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  • Update #4

    Posted by K-4 Specialist Teachers at 3/17/2017 3:00:00 PM

      

     art Art ~ Colleen Pearce 

    Kindergarteners celebrated Chinese New Year painting with real sumi-e ink and bamboo brushes from China. A mitten tree has grown in the hallway, with matching patterned mittens in a lesson about color and symmetry.

    1st graders performed a Chinese New Year Dragon dance with dragons they created using the concept of contrast.

    2nd graders are in the midst of puppets! Special thanks to all the volunteers. The puppet shows will be before April break.

    3rd graders finished up their half-way there art history project. Using images from the Met, students chose an style of art that appealed to them from a vast array of art dating from 2000BCE- present day. Next they researched that piece and then the image was cut in half. Students recreated the other half using a variety of materials. It is not an easy thing to do, but they did a great job!

    4th graders have finished their weavings using the Navaho technique as well as the industrial revolution (i.e. a ruler)

      

     library Library ~ Alice Sajdera
    In recent weeks we have received the final book orders for the year. This has included youth media awards for the year, the Caldecott, Newbery and Coretta Scott King, all of this years winners and honors are part of the collection- along with a few that SHOULD have won!  Currently showing in the library: 5th grade Biography projects, browsing boxes themed "make a difference" and "community" and a new Boredom Buster zone of high interest books. On Read Across America day, 16 classes came to the story to listen to books. All of the groups were multigrade, and seemed to enjoy the chance to see different people for a change! April is National Poetry Month, a favorite time in the library. Watch for pocket poems, and information about Poem in your pocket day!  Check out the library web page for access to the library catalog and to information resources: here  The library after school hours- Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4 are running again, drop in any time, once you are signed up through the rec department website. (K-2 students must be accompanied by a caregiver.)
     
    We continue to have an indispensable  crew of parent and senior volunteers shelving all of our returned books. We also now have volunteer student clerks checking books out when we are exceptionally busy and a volunteer who repairs books and helps with projects. Without them, this place could not function.
     
     
     
     music   Music ~ Blake Siskavich
     
    It's the beginning of concert season.  All grade levels have been practicing songs for performances that will be happening throught the spring.  Stay tuned for information about your child's performance.     Kindergarten has been reviewing the letters in the music alphabet and making their first music compositions of quarter notes.  The kids love drawing notes on the staff.  Grade 1 has been focusing on reading quarter note, eighth note pair and quarter rest.  Grade 2 has learned all of the notes on the treble staff.  We are begining to practice patterns and draw our own melodies.  Grade 3 is busy getting ready for our concert about America in April.   Grade 4 is learning about Jazz and improvisation on instruments.  They have been singing songs to help them with remember states and capitals in the style of hip hop. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     science Science ~ Terry Green
     
    Please join us Sunday, April 2 11:30-12:30 for the opening celebration of our wetland boardwalk.The boardwalk entrance is behind the green playground  at The Lincoln School. 
    Grade 1
    The students are working like chemical engineers exploring the properties of play dough. We have been experimenting with the ingredients to try and find the perfect recipe for play dough.  
    Grade 2
    The second grade students have build robotic snails using Legos, Lego motors and gears. They ran them using a RCX microprocessor in our snail parade.

    Grade 3
    Grade Three scientists have build Lego robots with NXT controllers. They used the robots to gather data about the robot’s speed.  

    Grade 4
    Grade Four students are exploring our new wetland boardwalk, learning about the biodiversity of organisms that live there.

    Looking for some fun science activities to do at home? Science Starters for each month are posted on my website. Print one out and do experiments. Do science every day.
    Click here for the monthly Science Starters. http://www.lincnet.org/Page/1068




     
     
     spanish   Spanish ~ Karen Hughes
     
     

    Grade 3:  Grade 3 is currently studying the family, pets and colors unit.  The students are learning family vocabulary and showing thier knowledge by giving oral presentations about their family members in class.  They saw a video taken by me of my family visit to Argentina and were fortunate to have my 2 cousins who were in the video, and who do not speak English, come into class and practice speaking with each individual student in Spanish.  The students were amazed that they knew so much Spanish and were able to converse with my cousins!  Ask your child to sing to you the song "Mi Familia Grande".

