• Science

    Posted by Laura Lindquist-Materna on 2/3/2020

    Beginning in February we will be starting Life Science and learning about; cells, plants, animals and their habitats, food chains and even dissecting owl pellets! (Students are amazed at what can be found in these pellets!)

    Looking forward to an exciting 2nd half of the school year!

                                                                                               Owl

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  • Current Events

    Posted by Laura Lindquist-Materna on 2/3/2020

    Each week we discuss current events using a website called CNN10. It's an amazing news website geared towards students and reported in just 10 minutes! We've discussed politics, the economy, technology and many other other world events. 

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  • Social Studies

    Posted by Laura Lindquist-Materna on 2/3/2020

    Our first half of the school year in Social Studies has been very busy in Room 12! We started with learning about the Pilgrims and their journey to the New Land. We then moved on to the colonists that came looking for a better life. Next came the Revolutionary War followed by the Civil War. We discussed slavery and Civil Rights extensively and how these events shaped the history of the United States. 

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  • Final Stretch

    Posted by Laura Lindquist-Materna on 4/26/2019

    We have been working diligently on the solar system and learning how to keep our Earth healthy.  Our scientists did a fabulous job on their planet projects and presented their research in a class slide show.  It was fabulous, I'm so proud of them!  Not only did the students do an excellent job of researching their information, their partner skills have improved tremendously since the beginning of the year, along with their ability to present in front of a group. As a class we learned about the importance of recycling, reusing, and reducing through projects and even took on the challenge of saying no to plastic for 2 weeks.  We kept track of how many pieces of plastic we kept out of a landfill, and we totaled over 200 in just 2 weeks- impressive!  This week we conducted a lab called Freddie the Fish and added pollutants to the water that would be in our environment such as acid rain and fertilizer, don't worry, Freddie was a sponge.  The lab made a huge impact on our students, and definitely illustrated how many of our daily products are dangerous to our Earth. I think we have generated some interest in environmental science as a career for many. :)  In our final stretch we will be working on preparing for our annual science fair.  This is a huge undertaking, as we aren't equipped for experiments, but it is well worth the effort and a highlight of our science class.  We tentatively have the date set for Thursday, May 23rd, we'll keep you posted. We invite the entire building and the event is very well attended, but we save a half an hour for parents only.  As our calendar continues to fill up, we will confirm the date with you.  Hope everyone has a great weekend! 

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  • End of the Year Schedule

    Posted by Laura Lindquist-Materna on 4/8/2019

    Greetings!  Even with the best of intentions, blogging time has been challenging this year.  Unfortunately, our classroom staff has been hit with several personal matters that have required a great deal of time and attention, and as a few things had to be compromised, our teacher page was one of them.  On a brighter note, we continue to have amazing things planned for our Vikings right up until the end of the year.  Our social studies block has switched to Science, and we have been exploring our Earth.  We have learned about the layers of the Earth, our atmosphere, pangaea, extreme weather, natural disasters, landforms, special scientists that relate to studying the Earth, and we're heading into the galaxy and planets, and our big finish......our annual science fair! Its an exciting time of year, but things seem to pick up speed, so buckle up!  More details on science fair soon.  :)

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  • Wrapping Up Ancient Civilizations

    Posted by Laura Lindquist-Materna on 1/22/2019

    Welcome back!  We are in the last leg of our journey through ancient civilizations, and currently we are in China.  We have been having fun discussing dynasties and emperors, and after practicing writing and counting in ancient Chinese, we will be making our own Chinese banners to display our power words that we chose at the beginning of the school year.  Chinese banners represent positive statements, so displaying our power words seems like a perfect fit.  We will be wrapping up social studies with the Chinese New Year and heading to our science curriculum, which is Earth science this year.  We still have many fun activities planned, I'll keep you posted.  Promise to do better with updating in the new year- lost steam with the holiday madness. :)

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  • Senate in Session

    Posted by Laura Lindquist-Materna on 11/16/2018

    As we continue traveling through ancient Rome, our student "senate" has been debating the Roman Tables (first 12 laws) by comparing and contrasting to today's laws.  Great discussion and practice at public speaker!  Moving along our journey we are exploring Rome's powerful leaders and creating our own "motto banners" to represent our beliefs and goals.  Veni, Vidi, Vici!  Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving, I am truly thankful for the honor of working with such wonderful children and their families.  

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  • Our Olympians

    Posted by Laura Lindquist-Materna on 11/2/2018

    Hopefully you've heard that we hosted our own classroom Olympics, since the first games were held in ancient Greece.  The events were spanned over a two day period and consisted of some whacky sports such as the left handed marble grab, paper straw javelin throw, paper plate discus, and several more.  Students learned more about the evolution of the games and were really glad that we weren't racing chariots!  We pulled in some math skills with estimation, measurement, and some simple addition.  All had a great time and I'm so proud of them for cheering each other on and showing good sportsmanship throughout the events.  We will be having our closing ceremony this afternoon, you might have a medal winner at the end of the day.  

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  • Heading to Victory!

    Posted by Laura Lindquist-Materna on 10/29/2018

    I can't give you many details about this week since we have so many blog readers now, but I can tell you that we are planning a BIG finish to our ancient Greece unit on Thursday and Friday.  This week we will be wrapping things up with our Greek pottery activity, learning about some very famous people who have influenced our culture and practices (Has anyone heard of Pythagoras?), and we will be finishing up our note page for our unit slideshow.  During this unit note taking skills were introduced as well as summarizing details- our Viking historians have been working very hard!  Next week we will be heading off to Rome!  Did you know that your student has a classroom passport and earns an entry at the beginning of the unit as we enter the country, and then several more for activities throughout our stay.  They are pretty awesome, and it is a nice reminder of all of the places that we have been.  No current event this week due to our special activity on Friday.  Off we go! 

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  • A Feast and Debate Party

    Posted by Laura Lindquist-Materna on 10/19/2018

    Yesterday we enjoyed a traditional Greek feast while debating some new information about a typical day is Greece.  Did you know that after a woman gave birth, the husband was to decide whether the the family would keep the child or abandon it?  As you can imagine, facts like this led to a very spirited debate by all.  Students learned how debate forums shaped government, led to changes, and even helped establish and review laws in ancient Greece.  Student are making good connections about today's world and ancient civilizations. Next week we will be diving in to Greek art. 

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