Friday, February 8, 2019

Chinese New Year

Friday February 8, 2019

On Tuesday, it was the Chinese New Year, the year of the Pig! Today, we celebrated Chinese New Year in our own way.  We joined the 5th and 6th graders in learning about the Chinese Zodiac; it's legend and importance.  At the next station, we created dragons and then ended our wonderful celebration, we tried Chinese foods using chopsticks.  Our students learned about eating etiquette and enjoyed trying new foods.  Here's just a short glimpse into the end of our celebration. 


Saturday, February 2, 2019

I'm hosting a club!!!!

This has been a long time coming! I have been wanting to host a club... for-ev-er but had to find the time. Now here I am!

I may be slightly (okay wayyyyy too) excited to bring Crazy 8 Club to Minatare but it's going to be fun!  I hope you join me for some crazy fun! :)

-Mrs. Lacy

Friday, December 7, 2018

Cleaning Up Our Community

4th Graders alongside 5th and 6th graders have helped clean up our community twice since August.  I love that our students care about our community.  They worked hard, worked together, and cleaned up our community!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

New Year Fun!

A little cooperative learning activity on the first day. It was fun to watch them work together so quickly and so easily.  They shared strategies, had great discussions, and worked together to build pyramids only using 4 pieces of string and a rubber band.  They were not to touch the cup with their hands, it was definitely challenging but I LOVED seeing the collaborative work they were doing! :) 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Volunteer Fun!

Mr. Jackson (Gunner) comes in every other week to have some fun with the kids.   We have done lots of fun science projects, a game or two, and met his awesome pup, Meatball!

On the Move... for a TEST!

As the end of the year nears, we are starting to wrap-up.  With only 16 days left in the school year, the kiddos and I have been working extra hard to get through Nebraska History.  We ended chapter 8 with a fun way to test.  They moved around the room with a task sheet to answer questions.  They said they really liked it and enjoyed getting up and MOVING!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Spring Scrapbook Flowers

I finally found an art project that kept my kiddos busy for the whole 50 minutes of art! :)   Scrapbook paper flowers, they loved picking out the patterns and colors, cutting, and designing their own flowers.  They turned out pretty good in my eyes!  I included a couple of the finished product! :)

Monday, April 16, 2018

Donors Choose Project up and going!

As many of you know, I have implemented flexible or alternative seating in the classroom.  This gives your student a choice in their learning.  There has been much research done on the use of flexible or alternative seating in the classroom. 

Flexible seating has been proven to improve student focus, encourages collaboration and community building, help meet students sensory needs, give them a chance to move while learning and be comfortable, and gives them control over their learning by giving them choices. With flexible seating in the classroom, students can work by themselves, in pairs, groups, or even as a whole class as needed.

By offering my students more flexible seating options, I am giving them an opportunity to collaborate more, build better community with their peers, meet their sensory needs, and improve their focus.

Flexible seating supports collaborative learning and community building in the classroom. Students are allowed to choose their seating daily which encourages them to work with a variety of their peers in learning communities which promotes student collaboration.

As many know, kids are made to move and wiggle. They have sensory needs that are often not met by traditional seating. Flexible seating opens that door for students to be able to move, wiggle, and meet sensory needs. When sensory needs are met, it increases student focus and productivity by increasing processing for students.

Comfortable students are calmer, more focused, engaged, and have a higher productivity. Giving students the chance to move whether it is twisting, kicking, bouncing, or rocking, it helps them focus more on their work because they are already comfortable instead of worrying about being comfortable and learning.

I have put in for our last seating for our classroom through Donors Choose.  As of 4/16/2018 there was $360 of the $586 to go.  This is one more choice for your children, those that prefer to be on the floor. 

Click here to go to the site Stop, Collaborate, & Build Community

Friday, April 13, 2018

We did it!

My kiddos have been working so hard on testing that we decided to take 30 minutes yesterday and spend it outside in the beautiful weather playing kickball!