A Peek at Our Week

Our Spectacular 1st-3rd Grade Class

February 5, 2016

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Earth Heroes!!

Look at this awesome group of caring, loving heroes! I am so lucky to spend my days with this sweet group of kiddos!!

We LOVE our new OCS shirts! They all wanted to put them on right away and we were able to show them off today at the library!


This week we shifted from looking at fractions as part of one whole to looking at fractions of a group. We first designed our own groups and wrote fraction statements that described our group. There were groups of stars, fish, horses, hearts...We then went our own ways depending on what we were ready to explore...some continued identifying and showing fraction parts with colored tiles. Others did some problem-solving and riddles around fraction parts and equivalent fractions. Tricky!!


Writing Workshop
There are just some words that need to be put to bed! Some verbs get used SO much they get TIRED and OVERWORKED. Let's give them a rest, tuck them into bed, sing them a lullaby and then choose a POWER verb! A power verb gives some spice to our writing and some delicious detail.

As authors we have the choice and writing power to pick what words we would like to use. "The boy went up the stairs," can become much more interesting and we can even give more detail by giving "went" a rest. If the boy is scared we might choose, "The boy tiptoed up the stairs." If he is angry, "The boy stomped up the stairs." Just one word can make a big difference and make our sentence detailed and delicious! Yum!

Word Work
We continue identifying verbs while some worked on helping verbs.

Reading Workshop

We investigated the characteristics of a biography and some features we might find by looking at a biography of Cesar Chavez...a table of contents, date of birth, facts, big moments and events in chronological order, problems and challenges and what the world learned from that person. Would we find a biography in the non-fiction or fiction part of the library? Who would be the author of a biography?

Our Community Heroes!

Drissia - Friendly Water for the World

Did you know there is an amazing organization here in Olympia that supports the effort to bring clean water to people all around the world? Friendly Water for the World's mission is to expand access to low-cost clean water technologies along with information about health and sanitation. They distribute BioSand Water Filters to communities in Kenya, India, Burundi, Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Honduras. They are used in homes, schools, orphanages and hospitals. They also hold trainings to prepare volunteers in the construction and management of BioSand Filters. These filters remove 95-99% of bacteria, viruses, worms and parasites as well as harmful metals and are incredibly inexpensive, durable and can be made locally virtually anywhere!! And, they only cost $50 to make! Now, to help distribute these amazing filters to the over 900 million people in the world that have dirty, harmful water!!

Colleen - Thurston County Solid Waste

Colleen taught us a bit more about recycling in Thurston County and we are officially Recycling Heroes! There are 15 landfills in Washington and they will be full in 60 years. Then what?! We sorted things into recycle and trash and discovered we were unsure about some things! Those wrappers, chip bags and plastic bags are not recyclable. :( We learned that the shape of an item gives us a great hint if it is recyclable (tubs, jugs and bottles) and that cans can be recycled. And, of course, paper!! And, there are ways to reuse trash items at home before having to put them in the trash. Reuse - Reduce - Recycle!!

It was really cool to see some things that had been re-purposed into something new...a shirt made out of water bottles, shoes made out of tires and a pencil made from jeans!

Ann and Gusto - Human Animal Solutions

We were so lucky to have a visit from two very sweet, giving friends - Ann and Gusto from Human Animal Solutions. Gusto is a retired therapy dog (a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier if you were wondering!). They taught us the difference between a service animal and a therapy animal. Ask your kiddo if they can tell you the difference!

They also taught us the important relationship between the handler and therapy pet. There is actually a Therapy Animal's Bill of Rights! The training and relationship is based on respect, understanding and gentleness. It is the animal's choice if they are going to provide therapy and it is important for the handler to understand the animal's cues and train with kindness. Ann works with a couple of therapy dogs and visits hospitals, prisons, schools and nursing homes to bring happiness and heal hearts.

Community Service

The children asked to feed wild animals because it is winter and it is hard for them to find food! We made bird feeders using coconut oil and birdseed. Yay for happy birds getting ready for Spring! Double yay for big-hearted Earth Heroes!!

Back to the Library

Many of us found great books about our heroes in the biography section. These books went home so we can all start reading more about our heroes. The books might be independent reads or a read aloud. I love all the enthusiasm the children have for learning about their heroes!

The library planned a fun scavenger hunt that gave us an opportunity to learn about many different local heroes...Cheryl Selby (our mayor), Sharon Holley, Program Manager for the Downtown Welcome Center and then our favorite, Mennic, a police dog!

For Heaven's Sake Donations

We will continue accepting donations for For Heaven's Sake Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation until February 12th!!

  • Paper towels

  • Toilet paper

  • Kleenex

  • Bleach

  • Laundry Soap (HE type)

  • Squirrel & Jay bird seed mix

  • Dove and quail seed mix

  • Black Oil Sunflower Seed for wild birds

There are other items on their wish list that you can check out on their website .

Or, make a monetary donation. With Spring around the corner, they currently are in need of funds to support the purchase of fawn and other baby animal milks

They also could use gift cards for Farm Stores, Pet Stores, Office Supply Stores, Home Improvement Stores (Home Depot, Lowes).

For Heaven's Sake Wildlife is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), all volunteer organization. Your donations are tax deductible.

Read to Feed

Children will need to collect pledge money by Wednesday, February 5th (or have pledge amounts donated online). We are excited to see how much we have raised and what we can "buy" for families and children around the world!

Friday Workshops

  • February 12th - Sam, Gillian
  • February 26th - Oliver, Stella
  • March 4th - Laurel, Stella
  • March 11th - Addy, Sam
  • March 18th - Gillian, Kaitlyn
  • March 25th - Oliver, Ethan
  • April 1st - Stella, Olivia

Important Dates

  • February 6th - Alternative School Fair
  • February 10th - Board Meeting
  • February 10th - School Clean-up 3:00-4:00
  • February 11th - Heart Talk/Open House
  • February 12th - 1/2 Day - Valentine's Day Celebration! Sign up here for Red Foods!

  • February 15th-19th - Mid-Winter Break - No School

  • February 22nd - 100th Day of School!

Field Trips and Special Events