Wednesday, February 15, 2012

First Lego League Family Night

A paper invitation will go home with your child this week! We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The ACES Love Science!

We had another FABULOUS science demonstration this week- Balloon Blow Up - ENJOY!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Mad Scientists!

The 1st and 2nd grade ACES have begun science demonstrations! Each week a new student will be sharing a science activity with the group. The ACES have been doing a wonderful job and we're learning so much!

Enjoy the demonstration we enjoyed today - "Vinegar Volcano"! It wouldn't upload in one part so it's broken into three parts.
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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Legos, Legos EVERYWHERE!

The St. Ambrose's ACES haven't fallen off the face of the earth! We have been busy working on lots of new projects during this 2011-2012 school year. The biggest project we have tackled this year is Jr. First Lego League and First Lego League! It has been an exciting learning opportunity for both the students and myself. Enjoy a few pictures and check back soon for more information about what we've been working on in our classroom!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Saintly Scholars

Now that school is out for summer break, I plan to catch up on all the exciting things that happened in ACES during the 4th quarter of the school year. It gets crazy with assessments schedules, spring break, etc.

I wanted to take a chance to recognize a few very dedicated 2nd grade ACES. These students worked diligently on their Saintly Scholar's Challenges throughout the year.

This little girl learned ALL 50 states and capitals and recited them to me in a matter of minutes. She also learned all the presidents of the United States in order - ten presidents at a time. Can you say AMAZING!!!!

This fine young man probably wins the award for the most visits to my classroom before the 7:55 bell! He completed a variety of challenges including knowing all the mysteries of the rosary. He also had the great strategy of organizing his answers to his challenges into manageable groups and even sometimes the answers were alphabetized. Great work young man!
The next gentlemen worked through a variety of challenges and knew them well when it was time to recite them from memory to show mastery!
The last 2nd grader I would like to mention is Jacob! Unfortunately I don't have a photo of his saint. Jacob also completed a variety of challenges and no doubt could show mastery of the challenges he completed.

*The numbers on their trophies don't necessarily show the final number of challenges that were completed by these ACES. These pictures were taken a month or so before the last day of school!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thank You Dr. Kannarr!!!

Dr. Kannarr visited the 3rd/4th and 5th/6th grade ACES for a cow's eye dissection!

First up were the 5th/6th graders. When planning the dissection, Dr. Kannarr and I were going to be the ones actually working our way through the eyes and the ACES would be spectators. Well . . . Dr. Kannarr came with enough cow's eyes, gloves, trays, chewing gum, and blades for the students to work in pairs and do their own dissection. Such a great opportunity!

A few days later, Dr. Kannarr returned for round 2 with the 3rd/4th graders. We recruited the help of some of our 5th grade ACES to lead the younger students through their dissection. It was great to watch the 5th graders recall all they had learned from Dr. Kannarr! I think we just may have some future opthamologists or surgeons in our midst!

Click HERE to link to a site that we used to prepare in advance of the dissection. It has lots of great information and I'm sure your super scientist would love to tell you all about the parts of the cow's eye!

ThAnK yOu DR. KANNARR for this fantastic learning opportunity!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Better Late Than Never

During December, the 1st and 2nd grade ACES participated in a Holiday Card Exchange hosted by Jen Wagner here. I registered our group and we received the names and addresses of 24 classrooms in the United States and Canada. The theme this year was GiNgErBrEaD mEn! So . . . we made these cute cards to send.

The idea came from Family Fun Magazine. We used colored dots and reinforcement circles to decorate our houses. We wrote messages inside the houses and added gingerbread boys and girls. We also had an information sheet to complete about our school and town. The ACES were proud of their creations!

The students were each assigned to a classroom. I made a map of the United States and we found all the towns and cities using Google Earth. Everyone added a star with their name and we waited for the cards to arrive.

The kids had a great time reading about all the classrooms that were part of the exchange and looking at all the cards! We not only had fun, but also learned about geography!