• Wonderful Wednesday... June 10

    * Geometry Bingo (google meeting) Reminder

    geo bingo reminder

    Here are some ideas for fun during the summer....

        If you are interested in Bird Watching, you may like the Department of Environmental Conservation’s I Like NY’s Beginning Birding ChallengeThe challenge is open now through September 30th. Click on the bird below for more information.

    bird

    If you would like more information on birds in New York State check out the DEC's I Love NY Beginner's Guide to Birding Book. Click below:

    Bird 2

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  • Wonderful Wednesday... June 3

     (this week it is out-of-this world!)

     This weekend, astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley (no relaion to Mrs. Hurley) launched this weekend aboard the SpaceX Dragon Endevour and reached the International Space Station. It marked the first time astonauts have launched from the U.S. since 2011!

    Check out NASA TV for streaming of the event:

    space station

     

    If you want to learn more about SpaceX, visit Kiddle. There is a lot of information and at the bottom there are wonderful pictures.

    Click on the picture below to visit Kiddle.

    spacex

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  • Wonderful Wednesday... for May 27

    Draw a view from your window!

    To get started, click on the photo below. Learn some great tips on landscape drawing from Time for Kids Draw with Drew and Rosie.

    artists

    After watching, make a plan, gather materials and draw the view outside your window. Send your finished pictures in to be on SDTV!

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  • Wonderful Wednesday... May 20

     Candy Creations

    Click on the jellybeans to read an article from Scholastic about a traveling candy exhibit that turns sweets into artistic experiences:

    jellybeans

    Try it….

    On a sheet of paper Sketch a design of a candy sculpture you would make. How much candy do you think it would take to make it? What shapes will be involved? What fraction of each type of candy will you use?

    Can you use your plan to make a candy sculpture? With the permission of a parent, try it!

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  • Wonderful Wednesday... for May 13

    Check out Time for Kids and read about the Mind-Body connection in The Benefits of Exercise. Click on the picture below:

    exercise

     Then, read a new study about how scientists are studying the benefits of physical activity by clicking on the picture below:

    run

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  • Wonderful Wednesday... for May 6

    1. OK artists...

    Click on the picuture below and you can look at all the Art Alive entries. Ask your parent if you want to vote.  The awesome piece of art is under "Best Kids Entry':

    art 3

     Drew, a creative directior at Time for Kids and Rosie have teamed up to show you how you might make a Teacher Appreciation Poster. That's great, if you want to do it -definitely send us a picture. But, it is also Mother's Day. Hopefully, you watched Mrs. MacDonald's secret video about what you could make as a gift. (Check your gmail and google classroom to find it) Watch this video and it might give you some ideas about the best way to make a card or a poster.

    Draw w Drew 1

    2. Remembering Star Wars...

    This is a Star Wars X Wing made from things you might find around the house. If you have binder clips, this might be something you’d want to try:

    Star Wars 2

    Here is a print out to make Star Wars Printable Puppets. Along with the puppet heads, you just need glue and a popsicle stick. Check out related files at the bottom of this page if you would like to print it out.

    Popsicle Stick Puppets

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  • Wonderful Wednesday... from April 29

    Today's assigned reading passage and quesitons (from outline) pdf version click below:

    Reduce Waste reading

    MindUp

    We’ve been home a long time now, and things have changed a lot! We’re missing our friends, our activities, sports and music practice, and school.  This is the perfect time to take a look back at all we’ve learned this year in MindUp. Our MindUp classes gave us tools to use when we’re feeling scared, sad, stressed, or lonely.  Here’s a “wrap up” - or a quick review of things we learned…

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    1. We learned about our brain.  Why???  Our brain is important for learning and it’s where our emotions begin.  Our brain helps us make friends, be kind to our family, and learn new things.   

    2. We learned a 3 important parts of our brain that we use all the time…

    Quick Quiz:      (don’t worry, it’s really easy and the answers are at the bottom:)

    The “Wise Leader” is the _______________

    The “Security Guard” is the ______________

    The “Memory Saver” is the ________________

    (answers:  Prefrontal Cortex, Amygdala, Hippocampus)

    3.  We learn best when our brain is calm.

    4.  We make decisions best when our brain is calm

          Good news!  We learned some ways to keep our brain calm.


    We have a “Toolbox” - things we can do to help us stay calm or get calm when we are feeling upset, stressed, sad or scared...

    Take a deep breath - in school, we called this the Core Practice. We can stop and take a deep breath to calm down anytime, anywhere.  Here are some videos that you can use too...

