Lil' Indians

Cambridge Elementary School

Volume VIII, Issue 2

December 18, 2018

In This Issue:

  • Author Visits CCS Elementary
  • Spookley Day!
  • Author Visits the Library
  • 6th Grade Reading Group
  • The Three Sisters Feast
  • 5th Grade Art
  • 2nd Grade Learns to Dreidel
  • 4th Grade - Corn You Believe It?
  • Haunted House For Sale
  • Thankful Tree
  • Veteran's Day in First Grade
  • Instrumental Music News
  • Kindergarten Art
  • Sarcophagi

Author Visits CCS Elementary

By Drake Webster and Tully Maher, 6th Grade, Mr. Flint's Class


On December 11, an author named James Bruchac came to our school to talk about a good story. He talked about a certain kind of folktale, a scary story. In a scary story, grownups make up stories that make you not want to misbehave or go to a forbidden place. Mr. Bruchac also talked about stories that explain things that we do not know the origin of. He said that scary stories are important because they warn kids about bad things and the consequences of misbehaving.


The visit was engaging and helped us write our own monster stories. It also helped us understand the concept of writing folktales/monster tales.

The Three Sisters Feast

by Sadie Mcmillan, 4th Grade, Mrs. Smith's class


Mrs. McIntosh helped the fourth grade to make a Three Sisters meal including corn, beans, and squash. Mrs. Smith told us the Native American Three Sisters folktale about three sisters each representing corn, beans or squash and an Indian boy. One sister at a time followed the little boy, until the oldest was left alone, and then she followed the boy to only find her sisters. With corn, beans, and squash we made self-grounded cornbread and a squash bean dish. The corn, beans and squash were all grown in the community garden. We are lucky to have Mrs .McIntosh work at our school !

5th Grade Art

Fifth grade students learned about tonal paintings as they created on their first canvas.
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2nd Grade Learns to Dreidel

High schooler Leah Jaffe taught Mrs. Whitman's class about Hanukkah this December. We had a great time learning to play the dreidel game with pretend gelt.

4th Grade - Corn You Believe It?

In November, Linda Law-Saunders visited the the 4th Grade from Cornell Cooperative Extension to teach a unit called, "Corn You Believe It?" The first lesson involved math and counting corn kernels. The second lesson was related to science: students dissected a kernel of corn. In the third lesson, also science, students learned how a corn plant grows using water and nutrients. Way to GROW, 4th grade!

Haunted House for Sale!

In Mrs. Bell’s 2nd Grade classroom, we wrote Halloween stories about how to sell a haunted house. We made them scary. We put ghosts on the inside and outside. We put a lot of spooky stuff in our stories.


We had a visitor, Mrs. Bell’s sister, Judy Rancourt. She is a realtor who sells houses. We got to read our haunted house for sale stories to her. She tried to sell us a haunted house too! It was fun!


Pictured: Rozlynn Eldred, Lilli Dearstyne, Judy Rancourt, Max Periard, and Nola Marotta

Kindergarten Art

The Art room proves to be a relaxing and fun space as the kindergartners know the routine of how to get their supplies for painting. Finally, they are on their own! Great job kindergarten.
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Sarcophagi

By Drake Webster and Carter Hamilton, 6th Grade, Mr. Flint's Class


A sarcophagus is a box-like coffin holding an Egyptian pharaoh. We took a piece of oak tag paper and folded it in the form of a box, which became our sarcophagus. The real mummification process takes 70 days. The mummies have to get mummified before they get put into their sarcophagus. We made a mummy out of clay and covered it in a cloth like material that hardens after you put it in water. Before we put it in the cloth, we put amulets on the mummy. Finally we made a funeral mask for our mummy. Now they are ready to be put into their sarcophagus and transported to their pyramid. They stay there until the “Indestructibles” call them up to the stars.