Science | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of April 15th and April 22nd

Magnetizing magnesium: We made a solution with magnesium and iron (ferrous sulfate FeSO4). When we placed a magnet underneath the particles became magnetic because the Fe2+ from the FeSO4 solution turns into metallic iron Fe on the surface of the magnesium particles, while the Mg turns into Mg2+ and ventures out into the solution.We basically ended up with magnesium shavings covered with a thin layer of iron which will stick to a magnet.

Metal contest: First we prepared a copper sulfate CuSO4 solution and a tin chloride SnCl2 solution. Then we put pieces of zinc into both vials. When we put a piece of zinc wire into the solution of copper sulfate we watched a deposit of metallic copper form on the piece of zinc. The zinc forced copper out of its salt composition. The same happened in the vial with the zinc wire and the tin chloride solution. However, we noticed that the vial with the tin wire in the copper sulfate solution reacted slower than the tin chloride solution.


Academic Enrichment | Week of April 29th | Tallmadge

Pronoun: The kindergarten students learned that a  pronoun is a word that takes the place of a particular person or thing. For example the word “dog” is a noun and the words “it” “she” and “he” are pronouns that can replace the noun “dog”.

Cursive Handwriting: The students practiced writing the lowercase cursive words: cot, bag, stop, frog, bell, will.

A peek into next week: Adjectives


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of April 29th

Australia is the smallest of the seven continents. It is just one country surrounded by water. Australia is called the land “down under” because it is located under the equator. It has two big cities Sydney and Melbourne. The central part of Australia is called the “outback.” Australia produces more wool than any other country.

Asia is the biggest of the seven continents. It has more people living on it than all of the other continents combined. Asia has many different kinds of land such as: tundra, evergreen forest, wide grasslands, sandy deserts and tropical rain forest. The highest and lowest places on Earth are found in Asia which are Mount Everest and the Dead Sea.

Antarctica is an icy continent with no countries or people. Most people who do visit are scientist or visitors who are observing all the amazing animals and the climate. Antarctica has tall mountains that are covered by snow and ice. It also has thick sheets of ice and giant ice chunks known as icebergs.

Work Time

Blending: This child is sounding out words by slowly saying each sound in different words (m-a-t) and then saying the sounds quickly together to “read” the words (mat).
Composing Quantities: This child is practicing the sequence of numbers in the decimal system units, tens, hundreds, and thousands and recognizing what different quantities look like.
Addition: These children are using the golden beads to discover that when you put two small numbers together you get a larger number and that this process is called addition.
Addition Snake Game: This child is learning to identify sets of 10 by changing the colored snake into a golden snake. She is learning addition facts such as 4+6, 7+3, 5=+5 all equaling 10.

Guest Reader

Reminders:

May 8th | Grandparents Day & Book Fair

May 10th | Moms-N-Muffins | 7am to 7:45am

May 17th | Bring Your Parent to Work Time

A peek into next week: Solar System


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of April 15th

North America: Is the third largest continent in the world. There are four big countries: Canada, Greenland, the United States and Mexico. It has high mountains and flat grasslands. It has swamps, forest, deserts and even volcanoes. Most people speak English, Spanish or French.

South America: Is the fourth largest continent in the world. It has tall mountains and flat grasslands. The worlds largest rain forest is in South American and is called the Amazon rain forest. There are may unusual plants and animals.

Work Time:

Compound Words: These students are learning that when two words are used together they form a new meaning. For example, sun and flower becomes sunflower.
Movable Alphabet: This child is practicing blending and forming words using the different letter sounds she has mastered med, sled, dog and pam.
South America Map: This child is learning the names of the countries and where they are located on a map.
Stamp Game: This child is doing static subtraction problems using the stamp game.
Cursive Sand Tray Writing: This child is practicing writing the lowercase cursive z in the sand tray. She is developing multiple skills involving her eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.

Guest Reader:

Reminders:

April 22 | Easter Monday | No School

April 26 | Bring Your Parent to Work Time

May 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | International Festival Rehearsal | Cuyahoga Falls High School

May 3 | Early Dismissal 12:00pm | No Afterschool care available

May 3 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm | International Festival Show| Cuyahoga Falls High School

A peek into next week: Europe and Africa


Academic Enrichment | Week of April 15th | Tallmadge

Nouns/Verbs: The students learned that a noun is a person, place , or thing. And that a verb is an action word or something that you can do.

Cursive Handwriting: The students practiced writing the lowercase cursive words: top, best, wag, rod, kit and wet.

