Week 36

Earth Week has flown by! We all had a great time spending our days outside this week and learning about the Earth. On Monday, we had our egg celebration, Cascaron, in Spanish. The students got to give good luck to their friends by cracking their eggs on each other. We all learned about a spiders sense of touch and got to play a Spider Sense game with blind folds! In the afternoon, our Waukegan Book Buddies came to PCCS and we built recyclable bridges. Some bridges ended up holding over 6 pounds!

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On Tuesday the PE teachers took our class on an exercise hike! The students also got to play Woodland Chase and learn about how foxes hunt for their food. In the afternoon we did a math coloring activity and finished our USA maps. We then picked up trash all over campus. We picked up 911 piece of trash in 45 minutes!

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Wednesday it was rainy, but we still had a jam-packed day! In art, the students are showing the four seasons on a tree with watercolor pencils. We did an experiment to learn how plants breathe! Leaves were put under water for a few hours and bubbles started to form. The students also collected different nature materials and created self portraits on the sidewalks. As a class, we learned about different kinds of water pollution and came up with ways to combat the different kinds. The students invented energy-saving inventions on paper and wrote about how they could work in real life.

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On Thursday, the music teachers introduced Native American flute playing to the students. They all got to practice the different ways to play their recorder like a Native American flute. The students were read a captivating story, Spring Defeats Winter, and then enjoyed D.E.A.R. outdoors. In the afternoon, the whole class went on a trek! We did the Story Walk all around Lake Leopold. The students got to help out another Earth Explorer as he met different mythical creatures along the path.

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Friday we went to Moraine Hills State Park. It may have been chilly, but we all enjoyed it! The students went to four stations and heard different Native American legends. They were also introduced to the the different types of Native American tribes that lived in Illinois throughout the ages. After lunch, we went on a long hike and stopped mid-way for solo-spots. The animals sounds at Moraine Hills Park were beautiful.

Next week, we will return to a NORMAL schedule! YAY! It is nice to have routine. In Social Studies, we will continue to learn about the history of Illinois. In writing, we’re beginning our fairy tale unit! Students will be studying different fairy tales, and even creating their own. We haven’t forgotten about our Pioneer books! We will pick up right where we left off on Monday. Our 4th grade math students will be starting to work on decimals in a brand new unit.

If you would like to see more pictures from Earth Week, please let myself or Miss Moyer know!

Dates to remember:

  • Monday, April 24th – Kindergarten Round-Up 6-7pm in Muir Hall
  • Tuesday, April 25th – Earth Week Closing Ceremony at 8:15am
  • Wednesday April 26 – Math Night from 6-7 pm
  • Friday, April 28th – Arbor Day Assembly at 8:15am
  • May 1-5 – Native American Week
  • May 3 – Early Release
  • May 9 – NWEA testing in the morning – please make sure to eat a big, nutritional breakfast!
  • May 11 – Old World Wisconsin field trip (all day)