Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Lower Elementary students at hard at work...

Sewing stuffed pumpkins works fine motor skills, eye hand coordination, practicing following multi-step instructions, patience and concentration...plus it's just fun.

 The job of daily zoologist rotates. This student must care for all of the animals in our room. So far we have four zebra finches, a chinchilla, and tropical fish. We are looking forward to welcoming pets from the other animal kingdoms soon....insects, amphibians, reptiles, and perhaps a crustacean.
 Working hard on an article for our classroom newsletter.
Four digit multiplication is fun with the stamp game.
 Time for a quick snack, some oatmeal and honey. Yum.
 Working on building sentences with nouns and verbs. Even silly sentences have parts of speech.
 Doing some creative writing in the quiet area. Inspired by our chinchilla Salsa these students are writing a story about the Adventure of Salsa and Chips: Two Mammals on the Move
 Illustrations for a book about pumpkins.
 Getting a lesson on doing advanced Math with the stamp game, a very versatile math material.
 Inspired by a book about classical mazes, these students are designing their own.
 More pumpkin sewing.
 Creating a 3-D paper model of a volcano.
 Practicing handwriting.
 Making a clove covered lemon ornament. Smells so good!
Having a healthy snack with a friend is a nice way to take a break from a morning of hard work.

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