A peek into next week: Pronouns


Academic Enrichment | Week of April 8th | Tallmadge

Vowels and consonants: The students learned to recognize and distinguish vowels from consonants, which is an important step in the development of reading and writing skills. We talked about how all words contain at least one vowel. The students were quickly able to recognize the vowels, which is great because they will have a strong foundation for learning rules and spelling patterns for short and long vowels, final vowels, unaccented vowels, silent vowels and irregular spellings.

Cursive Handwriting: The students practiced writing the lowercase cursive words: last, frisk, grab, kid, hat and quest.

A peek into next week: Nouns and Verbs


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of April 8th

Recycle, Reduce and Reuse: The past week the students learned how they can help the environment. They learned about different ways to practice the three R’s of waste management: reduce, reuse and recycle.

Work Time:

Composing Quantities: This child is practicing the sequence of numbers in the decimal system units, tens, hundreds, and thousands and recognizing what different quantities look like.
Movable Alphabet: This child is saying the words of different objects and phonetically spelling them: squid, sting ray and sordfish (swordfish).
Addition: These children are using the golden beads to discover that when you put two small numbers together you get a larger number and that this process is called addition.
Syllables: These children are learning that syllables are simple the sounds or beats they hear when they say a word. They are practicing sorting different words with three and four syllables.

Guest Readers:

Reminders:

April 22 | Easter Monday | No School

April 26 | Bring Your Parent to Work Time

May 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | International Festival Rehearsal | Cuyahoga Falls High School

May 3 | Early Dismissal 12:00pm | No Afterschool care available

May 3 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm | International Festival Show| Cuyahoga Falls High School

A peek into next week: North America and South America


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of April 1st

Butterflies and Caterpillars: The students learned that butterflies are insects. They also discovered that a butterfly’s life cycle is made up of four parts, egg, larva (caterpillars), pupa (chrysalis) and adult. We talked about how an adult butterfly will eventually emerge from the chrysalis where it will wait a few hours for its wings to fill with blood and dry, before flying for the first time. The students learned that butterflies often have brightly colored wings with unique patterns (symmetric). We read about how most butterflies feed on nectar from flowers and have taste receptors on their feet.

Work Time:

Composing Quantities: This child is practicing the sequence of numbers in the decimal system units, tens, hundreds, and thousands and recognizing what different quantities look like.
Triangle Box: This child is developing an understanding that an equilateral triangle can be subdivided into other types of triangles.
Cursive Chalkboard Writing: This child is practicing writing her first name in cursive on a chalkboard. She is developing multiple skills involving her eyes, arms, hands, memory, posture and body control.
Addition: These children are using the bead bar box to discover that when you put two small numbers together you get a larger number and that this process is called addition.

Reminders:

April 22 | Easter Monday | No School

April 26 | Bring Your Parent to Work Time

May 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | International Festival Rehearsal | Cuyahoga Falls High School

May 3 | Early Dismissal 12:00pm | No Afterschool care available

May 3 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm | International Festival Show| Cuyahoga Falls High School

A peek into next week: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle


A Peek at Our Week | Ms. Courtney’s Classroom | Week of March 11th and March 18th

Insects- The students learned that most insects do more good than bad. That bees, wasps, flies, beetles, mosquitoes and butterflies are great pollinators. Some insects eat other insects, keeping each insect group from getting too big. We also talked about how insects like ladybugs are a farmers best-friend, because they eat tiny crop eating insects called aphids. They also learned that all insects have three main body parts: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. The head has large compound eyes, the antenna (feelers), and the mouth parts. That the thorax is the middle region of the body and has the legs and wings. Then, their is the abdomen.

Plants and Flowers: The students learned how plants grow in many places: parks, forests, yards, fields, deserts, lakes etc. They discovered how all plants need sunlight, water, air and food to grow. The students also learned the different parts of plants and their purposes. For example, the stem helps move food and nutrients through the plant or flower in order for it to grow.

Work Time:

Puzzle Words: This child is completing the words by moving and rotating different letters to fit in the correct order.
Object to Picture: This child is developing pre-reading skills by matching the objects to the corresponding pictures.
Nine Layout: These children are becoming familiar with the names and relative sizes of the categories: units, tens, hundreds and thousands. They are also discovering that if they have 6 units and adds 1 more unit they will have 7 units.
Composing Quantities: This child is practicing the sequence of numbers in the decimal system units, tens, hundreds, and thousands and recognizing what different quantities look like.
Triangle Box: This child is developing an understanding that an equilateral triangle can be subdivided into other types of triangles.

Guest Reader:

Reminders:

March 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Wax Museum | Tallmadge Campus

March 21 – March 29 | Spring Break | NO SCHOOL