Reading Buddies

The kindergartners in Mrs. Saunders class have been working on their author study. They have been studying the author Mo Willems. The fifth graders in Ms. Dionisio’s class have also been doing an author study. They individually studied an author. Some studied Graeme Base, Virginia Hamilton, Jane Yolen, Allen Say, Cynthia Rylant, and, many others. 

On the day we were with our kindergarten buddies, we presented our PowerPoints to our individual buddy. The PowerPoint consisted of a title page, a page for each book, and an about the author page. The page for each book contained an image of the book cover and a selling point for each book. Fifth graders and kindergartners shared two books each, then they read other Mo Willems books from a collection. As a special treat Mrs. Saunders made chocolate chip and sugar cookies to snack on while we read together.

reported by: Alex, Virginia, and Winnie

Chickering Winter Olympics 2010

On Monday February 1st, the Chickering Olympics began.  Phys Ed classes started with the Luge event.  

On Tuesday, we did “Luge”! We got teamed up with Mr. Wadness’ class. Two people from each class were assigned a different country to represent. The bobsleds that we used were small scooters that you sit on, and move with only your feet. Our “luge” course was white tape with cones that we had to propel around to win! 

On Thursday, we competed in the event called “speed skating”. We put two polly spots under our feet, and glided as fast as we could around the track! It was hard to stay on the polly spots, because they were rubber.  It was a relay race, one person from each of the 4 teams would compete at once. They would skate once around the track and then let the next person from their team go, until all of the people on their team had gone. Then your team would go sit down near your country’s flag and the P.E. teachers will tell you what medal you won (if you did win one!)

In the second week, on Tuesday, we competed in “curling”! We used foamed items that were nicknamed “fruit loops”. There was a large bull’s eye in the middle of the gym: the outer ring was 1 point, the second one was 3 points, and the bull’s eye was 5 points. The object of the game was to push your “fruit loop” closest to the bull’s eye using your foam stick.

In addition we had trivia questions about the Olympics. There were bonus questions. If we got some right we could earn more medals. Some trivia questions were, where did the Olympics start?, how many countries are competing?, where are the Olympics being held?, what are some winter sports?. 

On Thursday, we did “cross country skiing” by using wooden skis with ropes attached to the skis. Two people would go on the skis at once, they would pull the ropes up and down with their arms at the same time they lifted up their legs. The person in the back had to say “left, right, left, right”, so they would move in unison. The kids only had to go half a lap.

The final results of the Chickering Winter Olympics were:
Austria got bronze, Switzerland got silver, and Italy won gold.

We all wanted to learn more about the Chickering Winter Olympics so we interviewed our P.E. teachers, Mrs. Gillis and Ms Riordan.  We hope you find this fun and helpful.

Reported By: Sara, Andriana, Alex A, Issy F., and Hannah D.