         Previously grade 3 learned the Spanish ABCs, the days of the week and how to count to 100.  Their next unit will focus on objects found in the classroom.

     

    Grade 4 (Dwyer's class):  Grade 4 is currently studying vocabulary about clothing and the body.  They are performing plays and enjoying speaking more fluently.  We were fortunate to have my 2 cousins from Argentina, who do not speak English, come into the class and practice speaking with each individual student in Spanish.  The students were amazed that they knew so much Spanish and were able to converse with my cousins! 

         Previously grade 4 was learning about weather and seasons, the next unit will focus on animals. 

     technology world  Technology 

    Cindy Matthes  ~ Grades K, 2, 3
     
    Kindergarten students have started making animated counting books in KidPix.  When the counting books are finished we will move on to exploring the keyboard and will learn how to make upper case and lower case letters.
     
    Third Grade students just finished a research project on trees that they started in their library class.  Students used their research notes from the library to create a polished presentation of their findings that includes text and images.  The research from each class will be put together to make a field guide that we hope to use to identify some of the trees around our school.
     
     
    Mark McDonough ~ Grades 1, 4, 5
     
    1st Grade just finished their Silly Bird project in tech. They drew a bird in KidPix; made at least one part of the bird "silly", wrote a 5-sentence description of the bird, and typed it into their drawing. 
     
    5th Grade just finished learning about some aspects of Digital Citizenship. We learned about Digital Etiquette and steps to prevent and stop Cyberbullying. We also learned how to find images online that are copyright-free.
     
    4th Grade is about to start a Google Maps project. In library classes, they researched a national park. In tech classes, they will use their research to create a customized Google Map with placemarks, images, and information about their park!
     
     
     
     wellness   Wellness
     
     
     
     
     
    During the month of January students in grades K-4 participated in our basketball unit. Students learned the basic skills of dribbling, passing, and shooting. Third and fourth grade students were also able to play small-sided games. Teamwork, moving without the ball, and sportsmanship were discussed with students prior to game play. January’s health topic focused on the skeletal and muscular systems. Students learned how our muscles and bones work together and how to properly take care of them.
     
    Following our basketball unit, students in grades K-4 had the opportunity to use scooter boards. This is a favorite unit for many students! During February and March all students participated in our gymnastics/balance unit. Along with Mr. Cassidy’s classes, the students were able to use the entire gym to work on skills like tumbling, cartwheels, jumping, balance, and rope climbing. Recently during wellness class students in grades K-4 have started to learn basic volleyball skills. Students have learned both the bump and overhead passes. Please remind your children to bring sneakers to school on wellness days. Thank you!  
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  • Update #3

    Posted by K-4 Specialist Teachers at 12/16/2016 3:00:00 PM

      

     art Art ~ Colleen Pearce 

    In collaboration with the music department (the middle school is putting on the play; The Lion King) as well as the second grade study of the continents, in the art room, we have learned about African Art. We were lucky enough to have the PTO borrow us some actual artifacts from the African Art Museum in Clinton from countries including Congo, Cameroon, Mali and the Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.

     

    Kindergarteners made Kuba cloth from Congo using shape and earth tones to create a large quilt, which will be used during the play The Lion King.

     

    First graders studied a copper sculpture of a rhino from Burkina Faso and made clay rhinos.

     

    Second grade made cloth inspired by the country of Mali painting with real mud!

     

    Third graders continued their study of the Wampanoags by making clay pottery.

     

    Fourth graders did some amazing charcoal sketches of African masks and other artifacts. Charcoal is particularly tricky as once you put down a mark it stays. There is no erasing. The expression, texture, line and shape they captures was very sophisticated.

      

     library Library ~ Alice Sajdera
     
     
     
     music   Music ~ Blake Siskavich
     
    The K students have learned a song about  the letters of the music alphabet.  We know the 7 letters in the music alphabet.  We played xylophones with a steady beat on several different holiday songs.  We clap and sing a quarter note steady beat.  We can recognize a printed quarter note.  
     
     
    First grade made quarter note, quarter rest compositions.  They played games that used different rhythm patterns of quarter note/quarter rest.  We will begin learning about the 5 lines and 4 spaces of the staff.   
     
