Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Anti-Bullying and Zephyr's Baseball

Our local baseball team, the New Orleans Zephyrs, hosted an Anti-Bullying day.

Michael Lewis, New Orleans Saints player from 2001 to 2006, spoke to the students about the dangers of bullying and what to do if they are being bullied. He was very interactive with the children and made them feel special. 

Here he is pictured with some of our students.

After his speech, we watched the Zephyr's play a game.


Wrapping Up Testing

State testing is over and it's time to breathe a sigh of relief.

The first half of Friday the students rotated through centers.

Here, students are making butterfly cupcakes. They spread purple or pink icing onto the cupcake. Then, used 2 pretzels for the wings, 1 sour straw for the body, 1 Skittle for the head, and 2 Twizzlers for the antenea. 


At this station, they are making colorful eggs. First, strips of scrapbook paper were placed over an oval and cut to size. After gluing the scrapbook paper onto the first oval, a second oval was cut out and glued over the scrapbook paper to make a frame.




Symmetrical butterflies were made with the help of Ms. Gros. A paper was folded in half and students traced out half a butterfly's body with food coloring. The paper was carefully folded and pressed down so the food coloring would print onto the other side.



At another center, the students decorated spring trees. 

At the last center, students worked on a spring packet.

When the mess...I mean creativity...was cleared, we began reading the first chapter in Charlotte's Web.

For each chapter, the students will complete the following activities in their novel folder:
-  find vocabulary word used in the story and copy sentence or create your own sentence using word
-  summarize 
-  journal (2 to 4 critical thinking questions are provided and students choose one to answer)
-  homework questions

Students participated in academic relays the last half of the day.

Two classes competed in each relay. For one relay, the students had to pop a balloon to get the question contained inside. Once answered correctly, they raced back and tagged the next participant.


In the second relay, students had to give up a shoe. Each shoe contained a question. The students raced to find their shoe, correctly answer the question, and race back to tag the next child.

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