News from Lakeside Elementary at Glen Elder
by Glen Elder Staff
April 29, 2013
Lakeside Elementary School
at Glen Elder
First Grade – Mrs. Heller
First Graders have been enjoying a variety of topics in math. Studying money, they are now ready to play store, using the class cash register, and role-playing as the clerk or customer. Measurement has been the newest topic using blocks, paper clips, centimeters, and inches to measure objects around the classroom. The children have learned why it is important that there be a “standard” unit of measurement for everyone.
The new GO MATH system the primary grades are using this year for the math curriculum has taken the First Graders into regrouping two-digit numbers for addition and subtraction. The children have been taught to “quick draw” a tens and ones diagram to easily visualize and count, in order to arrive at the correct sum or difference. Other topics they will explore before the end of the school year include bar graphs, solids, and two-dimensional geometry. Many times these final topics are actually in game form that the children can enjoy with a partner at centers—building with solids to discover their properties and drawing shapes to count their sides and corners.
Reading class continues to take them to other countries and cultures. With the story Something from Nothing the children are learning about the Jewish culture and ancestors from the European countries. We have also talked about Native American culture and the thoughts behind dream catchers. The children made their own dream catcher from paper plates, string, beads, and feathers. Our theme “Family Treasures” is teaching the children that not all treasures are material like gold, silver, or money; but rather the time and activities spent with their families.
General Music – Mrs. Sharp
All of the students in Glen Elder have been working very hard on the songs they will sing at our spring concert. After the concert the Kindergarten class will begin working on songs for their graduation day. It has been a busy spring preparing for our concert.
Third Grade – Mrs. Wiles
Third Graders are happy to be finished with assessments. They did a great job. Everyone worked very hard and the preliminary results look fantastic. We celebrated after each assessment with a party. We had a pizza party after the reading assessment and a popcorn party after finishing math.
Now we are back to our regular schedule. I think it will take us a while to adjust. We are just about finished with our reading unit on weather and will start our last theme soon. We set a goal to read 700 AR books this year. I am happy to say we have reached that goal and may hit 800 books by the end of the year. As a reward for making their goal, I have promised the third graders an ice cream party, and Mr. Giesbrecht somehow agreed to kiss a pig! Looking forward to that!!! Everyone seems to have really enjoyed Accelerated Reader this year. Their noses are buried in books most of the time.
In math we are getting ready to start our geometry unit. The students will be making symmetrical butterflies to decorate the hallway. It has been a great year with many accomplishments. Practice flashcards through the summer and keep reading!!!
Physical Education – Mr. Tegtmeier
The weather has been pretty awful for us wanting to go outside. Therefore we continue to spend most of our time in the gym for P.E. We are playing a lot of badminton, hockey, and getting ready to start on a pickleball unit; one of my personal favorite games from high school. I have also let the younger kids use the big parachute a few times to play sharks and minnows. There are a few rare times that the weather has been nice enough that we could go outside and enjoy a day or two here and there, and when that happens we usually end up playing kickball. I am definitely ready for warmer weather so we can go outside and maybe play some softball, or sand volleyball, and what not. Most of the kids are getting anxious to be outside, so as soon as actual spring gets here, we will definitely go outside and learn a few more outdoor activities, such as Frisbee golf, bocce, horseshoes, and so forth.
The annual Fun Day activities
will be held at the
Lakeside Junior High School track
in Cawker City
on Wednesday, May 1, beginning at 12:45.
Wednesday, May 15 is the
last day of school for the students.