Monday, April 17, 2017

Last Friday we started our day off with our GRAND FINALE for Reading Week!  This assembly included Mr. Snyder in a cow costume riding a miniature tractor across the gym,
followed by a presentation by Stensland's Family Farm (complete with cheese curds!),
every student TK-6th grade doing the Cotton Eyed Joe dance!
 I am sure you heard that the BEST thing that happened during that assembly was the kids earned the chance to duct tape Mr. Snyder to the gym wall!

It was very fun and he is a super good sport!!  (we let him down right away!)

Miss Emily came in and talked to us about bees.  She explained the different jobs and what each of them do for the good of the hive!
Miss Emily explaining the jobs of bees

guard bees keeping Miss Emily (the intruder) out of the hive while construction ants work on the hive

Queen Bee Gracelyn accepting the nectar from forager bee Brystol

Nurse bees taking care of the larvae 

In the afternoon we did a few "experiments" surrounding our topic of the week: SPIDERS!
We learned that spiders have a special oil on their legs that keeps them from sticking to the web.
To put this theory to work, we had a piece of tape on a plate- we pretended our fingers were bugs and they got stuck on the web.  Next we dipped our fingers in a little bit of oil and our fingers glided right across the tape!

Next we learned how spiders "liquify" their prey with a special venom they have.  To figure out what this means, we used a sugar cube, an eye dropper and water.  Dropping water onto the sugar cube made the sugar cube dissolve much like the "innerds" of a spider's prey.  Needless to say, we did several sugar cubes!!  :)

We also threw some "prey" (pom poms) at a spider web (hula hoop with tape sticky side out) to see if we could get them to stick.  This was pretty much just for fun but helped us use our large motor skills in throwing!! :)

And finished it off with an exact replica (well, sorta) of a spider!  8 legs, 8 eyes..... for a snack!

Lucy is our STUDENT OF THE WEEK  this week.  Lucy has 3 sisters!  2 big sisters and one little sister.  She loves the color red- does NOT like snakes and wants to be an artist when she grows up!  Lucy brought in several pictures for us to oooo and aaaaah over- our favorite being a cute close up picture of her eating watermelon!
Thank you for bringing in pictures and helping us learn just a little bit more about you sweet Lucy!

Wednesday we had fun doing several Spring/Easter activities including making bunny helicopters!  I told the kids that this was their one chance to STAND ON THEIR CHAIRS and not get in trouble.  The kids needed to adjust the ears on the rabbit to make it spin just right.  After a few minutes of trial and error, most of the kids had it figured out.

One of the kids figured out if you held it a certain way it almost always rotated!  Such little experimenters!!

Next week: (April 17)
Student of the week: Marissa
Snacks: Ella and Ellie

Week of April 24
Student of the week: Memphis
Snacks: Elliss and Evie

Please be sure to read the colored notes that were in your child's folder on Wednesday, April 12.  They are very important!

Field Trip information will be coming home the first part of May.  There is a note regarding an opportunity for you in your child's mail from Wednesday.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

IT IS READING WEEK AT WEST LYON THIS WEEK!  PLANT A SEED... LET'S READ!

And as luck would have it, the letter S is what we are working on this week!

All 3 of our teacher led literacy centers were centered around seeds and plants.  Mrs. Gerber's group learned about stems and their importance to plants.  Mrs. Moen's group found pictures of plants and animals in magazines.  They sorted and talked about how plants and animals are similar and how they are different.  Mrs. T's group learned about seeds and how they have seed coats that fall off when they start taking on water.  We looked closely at lima beans that had been soaking overnight.  We found out that they were much easier to take apart and the seed coat slipped right off of them.  Once we got the soaked bean's seed coat off, we looked at the inside and found the seed food storage and the little plant - some of our beans even had the beginnings of leaves!  (and of course, we had a station of iPads!)( No pictures this week- sorry!  We were really into our lima bean seeds and I forgot to break away to snap some pics!)

We started a couple of experiments on Monday.  The first one was to "plant" some lima beans in a baggie with a wet paper towel in it.
We taped them to our window and were excited to see on Wednesday that some of the seed coats were coming off already!  Hopefully we will see some roots and stems growing by next week for sure!

The second experiment we did was relating to stems and how they move the water and nutrients up from the roots to the leaves and blossoms, so we took some celery and looked closely at the ends of it.  We could see the tubes that ran from the bottom of it.  We then put 6 different celery stalks in 6 different colored waters.
Pretty quickly we saw the celery in the red cup start turning red.  It was very exciting and on Wednesday, well... I know it is hard to see in the picture but in person, it was very impressive!!

We continued to work on seeds on Wednesday and learned how seeds spread (insects, birds, wind, and our favorite: the hitchhiker seed!  You can imagine the lively discussion that ensued after talking about hitchhikers... in relation to pets!!  :)  I tried explaining what a hitchhiker was in relation to people- happily that is a thing of the past it seems.  (I'm old.  So very old.)

We then worked our fine motor skills to the bone by tracing and cutting 8 handprints.  We actually did them on a folded piece of paper so we only traced and cut 4 times, but we worked really, really hard on a handprint flower.  Complete with roots, leaves, stem and blossom.  OH!  AND LABELS!!!
It was so amazing to see the kids show off their amazing writing skills!!  WOOP WOOP!

The end of the day found us down in the FFA room at a petting zoo for a special treat during READING WEEK!  We had SO MUCH FUN!  We saw a rabbit, dog, puppy, horse, bull, goats, chickens, fish, guinea pig, pigs... it was awesome!  (we even got to listen to the dog's heartbeat with a stethoscope!)  THANK YOU FFA!









TK ON FRIDAY, APRIL 7!  Blue and Gold day to support FFA!  PE and Brystol has snacks.

Kai is the STUDENT OF THE WEEK this week!  Kai likes the color blue, playing outside, his family and pets.  Kai is not a big fan of snakes and spiders.  He has a big brother and a little brother and when he grows up he wants to be a hair stylist.  He told me he would do my hair for me when he gets his own salon- he didn't say it would be for free, but I am thinking that is what that implies! :)

Thank you for sharing your pictures with us, Kai and for telling us a little bit more about you!

We did NOT do the "book in a baggie" this week.  (so don't panic!) We will get a new book next week.

NEXT WEEK:
Student of the Week: Lucy
MONDAY: LIBRARY  Art  Snack: Camrie
WEDNESDAY: Music  Snack: Cora
FRIDAY: NO SCHOOL