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Using Words to Fill Buckets

With the help of Mrs. Kinnear, 2-4 Team students are learning how to use words to fill buckets and have their own bucket filled in return.

Mrs. Kinnear read students a book by Carol McCloud, author of a series of “bucket” books beginning with Have you Filled a Bucket Today? The books are based on the idea that we all carry around an invisible bucket that holds good thoughts and good feelings about ourselves.

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Marking a Milestone

The 100th Day of School is a major milestone in elementary school classrooms. LGS K-4 students marked the occasion with a range of fun and tasty classroom activities.

Ms. Wagner’s K-2 students practiced counting by tens and fives on the 100th Day of School. They made hats composed of ten strips decorated with 10 items on each strip. They also created a wall display of 20 pieces of a paper decorated with 5 items each.

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Good-Luck Dragons

In anticipation of the Chinese New Year, art students are creating Chinese dragons by brightly coloring pre-printed dragon parts, assembling the parts, and adding other materials.

Chinese dragons are viewed differently from the dragons of the Western world. They’re not the fire-breathing dangerous dragons of books and movies but are seen as lucky and good. Chinese dragons also look different from Western interpretations of dragons, tending to be longer and more snake like than their Western counterparts.

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Breaking the Force

Mrs. Hoffman’s science students are learning about the force of magnetism by conducting experiments using balance scales, washers, plastic spacers, and magnets.

One end of the scales included a magnet on the top of a post. When another magnet was dropped into the cup above the post, a magnetic force was created. Students then added washers to the opposite end of the balance until the force between the magnets was broken.

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Creating a School Community

Imagine you are a student starting at a new school. What would be on your mind? You might be wondering, “Will I make friends here?” Or, “Will my teachers like me? Will they care about me?”

Schools with strong sense of community help students feel safe and supported, and give them a sense of “connectedness” and “belonging.” This, in turn, increases academic achievement, helps students develop social and emotional competencies, and reduces negative behaviors.

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Roll-a-Dough Letters

LGS students have been working on improving their handwriting and strengthening their hand muscles, all while having fun with Play-Doh!*

Students use the Play-Doh to shape letters on cards inserted into a plastic tray. On this day, students were practicing letters that start with a “Magic C” including C, G, O and Q.

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Warhol-Inspired Flowers

K-2 students recently created brightly colored artwork inspired by Andy Warhol’s flower prints.

Andy Warhol loved to create artwork based on things in pop culture. Pop culture is what you see every day all around you, ranging from images of movie stars to cans of Campbell’s soup. Warhol would take the images and repeat them over and over.

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Mummified Apples

As Ms. Kuehnle’s 6-8 Team students are nearing the end of their social studies unit on Ancient Egypt, she presented them with a theme-related STEM challenge.    

Ancient Egypt is known for, among other things, mummies. The ancient Egyptians believed the physical body is important in the next life. Thus, they used mummification to preserve the bodies of people and even animals. Part of the mummification process included removing the organs and putting them in canopic jars containing natron, a naturally occurring compound of sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate (salt and baking soda).

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