Later in the week Tommy Cavanaugh's dad a "real" airline pilot visited the classroom and shared his experiences as a pilot with the children. The children were most enthusiastic to take home a real model jet.
Watch as they boarded and flew off to Hawaiian adventure!
Recently, third graders in Ms. Bliesener's class heard about the positive effects of replacing classroom chairs with exercise balls. Ms. Bliesener, in conjunction with their studies on the American Colonies and the Mayflower Compact, asked the class to develop a set of rules and expectations for the use of the exercise balls.
Bouncy Ball Compact
February 11, 2011
We the class of 3B agree to use the bouncy balls under the following terms. The most important rule is that there is no falling off the ball. If you do, the person who fell off loses the ball for two days. Another rule is to keep your feet on the ground. There is no dribbling, picking the balls, no patting and no jumping to high on the ball. If you would like to move to another spot, you will have to get up and roll the ball. You will also have to move any work if needed. There is no picking up the ball!! When you eat, do it over your table. We do not want food on our D.H's! The balls also collect dust. The maintenance crew will wipe down the balls every Friday so that we will have clean balls for a new week. Also, when you take a bouncy ball, remove it from the basket brake, put the brake under the table (stack the break if necessary), and start bouncing. Under thy terms, the bouncy ball compact shall live forever.
The video is a bit noisy and jumpy, but it does give a sense of the energy and creativity of this undertaking. -- David Lowry
Here's an extra video; these fourth graders were practicing for the Talent Show.
Our third graders have recently learned the highlights of the Aztec Civilization. Our special guest, Mrs. Lowry, came to the class to talk to the students about the story of el chocolatl and its connection to the Aztecs and the Spanish Conquistadors. The students also learned about the cacao seeds and all the other original ingredients used to make their chocolatl. The students were also able to make their own chocolatl: both the ancient Aztec kind as well as the chocolate we know today.
The fourth graders have recently studied the Maya civilization. Again, Mrs. Lowry came to talk to the students about the main sources of food for the Mayas. The students where delighted to make and eat guacamole. "Delicioso!" That's what they say!!
(Post: Srta. Gonzalez)