    Second grade has begun playing simple ostinatos on Orff instruments (xylophones). We are learning about solfege syllables (Do,Re,Mi) and where the letter names are on the treble clef staff. We have learned where E,F,G,A go on the staff and have learned a really cool song for each letter. We even did some composing on the staff.  
     
     
    Third grade has begun their recorder unit.  The students are excited and focused.  We have learned how to hold the instrument, get a good sound by blowing softly and how to cover the holes.  We will learn 3 notes over the next several months (BAG).  We are also learning about instrument families to prepare for our PTO supported trip to Lexington Symphony. 
     
    Fourth grade is learning about the Russian composer Tchaikovsky.    He is most noted for the music of the Nutcracker ballet.   We are also learning about instrument families to prepare for our upcoming PTO supported field trip to Lexington Symphony.  Students will begin composing their own melodies this winter.   
     
     
     
     
     
     science Science ~ Terry Green
    Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year!
    The science lab has been a place for authentic learning this year. Read more about what we have been up to.  

    Grade 1
    The students worked like engineers sketching, designing and building Lego chair prototypes for a stuffed animal in science class. The chairs were sized correctly for the stuffed animals and included added features such as wheels, perches and snack trays. Teams modified and redesigned their prototype as they built, adding a rotating sign to their prototypes.  
    We have been learning about weather for the past month, exploring temperature and the water cycle.

    Grade 2
    The second grade students began our Simple Machine unit. Students are exploring the 6 types of simple machines: levers, pulleys, inclined planes, wedge, wheel and axles and the screw.They designed and build cars from recycled materials.

    Grade 3
    Grade Three scientists are learning about rocks and minerals and the earth processes that form our landforms.

    Grade 4
    Students finished designing, testing and competing their Sumo-wrestling robots. They demonstrated an understanding of how light sensors can control the robot’s motion. The learning process was fun and educational. We will be exploring light and energy this winter.  

    Looking for more science in your life? Science Calendars for each month are posted on my website. Print one out and do science every day.
    Click here for the monthly calendars. http://www.lincnet.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=499




     
     
     spanish   Spanish ~ Karen Hughes
     
     

    3rd grade: 3rd grade is now reviewing the numbers 0-20.  They can say their phone numbers in Spanish, do addition and count by 10's, and recall any of the numbers they see on flashcards.  They are learning the Spanish alphabet and the days of the weeks.  We continue to practice oral skits using the language acquired.  The students recently finished off The 3 Little Pigs plays where the wolf asked the little pigs what their name is, where they are from, and how they are feeling.

    4th grade (Mrs. Dwyer's class):  The 4th grade just completed a unit on the weather.  The students did oral presentations pretending to be a weatherman/weatherwoman and gave a daily forcast.  The students have been reviewing Spanish that they learned in 3rd grade, and now we are combining those words with new vocabulary to do more conversations and begin reading and writing.  The current unit is clothes, a review of color and body parts.  The students are practicing saying I have blue/brown/black eyes, She/He has blue/black/brown/green eyes etc.

    In both grades we have reviewed Spanish geography and recently discussed the Spanish speaking African country of Guinea Equatorial.  In the 3rd grade hallway there is a Spanish bulletin board, a different Spanish speaking country will be displayed every other month.  Please come see it!



     

     
     
     technology world  Technology 

    Cindy Matthes  ~ Grades K, 2, 3
     
    Kindergarten students have been exploring more tools in KidPix.  We are also exploring concepts of combining shapes to make new shapes by solving shape puzzles and by making books about shapes on the ipads.
     
    Second Grade students have been learning how to search for information online and how to give credit to the owners of information that they find online to use at school.  For the rest of the rotation, we will be learning some basic programming concepts.
     
     
    Mark McDonough ~ Grades 1, 4, 5
     
    4th Grade has Technology this rotation. (Grades 1 and 5 have Library.) 4th Grade will practice their keyboarding skills using the program Keyboarding Without Tears. They will also be learning Word Processing skills such as formatting text and working with tables in Google Docs.
     
