The Buzz from Room 2

Memorial Day Edition

Thank You Soldiers - Veteran's Day/Memorial Day Song

Memorial Day

The most important thing we did this week was to honor our soldiers by learning about Memorial Day. We saw a powerpoint that summarized the history of Memorial Day and watched a Brain Pop video about American symbols, as well as the video posted above. I love this video, and I think it was meaningful for the kids too. In centers the students made red, white and blue hats and bracelets. My hope is that the kids will notice the patriotic symbols displayed around Palatine this holiday weekend, and remember a little about them!
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We also had the excitement of some of our seeds finally sprouting!

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Isabel, Seth, Danny and Connor all had sprouts to show off!

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Sarah's was also peeking through.....

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Aiden, Salvador, Melanie, Calvin and Jochai's plants have started as well!

Spoiler Alert!! Spoiler Alert!! Spoiler Alert!!!

We are performing an experiment to see what will happen if we put celery sticks into colored water. (We should be able to see how the stem works like a straw to get the water and nutrients to the rest of the plant.)
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The morning class started their experiment Friday. They've made lots of predictions as to what they think will happen. Some think the celery will die, some think it will stay the same, and some think it will grow "super big" and reach the ceiling (wishful thinking.....) They have to wait until Tuesday to find out what really happens!
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The afternoon class started their experiment Thursday. Friday we could see that the red dye and made its way all the way up to the leaves. In the cracked stalk to the left you can see how the color is being transported through the tubes.

And of course there was Bug Day.....

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We talked about the characteristic of bugs (three body parts - head, thorax and abdomen- six legs, antenna, sometimes wings), read some bug books as well as our Scholastic News Magazine that featured bugs, then went out to hunt for them!
When you actually find a bug....

Some kids dug right in with their hands.....

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while others preferred a little distance between them and the bug!

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Also on our agenda this week were assemblies - each class was able to go to one!

On Tuesday the afternoon class was able to see author Tom Watson, and draw along with him as he sketched his Stick Dog characters. On Thursday morning we went to the Believe It, Achieve It assembly, where Olympic gold medalist walker Debi Sullivan spoke to the kids about following their dreams, and working persistently to achieve them. Each student experimented with walking around the gym like a power walker, and then an "Olympic" race was set up between several student volunteers. You can see the excitement below and note the obvious - flip flops are probably not the best choice of footwear when participating in an Olympic event......
Believe It, Achieve It Assembly

In music the morning class practiced keeping a steady beat as they walked around the Maypole. As they get older the students will learn how to weave more intricate patterns with those ribbons as they move!

The Maypole

Our guest readers this week were Jochai

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and Emma.

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One of our special days this week was Free Choice Day at the Computer Lab. Students were able to go onto any program or website that is available to them.

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Grace chose to write a story and she did an amazing job. The formatting is a little off, but I believe that was actually my fault as I attempted to "help" her. We unfortunately ran out of time before Grace was able to finish her story!

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We had an amazing week! I can't believe our time together is almost over!! Next week we celebrate summer birthdays on Tuesday, participate in Field Day on Wednesday, and have our last day on Thursday! Please return your form letting us know if you will join us on that last day!