Thursday, May 29, 2014

Robots in the Classroom

This past Friday, Liz Dye visited our classroom and shared two small robot or "bots" with us. Liz is an engineering technician with Green Sea Systems in Richmond. The company designs and builds control and navigational systems for underwater robots. The kindergarten students were VERY interested in hearing about the robots that can find sunken ships and underwater treasures! Liz showed us some pictures of a robot that was recently tested in Lake Champlain.

Liz and her daughter, as student in our class, presented a robot that they built the night before her visit. They used a soda can and a kit to build this robot. I has a motor and moves on two wheels or four wheels. It "walked" around our classroom trying a variety of surfaces including the carpet, the tile, a whiteboard and table tops.

The second small robot that we saw is called "Doodle Bug". This robot held a marker and moved on a white board. Liz programmed it to print one letter at a time. It spelled "HI" to us. Then it printed the first letter of each student's name. It then printed RES.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Making Salsa

Making Salsa

On Tuesday,  we made fresh salsa in the classroom. Yummm!

We read several "how to" or procedure books last week. Making Salsa is an e-books in the RazzKids program. Last week, our class listened to this book and decided that we would like to make salsa too.  I copied the story for each child as well as an ingredient booklet. We researched several recipes and came up with several varieties.  The students generated a grocery list for me.

On Tuesday, we signed out the RES food cart which has most every tool that we needed. Children wore aprons and four groups chopped tomatoes, peppers, onions and cilantro. They added salt and pepper.  In addition, one group added a mango, one group added cumin, one group added an additional “spicy” (mild) green pepper and one group substituted lime juice for lemon juice. (Thanks Lisa L., Laura S., Mrs. Marcotte and Mrs. King for supervising the chopping!)  We tried all four versions of the fresh salsa… with chips, of course. 

Here is our recipe if you'd like to make some fresh salsa yourself.

     Kindergarten Fresh Salsa 2014 
       ( amount for each small group)

     2 tomatoes, chopped
     ½ onion, diced fine
     1 sweet pepper diced
       (each group had a different pepper – green, yellow, orange, red)
     Tsp. salt
     Dash pepper
     Juice of one lemon or one lime
     ¼ cup of cilantro  (Mexican parsley)- chopped (we snipped with scissors)

     1 chopped mango or peach or 1 cup chopped watermelon
     1 Tbsp. cumin (Mexican spice)

     1 spicy or hot pepper – chopped

 The veggies

 Mrs. King's group

 Mrs. Marcotte's group

 Lisa's group

Laura's group

 The salsa!


Monday, May 19, 2014

Visiting the Farr Family Farm

Our trip to the Farr Family Farm last Wednesday was a great experience. Mrs. Farr showed us around the farm. We got to see the robot milking three cows, saw the large milk tank, learned about cow food, pet a baby calf and even helped with some chores by feeding a cart of hay to the cows. Many were amazed to see a few cows using a back scratcher.  We saw the "poop scraper" and learned how the manure is stored and then spread on the fields.  

We went outside and saw Mr. Farr plowing the field getting ready to plant corn that afternoon. We saw the corn seed, corn planter, the large tractor and the manure spreader or "poop truck". We visited with Blinkley and Cocoa, the two cows that the Farr children show at local fairs. Thanks so much to Erin Farr for corresponding with us the past few months. We also thank NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont) for funding our field trip to the farm and coordinating our connection with a local farmer.  


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Field Trip to the Farr Farm on Wednesday

Please remember to dress for the morning weather. Students should wear sturdy shoes or boots. No sandals!

Building and Creating

Scholars have been busy with a variety of structures and creations throughout the year. Here are a few pictures.

A Moment in the Kindergarten Day May 13, 2014

These photos were taken within ten minutes during Learning Centers/Choice Time this afternoon. Scholars were busy writing, using chalk at the easel, sifting and measuring sand, building with wooden blocks and bristle blocks.

Friday, May 9, 2014

May Flowers

April Showers Bring May Flowers 

The hallway outside of our classroom looks beautiful! Our garden is filled with large paper flowers that we created on the last day of April with help from our fourth grade buddies. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Books of Three- Part Two - The Movie

The past few weeks, the students have been interested in reading and retelling books of three.  On Friday, Mrs. Finnigan, our district technology coordinator, came into our classroom to help students make videos of their retelling. The students used a variety of classroom props to retell and act out the following stories.
    Goldilocks and the Three Bears
    The Three Little Kittens Who Lost Their Mittens

    The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf

    The Three Little Wolves, the Salesman and the Big Bad Pig

    The Three Wolves and the Big Mean Pig

Today (Monday) we watched the movies that we made. It was fun to see and hear the many different versions of Stories of Three.