Social Studies in 3rd Grade

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For the month of December, Ms. Stephanie, Ms. Nancy and the third grade class have been studying how different cultures celebrate the season.   First, the class lit a Menorah for Hanukkah.

Since one student lived in Japan for three years and shared her kimono and other trinkets with the class, it was a perfect opportunity to learn about Japan.

These kiddos also traveled to Italy to learn about La Befana.   To celebrate the children made their own pizzas,  cooked them in toaster ovens, and ate them for snack.

I surely don’t remember social studies being so much fun when I was in third grade.

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5th Grade & Michelangelo

In Guided Reading the fifth grade class is reading From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg.  Set largely in part at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the story is both a mystery and a celebration of art and beauty.  Mrs. Christy thought it only fitting as part of their study to have the students experience painting in the style of Michelangelo and his work on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.   They painted their own “ceilings” on the underside of their desks!

Hey, if you know a fifth grader ask them if their arms got tired.

Thinking about children’s toys this holiday season . . .

Recently, fifth through eighth grade science teacher Ms. Emily pointed out some safety information regarding toys and toy recalls to our TLC staff.  I thought it a good idea to bring this same information and resources to you.  Here is what Ms. Emily had to say.

Unfortunately there are constant reports and recalls going out on children’s toys and jewelry saying they have dangerous levels of lead and cadmium – two very poisonous and carcinogenic chemicals.  I was reading about it today in the New York Times – an older article.

In case you want to do a little research before buying babies and kids toys here are some very helpful websites.

http://www.healthystuff.org/ this has a pop up thing when you first go to it, just hit Esc and it will go away.  This lists toys with high medium and low levels of cadmium and lead.

Also,

http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2010/06/08/08greenwire-recall-of-cadmium-tainted-glasses-by-mcdonalds-15834.html?scp=1&sq=cadmium&st=cse

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/20/business/20toy.html?_r=1&scp=5&sq=cadmium&st=cse

http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/toyjewelry.htm




Murphy Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Last Friday evening The Learning Center Chorus and Fusion Ensemble participated in the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in downtown Murphy.

Our students love being part of this yearly event.  They especially love being the ones that usher in Santa Claus with the song “Santa is the Man.”

I think our teachers love it too!