Friday, December 18, 2015

Helping our Community

Down in the Kindergarten hallway, we have been learning about needs and wants! We read books, made lists, and watched some video clips to help us learn the difference between things we really need, and things we want.

In Mrs. Foshee's classroom, the students found a problem in our world! After reading some picture books (A Chair For My Mother and Jam and Jelly), we discovered that not all boys and girls in our community have what they want or need. We decided as Holly Grove Hedgehogs we needed to solve this problem! We came up with different ideas: donating money, food, clothing, toys for the holidays and we voted on our favorite: food! Within our classroom the students made advertisements to take home to their families to explain this need.

Over just a week and a half, our students brought in over 10 bags and boxes full of food for the Holly Springs Food Cupboard! Here are a couple of pictures of our donations ~ and a special guest who showed up when we loaded a car full of food!

Way to go, Mrs. Foshee's Kindergarten class! Thanks for being helpful citizens in our community.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Girls on the Run Complete 5K

The 24-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions.

We have 2 teams ~ (Team 1 - coached by West, Harris, Holmes, and Foshee/Team 2 - coached by Bailey, Huber, and McLamb) meeting twice a week, we teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The 24-lesson curriculum includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.

Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. At each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies complete a 5k running event.  Our 5K was called the Reindeer Romp that took place on Saturday on Meridith's campus. Completing a 5k gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible and teaching girls that they can.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

5th Grade Biography Projects

Mrs. Schaefer's class had an awesome time with their second quarter book project. They started out by using the library resources and meeting with Ms. Adams to learn about biographies and picking leaders from the Revolutionary War.  They then read multiple texts, books and online articles to research their leader. Next they created a timeline and one other digital product (Biocube or Trading Card) using the Read Write Think Interactive. Finally, the students dressed as their subject and presented to the class! It was great! 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Spider Stories

Mrs. Woosley's second grade class read nonfiction texts about spiders and talked about topic and main ideas of the paragraphs within the text.  Then the students had to compare the stories by looking at  the details in the stories.  They took the details they learned and had to write an informational text about spiders, writing as though they were the spider and telling all about themselves.  After writing the stories, students used the Write About This app to publish their work.  They typed the stories, drew a picture of themselves as a spider and added the picture to the text.  After that, they recorded themselves reading their stories.