Thursday, November 14, 2013

Caring for Our Community

Mrs. Boyd's 3rd grade students conducted research on philanthropic organizations in our community.  They created posters which included the following information: facts about the organization, its mission statement, and ways we can help these organizations reach their goals.

Coming to America

Mrs. Blackburn's 2nd grade students read the book Molly's Pilgrim and discussed the topic of immigration.  They created persuasive posters to demonstrate the wonderful things about our country that attract people from all  over the world.

Improving Our Reading

Students in Mrs. Smith's 5th grade Language Arts classes examined successful reading strategies and wrote about what they could do to improve their own reading.

Story Maps

Mrs. Kessel's 4th grade Language Arts students read the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.  They created story maps that follow the plot from the beginning, to the rising actions, climax, falling actions, and conclusion.

North Carolina Research

Mrs. Kessel's 4th grade students studied the physical & cultural features of North Carolina and created research projects to demonstrate what they learned.

Solving by Sorting

Mrs. Creech's kindergarten students sorted fall objects by type, size, and color.

Thankful Turkeys

Students in Mrs. Wright's PreK class worked with their families to create Thanksgiving Turkeys showing the things they are thankful for.

Personal Timelines

Ms. James' & Ms. Tripp's second grade students created timelines of the important events in their lives.

Family Trees

Students in Mrs. Goodall's kindergarten class created family trees.  Each person in their family is represented by an apple.

School Pride

Mrs. Howard's kindergarten students are proud to be Creekside Cardinals!

Bone Buddies

Mrs. Wiggins' class studied the skeletal system and created their own skeletons!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Pumpkin Life Cycle

The students in Mrs. Wiggins' class learned about the life cycle of a pumpkin.  They learned that pumpkins grow from a seed, sprout, bloom, and grow a little green pumpkin which gets larger and turns orange over time.  In these pictures, her students are examining pumpkin seeds.  They estimated how many seeds they thought might be in the pumpkin based on its size.  They counted the seeds to check their estimate.  Seeds were used to create pumpkin art.  Then the pumpkin was carved into a jack-o-lantern in celebration of Halloween.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Halloween Zumba

Ms. Williams' class had a special visitor on Halloween.  Evan's mom, Carrie, came to lead a Halloween Zumba session with the kids!  Thank you, Carrie!

Chess Club

The Creekside Chess Club meets every Thursday before and after school in the media center.  Our STRIDE and AIG teacher, Mr. Blanchard, sponsors the club and teaches the students the "fun"damentals of chess!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Pumpkin Characters

Students in Mrs. Taylor's 2nd grade class created Stellaluna, Cat in the Hat, and Lorax pumpkin characters to decorate the front office.

Weather Watching on Skype

Today in Science class Mrs. Ruddock's 5th grade homeroom was able to talk with a fifth grade class in Osawatomie, Kansas via Skype.  The students shared our current weather conditions first.  Here it is 51 degrees Fahrenheit and there it was 54.  Our average temperatures are very similar in that here our average for this time of year is 65 and theirs was 60.  

Then we had a question and answer session where the kids discussed everything from uniforms to favorite places to eat.  We learned that the windiest city in the United States is not Chicago like we thought but actually a city called Dodge City, Kansas.  Our students were curious about tornadoes in their area.  We found out that they have on average 111 tornadoes to come through their area and five years ago a bad tornado came through their area and destroyed many of their houses.  They were curious about our hurricanes and wondered if we experienced tsunamis here.  

Our favorite fact that we shared was about bar-b-cue.  Here in North Carolina we are famous for our pork bar-b-cue with a vinegar based sauce.  However in Kansas they are famous for beef bar-b-cue with a tomato based sauce.  Mrs. Ruddock's class suggested a bar-b-cue off to see who's was better!  We plan on talking again in the near future and expanding both our knowledge of weather and our knowledge of other locations and cultures!