     
     
     wellness   Wellness
    It's an exciting time in wellness class!  We have finished up nutrition and digestion in grades 3 and 4. Students have learned about MyPlate and the 5 food groups in all grades. Students in Kindergarten and 1st grade have also talked about germs and handwashing.  There is a lot of information at  choosemyplate.gov
     
    During the Physical Education portion of class the students have been working basketball skills inlcuding: dribbling, passing, and shooting.  3rd and 4th grade will be playing small group basketball games and Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd will be using basketball stations.  After basketball we will move on to Pilo Polo, Floor Hockey, and Elementary Gymnastics.
     
     
     
     
     

    During the month of November students in grades K-4 practiced throwing/catching. We played a variety of games and activities in the gym where students were able to learn and practice correct technique. November’s health unit focused on nutrition and the digestive system. The following topics were discussed at each grade level:

    Kindergarten: The five food groups and eating balanced meals

    Grade 1: The five food groups, eating balanced meals, basics of the digestive system

    Grade 2: The five food groups, nutrients, and the parts of the digestive system

    Grade 3: The five food groups, nutrients and their role in the body, parts and functions of the digestive system, reading food labels and how to follow a healthy diet.

    Grade 4: The five food groups, nutrients and their role in the body, parts and functions of the digestive system, reading food labels and how to follow a healthy diet.

    During December students in grades K-4 have been playing floor hockey. Students learned how to stick handle, pass, and shoot the ball/puck. We finished out our hockey unit by playing small-sided games where students were taught positioning and how to work together as a team. After the holiday vacation students will begin playing basketball in wellness class. Please make sure your children bring sneakers on wellness days!

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  • Update #2

    Posted by K-4 Specialist Teachers at 10/28/2016 3:00:00 PM

      

     art Art ~ Colleen Pearce 

    Kindergarteners examined pumpkin vines and then learned about their life cycle. In the art room we painted pumpkin patches and students learned to cut an octagon from a square and then turn it into a circle. We have made rainy day pictures and made prints of fall leaves.

    First graders read a beautiful book call The Wave and explored ways to tell a story without words. When one does something unexpected, or takes something and uses it in a whole new way, we call that creativity. And that just what we did to turn fall leaves into amazing creatures.

    2nd graders made abstract paintings using only numbers to create interesting shapes and pattern. We looked at the artist Edward Albers who did many studies about the way color changes in relationship with other colors. These relationships can elicit very different emotional responses. We also and made observations about giraffes and then made sketches. Students asked many thoughtful questions. Interestingly Nature on PBS just aired an episode all about giraffes that answer many of those questions. http://www.pbs.org/video/2365875008/

    3rd graders are looking at the gorgeous fall leaves and learning to use watercolor.  We learned how overlapping can add depth to artwork. We also looked at Rose windows and mandalas -designs in a circle- to create stunning stained glass symmetry.

    4th graders study of North America took us to the region we now call Mexico. Using symbols from the Aztec language, they are putting their understanding of positive and negative numbers to use in metal tooling. Do you know what the 2nd greatest export from Mexico was for 300 years? It might surprise you!

     

      

     library Library ~ Alice Sajdera 
    The library is in full swing for the year.  Last year some students decided that Mythology was too hard to find, since it was scattered all over the library. It was hard work to gather all of the books, change all of their call numbers and place them in the new section! The student pages were diligent, and the results are popular.  Grades K, 2 and 4 are having Library classes this rotation and are working on a range of skills, from how to identify a folktale (and what makes a satisfying ending) to how to choose a great book to read to a younger buddy. 4th and 5th graders will be posting plenty of reviews of books in the catalog this year, to help friends find great books.  The library after school hours- Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4 are running again, drop in any time, once you are signed up through the rec department website. Did you know that on Tuesdays and Thursdays there are and average of 10 students in the library after school? (K-2 students must be accompanied by a caregiver.)  Making in the new library makerspace is an option after school.  Come in with an idea and we’ll help you plan and make it if we can!
     
     
     
     music   Music ~ Blake Siskavich
     
    The K students will now learn the letters of the music alphabet by singing songs and playing games. We also focus on singing songs and playing games that build on finding a steady beat. 
     
