Tuesday, March 30, 2010

1st and 2nd Grade Leprechaun Traps

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MoNsTeR pRoJeCt

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade ACES just completed the MoNsTeR pRoJeCt!!! We began the project with the students using a graphic program called KidPix to create a MoNsTeR head. Then we had a lesson about adjectives and descriptive writing. Next, the students used a planning page to brainstorm some adjectives that they could use to describe their MoNsTeR. The ACES then used these ideas to write a descriptive paragraph about their MoNsTeR.

Possibly the most exciting part of the project was reading their descriptive paragraph to a partner as they tried to recreate the MoNsTeR using the same program, KidPix!! It was a challenge to only read what was written on the paper and not give any extra hints. The ACES also did a great job of keeping their MoNsTeR's hidden from their friends.

We hope you enjoy the results of our MoNsTeR pRoJeCt and our first attempt at using Voicethread to share our work!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Project

The 1st and 2nd grade ACES took part in an on-line St. Patrick's Day Project. The boys and girls became "researchers". They were researching to prove or disprove the following hypothesis:

There are more clovers than any other shape in a box of Lucky Charms.

We found that there were the most hourglass shapes in our box of lucky charms. We will be adding our results along with 500 other classrooms throughout the world! After we return from Spring Break we will check the results and see if other classrooms got similar or different results.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Leprechaun Trap - Part 2

Here are the 4th Grade Leprechaun Traps!

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Monday, March 8, 2010

So Long, Farewell Flat ACES!

So sad to see them go, but I've taken down the Flat ACES to make room for the Saintly Scholars. I wanted to share them with you before they go home with the boys and girls. So . . . we hope you enjoy the Flat ACES!!

Saturday, March 6, 2010


This week we worked on a creative project. We started by learning a little about leprechauns. In Irish folklore, there are many stories about leprechauns and fairies. The fairies love to dance and the leprechauns work to make and mend the fairies' shoes. The leprechauns are paid with gold pieces. We also learned that we have to keep a close watch on these little guys because they can disappear in the blink of an eye! The creative task set before the students was to create a leprechaun trap. They used the shoeboxes that they brought from home. They were provided with lots of materials like pipe cleaners, craft pom poms, lots of shimmery sparkling things, fabric, etc. The ACES' imaginations were in full force to create contraptions that would lure and trap those silly leprechauns! We hope you enjoy the pictures and watch for more to come!!

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Winter Olympics - Vancouver 2010

The 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade ACES have created their first Photo Story project!!! The students used the official Winter Olympic website to get information. They read about each of the winter olympic events. They summarized their research and recorded themselves reading. This was a tedious process, as the ACES wanted things to be just right! We used Google images for the photos and iTunes for our background music. We hope you enjoy the first, and certainly not the last, of our Photo Story creations!

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Saintly Scholars Challenges

Hip-hip-hooray for all the ACES that are participating in the Saintly Scholar Challenges! I am planning to arrange lunch with everyone who has completed a challenge. The final step in showing mastery of the topic is to discuss what was learned. I am so excited to hear about all the great knowledge the boys and girls are gaining! I'll be in touch with the classroom teachers and ACES about having lunch next week (March 8-11).