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Goldfinch

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 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!

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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]

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Level 2 has been studying the needs of people throughout time.  As a group they selected two needs to people to concentrate on this last month.  One was the history of clothing and the other one was the history of defense.  For our clothing project the students decided they wanted to put on a fashion show.  Each child researched a type of clothing and put together an outfit for the show.  On Friday, they headed down the runway and modeled their clothing while co-hosts, Natalie and Anna, read descriptions about their clothing.  Way to go level 2 students!

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The annual fundraising event is fast approaching. An outdoor entertainment center was made by Anna’s grandpa. It is beautiful!  Now we need parent volunteers to finish it up for the auction.  We are in need of a parent to purchase supplies. There is a budget set aside for this.  In addition, one or two parents to supervise and guide our students through the painting process would be wonderful.  We will work around whatever time you have available to come into the classroom.  We are meeting with our art teacher to hear her suggestions on how best to finish off our project.  Ultimately, we would love to have this project finished up by April 24th.  Please let us know if you have a heart for art and can help the Goldfinch students in completing this project.  Thank you!!

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