Wednesday, October 28, 2009


We had fun today doing a lot of different apple activities. One of the favorites was making apple "smiles" with peanut butter, marshmallows, and of course APPLES!


As part of our Red Ribbon Week celebration, ALL students at KES participated in physical fitness activities at seven stations surrounding the building. This activity was designed to promote healthy habits.

Students spent three minutes at each station participating in a fitness exercise. Students had a GREAT time as they: did the Hokey Pokey with Miss Space, jumped with Mr. Clark, danced with 6th graders from Room 116, did the Chicken Dance with Mrs. Wingard, exercised with Mr. Nellis, batted beach balls with Mr. Smith, and finally did the limbo with the reading teachers! A good time was had by all, and we got a little exercise along the way!

Sunday, October 25, 2009


THANK YOU to all of the parents who donated apples for Apple Crunch Day!

We couln't have done all of our apple activities without you! Thanks again!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

ACADEMICS (Oct. 26-30)


We are breaking away from our basal reader this week and reading, "The Biggest Pumpkin Ever", by Steven Kroll. It is a delightful story about two mice, each without the other's knowledge, who help a pumpkin grow into "the biggest pumpkin ever"--but for different purposes.
Students will complete, and be graded on, a "pumpkin packet" of assorted skills with this story that include: comprehension, problem/solution, sequencing, dictionary skills, phonetic elements, and ABC order.


We are continuing with compound sentences, and will then move on to identifying, and correcting run-on sentences. Run-on sentences can be corrected either of two ways...1) breaking it apart into 2 separate, complete sentences... or... 2) adding ", and" to turn it into a compound sentence.
We had a quiz on Friday on rounding to the tens with double digit numbers. Students have also been introduced to rounding triple digit numbers to the tens. This will be followed by rounding numbers to the hundreds.
Our Addition Fact Challenge is in its LAST WEEK. Students have until Thursday, Oct. 29th to complete their facts through the 9's. On that date, they will also be given the TIMED 100 addition math facts test, which is worth 50 points.
Students, your compass rose designs are awesome! Job well done! The hallway display looks terrific! Parents, your child's grade for this project will be coming home this week. Partner playground maps have also been completed and are now on display in the hall by the library.
A room map homework project, rough draft paper, and the rubric that will be used to grade this activity will be coming home on Monday. Students are to create a map of a room of their choice in their home. The FINAL COPY of this assignment is due on MONDAY, Nov. 2nd.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


This year's theme is "TEAM UP AGAINST DRUGS!"

Monday--"Rally in Red and Sock it to Drugs!"
Wear the color RED and crazy SOCKS!

Tuesday--"You Won't See Me Using Drugs!"
Wear CAMO!

Wednesday--"Put a Cap on Drugs!"
Wear your favorite HAT!

Thursday--"Drugs Will Make You Crazy!"

Friday--"Team Up Against Drugs!"
Wear SPORTS APPAREL--jerseys, uniforms, t-shirts, etc.


On Wednesday, October 28, we will celebrate one of nature’s fast foods – apples – by celebrating Apple Crunch Day.
We will be doing apple centers that day with Mr. Zerbe's class. Throughout the entire week, we will also be participating in various activities centered around apples.

Celebrated annually during National Apple Month, Apple Crunch teaches important facts about healthy snacking and getting five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

Over the past five years, Apple Crunch has been very successful in Pennsylvania where schools, community youth organizations, local grocery stores and the apple industry have collectively promoted apples and apple products as a healthy snack.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Smokey the Bear and his friends from the Knox Volunteer Fire Company spent the day at KES during Fire Prevention Week. Students in Grades K-3 learned all about fire safety, and got an up close and personal tour of a fire engine!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


BRRRR! What a brisk morning it was today, for our walk around the high school track! We all zipped up, put smiles on our faces and got some exercise! I have to brag and say that we were the last class to leave the track (except for a few straggling kindergartners)! Most of us walked (and did a little running, too) a total of TWO miles! Eight complete laps! CONGRATULATIONS ROOM 117!
Now, turn off the TV, computer, and video games once in a while, and get up and get some exercise to stay healthy! YOU CAN DO IT! You proved that today!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

ACADEMICS (Oct. 12-16)


We are continuing our story, "Max Malone", until Tuesday, October 13th; which is when the story's test will be given. From Wed. - Fri., the Unit One Reading Test will be administered.


In math this week we will be working on identifying odd and even numbers, and will also be finding numbers to continue a given number pattern. We will then be moving on to rounding numbers to the tens and hundreds.


We had a quiz on subjects of a sentence last week, and are now studying predicates. This will be followed by compound sentences.


We had a quiz on map keys and symbols last Friday, and this week we will be making playground maps with a partner. A graded homework assignment to create a room map will be coming home this week as well.


We are continuing our seed study, and are in the middle of an experiment with lima bean seeds.
We are trying to determine if open seeds grow faster than closed seeds. We'll let you know our results!

ACADEMICS (Oct. 5-9)


This week we are reading, "Max Malone", a story in which two boys figure out a way to earn money. In the end, by helping a sick friend, they learn what their money is really worth. Skills include: problem/solution, using an index, story elements, and compound words. The test for this story will be on Tuesday, Oct. 13th.


We have moved on from place value to comparing numbers using the greater and less than signs, and listing numbers in order from least to greatest, and greatest to least.


After learning about the 4 types of sentences (statement, question, command, exclamation), we are now studying subjects and predicates.


Our study of maps continues. We are now learning about map keys and their symbols. Students will be creating their own town map with a partner.