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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

First Grade Investigates The Science Of Light

First graders are discovering all about light! 

First they discovered light sources that were inside and outside. 

Students are working on drawing exactly what they see and adding labels.

 Next, first graders investigated which materials let light through.

In their experiment, student scientists used flashlights as their light source and used seven different materials to observe how much light went through each material.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Self-Portraits and Bio Poems in Ms. Fitzpatrick's Class

Mrs. FitzPatrick's 3rd and 4th graders spent the first few weeks of school drafting, revising, and publishing our Bio Poems using Chromebooks.

These poems tell about our hopes, fears, and a little bit about who we are.

 We also created self portraits inspired by Sandra Silberzweig, a Canadian artist who uses lots of colors and varied dark lines in her work.

We used pencil, sharpie, and crayons or colored pencils to create our finished product.

Stop by room 208 to see them in person!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Open House Photos

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, Edmunds Elementary hosted our annual Open House for students and their families. Students were eager to show off their work to family members and friends. Parents had the chance to meet teachers, ask questions, and learn more about each grade level's curriculum.

 First grade students share their ant hills with families. Students read aloud their class "Hopes and Dreams" with families.

 Families had the chance to look through writing, science, math folders and more!

Second grade families explored writing folders. Students shared their calendar routines.

 3/4 students had filled their desks with displays of self-portraits and bio poems. The self-portraits were inspired by Sandra Silberzweig.

 Fifth grade parents had the chance to investigate a variety of rocks that students have used in class when studying geology.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Centennial Woods trip, grade 2

Second grade scientists in Mrs. Bellavance and Ms. McMorris's class have taken to the woods. For the past two Fridays, they have walked to Centennial Woods, a 67-acre forest owned by UVM, to explore the forest habitat.

 They are researching the variety of living things that can be found in the forest habitat. Children were inspecting under logs, listening for birds and insects, and looking up to see what lives at the top of the forest.

Using iPads and observational drawings, children documented their findings.

 They are working with a partner to create an eBook to share their research about how animals and plants in the forest depend on their environment.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Visit with Author Kate Messner!

Author Kate Messner visited our students in grades 3-5 to talk about the craft of writing. Messner, the author of over thirty books, shared the process that she goes through to bring her books from idea to finished copy.  

Students were amazed that she often revises her books more than ten times before it is ready for publication!  Her latest book, The Exact Location of Home, was given eighteen revisions! 

 Kate spoke about how she writes about what she knows and focuses on details to make her stories come alive.  Although the books she talked about with the students are fiction, she told them that they also required a great deal of research to make them real and believable. 

Kate made the whole research and writing process sound fun and exciting surely inspiring a few students along the way!  Thank you to the PTO for helping sponsor Kate's visit to our school!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Fifth Grade Final Song

Check out the fifth grade rehearsal for their final song together at EES!