Planting Beanstalks, Making Pizza, and How to Escape the BBW

Planting Beanstalks

On Thursday, we planted beanstalks and created castles in the clouds to see if the stalks would climb! We are all excited to see the plants grow. We are also planning to investigate the parts of seeds and how they grow. I am hoping that some warmth and sun will lead the way of this experience. I think we all are!

Making Pizza

Today, we followed in the footsteps of the Little Red Hen and we made our own English Muffin Pizzas. Prior to making the pizzas, we wrote some “How To” books to instruct others about our methods. It was a yummy activity that supported our writing. In our small reading groups, some of us have also been reading some simple how to books, too.

How to Escape the BBW

As you know, we have been studying fairytales. This week , we compared a few different Cinderella stories from around the world. We recorded the similarities and differences in the stories. They have been very astute in their observations about the nuances of the stories.

On Thursday, we wrote all about what we could do to escape from the BBW – Big Bad Wolf. The children used their knowledge of writing “how-to” books as they detailed escape routes. It was hilarious to hear their ideas!

We will share these with you next week. One of my favorite escapes to use against the BBW was “I will use my stink.”

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Flynn Theater 4/17

We will be going to the Flynn Theater next Friday 4/17. We are going to see the show called “African Children’s Choir.” Thanks so much for sending back the permission slips. I will be out on Friday but Peg Brakeley (former Robinson Teacher and stellar substitute) will be leading the trip. Peg is also a former Flynn docent so she knows the routines and expectations at the Flynn. We will also have two parent chaperones and Miss Jess. The trip is partially sponsored by a grant sponsored by Target. I wrote the grant in the fall and was awarded enough money to cover the cost of the bus transportation and driver fees.

VTS with Vera

Vera joined us again for a VTS session. This time, we considered a painting with a huge, blossoming tree. It gave us some hope. Then, we painted our own blossoming trees using brushes and Q-tips! Thanks, Vera!

Dates to Remember:

Retelling Roundtable Event in our classroom 4/16. 2pm. Hope you can make it!

April break begins next Friday 4/17.

I will be out of the building on 4/17 and Peg Brakeley will be my sub.

School resumes 4/27

No School for students on 5/8 as it is a district inservice day for teachers

No School on 5/25 – Memorial Day

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