     
    First grade continues to focus on quarter note and eighth note pair rhythms.  We will begin to learn about the music staff.  
     
    Second grade has begun playing simple ostinatos on Orff instruments (xylophones). We are learning about solfege syllables (Do,Re,Mi) and where the letter names are on the treble clef staff. 
     
     
    Third grade has been focusing more on reading traditional music notation while playing Orff instruments (xylophones) and our cool new boomwhackers.  We have been reviewing note values in order to get ready for our upcoming soprano recorder instrument unit.  Stay tuned for more information. 
     
    Fourth grade is learning about the French composer Camille Saint-Saens.  He wrote a tone poem called Danse Macabre (Dance of Death).  We will focus on reading more standard music notation while playing Orff instruments (xylophones) and boomwhackers.  Soon we will compose our melodies. 
     
     
     
     
     
     science Science ~ Terry Green

    The science lab has been a busy place this fall. Your children are learning so much about the world around them, making connections to things they already know. Be sure to ask what they are learning. Looking for more science in your life? Science Calendars for each month are posted on my website. Print one out and do science every day.
    Click here for the monthly calendars. http://www.lincnet.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=499


    Grade 1 has learned about cyclical patterns with Earth’s rotation and revolution. We took an in-depth look that the phases of the moon. We will begin our engineering unit early November using Lego building blocks to build chairs for stuff animals.
     
    Grade 2 have become experts on food chain and food webs in nature. They learned about consumers and producers and how important living organisms are to a healthy earth. In  November they will become engineers, designing and building lunar rovers out of Legos and a microprocessor to run the vehicle.

    Grade 3 are becoming rock hounds, learning about the three different types of rocks on earth. They are investigating how rocks form. They are taking a deep look into the Rock Cycle and the processes that change rocks.

    Grade 4 are participating in a global study of spring by participating in Journey North, a citizen science website where data is uploaded  from classrooms all across the Northern Hemisphere. We planted Red Emperor tulip bulbs around the school and will be tracking their growth as participants in the Tulip Study. You may want to check the website to learn more. https://www.learner.org/jnorth/



     
     
     spanish   Spanish ~ Karen Hughes
     
     Grade 3


    We have just finished learning greetings in Spanish such as

    hello: hola, how are you?: ¿cómo estás?, nice to meet you: mucho gusto

     We also learned how to be polite and say such things as

    Please: por favor, thank you:gracias, you’re welcome: de nada

     We performed some skits ordering politely drinks at a restaurant.  Now we are on the second unit, it is all about feelings.  For example, “How are you? ¿cómo estás?,  I am well: estoy bien, not good: mal, tired: cansado/a, happy: feliz, sad: triste and so-so: asi-asi.  We have just begun learning our numbers 1-10.  Ask your child to tell you his or her telephone number in Spanish.

     

    Grade 4 Señora Hughes Class


    We recently finished reviewing the vocabulary from grade 3, greetings, numbers, how you are feeling etc.  We took an in depth look at geography and where the countries that speak Spanish are located in the world.  We are just beginning a new unit on the weather, the seasons and reviewing the months of the year.  Ask your child to tell you about the weather in Spanish.  We are very fortunate to have Mrs. Tejeda come into our 4th grade classes to tell the students about Mexico, especially since 4th grade is studying Mexico for the curriculum.

     



     

     
     
     technology world  Technology 

    Cindy Matthes  ~ Grades K, 2, 3
     
    Kindergarten students have started to learn some of the tools in KidPix, a drawing software that we will use frequently this year in the computer lab.  We will be exploring different concepts of shape while we are using these tools. Third Grade students have just started attending technology classes.  Students will be using Keyboarding Without Tears software to start their keyboarding instruction.  Keyboarding instruction will have a focus on ergonomics and proper finger techniques.  We will also be working on some specific skills to help them write efficiently on the computer, such as using spell check, some keyboard shortcuts and cutting and pasting text and images.
     
     
     
    Mark McDonough ~ Grades 1, 4, 5
    Grade 5 has technology this rotation. They will be practicing their keyboarding skills using Keyboarding Without Tears® for half of each tech class. For the second half of class, students will be learning word processing skills such as formatting text, creating and formatting tables, and using bulleted lists. 
     
