We tried something new in room 109. We shut off the lights, found a quiet spot in the classroom with 3-4 books and read them with little flashlights! The purpose of this activity was not only to get students excited about reading independently but to also work on their reading stamina. We had some left over snacks from IA Assessments that they also got to eat while they read.
The students did a fabulous job with staying on task. They asked if we could do Flashlight Friday again. It may just turn into a weekly activity!
Students in Foundations of Education were asked to plan a lesson on diversity in society. They had to develop a lesson plan related to a diversity topic and teach it to their classmates. Many of the lessons had their classmates becoming first or second graders. The students learned a lot developing their Madeline Hunter seven-step lesson plan and having to actually teach the lesson.
The English and History departments are teaming up! Mrs. Kroon’s English I classes and Mr. Raveling’s World History classes are collaborating on a cause and effect research essay on the fall of the Roman Empire. Mrs. Kroon is focusing on the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing (Ideas, Organization, Voice, Sentence Fluency, Word Choice, Conventions) and the writing process. Mr. Raveling is focusing on the research/sources, content, and formatting of the essay.
Students are researching three related causes for the fall of the Roman Empire. They are researching strong, credible sources and incorporating them into their essays. Final drafts will not be submitted for several weeks as the students go through the entire writing process including: Prewriting, Writing the first draft, Evaluating, Revising, Editing, and Publishing. Through the process, they are realizing the amount of time and effort that goes into producing a strong piece of writing.
Mrs. Kroon and Mr. Raveling are enjoying the collaboration and are seeing wonderful progress on the essays. The students seem to be simultaneously learning a great deal about history and writing.
We hope this is the first of many future collaboration projects!
This year, I was able to purchase 6 phonics kits using funds I received from the Lyon Grant. Each phonics kit includes over 100 magnetic letter tiles, 2 large magnetic white boards and 5 smaller magnetic whiteboards. My students have enjoyed using these kits to practice their spelling patterns, sights words, and multi-syllable words.
Family and Consumer Sciences classes have been busy this semester. Here are is our Top Ten List for Fall 2017!
10. Foods Classes successfully canned 217 pints of Salsa!
9. Single Survival read Corey Heimensen's book, Stop Doing Dumb Things with Your Money. (Thank you for donating the books and speaking to the class Corey!)
8. Foods classes know how to prepare a roux.
7. Single Survival understands object language.
6. Eighth grade students know that there are 3 tsp. in a T.
5. Health class has learned what amotivational syndrome is and how to avoid it.
4. Foods classes are eager to learn new cooking techniques.
3. Single Survival all successfully completed interest inventories.
2. Health class learned the warning signs of depression and where help in available in our community.
1. Eighth graders are anxious to put their cooking knowledge into practice.
In addition to Robotics Club designing a new robot, this year they had Mr. Gerleman design new t-shirts. The design is available on short or long sleeved t-shirts, plus hooded sweatshirts. Click here for the order form, or pick up an order form from the high school office. Orders are due to Mr. Allen or the high school office by noon, Tuesday November 28.
Each year, the team must build a robot to perform specific tasks, which then competes against other teams. This year's robotic challenge | game is called relic recovery, and more information can be found here: www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc/.
We thank Mr. Gerleman for the professional t-shirt design, as we will be the best-dressed geeks at the next meet! Our next meet is December 16 in LeMars, and the Northwest Iowa Regional will be in January.
State champ t-shirts orders are due at noon November 28. Click here for the order form. Prices vary from $8-$12; make checks payable to GLR-CL Cross Country.
Congratulations to our boys GLR-CL cross country team for winning the state title Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge. In addition to the team title, Gable Sieperda is the 2A state champ and ran the fastest time in all classes. This is the first time for the combined GLR-CL to win a state team title. CONGRATS to the athletes for their hard work and to the coaches for their dedication.
Boys Results: 1st Place Boys 2A State Team Champions
1st Gable Sieperda STATE CHAMPION 15:18
3rd Joe Anderson ALL STATE 16:21
6th Blake Johnson ALL STATE 16:40
30th Josh Haken 17:20
67th Taeron Olson 17:55
70th Zach Springer 17:55
73rd Brayden Stoecker 17:59
Girls 2A Results:
53rd MaKayla Witt 21:13
The boys also won the District Meet; qualifying times are below.
