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Tonya Reynolds

Tonya Reynolds

Natalie Fisher

Natalie Fisher

Goldfinch Room is a Lower Elementary classroom for levels 1-3 on the Toledo Campus. Natalie Fisher and Tonya Reynolds are the classroom’s co-teachers.

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On Wednesday Nature’s Nursery visited our classroom and discussed vertebrates, invertebrates, habitats, and animal adaptations.  These topics connect to our zoology lessons with Natalie.  The presenter from Nature’s Nursery shared with us four animals and how their facility rescued them.  The students learned that it is best to leave wild animals in their natural habitats.

We had the opportunity to touch an Arizona desert tortoise, a Madagascar hissing cockroach, an opossum, and an eastern screech owl.  Do you know what a tortoise’s shell is made of?  How many body parts does a cockroach have?  What makes opossums unique to North America?  Are owl’s wings really silent?  Ask your child if he or she knows these answers.  We learned a lot of zoology information to add to our growing knowledge bank. 







On the day before spring vacation the Goldfinch students participated in several health activities that supported our lesson studies.  Students were introduced to health choices in the early morning and then had the opportunity to work on them throughout the day.  Students helped make fresh squeezed orange juice and frogs made out of tasty green apples and grapes.  There was a doctor’s station where students measured their heart rate, vision, weight, and height.  The class graphed their favorite food group.  What do you think it was?  The fruit group won with 12 votes.  Students could partner read health books or work on human body choices together.  It was a relaxing break from our normal daily routine.  Enjoy some of our day!


This week in the Helpful Hound classroom, the third graders prepared at home lessons that described “how to” do something.  There are many reasons why this was a meaningful activity.  First, planning a lesson and speaking in front of others is a great life skill. Students worked on speaking loudly and making eye contact. Second, as fourth grade homework time approaches, getting used to assignments at home and making sure you meet deadlines becomes increasingly important. Finally, writing all of the steps and sharing them so that the project gets completed correctly is critical.  Many creative lessons were taught.  Our younger students enjoyed learning many new things. We learned how to make paper airplanes, an origami dog, finger knit, exchange old DVD’s for new ones, wash hands, plant a seed, make sushi, and care for a pet. Thank you third graders and parents for making this homework assignment a success!  IMG_0274[1]IMG_0272[1]IMG_0268[1]IMG_0267[1]IMG_0264[1]IMG_0261[1]