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.


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