Thursday, March 26, 2015

FSA Parade Day!

Q: What did one egg say to the other egg?
A: Let's get cracking on the FSA!

On Wednesday, Crown Point Elementary had their FSA Parade so that all the K-2 classes could show their support for the third & fourth graders that will be FSA testing for the next several days. Each of the K-2 classes lined up in the halls and held up posters they made for their FSA Buddy classroom. We clapped, gave high fives, and yelled *Good Luck* to every class in the parade... IT WAS A BLAST!! This year, Kearson's Classroom has buddied up with Mrs. Evans fourth graders. We made our GOOD LUCK poster for Mrs. Evans EGGstraordinary Class, and each of the students decorated an "egg" with words of encouragement. My second graders did such an amazing job creating this awesome poster to show their support!!

My class could hardly wait to show off the poster we made for Mrs. Evans fourth grade class. As Mrs. Evans and her students came down our hallway, my second graders absolutely erupted with excitement to be able to show them the poster we made... and I have to say, Mrs. Evans reaction was nothing short of priceless...

Our Crown Point Panther, Jackson even joined in on the fun to support and encourage the third and fourth grade FSA parade! The students absolutely la-la-loved getting to give Jackson a high-five!!


Sunday, March 22, 2015

We Are Good Citizens

Just before Spring Break we started our unit on communities and what it means to be a good citizen in our neighborhood community, school community, city community, and so forth. The students had some amazing ideas about not only what it means to be a good citizen, but what he/she can do to show their community that they are good citizens.

After we read in our Social Studies book about making a difference in our community, as well as what our responsibilities are as a citizen, we asked ourselves what was something we could do to make a positive difference in our school community.

First, we identified a problem we noticed in our school. On our way back from lunch we saw that there was a lot of trash on the ground in the courtyard around the picnic tables. Next, we brainstormed different ways we could solve this problem by making a positive difference. Then we agreed on a plan to solve our problem. Last, we made a positive difference by solving the problem. How, you ask?

Well, we put sandwich bags over our hands to use as gloves. Each table captain was given a 2-gallon zip lock bag for their table's trash collection. I told the students we would see which table collected the most trash... which, led to the question, "What will the table that collects the most trash get as a prize?". My reply? Why, an extra punch on their punchcards, of course! Well, that was all the students needed to hear to spark even more excitement in, "Operation School Pride".

So, which one of the four tables won the extra punches? Well, when all was said and done, we had four full bags of trash, and 20 students that worked really hard and took great pride in Crown Point Elementary by cleaning the courtyard. It was really hard to choose one table above the others. The students waited anxiously as I announced........ EVERYONE GETS AN EXTRA PUNCH ON THEIR PUNCHCARD!!!! The classroom erupted, and I think that the whole school heard their excitement!!

I have to say, what an amazing day we had. I couldn't be prouder of my swonderfully smarvelous awesomely amazing second graders. I la-la-love them to the moon and back!!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

First Aid Friday!

We continued our severe weather study in science on Friday by making a severe weather plan. I brought in one of my emergency kits and showed the students all the goodies inside it. We listened to my weather radio and talked about why I chose to have each of these things in my emergency kit. Then I surprised the students and gave them first aid kits to start an emergency kit of their own. The students were so excited! We explored what was in the first aid kits, and I gave each of them a label to decorate and stick on their first aid kit.

I was so impressed when the students started asking me to put their parent's cell phone numbers on the labels! Some of the students already knew their parent's cell phone numbers, and I helped those that did not. It was so super awesome to see the class remember one of our severe weather plan items... "Make sure you know or know where to find a list of emergency numbers (neighbor, relative, family friend, and parents cell phones)".

My second graders showed me that they really *know their stuff* when it comes to being prepared for severe weather!!