    Ckick on the picture to view the video:

    deep breaths

    Think about how others are feeling.  We called this Perspective Taking.  Take a minute to think about how your brother or sister, or mom or dad see things, or how they are feeling.

    perspective

    Optimism - having an “I can do it!!” attitude! This is really important now, when it might be hard to keep working without your teacher or your friends around.  Remember to be your own coach- “I can do it!!”    

    Gratitude Thinking about the good things around us, feeling grateful for our families, our homes, our good health can help us stay positive.  


    Being Kind.  it’s funny, but doing nice things for others can help us to feel better.  Being kind, helpful, and positive is good for others and good for us too!

    We really enjoyed spending time with you in 4th grade, teaching you about MindUp.  We are so happy that you have some more “tools in your toolbox” to stay calm, positive, and happy!           

    Mrs. Pietrantone and Dr. Roberts smile

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  • Wonderful Wednesday...

    1. Art Alive

    This year, the Albright Knox Art Gallery is having individuals or families create live re-creations of works of art for great prizes by taking pictures or videos and submitting them online. Enter the Art Alive contest online by April 29th at 5:00.

    Award Categories

    • People’s Choice Awards (Households/Groups, Pets, Individuals, Schools)
    • Best Tableau from the Albright-Knox’s Collection or AK Public Art
    • Best Craftsmanship
    • Best Use of Photoshop
    • Most Creative Entry Using Household Items
    • Best Use of Social Distancing in a Group

    Click on the picture of former South Davis student Anna Bond, as she re-creates Girl with a Peal Earring to learn more about the contest.

    Anna

    If you or your family members enter, please send us a picture and we will post it on our webpage!

    2. Adorable Pets

    Pets bring people much joy! Read about wild pets, goofy cats and check out adorable pet photos at National Geographic Kids.

    Click on the picture below:

    pets

    How are your searching skills? See how many pets you can find.

    Pets 2

     

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  • Wordy Wednesday... April 13th 

    1. Write Letters: Show Gratitude

    Citizenship is an important word in Social Studies. It means membership in a community (school, neighborhood, community, nation) with its accompanying rights and responsibilities. 

     Todays activity involves citizenship and showing gratitude….write thank you letters.  Write them to someone for which you are grateful. Write 2-4 letters to people in your community you would like to thank. The mailperson, a storeowner, a custodian, a doctor or nurse....choose whomever you’d like. It does not need to be someone you know. As an example, “To Everyone in the Post Office,”. Sign your letter with your first name only. Write 2-4 letters. If you want to write a long letter, there are instructions attached at the very bottom of this page. Send your letters out. I bet they cause the people who receive them to smile.

     police    mail   nurse

    Write about your letter writing session in your journal. How did you decide who to write to? How did sending the letters make you feel?

    1. The Poem Farm

    Remember Amy Ludwig Vanderwater and her visits to South Davis?

    Here is a message from Amy:

     "I'm Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, and I've been sharing poems and lessons here since March 2010. The Poem Farm is a safe place for students to explore poems, and it's a place for teachers to find poetry teaching ideas. I post on Fridays during the school year (every day of April!), and I welcome you to make yourself cozy here among the words."

     This year, Amy is writing poety by "Rolling the Dice". She takes three word dice, rolls them and then, write a poem about whatever words show up. Click on the picture to check it out:

     Dice

    Now, you try it. I’m pretty sure you don’t have word dice but….I have an alternative option for you.

    1. Take a bunch of words, use nouns and verbs.
    1. Write every word on a scrap of paper. Put the papers in a baseball hat or lunch bag.
    1. Randomly, pick three words out of the bag. Write a poem using one, two or three of the words.
    1. Write the poem in your journal. Try to write one poem a day. At the end of a month, put stars next to your best two poems.

     Check out Mrs. Vanderwater’s poems for inspiration! Each day she will focus on a different Poetry Technique.

     Good luck!!!!

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  • Wordy Wednesday... April 6th 

     1Journal Entry:

     In your journal write a creative entry about the following topic:

     If raindrops were made of chocolate, I….

     Write a good journal entry:

    • Put the date on the first line.
    • Have a cool title
    • Write or print NEATLY. Make all your letters touch the line, leave spaces between words
    • Indent paragraphs if necessary
    • Make sure you have at least 60 words and at least 6 sentence
    • Begin your sentences in different ways
    • Read over your paragraph(s) to make sure they make the best sense

     2. STEM Instant Challenge

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    Great job guys!