     
     
     wellness   Wellness
    Things are moving right along in the gymnasium.  All grades are finishing up a unit on throwing with an emphasis on the stepping with stepping with the opposite foot. As always teamwork and cooperation are emphasized during games and activities.  For health portion of class grades 2-4 will begin bullying next week.  After those lessons K-4 will be discussing nutrition.  There is a ton of information at choosemyplate.gov.
     
     
     
     
     
    Students in grades K-4 recently finished playing soccer in wellness class. After learning basic skills like dribbling, passing, and striking students were involved in game play. Prior to playing games we discussed positioning, formations, and strategy. Kindergarten students also have been continuing to work on locomotor skills like skipping, galloping, hopping, and jumping in class. Students in grades K-4 will begin playing games that focus on throwing and catching during the month of November. In October our health focus in wellness class has been on bullying prevention. Students in grades 2-4 were taught how to recognize bullying, how to stand up to bullies, and how to help others who are being bullied.
     
     
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  • Update #1 Back to School!

    Posted by K-4 Specialist Teachers at 9/16/2016 3:00:00 PM

      

     art Art ~ Colleen Pearce 

    Kindergarteners started the year with storytelling so that we can all get to know each other. I told a story about catching frogs. We sing a song; "Everybody's good at something. Nobody's good at everything." I then I practice learning all their names. We read "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds, and we are makiing our own sketchbooks to use throughout the year.

    1st graders went out to the science garden planted by students last spring, and sketched beautiful sunflowers. We then painted enormous sunflowers. We looked at the art of Vincent vanGogh. 

    Inspired by the Olympics, 2nd graders created self portraits with special attention to elbows and knees to create the feeling of movement. Children were allowed to imagine themselves as a champion in any sport. We then learned the difference between realistic and abstract art by looking at the paintings and collages of Henri Matisse.

    3rd graders played expression charades and then created collaged self portraits. Before gluing down their favorite expression, they had to move the eyebrows and mouth to create 2 different emotions to realize how impactful these facial features can be.

     4th grade looked at the art of 16th century artist, Giuseppe Arcimboldo  (http://www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org/) and then thinking out of the box, they created portraits using found objects. The results are delightful!

      
     library Library ~ Alice Sajdera

    Coming back from the summer is a busy time in the library.  There are a handful of new books in the collection already, and many more coming in the next month or two.  Behind the scenes, with the help of our wonderful volunteers, books are moving to new homes, shelves are getting fresh labels, and what we use every day is going back on the shelf so we can find it again. In addition to our adult volunteers we have 30 middle school students helping with classes, shelving and bulletin boards. Students all seem to be happy to be back to getting books from their familiar library. Grades K,1, 3 and 5 are having Library classes this rotation and are working on a range of skills, from how to find a book to how to log into Google Drive. K is reading a story every week, and checking out a book. 1st Grade is working on pre research skills, such as identifying the title of the book they are looking at. 3rd graders are warming up for the experience of being “Book Buddies,” reading aloud to a younger student. It’s a new experience to choose a book for another person. Of course we are also reading plenty of great stories, including some non-fiction. The library after school hours- Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4 are running again, drop in any time, once you are signed up through the rec department website. (K-2 students must be accompanied by a caregiver.)

     
     
     
     music   Music ~ Blake Siskavich
     
     
     
    The K students started the year learning our new music classroom routines and learning that books can also be songs.
     
     
    First grade has been focusing on quarter note and eighth note pair rhythms.  We've played a few class instruments.
     
    Second grade has begun playing simple ostinatos on Orff instruments (xylophones).
     
     
    Third grade has learned about patriotic and folk music.  We even played boomwhackers to the song "This Land is Your Land." We have been practicing moving to different lengths of notes, quarter, half and whole notes using tennis balls. 
     
    Fourth grade has been learning a song to help with the names of all 50 states. We have been learning about our Composer of the Month John Philips Sousa. We have been practicing moving to different lengths of notes, quarter, half and whole notes using tennis balls. 
     
     
     
     
     science Science ~ Terry Green
    Welcome to our new year of science and engineering. Children in Grades 1-4 have science/engineering enrichment once a week for 45 minutes. I am so excited to be teaching students at Hansom Primary School and The Lincoln School science and engineering.

