Recycled Art Projects

Mr. Kent and I were so impressed with the projects our class presented last week ☺️ We are very proud of the hard work that went into each recycled art project! Thanks for your guidance at home and for letting your child do most of the work.

Here are pictures of everyone’s amazing designs!

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Traveling Trunk Field Trip

Today we had a unique experience where a story teller from the Atlanta History Museum came to school to teach us a little more about Native Americans! This was such a cool experience because it centered around two tribes that settled here in Georgia- the Cherokee and Creek.

Our kids got to see many different artifacts from the museum, heard stories and learned about how Native Americans learned long ago (before the written alphabet, it was tough!).

I was proud of how well our class listened, participated and shared their knowledge about what they learned through their own studies πŸ™‚ Below are a few pictures from our experience!

SEL Book of the Month

On Monday, we read our SEL (Social Emotional Learning) book of the month, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut. This was such an amazing read about a young boy whose perception of himself changes after getting a fresh haircut at the barber shop. We talked about happiness and self-esteem, as well as the importance of being confident with who you are and your style. Today, each child reflected on the story and created a new hair-do for themselves that represents their personality. Despite a few kids asking, I didn’t allow them to actually do anything to their hair — just a picture πŸ˜‰
Check out some fun examples below … can you get a sense of these kids’ personalities through their drawings? πŸ™‚

Final Georgia Regions projects!

Thursday and Friday proved to be great days for our last two Georgia regions! The Blue Ridge Mountain group and the Piedmont group both had digital presentations and kept the class engaged with their videos, colorful slides and interesting information! I am so proud of BOTH of these groups and all of the hard-working kids in them! Check them out below πŸ™‚

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Coastal Plains project + Zoo Atlanta!

I was very proud of our Coastal Plains group and their presentation this morning! Michael, Ashlyn, Grant and Aaron taught our class all about the plants, animals and size of the Coastal Plain region. To accompany their facts, this group made a model of their region. They used clay to make animals and plants that inhabit the region. Ask your child what they learned about this fascinating region!

We had an in-school experience today that was pretty cool! Zoo Atlanta came and presented about the Georgia regions we have been studying. Along with additional information about the regions, we were lucky to see 3 different animals, learn about their adaptations and pet the gopher tortoise– our state’s reptile! Be sure to talk with your child about their experience! πŸ™‚

More updates tomorrow!!

Appalachian Plateau presentation (and a birthday celebration!)

First, thank you all so much for helping make Mr. Kent feel loved today on his birthday! I know he appreciated the cards, well wishes, gifts and donuts!! For his 15 Minutes of Fame, Mr. Kent shared two very, very large shark teeth that he and his family found– very cool!

Birthday donuts were such a special surprise!

After Mr. Kent’s birthday celebration it was time for our Appalachian Plateau group to present— they ROCKED it! Our first digital presentation definitely didn’t disappoint πŸ™‚ One thing I was so impressed with was how this group was able to answer questions from their classmates and make connections to the Ridge and Valley group that presented yesterday.

Ridge & Valley presentation

Our Ridge & Valley group started off our week of Georgia regions presentations! They did an amazing job!!! Many groups opted for a digital presentation, but this group decided to go a different route– an informational poster! Check them out in action below πŸ™‚ Way to go Porter, Tarek, Malloy, Annie and Gavin!

Your child will be bringing home a graded rubric for their project next week– one aspect of the rubric is being a respectful audience member, so I’ll have to wait for that portion until all groups have presented πŸ™‚ More updates tomorrow!

Animal and Plant adaptations

As we finish up our studies of the 5 Georgia regions (presentations are next week — pictures of those as they happen πŸ™‚ ), our science studies have led us to talk about how plants and animals survive in their habitats. We learned that adaptations are specials features or characteristics that allow plans and animals to survive. Throughout the week we learned about four different types of adaptations: camouflage, hibernation, migration and mimicry.

We had a discussion about camouflage by looking at real photographs of animals that were camouflaged in their habitats. The habitats varied from the forest to the tundra and we got a clear understanding of why camouflage is important — so that predators have a harder time finding you to eat you! Each student then worked to camouflage a butterfly into a very interesting habitat πŸ™‚ Take a look at us in action and then a few amazing examples. Can you even spot the butterflies?!

In small groups, we learned about mimicry, hibernation and migration. Because I was leading the mimicry group I wasn’t able to snap any pictures of Mr. Kent’s hibernation/migration activity … ask your child what they learned about the box turtle and the monarch butterfly!

To understand mimicry a little better my group took on a new perspective. We became hawks who were hungry for some dinner! I showed the group what a poisonous snake looks like and warned them — don’t eat this snake or you will die! Students took turns choosing their dinner until all the snakes were chosen. I revealed which snakes were poisonous and which were not. We looked at a handful of the non poisonous snakes and discovered that they looked very, very similar to the poisonous snake…. what a perfect example of mimicry. We discussed how from high in the sky, a hawk would never risk eating a snake that had the same color and pattern as a poisonous snake, leaving the non poisonous snake to go on its way, even though the hawk could have easily eaten it without dying.

One of my reading groups spent some time this week reading informational texts about Georgia plants and animals and their very cool adaptations. After finding the important information they had to diagram the plant or animal and label the adaptations that help it survive. The Venus Fly trap was a popular plant to diagram and we had an amazing example of a hammerhead shark as well as a monarch butterfly πŸ™‚

Next week we will present our GA regions projects and begin our studies of American Indians! Can’t wait πŸ™‚

Have a wonderful weekend!

Write Brain Author’s Day + High Touch High Tech!

Thursday was an amazing day — we had our Write Brain author’s celebrations AND High Touch High Tech, where we gained even more knowledge about Georgia’s regions and plant/animal adaptations. Thanks so much to all of the parents who were able to attend our author’s celebration– please check your email for an order form from Ashley Ray (Malloy’s mom and one of our room moms) if you would like to order your child’s book!

Snapshots from our day are below ☺️