1st Gable Sieperda 15:26 DISTRICT CHAMP
2nd Joe Anderson 16:44 DISTRICT RUNNER-UP
5th Blake Johnson 17:07 ALL DISTRICT
11th Josh Haken 17:32 ALL DISTRICT
22nd Taeron Olson 18:08
30th Brayden Stoecker 18:41
31st Zach Springer 18:42
13th MaKayla Witt 21:23 ALL DISTRICT
To add to the success, the boys' GLR-CL cross country team repeated as 2017 Siouxland Conference Champions on Tuesday, October 10! The girls' team placed second, and eight individual runners earned all-conference honors by finishing in the top fifteen. Congrats to the athletes and coaches.
Boys All-Conference Runners:
1st - Gable Sieperda 15:59
2nd - Joe Anderson 17:02
4th - Blake Johnson 17:20
10th - Josh Haken 17:44
15th - Taeron Olson 17:58
Girls All-Conference Runners:
7th - MaKayla Witt 21:49
13th - Lauren Jurrens 22:25
14th - Sami Ebel 22:28
What has been going on in our class? The answer is a LOT of things. Of course we are learning. We do spelling, reading, vocabulary, we compare and contrast, we discuss current events, and every once in a while...we have some fun. Here are some pictures from some of the fun things!
**The Sixth graders read some stories about saving endangered animals. Each group had a different animal. When they finished reading, we used hula hoops and our smartboard to compare and contrast each animal. They had fun with it.
**If you find the picture of the kids that looks like they are reading with flashlights...you're right! On October 13th, which happened to be my birthday, I let the kids have flashlight Friday. We turned off the lights and they read with little finger flashlights. This was a big hit!
**The last group of pictures is from our trip to Pahoja. It was their annual Outdoor Classroom. We learned about bees, animal furs, soil (erosion), the kids got to get dirty as they dig specimens from the lake, they saw the old school house and even dug for worms. Have them tell you more about their experiences.
Again, we are doing a lot of learning, with breaks for some fun as well!
Stay tuned for more events from room 114!!
I was able to add Breakout boxes to my classroom this year due to a Lion Grant provided by the Central Lyon Foundation. Breakout boxes are similar to a panic room experience. There are multiple locks that are attached to the breakout box and the students must solve problems to figure out the codes for the locks. The goal is to get all of the locks unlocked in a certain amount of time.
I have used the boxes in my classes and the students really enjoy the tasks. In order to get through the tasks, the students must work together as a team and must communicate with each other. It is a great way to get students to talk about different topics in mathematics. As I observed the students in their groups, I noticed that some new leaders emerged. Students that typically do not say much in class were all of a sudden taking charge and leading. It was a great experience for the students.
These boxes can be used for all subject areas. Mr. Engleman and I put one together for the middle school and high school staff so we could introduce them to the teachers. Hopefully, teachers in other subject areas will make use to the boxes as well. They really are a valuable tool for learning.
We have been very busy in our kindergarten class! We have had lots to celebrate! Here are a few pictures from our special events.
We celebrated Fire Safety Week in October. Throughout the week we completed activities that helped to teach us about being safe with fire and what to do when there is a fire. On Friday we made a special snack that looked like a firetruck using graham crackers, frosting, cookies, fruit slice, and pretzels! After the delicious snack, the Rock Rapids Fire Department brought two fire trucks for us to look at and explore. We also got to see firefighters dressed in their protective gear. We were able to ask questions and see lots of equipment! A special thanks to the RRFD for helping us learn more about fire safety!
In October we also celebrated Halloween by having a classroom party where we were able to wear our costumes! We started our party by listening to two Halloween books. We then split up into groups and rotated around the room. We had spooky cupcakes and juice for a snack. Monster masks and scratch art was at the craft table! We were wrapped up like mummies at one station and bowled for prizes and had a ring toss at the games station. This was fun afternoon! Thank you to the parents who helped with the party and sent treats/drinks in!
One last big celebration was 50's Day! Students dressed in 50's attire and they were lookin' sharp! In the morning, we rotated classrooms so the students could enjoy different aspects of the 1950's! Ms. Whitsell had a hula hoop contest and students played a math game where they had to cruise to 50. Mrs. Gerber set up a photo booth for students, with props, and took silly pictures. Students also made a '50 Days Smarter Hat' in her room. In our classroom, we listened to records, danced, and had a bubble gum blowing contest! The pictures only show a small part of the fun we had. In the afternoon, we had root beer floats and then graphed who liked them and who didn't. Only three students did not like root beer floats!
Overall, we have had lots of fun and it is only beginning! Students have lots to look forward to in the upcoming months! We get to go to Pizza Ranch and make our own pizzas! We will go to the Lyon County Courthouse to hang ornaments made by the students. We will rotate classrooms in December for Christmas Around the World with an exciting culminating event We will watch the Polar Express in our pajamas drinking hot cocoa and eating popcorn! Ending the year will also be our Holiday Party! So much to be thankful for!