     The people at Destination Imagination created a STEM Challenge for you! Remember, the goal of an instant challenge is to practice you creativity. And, if you complete the challenge with a sibling, practice communication and cooperation.

    First of all, if you don’t have something you can totally replace it with something you do have (if you do not have straws, use pencils). Secondly, it is your responsibility to totally clean everything up when you are finished. Thirdly, if you do the challenge, send a picture to Ms. Kelly and she’ll try to post them on our website. Good luck!

    Paper

    From Destination Imagination :

    We have designed these STEAM challenges without a teamwork component so that kids are able to do them on their own, if necessary. We have also included Scoring and Reflection sections in case family members have time to watch and be involved as they create their solutions.

    Please feel free to modify the suggested materials lists based on what you have available. Changing the materials is also a great way to see how your kids can come up with different ways to solve the challenges. (Note: Instead of providing a materials list, you can also ask your kids to find their own materials to solve the challenge. This will extend the timeframe of the activity, which can be helpful for parents and guardians who are working from home right now!)

    The Paper Structure Challenge

    Note: Consider having your kids try this challenge for the first time using a paperback book. Then see if their structure is able to hold a hardback book. If not, have them rebuild their structure to see if it can hold the heavier book.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Kids will utilize the innovation and design process, think creatively and critically, draw conclusions, and make inferences

    CHALLENGE

    Build a freestanding structure that is as tall as possible and can hold a book for at least 15 seconds.

    MATERIALS

    10 sheets of paper
 *4 mailing labels or 12 inches (31 cm) of masking tape *1 book


    * 1 yardstick/meter stick (for measuring only)

    TIME: 8 minutes

    SCORING

    1. 5 points (maximum 80 points) for each full inch of height of your structure 

    2. 20 points if your structure is at least 12 inches tall 

    3. 10 points if your structure can hold a book for at least 15 seconds 

    4. Up to 20 points for the creativity of your structure 


    REFLECT ON WHAT YOU DID

    ƒ What was the most difficult part of this Challenge?
 What different ways did you think of to use the paper to make the structure taller?

    EXTEND YOUR IDEAS

    ƒ Can you solve this challenge again using the materials in a different way? ƒ Can you build a structure that can hold 2 or more books?

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  • Wordy Wednesday...March 30th

    1. Journal Entry 

    In your journal write about one of the following topics.

    Describe your best day ever. When was it? What made it the best day ever?

                                             OR

    What traits or behaviors bug you the most? How do you deal with people who bug you?

    Write a good journal entry:

    • Put the date on the first line.
    • Have a cool title
    • Write or print NEATLY. Make all your letters touch the line, leave spaces between words
    • Indent paragraphs if necessary
    • Make sure you have at least 60 words and at least 6 sentences
    • Begin your sentences in different ways
    • Read over your paragraph(s) to make sure they make the best sense

    2. Instant Challenge 

    Practice your creativity (and possibly, your communication and cooperation)

    Some of you did this in school. Try it again with the permission of a parent. Use a timer and do it yourself or maybe your siblings would like to try it with you.

    This challenge does involve things (paper clips, rubber bands etc.)

    First of all, if you don’t have something you can totally replace it with something you do have (if you do not have straws, use pencils). Secondly, it is your responsibility to totally clean everything up when you are finished. Thirdly, if you do the challenge, send a picture to Ms. Kelly and she’ll try to post them on our website. Good luck!

    Instant Challenge 1       Instant 2

    Build the Alphabet Instant Challenge

    Everyone is familiar with the alphabet, right? Your task today is to create the alphabet from the construction materials you see listed below. You must create as many letters as possible in five minutes.

    The letters must be created in alphabetical order- you can't jump to easy letters. Team members may not speak during this time. You will be notified when you have only one minute remaining. You will receive one point for every complete recognizable letter.

    Materials

    2 straws       1 aluminum foil square

    5 paperclips   1 length of string

    10 toothpicks   3 rubber bands

    1 clothespin   2 plastic lids *   1 scissors* 

    * can not be changed

    April 1

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  • Wordy Wedesday... March 23rd 

    Todays activity….write letters. This week, Ms. Kelly and her nieces wrote to people who are older and can’t leave their homes. We asked questions, told them about what we were doing and asked them to write back. Each of us wrote 2-4 letters. One of the people Ms. Kelly wrote to is an artist friend who is 95! Hopefully, everyone we wrote to will be surprised and happy when they get their mail.

    If you want to write a long letter, there are instructions under "related files" at the very bottom of this page.

    Who will you write to? Write about your letter writing session in your journal.

    Letter Writing Notes

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