Mrs. Myers' Memo

Friday, September 16, 2016

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International Dot Day!

This week, we participated in the live International Dot Day! The story, The Dot, was being read live by the author Peter Reynolds. He answered questions that students sent in to him prior to the live broadcast. Afterwards, we went to our room and colored our own "Dot" picture. Then Mrs. Rogers, the tech teacher in our building, came to our room and with the app on, turned our dot pictures into 3D images! The children loved seeing their photo "come to life."

We also talked about how we are going to make our own special mark in the world when we grow up, and even our goals for this year! We started making our goal sheets as well (they hang in our cubbies).

We also took time decorating a circle, creating a very large dot that represents all of our hard work, collaborating together! As a group, "We will make our own mark at East Elementary, preparing for the future, collaboratively!"

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"We will make our own mark at East Elementary, preparing for the future, collaboratively!"

Review: Can your child read this?

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Color B-L-U-E blue song - Kindergarten
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Science: The Five Senses

This week was our first full week of a science study: the five senses. Each day we learned about a specific sense. To make this a lot of fun, we made sure to study each sense using one of our favorite treats: POPCORN! On Monday, students were given one piece of popcorn and asked to tell me what it sounds like when cooking or being chewed. Tuesday was all about how popcorn smelled. Wednesday was about how popcorn looked. Thursday was about how popcorn felt. On Friday, we explored how popcorn tasted!

In addition to the popcorn activities, we enjoyed some other five senses activities. On Tuesday, we passed around cups with cotton balls inside that had been doused in yummy smells. The students had to guess what smell was inside each cup (strawberry, orange, banana, cinnamon, mint, vanilla).
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Real World Problem Solved Using our Five Senses!

Since we were experts at the five senses, it was really fun to test our knowledge. We had two containers of "white" granules. The labels fell off! How were we going to figure out which one was salt and which one was sugar? The students had to come up with ideas using each sense. We smelled it, listened to it, felt it, even looked at it under magnifying glasses! But in the end, the best way to tell was to taste it! This was a great example of how we can use our five senses to solve a real life problem!

We learned about Johnny Appleseed in the Library! Then we put "apples" on our worksheet!

A Little Recess Fun!

Looking ahead: Next week letter M

ABC Song: The Letter M, "The Mighty M" by StoryBots
"The Letter M Song" by
Learn The Letter M | Let's Learn About The Alphabet | Phonics Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann