Mrs. Ball's Weekly Update

May 16, 2016

Down on the Farm!

The children have been following land-use codes to purchase land and buildings for their farms. We have learned about goats and sheep and they have been purchasing their animals pastures for each. We have been reading fact-filled poems about each farm animal along with books about farm life and how farming has changed through history. The children collect information about each of the animals and help develop a graphic organizer similar to the one we created about penguins. Using this information they have been writing informational pieces about why these animals are raised on farms (at this point in the year the children are asked to write 8 complete sentences on topic, using correct capitalization and punctuation.) We are also creating "Poems from the Barnyard" books. We are using different types of poetry (alliteration, acrostic etc.) to write about each animal studied. This week we will add fences to our pastures as we discuss the concepts of area, perimeter and arrays. The farms are definitely taking over our classroom, but when one student said to me, "Why do you call this math? We're just buying sheep!" it makes it all worthwhile. This type of learning is invaluable for building foundational understandings of mathematical concepts and is just plain fun! Stop in anytime and take a look, our little farmers are quite proud of their work!

Lost and Found - If you are missing any clothing, water bottles or accessories please stop by the lost and found table in the extended care building. All unclaimed items will be donated to Goodwill on the 27th. Thank you!

Wishing you a fantastic week ahead!


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What Powers the Farm? - Technology Focus

In Technology Mrs. Holck created an activity entitled "What Powers The Farm?" for students to complete so they could begin thinking about energy and how it travels. They used energy balls and an energy stick to learn about circuits and their cause and effect relationship. From here, the students will design a circuit board farm using an arduino and a servo. A servo is a motor that would allow movement in a project. Our big idea is for the children to program a tractor that will drive around a wooden board depicting a farmyard. The tractor would stop to visit animals in different pastures. When the tractor reaches the cow pasture for example, a cow will pop up and moo. This is an ambitious project for first graders but it is building upon earlier programming opportunities the students have had throughout the year. When completed we will invite you to see our "Farmduino" and have the children share all their learning with you!

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Dates to Remember

  • 5/20 Spirit Day - Twinning
  • 5/23-27 Star Student: Zayna
  • 5/27 Spirit Day - Red, White & Blue
  • 5/30 Memorial Day - no school
  • 6/1 Field Trip - "The Farm" in Snohomish
  • 6/3 Farmer's Market 12:00 - 2:00
  • 6/6 Star Student - Nikhil
  • 6/9 End of the Year Party 6:30 at Elevated Sports
  • 6/10 Spirit Day - Team Sports
  • 6/15 Last Day of School

Wishing you a fantastic week! ~ Mrs. Ball