Monday, June 6, 2016

American Symbols on Parade!

Well, I can't believe it has come so fast, but the end of first grade is here! The end of the school year is such a busy time... Have you been wondering what we've been up to?

We had a HUGE audience of students, teachers, and families for our performance of American Symbols on Parade. Thank you families for coming! Watch the video below from one of our many practice sessions to hear us sing a little bit of "The Statue of Liberty" and then watch a little clip from our finale! (Thank you to the Pineda and Safi families for the great photos and video!)

We reviewed all of the American symbols we learned about this year, from making our A is for America books and from singing our American Symbols on Parade songs. Then we talked about our favorites, and we each wrote an opinion piece.

After a little preparation, we did a google hangout (like FaceTime or Skype) with our third grade pen pals in Miss Mortimer's class all the way in New Jersey! Both classes were given a list of questions about local weather, the history of our schools and our cities, local restaurants, what we like to do on the weekends, fun places to travel to, and more. We each got to chat with our pen pal and share something about where we live. We learned so much about the East coast and had fun finally "meeting" our third grade friends!

We have been learning about engineering and about how light and sound waves travel. We got to do some neat experiments!

After spending the year learning about animals from habitats all over the world, we got to become experts on animals of our choice! We chose animals, did some research using the internet and books in our classroom, and then presented our research to our classmates.

And just for fun... I thought I'd draw your attention to the world map that's been up in our classroom all year. :)

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Student Blogger: Jade

My name is Jade and I like to run.  I go to running club with Coach Audrey and Coach Jim and they teach me how to be a good runner.  I also like to run with my sister Maya.

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I ran my first race on Sunday with my mom and my sister.  It was called the Kaiser Women’s Fitness Festival and it was a 5K.  A 5K is 3.1 miles.  I worked really hard and ran the whole way.  I got an AWESOME medal when I finished the race that looks like a feather.  Do you like to run?


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