Friday, February 3, 2017

My Talented Class

For a few weeks, we have been talking about our talents and struggles in and out of school.  Sometimes my students feel frustrated as a learner because learning is hard.  We need frequent reminders that everyone has struggles, but to always remember our talents (strengths).  I read a book called Tom's Special Talents and then I asked everyone to think of their special talent and then something in school that is difficult.  Our talents are baking, writing, hair, sports (baseball, hockey).  The things we need to work hard at are spelling, math, writing, and social studies.  My students thought it was interesting to see that other kids had similar difficulties.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Lowell Mills Field trip

Removing seeds from the cotton.

This is hard work!

Working together.

Different objects belonging to Mill Girls/Boys or Farm Girls/Boys

Mill Boys and Mill Girls!
Creating an invention to remove seeds from cotton.  

Using the Cotton Gin

Great Teamwork!

Seeing how the land changed from the 1600's - 1800's

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Friday, November 18, 2016

What does Thanksgiving mean to you?

We brainstormed a list of things to explain what Thanksgiving means to us.  We had a great conversation about taking time to be thankful for something in our life.  From this conversation, we began our Thankful project.  This project will be completed at school next week and sent home to be shared on Thanksgiving.  Each student is creating a Thankful Turkey centerpiece for Thanksgiving dinner and they are writing a paragraph about the things they are thankful for.  I am asking all of my students to share their writing and thankful turkey next week.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Do you about the Wampanoags and Pilgrims?

We have begun our first research project in social studies.  We are learning about the Wampanoags and the Pilgrims.  We have three group of students researching about the Native American tribe, Wampanoags.  We have one group of students learning about the Pilgrims.  I have seen a lot of collaboration while learning.  Once the research is completed, each student will write and illustrate a book about their topic.  I can't wait to see our finished books.

Book Buddies with Miss Anderson's Second Grade class

Miss Anderson's second grade class came to our classroom this afternoon to share books with us.  Everyone seemed to be engaged and enjoying the stories being read.  We are looking forward to being book buddies again soon!  Thank you Miss Anderson's class for great experience!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Toy Drive at Burlington Fire Stations

Hello all, 

With the holiday season fast approaching, here at Fire, we have in past years teamed up with 'Toys for Tots' to run our holiday toy drive. This has proven more and more difficult to follow through with as they no longer have local contacts and the toys have not always been picked up in time to be distributed by the holidays. That is why this year we have decided that we will not be affiliating ourselves with that program.

Despite that, we will still be collecting toys at both Fire stations. These toys will be driven in by Burlington Firefighters and donated directly to the Children's Hospital of Boston for distribution through the MA Children's hospitals. So spread the word, and lets help put a smile on the children's faces this holiday season. 

Your gift donations are just as welcome, and just as appreciated. All of the same still rules apply: new, unused, unwrapped toys for boys and girls of all ages

Any questions, feel free to ask and we'll try to get an answer as soon as possible. 

Burlington Fire Holiday Toy Task Force 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Intro to Coding

Today Mr. Donoff came into my classroom to teach an introductory lesson in coding.  He taught my students how to use the app Hopscotch.  They learned basic some basic codes.  They had a lot of fun!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Musical Instruments/How To Writing

As part of our sound unit in Science we made musical instruments.  Then we made "How To Build A Musical Instrument" posters.  The posters had a title (name of instrument), a sequence chain, a supply list,  step by step directions of how to make the instrument,  and a picture of the final project.  We had a lot of fun engineering and writing today!