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Pumpkin, Pumpkin

We have been reading books and studying plants to help us understand the life cycle of the pumpkin. This week we cut the top off a pumpkin and poured in some soil.

We hope the seeds inside will sprout, giving us a good look at the root system, the seed leaves, and more! We will keep you posted.

We made life cycle projects over the last two days and some students practiced their story-telling and performed on video. Enjoy!

What Dissolves?

Our class has been studying the properties of three states of matter: solids, liquids, and gases. We mixed different liquids together to see what would happen. Some would mix, some would not.

We tried to dissolve some solids into liquids. Some would dissolve, some would not.

Thanks to Casey for helping us with our experiments!

My Heart is…

This week we read My Heart is Like a Zoo. Click here for a peek at the book trailer.

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It is a beautifully illustrated poem that we enjoyed over and over again.

We studied the pictures and thought we would try to make animals out of hearts. We tried to choose clever descriptions for our animals. Our efforts ended up in a photostory – uploaded into youtube.

So, please take a look at our innovation of Michael Hall’s book My Heart is Like a Zoo.

Spring with Frog and Toad

The Frog and Toad series are such great books! Don’t you love the chapter about Spring? Frog sneaks the April page right off the calendar to get Toad to wake up from hibernation. That makes me laugh each time!

Here is part of a theater production about this book. You’ll love the song!

Is it Spring Yet?

After yesterday’s April snow showers, I was hoping for more spring-like weather today. It looks sunny and hopeful out there today!

Here is a funny spring poem by A. A. Milne, the author of Winnie the Pooh.

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Now, here is a song about spring time that you will really like – because we are Moose fans!

If you like spring, leave a comment about your favorite things of this season!

QR Code Magical Mystery Tour

This was our Smart Board background for the past week. We had been waiting to go on our Magical Mystery Tour with QR Codes and Friday was the big day!


We brought in the new carts of Mac Books. No one in the school had used them yet – how exciting!


After a brief lesson on the track pad and cheers of amazement after discovering the two finger swipe to scroll, we were ready to go.


We opened the QRreader, which connects to the camera of the Mac Book. It will be reading the codes on the cards I had prepared.


We had to spend a few moments looking into the QRreader – because in first grade it is fun to see yourself!

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Then we were ready to tour! Everyone selected a card and successfully opened their first QR code. No typing in a long URL, no trying to find the correct website in a list on Portaportal, just point and play!

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Now  watch the fun as we put it all together in our latest video!