On March 2nd we celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Grandparents’ Day. In the morning we made oobleck, a wonderful substance that defies being identified as either a solid or liquid. Then we learned to finger-crochet and made Truffula trees, which our grandparents helped us to finish. Both of these activities were inspired by wonderful Seuss books, The Lorax and Bartholomew and the Oobleck. If you’d like to try oobleck at home, it’s really quite simple. Mix 1/4 cup cornstarch with less than 1/4 cup water, mixing while you add the water until it is no longer dry. Once it’s all moist, you have oobleck. At the end our our day, we did a group reading of the Better Butter Battle and talked about how this story written long ago applies to events in the world today. Our mask-making sessions on Wednesday and Thursday were very busy! First students designed and painted their masks and then added snouts, ears, teeth, streamers, feathers, and other decorations. They are magnificent! Thank you to our wonderful volunteers Sandra Taylor, Cody and Tabitha Campbell, Olivia’s grandma, Stephanie Hinojosa and Teri Hess! We have one more day with our artist this coming Friday, and then we’ll decide how to share the masks with one another before they go home. OAKS (Oregon Achievement and Skills Assessment) will be Wednesday morning, the 14th, for our class. We will take the reading assessment this week and the math one next week. The best way to prepare for this experience is to be sure your child gets a good night’s sleep, eats a healthy breakfast, and starts off his/her day on a positive note. Please don’t add any stress or anxiety to the day. The students are well prepared and should not have any concern about their ability to do their best work.
Something new for our class! Please check out the photos at our new Posterous post at http://mrs-zimmerman-s-class.posterous.com