May 29, 2017

The Little Duck Named LuLu and Remembering those on Memorial Day

Along with our chick eggs another first grade teacher hatched duck eggs.  This year though, only one hatched.  One lonely, duck that was SPOILED rotten.

How could anybody resist this face?!  While we had her she quickly learned that if she made enough noise someone would hold her.  Even if that mean't ALL day long!  A first grade teacher even wrapped her up in her scarf for the afternoon where she slept soundly.


We LOVED every minute with her!  She ran around the room, went outside, swam, and cuddled up to Beanie Babies.




Each night she went home with an amazing woman who instantly fell in love with her.  She sent me this picture which had me hysterically laughing.  Apparently the duck didn't want to be with the chicks and squeezed through the cage to the other side.


Eventually though she seemed to blend right in with them.


On Friday, she went home with a student where I'm sure they'll continue to love and spoil her.

We also made an ADORABLE chick craft.  Each student went home with their very own chick!


I hope everyone took a moment to remember those men, women, and families that have made SO many sacrifices so we can be free.  

Today we remembered this man.  It's hard to believe it's almost been a year without him.  He didn't talk much about the Korean War until later in life.  To hear his stories of brotherly love and to see the tears each time he told them is why we honor him today.  Such an amazing man who wore his jacket and hat with pride.

Newsletter for the Week of May 30th

May 21, 2017

Newsletter for the Week of May 22nd

Chick Life

We enjoyed our time with Stew, Chipmunk, Brownie, and Oreo.  They went to a GREAT home at the end of the week where they'll be spoiled!


To celebrate our first chick's arrival we made some hats!




Of course we spent a lot of time with them, letting them run around and taking turns holding them.






And I promise, NO chicks were hurt in the process of getting the pics below.  It has become a tradition of taking pictures of the chicks in a McNugget box!


May 14, 2017

Newsletter for the Week of May 14th and a New Arrival


And in other news...  We had our first arrival tonight and on Mother's Day.  Welcome to the world Stew!!

May 11, 2017

Are you LOVIN' Fidgets?

So, I know fidgets are ALL the rage and have even seen on the news that some schools are banning them.  I've only seen two in my room but the talk in my classroom is EVERYONE wants one.

Today at the end of the day students had a break.  As you can see in the picture I had just told my student to find a friend to play with and she said, "I'm not playing because I have a distraction!"

What a hoot!!  She had me laughing out loud.  Hope you're enjoying all the fidgets if they're showing up in your room.

May 1, 2017

Chicks!!

Today was Day 7 with our eggs.  We have 24!!  This is the most I've ever had and I have two incubators set up.



We candled our eggs today.  This is where you shine a light through the egg and look to see a black dot, which is the embryo's eye.  Some of the egg shells were hard to see through so we were unsure of those.  As we looked at each one I put a smiley face or a sad face on the egg.

We saw 15 little eyes looking back at us!!  Here are a few.


Fingers crossed we get a GREAT hatch this year.  Keep checking back for updates.

April 6, 2017

Check Out our Bio Poems and Portraits

Students finished writing their Bio Poem this week and they will now be moving on to animal research!  

Yes, their writing is amazing but look at these portraits!!  Can you believe first graders did these?!

I absolutely LOVE kid's artwork and also LOVE that I don't have to give too many directions.  I showed them they'd be finishing the other half of their face and we talked about symmetry.  Then they went off to work.  

Here are the finished ones.















I'll be adding the rest here as students finish them up so check back.