Friday, May 26, 2017

Day 161 - Reading With New Amigos! - Mrs. Hoyt - Pine Glen Kindergarten

What happens when you bring a room full of 5 and 6-year-old students together with a group of 17 and 18-year-old high school students?...Lots of fun, dancing, sharing and learning!

Today room 103 hosted Burlington High School AP Spanish students for our first session of a reading program to be held over the coming weeks.  The high school students, along with their teachers, Professors DeSousa and Dacey traveled to Pine Glen to learn and be with us.  The visit could have been intimidating for either group of students but all had a wonderful time!  

We began our visit with a greeting activity.  Friends in room 103 had practiced a Spanish greeting and were prepared to say "Hola Amigos" to their new friends!  Next, we invited our visitors to dance with us.  Thankfully the high school students and teachers were very receptive and realized quickly that they needed to get to our level (physically) pretty quickly!  There are some pretty great dancers in both groups!

Students then broke off into various sections of the room to read books together. It was awesome!

 Students then broke off into various sections of the room to read books together.  It was awesome!

All gathered back as a group.  We shared our knowledge of the 7 continents and the visitors helped us discover where in the world Spanish is spoken.  They taught us both number words and color words in Spanish.  We also had time to discuss other languages we all know.  We have a very multi-linguistic group!

Our visit ended with hugs and high fives!

The teachers all agreed that the experience was muy bien!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Day 160 - Reading Around The Room - Lauren Kippenberger - Memorial Grade 3

This post first appeared on Mrs. Kippenberger's Blog

This morning we were reading around the room! The students are very excited that we have begun to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl. As students are reading they are answering comprehension questions, working with new vocabulary words, as well as making connections to the text. At the conclusion of the book we will watch the original movie and make a comparison between the book and the movie. Students who have already seen the movie but not read the book are already noticing that there are differences and that the book has more details than the movie! 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Day 159 - Shadow Math - Mrs. Tate - MSMS Math Dept.

We have been taking advantage of this beautiful weather by doing our math lessons outdoors.  This past week sixth grade students learned how to set up proportions from similar triangles.  In order to set up our proportions we used the height of a person or object and then measured the shadow it produced.  We then selected another person or object to measure to create a proportion.  Sometimes we decided to calculate the height of the object and other times we chose to calculate the length of the shadow.  In some instances we were able to actually measure either the shadow’s length/object’s height to see how close our mathematics calculation got!  In some instances, the object we chose was too tall to measure- so hopefully our math was correct!   Students chose to work with proportions involving their bodies, a lamp post, street sign, trees, and trash can.  Here are some pictures of the students in action and their mathematics calculations.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Day 158 - Non-Fiction Inform Writing about the Weather! - Mrs. Parnell - Pine Glen Kindergarten

The Kindergartners have been learning about the weather all year long. Last week we completed our cumulative project. The students created an instruct, procedural poster- an invitation through the Explorations in Non-Fiction writing unit. Students made observations about their birthday months’ weather and temperature. Then they designed a birthday invitation that included: their birthdate, place of party, activity, and list of suggested items to wear/bring to the party. This fictional birthday party would be planned to take place outside on the day of their birthday in the Massachusetts area.

The students followed the following steps:

  1. Identify the month and day of birthday and the temperature during that month.
  2. Identify an appropriate place and outdoor activity for a party during that season/month.
  3. List appropriate clothing and other accessories needed for the weather at the party (i.e., umbrella, sunscreen, bathing suit, snow boots, hats, sweatshirt, etc.).
  4. Design a birthday invitation with four parts:  the actual date of the birthday, the place where the party will take place (beach, playground, apple orchard, ice skating rink, etc.), the outdoor activity (swimming, playing baseball, building a snowman, picking apples, etc.), and the list of clothing and accessories needed.
    We brainstormed ideas about the weather for the different seasons, then the students created their own graphic organizer for each of the four seasons. The students were grouped according to their birthday season to create their invitations.

Pictures of our final products will be posted soon!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Day 157 - The Reservoir - Mrs. Cyr - Memorial School Grade 3

We had a great day at the Mill Pond Reservoir today! Thanks to Mr. M., Ms. P. and Mrs. H. for teaching us all about the FIELD, FOREST and VERNAL POOL!

It sure was hot but we made it! ;)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Day 156 - To be an Idol, you can’t Idle - Jason Biundo and Azam Baig - BHS Seniors

State Law Mandates No Idling on School Grounds
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Global warming. Air Pollution. Smog. These are topics that make the news every single day. But did you know that limiting something you may do daily could have a major effect on reducing the impact we have on our environment? Idling! Idling occurs any time your car is stopped but the engine is running, and it occurs more often than you may think. Whether stopped at a red light, waiting in the drive through, or sitting waiting to pick up your child from school, we spend a significant amount of time idling.
An idling car uses a significant amount of fuel (anywhere between 1⁄5 and 7/10 of a gallon per hour) depending on the car or truck. With gas prices going up, idling costs you money. Contrary to popular belief, a car does not use more gas to restart the engine than to keep in idle. In fact, idling for more than 10 seconds uses more gas than if the engine was shut off. Another popular belief is that the engine needs to warm up before it can be driven. However, that is not the case with modern engines, and the engine actually warms twice as quickly when being driven. There are many obvious economic and environmental benefits from not idling, but there also many health benefits too, particularly for your children. And guess what? IT’S THE LAW!!
A law you ask? Yes! Massachusetts state law (540 CMR) mandates that vehicles not be idling on school grounds or else risk a penalty of $100 for the first offense, possibly escalating to $500 for subsequent offenses. Those fines may hurt the wallet, but idling hurts the body. Idling cars release the same pollutants that moving cars do, and the stationary nature of idling cars leads to the pollutants building up and possibly entering the school building through the ventilation system. The exhaust of cars is linked to adverse health effects such as asthma, allergies, heart disease, increased risk of cancers, and other lung problems (EMA).
So ask yourself…is the minor inconvenience of turning the engine off and on worth the health, economic, and environmental benefits of reducing idling time? We think so. After all, to be an idol, you can’t idle!!
Written By: Jason Biundo and Azam Baig BHS Class Of 2017 and AP Environmental Science Students Extraordinaire!
Works Cited:
Leibrock, Amy “10 Reasons to Turn Off an Idling Car.” Sustainable America . Web. 08 May 2017.
“Attention Drivers! Turn off Your Idling Engines.” Environmental Defense Fund . Web. 08 May 2017.
“Everything You Need To Know About Idling.” EMA . Web. 08 May 2017.
Lawlib. “540 CMR: Registry of Motor Vehicles.” Court System . 07 May 2014. Web. 08 May 2017.
“The Facts about Idling Your Car.” . 17 July 2016. Web. 08 May 2017.