Students in Mrs. Deb’s Talbert’s class at Iroquois West Elementary became authors. Mrs. Talbert and her students decided to create their own version of Alice B. McGinty’s story, Ten Little Lambs. Each student participated in a reason why they didn’t want to do math. They wrote and created rhymes and illustrations for their story, 18 Second Graders.
When Mrs. McGinty visited on April 11, the class shared their story with her. Mrs. McGinty mentioned, “this is the first class I’ve visited who creatively rewrote one of my stories”.
This month first grade students are learning about the Earth and things in the sky in science. First graders are learning about why we have night and day, what causes the seasons, and the phases of the moon. The first grade enjoyed the Star Lab on April 10th. They learned where the sun rises and sets, what color the hottest star is, and what stars are made of from Mrs. Talbert. In honor of Alice McGinty’s visit on April 11th, the first grade explored some of her nonfiction books on dogs. The first grade read books on Detector Dogs, Guide Dogs, and Sled Dogs. Mrs. Luhman from the University of Illinois Extension office will visit the first grade on April 15th. She will present on “The Organ Wise Guys” again. The First grade will be celebrating Easter in the morning on April 17th with Easter egg hunts and games. In the afternoon on April 17th, the first grade will take their annual field trip to the Gibson City Hospital. On April 29th, high school students will be visiting the first grade to conduct lessons on poetry. Also this month, we are working on the character trait of citizenship. The first grade team is continuing to create the curriculum for phonics, reading, and math.
Third graders in Mrs. Duncan’s room interviewed each other about their lives and then created a comic strip based on the information they collected. They are preparing for a unit about famous women and enjoyed practicing how to collect information. Below are a few examples of their work. Clicking on the comic strip will make it larger and easier to read.
We have Sprung into Spring…finally!!! We came back from Spring Break
We have been fortunate to have the Honors English class visit with our Kindergarten classes several times. The first time the High Schoolers read stories to us, the second time they wrote stories with us, and the last time they helped us write a poem about outselves. We really enjoyed seeing the high schoolers as they taught us.
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
March began with a visit from Dr. Dvorak talking to the students about the character trait “responsibility”. The following Friday students and their families had a great time at the school carnival. It was a huge success thanks to Mrs. Deb Talbert and the carnival committee. We also celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on the 14th with cookies, cupcakes, treat bags, and oh yah, the best of all, green milkshakes!! Following that we had a week off for spring break to relax and enjoy ourselves. We ended the month with a “responsibility” character education assembly.