This morning we had the "Grow-Breaking" Ceremony for our Vermont School Garden! The whole school met outside, along with parents. Because we are using the harvest from our garden to help support the Empowering Children and Youths School in Sierra Leone, Africa, we even skyped them into the ceremony! Every class planted a wish stick with a wish that we have for the school. The whole school sang "Let it Grow" from the movie The Lorax. Mr. Knepp did the ceremonial dig and planted a seed. The fourth graders read a poem, and then the school in Sierra Leone sang a song that they wrote to thank us! It was a great ceremony! Below you can see pictures from today and watch an amazing video Mrs. Overn put together that chronicles the planning and creation of our garden this year. Watch for our class!
This week we had the exciting opportunity to Skype with a class in Hurricane, Utah! We've been talking about urban, suburban and rural communities for the past couple weeks, and this was our chance to talk to a class in a rural community to find out what life was like there. We joined Mrs. Lance's class to ask and answer questions with Mr. Z's class. We each had different jobs: inquirers, answerers, typists, map holders, photographers, greeters and closers. We compared our communities and schools and realized that we have many similarities as well as differences! It was a great experience, and we cannot wait to Skype again! Check out the video below to see just a little of our Skype call. Also, we had two typists that did an awesome job keeping track of all the information we learned. You can see a little of the chart below the video!
What was the most surprising similarity we had with Mr. Z's class?
What was the most surprising difference we had with Mr. Z's class?
This week we learned a new rule for adding -ed and -ing to base words. Check out the video to see a demo! To add a little more explanation to what the demo shows, we try the 1-2-3 rule whenever a word ends with a consonant letter, such as "chop" or "run." The exceptions are when the consonant is used to make a new vowel sound, such as "play" or "draw." Because the y and w are acting as part of the vowel sound, we will not double those letters before adding a suffix. We call these words "rule breakers!"
This morning many of us participated in Walk to School Day! We are learning to be healthier and practicing healthy habits, such as exercise. Here is a short video clip to show you what we did! Today your child is bringing home some Walk and Bike Safety Tips, as well as a letter about a new initiative going on in our neighborhood, making sure that we are MOVING!!
What do you do to get yourself moving?
What kinds of exercise do you like?
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