Monthly Archives: January 2019

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

What happens when snowflakes are few and far between in Georgia and your students really want to see the icy crystals up close and personal?  You create your own, of course!  We began by reading Snowflake Bentley, the story of a young man who was the first to photograph snowflakes and document their unique beauty.  Next, students created a snowflake based on the understanding that snowflakes are symmetrical. This was a terrific way to introduce elements of dance-including symmetry so students practiced this technique with a partner.   Finally, students used elements of poetry to write about their snowflakes.  In the end there were no two poems alike- just like snowflakes!

 

 

 

 

Spreading kindness during the holiday season…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  We’ve been extremely busy in 4th grade preparing for the holidays.  We began by making ornaments that included kind words about each student in our class.  I got one too!  What a treat to read the messages written about ME!  Totally made me cry and I will cherish this for years to come.  Next, we decided to continue spreading  cheer by performing random acts of holiday kindness throughout the building!  Each student chose one staff member to surprise with a cup of snowman soup.  Later in the week, we invited our 1st grade book buddies to come and decorate snowman ornaments!  What a wonderful feeling to see the impact these acts of kindness had on students and staff at PSE!  We ended our celebration with a holiday party complete with food, games and lots of laughs.  What an honor to make lasting memories with such an amazing group of kids!