Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What Did You Do Today ??? :)

We'll show you some April snow!!!!

Near the beginning

Getting started

Shaping our styrofoam to resemble our maquettes made from clay

Delaney:  "This is the easiest job in the world!"
(Holding the styrofoam together:)

Lessons from Mrs. Purney

The very beginning (pics not in order).  Notice the clean floor and defined
edges of the sculptures in waiting.

Before we began.  Mrs. Purney came with the styrofoam
arranged to semi-resemble the maquettes students made.

Discussing figurative language

Figurative language

Max...Making sense of figurative language in his own way

Yep.  Pretty much how we all looked at the end!

Kaiyli and Emma hard at work!

The after shot.  Looks like icebergs and ice chunks in a mucky sea.

Hudson, right after our practice tornado drill.
(Notice the styrofoam on his eyelashes.)

 A little extra fun right before we cleaned up.

Lookin' good.  Takin' shape.

The AFTER picture.  Can you believe it?!?!?  While we expect to see tiny little styrofoam balls for weeks to come, the kids and adults did a marvelous job cleaning up.....until the CEMENT tomorrow! 

Videos From Our Day ... April 19th

Photos from the day... April 19th, 2011

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Photos from the day... April 15th, 2011

Talking 'Pond' 
Mail people making a plan

Collating and stuffing rent and other bills for delivery

Authentic patent document Attorney Otterlee brought in to share

I think the kids could have asked Attorney Otterlee questions for days!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday April 15th

Economy - A group of students interested in creating a mailing system for classroom bills.

Tom Otterlee, Patent Attorney from Michael Best, teaching us about patents, trademarks, copyrights.  Attorney Otterlee was a fantastic speaker and engaged the kids from start to finish with the details of patenting.  How can a kid resist when someone brings in patents to share, such as the Wright Brothers patent for airplanes!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Mystery By the Pond

At the pond today, students pulled out 5 tires, one child's shoe and piece of rusty metal.  Clearly, the only logical conclusion to be drawn is a murder mystery. :)  Imaginative minds, for sure!

Cleaning Up Our Backyard

Bringing the tires up from the pond.

Cleaning up the mess left now that the snow is gone.


Taylor worked SO hard!

Happy to help.

Photos from the day... April 13th, 2011

Waders and mud boots, too squeaky clean for their liking

Trying different strategies to get the tire out of the pond.  Needing the waders.

One tire out of the pond.  Hurray!

Students using a quick write strategy

Snowball fight to exchange quick writes - There is educational purpose to this, truly.

Snowball fight in action

Deep in thought.  Words and ideas are flowing.