Rip Van Winkle, February 15, 2012

Cupcake Geology in Lower Elementary!

A Visit from Casey Farms – Lower Elementary

LE had a visitor from Casey Farm

Hello everyone,

Today LE had a visitor from Casey Farm.  He spent the morning teaching them about: migration and animal tracking, food chains, adaptations to winter, and hibernation/dormancy.  He was very engaging and kept the children moving with some very creative activities.

UE’s visit to the URI planetarium and science lab

Hello everyone,

Today we had an exciting visit to the URI planetarium and science labs!

In the planetarium, the children saw two presentations.  The first presentation was about our sky and various constellations.  We then viewed the “Cosmic Colors – Spectrum of Light” presentation.  We learned that each color has a different energy level (blue has higher energy then green.) All of this information tied into our tour of the science labs. For example, the children viewed cells in a microscope.  When the microscope utilized different colors of light, different parts of the cell could be seen.  The children were fascinated by an instrument that could measure 2 molecules bumping into each other and they could observe the resulting spectrum of colors to see how fast it was happening. Yana and Oleg told us that in their science lab, they are trying to create a drug to cure cancer!  By the enthusiasm of these    children in the science lab, it seems that we have several future scientists in our classroom.

Thank you so much to Yana and Oleg for a wonderful experience today!

Jennie and Gary

Snow Tubing!

LE Spanish Projects

In Spanish, the Lower Elementary students worked on a project in groups. The topic was “Animals in different habitats.” Through this project they learned the names of animals, nature elements, colors, adjectives and numbers. They also presented the project orally in Spanish.

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Children’s House visits Lower Elementary for Gingerbread!



		
		

On Wednesday, Lower El invited the Children’s House classroom for a visit to hear The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett. The children ate gingerbread cookies then Lower El lead a craft so that Children’s house could create their own Gingerbread babies! We thought you would enjoy these pictures.



 

Special Visitors in Lower Elementary

Thank you to Jami Ouellette (Emmie’s mom) and Jeffrey Morse for bringing in their wonderful new books and sharing them with the Lower Elementary class!

Please visit their website to see all of the fun titles. If you use the coupon code “Quest”, %10 of any set purchased will be donated to our school!


 

Lower Elementary Goes to France

Lower Elementary Goes to France

Lower Elementary is exploring music from all around the world from now until winter break. For the first three weeks, we have been in France.

Songs

Tête, épaules, genoux et pieds (Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Feet)

Un éléphant se balançait (One Elephant Was Swinging on a Spider Web)

J’ai perdu le do de ma clarinette (I Have Lost the C of My Clarinet)

Listening

Django Reinhardt, “The Best of Django Reinhardt”

Claude Debussy, “Debussy: Images 1 & 2 and Children’s Corner”, pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli

Claude Debussy, “Debussy: La Mer & Prélude À L’après-midi D’un Faun”, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Camille Saint-Saëns. “The Carnival of the Animals

Eric Satie, Gnossienne, Nos. 1-3; Gymnopédie nº 1, pianist Patrick Cohen

Maurice Ravel, “Bolero”, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

All listening music is available as part of the listening library in the classroom. We listen during music lessons and the students are encouraged to listen on their own.

Books

Django 

We read this delightful book in class last week. The children were interested in Django’s story and how he came back from a horrific injury to his left hand to become one of the world’s greatest guitar players.

 The Carnival of the Animals

This book, with new verse by Jack Prelutsky, and illustrations by Mary GrandPré, has a companion CD. This will be our book for class on September 28.

 Strange Mr. Satie

Hilarious depiction of one of the first “surrealists.”

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