    Grade 1 is learning about repeating phenomena on earth, such as day and night and the seasons. They have been exploring shadows as evidence of the earth’s motion.  Grade 2 is learning about the work scientists do by conducting an experiment about melting crayons. Ask your child what their hypothesis was. We will explore food chains and food webs. Grade 3 have become robotic engineers, building NXT-bots which walk in a silly way. Grade 4 students are working as scientists making slime and testing its properties. They are also gathering evidence to support their understanding of the earth’s daily rotation in space.

    I am excited to tell you about the Wetland Trail construction project going on now behind the science lab at The Lincoln School. When completed this boardwalk will serve as an outdoor classroom to explore nature. It will also be a town resource for recreation, conservation and nature observing. Keep checking back for updates.



     
     
     spanish   Spanish ~ Karen Hughes
     
     

     

    3rd grade Spanish:

    Dear 3rd grade parents;

         This year we will be introducing the Spanish language into the 3rd grade.  The program is called FLES, Foreign Language in the Elementary School. This is a nationally recognized program that presents language in an interactive, authentic, audio-visual way that completely engages students in their learning of a foreign language. Through music, art, movement and conversation, your child will explore the Spanish language and Spanish-speaking cultures. Your child will receive twenty minutes of instruction, three times per week.  We will have units on Greetings, Months, Days, Colors, Body Parts, Family, Numbers, and the Classroom. The goal of language learning is to have our students communicate meaningfully and in real-life situations as soon as possible.

    4th Grade Spanish: 

    This year we will continue introducing your child to more Spanish vocabulary through the FLES program with the hope of getting them excited to continue learning another language.  Your child will receive twenty-five minutes of instruction, three times per week.  We will have units on Greetings, Weather, Seasons, Months, Clothing and the Body, Favorite Places, Animals, Numbers, Class Subjects and Classroom items.  The goal of language learning is to have our students communicate meaningfully and in real-life situations as soon as possible.


    For all: 

    If anyone in your family would like to share information about trips to a Spanish speaking country, your Hispanic culture, or show any Hispanic artifacts please let me know.  We would love you to visit us in the classroom and share your experiences with your child and his/her classmates!

    Best Wishes,

    Karen Hughes

     
     
     
     technology world  Technology 

    Cindy Matthes  ~ Grades K, 2, 3
     
    Kindergarten classes have technology/library class each week all year long.  In Kindergarten, students are learning the computer lab routines, how to log in and out and how to use the mouse.  We will also be learning how to use some of the basic functions on an iPad. 
     
    2nd Grade  In 2nd grade, students will be learning some basic word processing skills while writing acrostic poems.  Students are working hard to think of words that describe them and things they like that start with the letters in their name. 
     
    Mark McDonough ~ Grades 1, 4, 5
     
    This rotation in tech, 4th graders are learning about passwords: why we need them, and how to make a strong one. Once they create their strong passwords, I will introduce them to Google Classroom and Google Drive. These Google tools allow teachers and students to distribute, edit, comment on, and turn in digital assignments in a safe, closed online environment. All 4th grade classrooms this year will be using Google Classroom and Google Drive. 
     
     wellness   Wellness
    Ryan Cassidy Welcome back!!!  Summer was great and we are off to an active start in class.  During the fall we will be working on units including cooperative games, soccer, and throwing activities.  In the health portion of class we will be working on safety and Bullying education.  Please remember that we will be outside until late fall so dress appropriately.  Also, please have your child wear or bring appropriate footwear on wellness days.  Thank you!!
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Welcome to the wellness section of the specialist blog! During the month of September, students in grades 1-4 have been working on cooperative games. Beginning in October students in grades 1-4 will begin playing soccer. Students will practice dribbling, passing, shooting, and game play situations. During the month of September Kindergarten students have been learning various locomotor movements, how to work cooperatively with their classmates, how to play a variety of tag games, and how to move their bodies safely in gym. During September, students will learn about personal safety during the health portion of wellness. October’s health unit will focus on bullying prevention. Please make sure students wear sneakers on wellness days! I look forward to a great school year!
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