Morning work was a fall count and graph activity that included data analysis. Look for it in your child's home folder tonight. This activity was followed by a writing lesson about proper punctuation marks at the end of sentences. Students worked on a mini punctuation book that included writing their own sentences using periods, question marks, and exclamation marks. Ask your child to give you examples of each!
During reading, we began using our Junior Great Books. We read the first story City Mouse and Country Mouse and wrote our wonderings about the tale. In our next session we will read the story again and share these wonderings with each other.
Our math lesson involved solving problems with wholes divided into equal parts. The specials class of the day was P.E. The boys and girls also worked on their A ____ is a house for ______. projects. In addition, we discussed how fortunate children at Bell School are to get all the things they need from their parents and teachers. Not all children experience this. The boys and girls received orange Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxes to collect donations to help children in need around the world. Thank you for supporting them in this service project. Thinking about others and actively working to make positive changes, whether in places far away from us or right here at school, are strongly encouraged at Bell School.
Today's science lesson focused on a way other than seeds that plants can grow. It began in the morning with two mystery boxes. After they were unveiled, the students tried to figure out what was in them. The main guesses were onions and potatoes. The onions guess was not too far off. It turned out the items were actually daffodil and tulip bulbs. We went outside in the afternoon to plant the bulbs in the school garden. The students placed bulbs in the trenches I dug yesterday and then covered them with soil. Thank you to my friends who were able to stay after dismissal to help put in the rest of the bulbs and touch up our earlier planting efforts. Now we will have to wait until spring to see what happens! Not only did the students learn about plants, but they also did something that will help Bell School be a better place.
The final activity of the day was a social studies session about houses around the world. We looked at models of different homes and placed cards picturing different kinds of houses on our world map rug. We had homes on every continent except Antarctica!
Parents, as you know by now, there will not be school tomorrow. Teachers will not have access to their CPS email accounts while school is not in session. Although schools will be closed, the teachers will be outside from 6:30 to 10:30. We would love to see our Bell families visit us! I hope to see everyone back in class soon. Thank you for the words of support you have already shared.