Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Sand Story

 Our touch pebbles group looked at a picture from the Pueblo Indians  and we had to think how we were supposed to right it so. Enjoy our story.

by Emma and Megan
There once was a man who came back from the war. The mans family had been  killed in the war, so the man had no friends but since the man served the war he could go anywhere! So he chose to go to the village where he saw a girl sitting by herself, she was selling rugs. She told him that she knew him and she knew his family died. She also had the perfect rug for him, he took the rug home and laid it over the floor, the man set down his weapons and his shield and he sat on the rug all of a sudden the rug began to glisten and glow then the door bell rang, answered  it and there was his family. They rejoiced and were as happy as can be, and it was then realized the was a rug made of friendship and love.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Interpreting Poetry

Students in our Touchpebbles reading strategy group have been working on interpreting the poem, "The Song of the Wandering Aengus" by William Butler Yates. After working together on visualizing and interpreting what we felt the poem meant, partners took their thoughts and created a story version of the whole poem or just some of the stanzas. Here are two of those stories.

Molly and Rachel's Story - The First Two Stanzas

The man went to the woods nearby because he was confused. He had peeled wood from a tree and then made a wand to fish with. He went over the stream to get a berry on his string. When the moths and birds were finally coming out and when the lightning bugs and stars were flickering out, he went fishing. To get across the flowing stream he made a bridge.

He caught a silver trout, and he laid the fish on his floor at home. He set up a fire nearby to heat the fish up. Then he heard a rustle on the floor. Somebody called his name!

Sam and Megan's Story - The Whole Poem

There once was a man who had fire in his head. When he went to the hazelwood he fished for a silver trout when stars were flickering about. Not knowing the fish was a disquised human, he took it home and laid it on the floor.

Suddenly, the fish turned into a girl! The man got frightened and mystified, and the girl ran away. The man tried to chase her on the hollow lands. She faded through the brightening air. Though the man is now old, he wanders to find where she has gone.

Lily and Xavier's Story - The Whole Poem

I went out to the woods because my hair is red. I cut a stick from a tree. I put a berry on a hook, a moth went to my berry, and lightning came down from the sky. I dropped the berry in the stream and caught a fish.

I laid my fish on the floor and went to make the fire bigger. But then the fish flopped on the floor, and some random person yelled my name. The person who yelled my name was a girl who had a flower in her hair. She said my name and ran away through the foggy, clearing weather. 

Even though I am old and very confused, I will run through lots of empty lands with lots of hills to find out where the girl has gone. I will give her a kiss and hold her hands. We will walk through the bits of long grass and work until it's time to quit the job. The moon looks like silver in the sky, and the sun looks like gold from above.

You can check out other stories by clicking the links we add here when they are published on our student blogs!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Science Review

During this week we are taking a little bit of time to review all of the many topics we've learned in science the last few years. The Science PSSAs actually offer us a lot of opportunities to review and get some hands on practice of some fun topics.

One of those fun topics is clouds, and reviewing clouds goes right along with what we're learning in Social Studies right now: climate! Did you know that climate is the temperature and precipitation that a place has over a long period of time? And the different types of clouds are seen in different climates depending upon the different precipitation that falls... or doesn't!

Today we learned a song to help us remember the different types of clouds. You can try it out for yourself to see how well you can sing The Cloud Song!! I think we're just about ready to try out for The Voice! :)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Wetlands, Conservation, and Pollution

This afternoon we had the opportunity to participate in a special presentation that taught us how easy it is for a watershed to become polluted. Mrs. Risser, one of our aides at Bainbridge Elementary, came to visit us at Bear Creek, and brought along a very cool model of the watershed of Elizabethtown. We were able to review that watersheds were all of the tributaries that flow into larger rivers and bodies of water. Here in Elizabethtown we are part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

After reviewing watersheds, Mrs. Risser started talking about the different things that we do every day in our normal lives that can pollute a watershed. Did you know that if you put fertilizer, herbicides or pesticides on your yard, you could pollute our watershed? You have to be very careful to follow the instructions for using these chemicals because if you apply too much, they just sit on the ground. Then, the next time it rains they flow right across the ground and into the streams and creeks. Cutting down trees, farming, and building houses can also pollute our watershed because of erosion. If farmers and builders don't take care of the ground, large amounts of soil can wash into the creeks!

Now, it was one thing to HEAR about all of this, but Mrs. Risser used a really great model to help us SEE exactly what happens. Kids sprinkled cocoa and Kool-Aid on the model to represent soil and the different chemical. Then two of our friends sprayed it with a bunch of water to pretend it was a heavy rain storm. You should have seen the colors run right out into the streams, creeks, and river!! This model helped us understand what happens with runoff and pollution, and we got to see exactly why we have to be careful with our Earth. We really appreciate the way Mrs. Risser helped us understand this, and we hope you'll check out the pictures to see for yourself.

Mrs. Risser introduces us to the watershed model.

Did you know that there is only a very small part of the Earth that can actually be used for farming?

Mrs. Risser used an apple to show us the tiny part of the Earth that is left to grow our food.

Sprinkling Kool-Aid on the model to represent fertilizer.

Adding more Kool-Aid to represent herbicides and pesticides.

It's a storm!!!!

If you look in the blue part at the front of the model, you can really see how the colors have run off into the river. That's what happens when we pollute our watershed!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

More Wetlands Podcasts

Here are the rest of our wetlands podcasts!! We hope you learn even more from these!!!

Enjoy Team Turtle's podcast:

We hope you learn a lot from Team Thunder:

Here's what Team Fox has to say about the wetlands:

Finally, check out Team DJM's presentation:

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wetlands Podcasts

Our class is very lucky that our school sits right in the middle of some beautiful wetlands. And over the course of the last month, we have been learning about what wetlands are, why wetlands are important, and how they are being destroyed. We hope you'll take a minute to listen to our podcasts and become more mindful about protecting the environment.

Enjoy this podcast from Team Lightning:

Listen to this podcast from Team Gummy Bear:

We hope you learn a lot from Team Snapper:

And enjoy this podcast from Team Cardinal:

Monday, February 17, 2014

Why Reading Homework

Have you ever stopped to wonder what the big deal really is about reading homework? Why do teachers encourage, and is it really that big of a deal if your child skips reading each night?

The fact is, yes, it does, and this graphic popped up via the website Upworthy that helps visualize exactly what a difference reading each night actual makes for your child. Now this graphic uses 20 minutes of reading each night as it's basis, instead of the 15 that we do, but I think you can get the general idea. Look at the learning that happens outside of school when your child reads each night:

By the end of 6th grade you can see that a child who reads each night experiences the learning that happens in 60 days of school. And the best part is that your child can be reading books they love or about topics they love! Remember that chapter books aren't the only thing you child can learn from as they are reading. Websites, magazines, newspapers - these are all great resources for your child to learn as they are reading. If you need more suggestions about topics, books or resources, please let me know!