In our classroom we have paper passer, calendar helper, pencil sharpener, light monitor, door holder, and line leader. The students love picking which responsibility they want for the week and being able to help out within the classroom. These responsibilities are good practice for students to get a sense of routine and teaches them how to complete responsibilities independently. As the year goes on the responsibilities may change depending on the amount of students that are in the classroom and the interests the students have.
This week in 5th Grade, a volunteer from the Agriculture Lab came into the classroom. She talked to us about how wheat is harvested and what machines are used in the the farm fields. After, the students experienced how to pick each wheat kernel off the plant, just like they did over 100 years ago.
Second and third grade students spent some time building their literacy skills in the after school tutoring program. They enjoyed making word ladders!
4th Grade Daily 5
The students are working hard on their Daily 5 Vocabulary. They are Spelling their words out using Play-Doh and Paper Clips. They are even taking time to Read to one another !!!
Second Grade Stem
Second graders love our Stem boxes. Here are some pictures of us building pirate ships. Some days we have free build and some days we have projects. The pirate ship was a project.
8th Grade Adventures
The 8th graders had the opportunity to learn more about coding. After learning more about it, they got to try it out on their own.
It is crucial to have visuals in the classroom. My students have multiple visuals in our classroom. There is a visual for sensory time which allows the students to decide which tool they would like to check out for the period, pictures of them following directions reminding them that they can do it, zones of regulation to indicate how they are feeling, a schedule for the whole class to be prepared and know what is coming next, and individual schedules for students who benefit from it. These are just some of the visuals my students use on a daily basis to help them be successful!
Junior High Science Explorations
The Lab Rats of 124 have been busy meeting scientists and learning how to be a scientist. We have learned lab safety while exploring and learning about dry ice. You can follow what we are learning @124labrats on Twitter.
The 6th grade classes are learning about the Earth system and the four main spheres that create it. A lab outside with some sand, straws, and water showed students how destructive forces work.
The 7th grade class has been learning about living things-- life processes, where they come from and what they need to survive. To apply this knowledge, they conducted a controlled experiment with some bread and water. Hungry anyone?
8th grade science is busy learning about what matter is and how to classify it. We learned there are both physical and chemical properties and how they differ. To test whether air is considered matter, the class made balances to measure mass.
Exploring Mexico in Second Grade
As part of our study on Mexico and to incorporate the fruit and vegetable grant into our classroom we had a fiesta complete with Chips, salsa and avocados. We also read chicks and salsa as part of the celebration.
Kindergarten is Going on a Letter Hunt
Kindergarten is working hard to be able to identify ALL uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet. We have done many fun activities including crafts, games, using iPad apps, singing songs, making silly hats, reading books, and watching alphabet DVDs to help us reach our goal. This week we went on a letter hunt. Lowercase letters of the alphabet were placed around the classroom while the class was at P.E. Students used their "I Spy Letters" recording sheet to solve a mystery - what letter is missing? And what letter will we focus on next? The class had a great time and was excited to solve the mystery - lowercase c was missing! We hope to go on another letter hunt soon!
Transformation in Pre-K
This month the Bright Future students have been learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. They were able to watch a monarch caterpillar grow as it ate milkweed leaves. Then they were able to see it spin into a chrysalis. Finally a butterfly pushed its way out of the chrysalis and they released it outside. They were amazed how caterpillar transformed into a butterfly.
Creating a Culture of Learning in 5th Grade
5th grade has worked very hard on setting the tone for the year to come with classroom expectations and procedures. In our classroom students create all anchor charts for the room. This is one of our most artistic and creative students hard at work
Junior High Team Building
In math class, we started the year with team building activities to help build relationships with each other and teachers. We incorporated our problem solving skills into these activities as we had to create a plan and put it into motion to complete various tasks. Teamwork was needed to complete and I believe the students worked together to accomplish the tasks.
First Grade Read Alouds
In first grade an emphasis is placed on reading. Mrs. Sneed loves to do read alouds, but so do the children. A few times each week a student, rather than Mrs. Sneed, leads the class in a read aloud. At the beginning of the school year, many of the students aren’t yet confident readers, so they are given the option of leading the class with a book on tape. It’s a fun time for all when the students get to play teacher!
Throwing Kindness Like Confetti
These 7th grade students in Mrs. Pendleton's class are throwing kindness like confetti! They are showing kindness to their teachers and peers in many ways, from letting ladies go first to putting chairs up for peers, and helping others find information. Students are finding that a little kindness goes a long way!
Google Classroom Here We Come!
The 4th Grade class has been learning all about Google Classroom and how to use it.
The students now are starting to become more comfortable using it and have started to do some of their assignments. The students have also created a Symbaloo page where they store all of their important websites they will use throughout the year.
Keep up the Good Work 4th Grade !!!
Open House with Ms. Pettett
Being a new teacher I wasn't sure what to expect during open house and let me tell you having this experience at Pleasant Hill was a great one! I loved how the school environment feels like a big family. It amazes me how close the staff, students, and families are here! I am so honored to be here and have the chance to be apart of the Pleasant Hill family! During open house fun memories were shared of the first few weeks of school, work was shown off to parents that their wonderful children have done, and treats were shared! Thank you to everyone who participated in this wonderful first open house for a first year teacher!
Donors Choose Grant Resources In Action
Students in the instructional room have been working with new materials I received through my Donor's Choose projects. All of the activities are skills that students need to work on to help them with their goals. Students loved the new resources and were engaged in the learning process. Mrs. Phillips can't wait to share some more materials with them.
3rd Grade Scientists
Third graders learned about the flow of water and what causes it. They found out that most all major rivers start by large hills or mountain ranges and empty into the ocean. This is how the direction of the flow is produced for water flow. Students constructed their own mountains and used markers to show the cracks and crevices within the mountains. They then sprayed water on the mountains and got to watch how water flow is determined by the shapes of their mountains.
Oh! The Places Junior High Will Write!
The Junior High students have embraced the school's theme of "Oh! The Places You'll Go" by writing to pen pals in different states. Our students worked hard at introducing themselves to students in New Jersey and Florida, as well as thinking of questions to ask them to learn about different parts of the country!
Congratulations Class of 2017