Over the course of the last few weeks, we have had many 6th grade visitors coming to tell us about their year long studies. Our first group of visitors taught us all about the United Nations and their roles, specifically involving climate change. We then saw all the fruits of their labor, by attending the UN Parade where we got to wave miniature flags while the 6th graders walked by. IT WAS AWESOME!!! And it gave the kids a glimpse of what they might expect next year.
We can't do anything without our silly picture!
I have a cousin in 2nd grade who is in the middle of her Flat Stanley Project. This project includes reading the book Flat Stanley (about a Flat boy named Stanley who travels around the world!), and then creating her own Stanley to send around the world. Flat Stanley arrived on my door step and I knew EXACTLY where I was going to take him for the day... Mill Pond! As soon as I said the words "Flat Stanley" to the kids, I was thrilled with the response - "I looooove Flat Stanley!" "I read that book!" "We should have him join us in each subject!" That last comment I thought was brilliant! Why not have Flat Stanley enjoy a day in the life of a Mill Pond 5th Grader!? So I let the kids take the lead on this, and I simply documented his quest throughout the day. Here's what the kids had Flat Stanley do:
So Colonial Day was a HUGE success!! So much so, that I had TOO many pictures to pick and choose from (which is a great problem to have!) The kids enjoyed a wonderful day with a variety of stations that really was culminating experience to all that they had been learning about Colonial America. Some of the stations included:
- Fife and drum performers
- Tin punching
- Colonial toys and games
- Ink and quill pens
- Musket firing and encampment
- A whaling excursion in the auditorium with songs and dances
Each station was so engaging and the kids seemed to really enjoy themselves. I will let the pictures speak for themselves :) ENJOY!
During Morning Meeting on Wednesday, we took a photo of our interests (and personalities!). It is always so nice to see what each of my students is interested in. They sure do make me smile and laugh each and every day!
Then on Thursday, we took pictures of of all of our NUMBERS!! This was a great day/week to remember that we must always be kind to others and treat our peers with respect! Each morning, the guidance counselors along with some 6th graders created a video for us to watch, reminding us how important it is to respect one another. I think that we all took away some valuable messages and are going to be sure to spread some kindness wherever we go.
We are definitely experts on the SILLY faces!
On Wednesday, in honor of Dr. Seuss' Birthday and Read Across America Day, many of the teachers and staff performed a choreographed (and much practiced) dance for the students at each lunch. The entire performance was a complete surprise for the students, and I think that each grade level truly enjoyed the surprise! I have a attached the video for your enjoyment... :)
After all of the performances, I mentioned to another teacher that I had believed to find another one of my callings... FLASH MOBS! It was SO much fun and I had an adrenaline rush for the rest of the day! Click here!!
Also, Mrs. Doherty and I dressed up as Thing 1 and Thing 2. I really love dressing up! Ask your kids about all of my crazy outfits last week! Looking forward to a month of (March) Madness!
Mill Pond is having a week where students and teachers are dressing up in different themes each day. The purpose for this is to Celebrate all of Our Special Qualities & Embrace all of Our Differences!! So please encourage each student to participate each day! We want to show that our class has the MOST spirit. I will be participating each day :)
Here is the list of days! The more enthusiastic, the better!
This past week, the kids have been completing a gymnastics unit in Physical Education (PE). This past Thursday, the PE teacher, Ms. Brogan, sent some fun photos to me of the kids working together and creating class pyramids. Here they are: (They look so great!!!)
Our whole class working together!
My goofy girls!! I love those smiles :)
This past Friday before February break, we celebrated in a variety of ways! First, we had a class Wacky Hair Day! Now, this takes a lot of confidence for the students to put themselves out there when nobody else in the school is participating. With that being said, we surely have some confident students! Once we all agreed that if we ALL commit to the crazy hair, then the better it will be (I sadly do not have a picture of my terrifying, I mean, crazy hair!) We had stuffed animals in hair, dyed hair, boys with pigtails, hair clips, bows, barrettes, flowers, and pencils! It was certainly CRAZY!
Next on the agenda, we had a very fun-filled cookie celebration (without nuts - thank you Moms, Dads, and Guardians!)!! The kids were given their plate of goodies and were allowed to do/eat/decorate however they pleased!! Let's just say, many of them had red and pink lips by the end. But, they had a blast and loved that they each had their own plate!
THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone who contributed items. I could not do my job without the help and support of all of you! So, THANK YOU!