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  • Kindergarten Orientation

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 8/27/2015

    It was great meeting my new kinders! Mrs. Edwards and I are so excited to get to know each of them.

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  • The Great Gingerbread Chase

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 12/18/2014
    Today we baked and chased the gingerbread man. We went to every classroom in the whole school and couldn't find him anywhere. We did however find some clues and some notes written by the gingerbread man. When we got back to our classroom their was a huge mess! Also the window was open with a note attached to it. It said, "I've run and run I need some rest perhaps a vacation would suit me best." We are hoping to hear from him after winter break. Maybe we will receive a letter or postcard or two. Help keep the magic alive.
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  • Santa's Toothpaste

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 12/9/2014
    Santa's Toothpaste   Santa's Toothpaste
    Today in kindergarten we asked the question "How does Santa get toothpaste?" Without much hesitation the students responded, "He makes it." Today we made a batch of toothpaste for Santa in kindergarten. I promised the boys and girls I would post the experiment so they could duplicate it at home.
    First, place a plastic bottle in a large bowl to contain the mess. Then, in the bottle pour 1c of hydrogen peroxide, a generous squirt of soap, some green food coloring, and some peppermint extract. Swirt the bottle around to mix. Next, mix a packet of quick rising yeast with about 6 tablespoons of warm water in a separate bowl. Get your camera read and then pour the yeast mixture into the bottle of hydrogen peroxide. Enjoy watching the reaction.
    If you complete this experiment please blog with me and post comments or pictures of your results.  
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  • November in Review

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 12/1/2014
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  • Five Senses

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 11/14/2014
    For the last week we have been studying our five senses. Students participated in several activities that helped them to realize the importance of each of their senses. 
    Our week began by playing pin the squirrel in the hole in the tree (creative name, right?). Students were blindfolded and had to try to pin the squirrel in the hole in the tree, hence the name. We recorded results of how many students went above, below, and in the hole. Most of us missed the mark, reminding us of the importance of our sense of sight. When some students had trouble finding the tree we would clap and make noise to encourage them to move in a particular direction. This reminded us of the importance of our sense of hearing.
    While studying bats we played "Whose my mother" . I blindfolded one student and they were the momma bat. I placed lemon extract on a cotton ball and told them that that was the smell of their baby. I lined all other students up with cotton balls with vanilla extract and them asked the momma bat to find her baby. She had to find the student holding the lemon extract and then say "that's my baby."
    Students also used their sense of touch to describe items in touch bags. After feeling the objects students were asked to guess what object was in the bag.
    To end our study on the five senses I told students that I was baking and spilled the salt and sugar. I asked the students to help me determine which one was salt and which was sugar by using our five senses.
    Fall and winter are a great time to talk about the five senses with our children. Go on a walk with your child and ask them what sights they see, what sounds they hear, what smells they smell, different textures that they can feel outside. The tastes of fall and winter are some of my favorites.  
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  • 50 Days Smarter

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 11/14/2014
     50th day
        Golly time flies when you are having fun. It is hard to believe that we have already been in school 50 days! We spent the day celebrating that we are fifty days smarter by doing a 1950's art project. When you come by Banneker be sure to check it out. We also practiced twisting 50 times, hula hooping 50 times, making pink and black patterns, counting by 5's, counting by 10's, and enjoying root beer floats. What a day. I can't wait to see what happens when we are 100 days smarter!  
    50th Day 2014  
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  • Spider Quiz

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 10/29/2014
    We have been learning about spiders in kindergarten. Take the quiz below on spiders to see how much you know.
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  • Apple Fritters

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 10/9/2014
    Today we made apple fritters. Students were able to spin the apple corer to help us prepare for cooking. As students cored the apples they were able to see the different parts of the apple. Students were able to examine the core, seeds, skin, and flesh of the apple separately.  While we were waiting to our apple fritters we performed an apple taste test. Each student was able to try a yellow (Golden Delicious), green (Granny Smith), and a red (Red Delicious) apple. Surprisingly, 10/23 students preferred the green apple. The fewest number of people chose yellow apples. We discussed how funny it would be if an apple called Golden Delicious was not delicious at all. Most students liked the apple fritters, but a few students stated that they preferred their apples plain. Mrs. Edwards will be sending home a copy of the apple fritter recipe in case you would like to make some at home as a family.  
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  • Writer's Workshop -Labeling

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 10/8/2014
     Today we worked on labeling items in our pictures that are familiar to us. We used our alphabet charts to support our thinking. To show students how helpful labels can be, we labeled Mrs. Edwards.
    Label Mrs. Edwards  
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  • Gigantic Gummy Bears

    Posted by SARAH BRISSING at 9/19/2014
    On Thursday we place gummy bears into 3 liquids to see what would happen to them. We let them sit overnight and then observed the changes that occurred. 
    The first bear was in water....
    water gummy  
    He expanded and got really gooey.
    The second bear was in salt water....
    salt water bear  
    He shrank a bit and lost some coloring. We were also able to see salt particles.
    The third bear soaked in vinegar...
    vinegar bear  
    He was stinky, smaller, and lost his shape.
     The fourth bear soaked in water and baking soda...
    baking soda bear  
    He was huge and became discolored.
    Explanation: The main ingredient in a gummy bear is sugar and gelatin. The gelatin absorbs some of the water and allows the bear to expand without dissolving.
    This is a fun activity to try at home and easy to replicate. At home you may even be allowed to eat the gummy bears, before they are soaked in salt water, vinegar, and baking soda of course! 
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