Monday, May 20, 2019

Moon Lake BioBlitz!

Our classroom was full of babies this week!  We were babysitting first grade's chicks while they were on vacation, I mean, studying marine science, in Homer, AK.  Then our own babies hatched on MONDAY!!!  Our chukars had impeccable timing, and were nice enough to hatch right during school on Monday for all the kids to see!  We got three tiny ones!  We had so much fun watching them and carefully holding them!

We worked hard on our last essay of the year:  What I Learned in Kindergarten.  You'll get to see our graduation self portraits when you come to Kinder Graduation on TUESDAY NIGHT at 6pm!

We had a fabulous time on our Moon Lake Bio Blitz Friday with first and second grade.  The kids went on a nature hike, examined aquatic insects, wrote nature haiku poetry, had a picnic, went canoeing, and turned themselves into Mermaids.  It was such a wonderful day at the lake! Thank you to all of the parents and families that came to hang out with us!

***DON'T FORGET!  Kindergarten Graduation is Tuesday, May 21st at 6pm at Tok School!  
See you there!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Mother's Day workshop!

SPOILER ALERT!  Don't read this unless you have already opened your Mother's Day gifts!  

You've heard of Santa's Workshop?  Our classroom was transformed into Mother's Day workshop all week, with kids very excited to show their Moms how much they are loved!  

For writing we came up with adjectives to describe our mother's.  Here is our list:

Then we learned about similes by coming up with animals or objects to go with each adjective.  The kids wrote and illustrated simile posters for their Moms!  They were authentically their own... some of my favorites were My Mom is... "as warm as a blanket", "as playful as a goat" and "as strong as a train."

We picked cottonwood buds and infused them into essential oils last week, and this week we created Cottonwood Healing Lotion and Salve for our Moms!

We also created a beautiful garden of cute kindergarteners!

On another note... Noah has been curious about bacteria, so he brought in a bacteria science kit!  We had fun thinking of places where we could find lots of bacteria.  We used sterile swabs to collect bacteria and put them in agar plates to grow.  We will check our experiment throughout the week!  

We had Ms. Brenda from UAF extension come in to continue our nutrition series. She taught us about eating a rainbow of fruits to stay healthy!

We celebrated a wonderful year of reading and friendship with our Book Buddies at a picnic on the school ball fields!  A few lucky kinders got piggy back rides on the way!  As soon as we arrived, so did the rain!  But we had fun getting sprinkled on, and also hiding from the rain in the concession hut!  Soon it stopped and we played kickball and frisbee and had lots of fun!

Mr. O'Neil was the hero of the day when he showed up with surprise ice cream for everyone!

We LOVE our Book Buddies!

Last but not least my students were such gracious hosts when some of next year's Kinders came over for a field trip on Friday!  They were great center helpers and enjoyed showing their preschool friends around while we did Kindergarten Rocks! stations.

I hope all of you had an awesome Mother's Day.  I know for a fact that all of you are amazing Mothers (and Fathers!) because I see the evidence in your wonderful children.  Thank you for sharing them with me!💕

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Moose Hide and Seek!

Welcome to the Jungle!  Monday the kids sang and acted in a musical about a little mouse helping a big lion.  They did a great job!  Tanner was our mighty hunter, and especially enjoyed capturing his brother, the lion in the afternoon performance!

We began our study of careers this week, to be continued next week as well.  We are opening up our eyes to the possibilities around us!  Jeff Wells and Bob Gingue from AK Fish and Game helped open our eyes to the world of being a biologist!  They taught us about keeping track of animal populations and the importance of managing hunting and fishing.  We got to try out radio telemetry!  Half of the class was the "moose", hiding with the collar, and the other half were the "biologists", looking for the moose collar.  It was a fantastic game of moose hide and seek!  We also saw lots of sign of real moose behind our playground!

We took advantage of our gorgeous weather to go on a nature walk.  Here we are collecting - oops!  Can't tell you!  You'll have to wait until Mother's Day to find out! ;)

And.... then the weather turned not-so-gorgeous.  But we still didn't want to stay inside!  So we went out with the first and second graders and had a snowman building party on the track field!  Last snowmen of the year! (We hope!)

We had fun babysitting the first graders' chicks, while anxiously awaiting our own to hatch next Sunday!