Mrs. Steinbeck’s Weekly Review

Wow! Another fun week is in the books. You can tell it is getting really close to winter break, too! Students and teachers alike are excited to spend some time away from school for a bit. But in the meantime, we are still hard at work in the classroom. Add some fresh snow and it was a great week.

Monday was the first day with any real measurable snow for the kids to play in. The problem was that the ground wasn’t really frozen underneath and the snow was not too deep. This made for some fun, albeit, very dirty snow (and dirty coats, snow pants, gloves, etc.). This didn’t bother the kids in the least. Here is the result of some of the playtime from Monday and Tuesday.

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On Monday we did a fun science activity. We’ve been discussing inherited vs. learned traits so we did an experiment with apples. But instead of just eating the apples plain or composting them, we made a big pot of applesauce in a slow cooker. So all day the smell of apples and cinnamon surrounded us. At the end of the day we all grabbed a bowl of warm applesauce. Yummy! We also did some other activities about inherited and learned traits. In one, the kids were given different random traits and based on a variety of scenarios they had to decide if they would survive or not. They loved trying to explain how they felt they could survive an attacker with large claws and sharp teeth with the ability to play guitar!

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P.E. is always is so much fun. This week they played a relay race that combined running and tic-tac-toe.

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In math they have been working on the commutative, associative, and distributive properties of multiplication. Helping your child understand all of his/her multiplication facts would really help them.

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But the highlight of the week was our two trips to the Holiday Bazaar. It’s a favorite of teachers and students every year. Hopefully these pictures don’t ruin any surprises!

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With our new snow it should be a fun week, especially at recess. Please make sure your child has the proper clothing to be outside. Those thin knit gloves are fine on days when there is no snow, but they don’t really help much when the kids want to play in the snow. Also, it looks like it is supposed to be pretty cold this week, so we may be stuck inside for recess a day or too.

Have a great week!

~ Mrs. Steinbeck