It’s hard to believe we are already at holiday break! It doesn’t quite feel like winter yet in Manchester. We are still waiting for snow. The 7/8/9s have been hoping and hoping that the weather will get colder and cover our world with white flakes soon! They drew and painted about their hopes for winter early in the week.
The 7/8/9s wrote our newsletter this week and accompanied their ideas with small illustrations. Please enjoy!
The following newsletter was dictated by the 7/8/9s and typed by Sami.
We shared our books at town meeting this week. Matthew’s book was about when we made paintball guns with snap cubes. All of the books were first person narratives they were real stories that happened to us. We read our books to the 4/5s, 5/6s, and 6/7s. We had to use really strong reader’s voices and it was hard. Nathaniel had a great reader’s voice and everyone listened super closely to him.
We started writing new books this week. They are awesome because they are made up, we can write about anything we want, and a lot of them are dragon books. Willem is writing a series of 1 pages stories, so far he finished his castle battle page. Now he is working on humans against dragons in a battle.
We went to the library and found books that are “just right” for us. Noah and Cian found the Andy series which is a graphic novel series about an alligator and a squirrel that are friends. It was story time when we went there and there was a ballerina she spun around on her tippy toes. Noah saw his mom and Matthew saw his grandma there.
We glazed our clay pots this week with Stacy Gates. We had to use paintbrushes. We also did resist wax paintings. We used white crayons to draw snowflakes to make the paint resist. When we first drew it you couldn’t see the snowflake but then when we painted over it with watercolor you could see the drawing.
We went on a symmetry walk for math to find stuff in the world that was symmetrical. Symmetry means that the two halves are the same. Its the same on both sides. We found picnic tables, pine tree branches, lamp posts, a menorah, a bench, a swing set and some leaves. We also made designs with color tiles and then we had to copy it so it would be symmetrical.
In math we also finished our perimeter chain. We had to bring it outside to measure it. It fit perfectly into the ceiling of the blue room!
At work time in Brittany’s room this week we had choices like, fiber arts, cooking, dramatic play, and books. Chloe chose to work on finger knitting in fiber arts. She made it so long it touched the ground.
In science we checked on our seeds and then we went to our square to look at it. Then we drew about it. We noticed that the trees didn’t have any leaves left. All the leaves were on the ground. Our seeds are growing really crazy. We are going to start a new experiment and plant seeds in a pot with dirt to see if they grow better.
Chloe, Cian, Kelley, Matthew, Nathaniel, Noah, and Will