Even though I was only in class two days this week it was a busy two days! We are continuing to learn about Social Media and Twitter by using our "iPhone" to post messages. Today we posted a QR code to share the Maple Syrup Lesson movie. We will begin reading Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book next week and also begin developing our classroom store.
I am out today, tomorrow, and Wednesday to grade the NYSAA tests.
Yesterday, Mr. Maskulinski brought in his equipment for turning the maple tree sap into maple syrup. It was a great way for the students to see everything we have been reading about.
It was one of my favorite lessons of the year because the students were able to really experience the world around them. The students used the vocabulary we studied in the real environment. They asked several interesting questions throughout the process. The students learned about springtime, trees, tools, working together, cooking, and many, many more other things. You can watch a movie about the entire process by clicking here. Thanks again Mr. Maskulinski!
Yesterday, High School Biology teacher, Mrs. Becher, and PE teacher, Mr. Maskulinski, came into our classroom to assist teaching a lesson on how to make maple syrup. Mrs Becher and Mr. Maskulinski both are experienced in making maple syrup. The lesson began with a visual presentation of 40 cups setting on a desk. Mrs. Becher explained that if we filled all 40 cups with maple tree sap, it would boil down into 1 cup of maple syrup! Mr. Maskulinski explained the equipment needed to tap a tree and collect the maple tree sap. Today, Mr. Maskulinski took the class outside and taped trees to collect maple tree sap. If we are lucky, we will boil down the sap and make maple syrup on Friday! Thank you to Mrs. Becher and Mr. Maskulinski for teaching us a great lesson!
On Friday the students completed the bake sale and achieved all of their objectives. It was a great success! The students also worked on their own shamrocks with the Art Therapist Miss. Thurn. They researched their Irish name online then decorated a shamrock with it. We posted the Shamrocks on our door today.
We met all of our objectives of the bake sale! Each student had a job to do and they did them well. Students prepared the areas, baked, set up the tables, collected money and made change, socialized with students and staff, and cleaned up. It was a great experience!
Today Jordan and her mother Mrs. Olejniczak brought in live chicks to teach us about raising them. We learned that by NY State Law people have to buy a minimum of six chicks at a time, the chicks with even feathers are usually female, and a chick egg hatches in 21 days. Jordan did a great job presenting and It was a great experience for all of the students.
As part of our "Cooking to Learn" lessons and to teach money management we are having a bake sale outside of the cafeteria during lunch periods. We are going to raise money to buy more copies of the graphic novel Robot Dreams. We purchased supplies and will bake in the classroom. If anyone is interested in making and sending in bake goods that would be a great way to reinforce what we are learning in the classroom.
As part of my Social Science lessons I have invited guest speakers to the classroom to introduce themselves to the students. It is a way to teach the students about the people that are around them and most important to them in their community. It is also a great way to bring people into the classroom and meet our students. Thus far we have met the School Nurse, Guidance Counselor, School Psychologist, All Principals at the High School, School Resource Officer, School Business Administrator, Superintendent of Schools, and the Board of Education President. We are now reaching out to the community and inviting people into the classroom. Yesterday we met the Elma Town Supervisor, Mr. Powers. It was a great experience for the students with Mr. Powers spending an hour in the classroom answering several questions from the students and even brought Elma Town Pencils as a gift for each student!