Mrs. Kilburn's Kindergarten is reading different versions of the gingerbread man story! They have read The Gingerbread Baby, The Gingerbread Girl, The Matzo Ball Boy, The Gingerbread Cowboy, The Runaway Ricecake and the Ninjabread Man!
These little ones started comparing and contrasting the beginning, middle and end of the stories and kicked off their Writer's Workshop with a comparison between The Gingerbread Baby and The Gingerbread Man. Up next ... Stop that Pickle and The Runaway Tortilla !
Fifth graders in Mr. Styles class at EES prepare to lead the opening song at this week's whole school assembly. Winter Snowflakes is accompanied by the xylophones, glockenspiels and drums. Students rotate through each part during rehearsal so, everyone has a chance to learn the different patterns and the singing part.
Hour of Code Hour of Code week began at EES with students in Mrs. Flaherty & Mrs. Goldsmith’s third grade class playing the “unplugged” technology game Robot Turtles during technology class in the library. Students learned the basics of coding by programming their turtles with the directions needed to successfully navigate a maze.
Once they became comfortable with this, they were able to add obstacles to the board to challenge their own coding skills. Coding encourages logical thinking, problem solving, persistence, planning, communication, and collaboration with others in completing the mazes.
Students were excited to be able to create their own programs and make the Robot Turtles move as they were coded!
The U.S. Forest Service in Vermont is encouraging the families of 4th graders to apply for free Christmas tree removal permits to have a tree for the holidays.
Every Kid in A Park is a national initiative to give families of 4th graders free access the wonders of nature through free passes to National Parks. The Green Mountain Forest here in Vermont is a National Park.
This year, as a one-time opportunity, families of EKIP-holding 4th graders can apply for a permit to cut down a tree in the Green Mountain Forest. You can read more about it here on the Vermont Journal, including all of the how-to details.
From Vermont Journal: "Fourth graders that present a printed copy of the voucher may redeem it for an EKIP Pass and a Christmas tree removal permit at one of the U.S. Forest offices."
Permits must be obtained in person at a Forest Service location. Families with the EKIP passes will have no fee, but even if you don't have 4th grader, you can obtain a permit to cut your own tree for just $5. Business hours at the Rochester Forest Service location are M-F 8-4:30pm., at 99 Ranger Road, Rochester, VT 05767. Call 802-767-4261 for more information.
Kindergarten classes had an exciting visit from local author Lynn Parrish Sutton. Lynn visited the K classrooms and read one of her books, Animally.
Then we did some great moving activities as we moved in ways that certain animals do. The kids moved a sloth..."slothily".
Then they moved "friskily" like a foal and many other. Kindergarten has a focus on movement.
She also led a cool bird craft with kids used fine motor focus. Each child was given an autographed copy of the book Animally. This was very cool! We learned a side note that Lynn's children (mostly all grown up now) attended EES.