Sunday, March 24, 2013

March 25, 2013 Classroom Newsletter

We have a short, 4-day week before spring break, but it will be packed with activities in our first grade classroom!  The children will write about being "EGG-STRA SPECIAL" and paint a spring frame for their writings.  After listening to The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, the children will imagine what they would become if they could become something else and then, write a story about their make-believe adventures. :)
Our One-School/One-Book Assembly is Thursday afternoon at the end of the day and all Highland Drive students will participate in the assembly.  Our first grade team is busy organizing the activities for our first grade kiddos, who will spend time this week practicing for their Humphrey skit.
We will spend two weeks reading the next story in our anthology - My Robot.  It's a story the children thoroughly enjoy and the learning opportunities are abundant with this story.  After spring break, the children will create their own robots, hence the reason for the SPECIAL REQUEST!  Every child will need at least two boxes and a few paper towel or toilet paper tubes for this project.  Boxes such as, cereal, rice, noodles, mac & cheese and tissue boxes are needed for the robot's head and body.  We'll use empty paper towel and toilet paper tubes for the robot's arms.  We could use contributions of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil for this project as well. 
Before the children invent and create their robots, we'll study several inventors and their contributions to the fields of math and science.  Near the end of April, our learning focus will shift to Earth Week so I plan to keep the robot inventions at school for a few extra weeks.  The children will discover how their inventions tie into our Earth Week learning standards and activities. 
I'd like to thank you in advance for your help with this project; without your support, this wonderful learning experience would not be possible. 
Please feel free to send in recycled boxes, tubes, and/or aluminum foil as soon as it's convenient to your family.  I'll store the goodies in the classroom until we're ready for the project.  Thank you!
I hope you and your families enjoy a happy, healthy and peaceful spring break!

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