Kenya Mission Projects

This week our class did our service project for the year.  We completed various crafts and projects that will either be sent to Kenya in October with the Emanuel church mission trip, or will go in the shoeboxes our school puts together for Operation Christmas Child.  I am so incredibly proud of all the work our class has done this week, not only on Wednesday morning when we did the projects, but also keeping up with sorting school supplies as they came in this week when classes began cleaning out their lockers and desks.

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We made clothespin critters, t-shirt scrap headbands and bracelets, and bead bracelets.  We also all wrote a note on the first page of the notebooks we are sending.  Now when the kids use them for school, they can see where they came from!

My favorite project was the flip flops.  There’s a little story behind the flip flop project.  Let me start at the beginning.  🙂  The 2nd grade classes at Central collected “Koins for Kenya” for at least a month for their service project.  All of the change that was brought in is being used to buy supplies, toys, etc, for the kids in Kenya.  Here they are, those sweeties:

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Well, I soon found a use for at least SOME of the money they had collected: $1 flip flops from the Target dollar section!  The kids can always use shoes, as they walk everywhere, and the roads are not good.

By the time I went to buy the flip flops, they were no longer $1 each.  They had been marked down 70% off!!  So, instead of $1 each, they cost 30 cents each!!  I am happy to report that I cleaned out every Target store in Fort Wayne!  🙂  We ended up with 90 pairs of flip flops, and it only cost us $27!!  🙂

The project we did with the flip flops was to decorate them using Sharpies.  The 2nd graders got to each decorate a pair, and then the remaining flip flops were decorated by our class.  You saw some of the 4th grade action above in some of the project pictures already, but here are some pictures of the 2nd graders pitching in as well!

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And, in case you were curious, this is what 90 decorated pairs of flip flops looks like:  🙂

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Finally, what I am most proud of are my extreme school supply sorters.  Some of them worked for just a few minutes, others gave up multiple recesses and would not rest (even on the last day of school!!) until all of our donated school supplies were sorted, sharpened, bagged, and boxed.  I cannot believe all of the hard work and energy that went into that, and there are many kids around the world who will benefit from all of our hard work.  🙂

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God is so good.  🙂

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We’re Going to the Zoo…Zoo…Zoo…

Well, we went to the zoo!  On Tuesday, 4R took its first ever field trip to the zoo for our Rainforest unit!  I have wanted to do this trip for years, but it never fell right to schedule it!  It was definitely a good time.

We spent most of our day in the Indonesian Rainforest section of the zoo.  The students had guides to fill in, searching for answers on the signs throughout the section.  I know we learned at least a few things during our time in the rainforest section.

We had about 30 minutes to hit another section of the zoo before eating lunch and heading back to school.  It was a good, but fast, trip, and thankfully the weather held out for us so we could enjoy our time there.  🙂

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Fractured Fairy Tale Reader’s Theaters- Part 1

The last two weeks of school, we worked on reader’s theaters based on fairy tales.  They had such funny titles as “Slurping Beauty” and “The Brementown Rappers”.  Today two of our groups performed.  Due to time limitations and camera malfunctions, the other two groups will be performing theirs next week sometime.  Please enjoy the two videos from the groups who went today!  🙂

Slurping Beauty (based on Sleeping Beauty)

The Three Little Elephants (based on The Three Little Pigs)

Physical Science Mini-Lessons

Today for Science class, we had just a one-period opportunity to talk about a few science topics that are not covered in our book, but that are interesting and fun to learn about!

We covered mixtures and solutions, and also physical and chemical changes.  Using different items, we were able to demonstrate the difference between each of these things.

Mixtures have two or more substance combined, but can be separated back into the original substances.  Examples include fruit salad, salad, or trail mix (which we made in class).  Solutions have a substance dissolved into another substance, and it is very difficult, or impossible, to separate the substances.  Examples include Kool-Aid, lemonade, or salt water (which we showed in class).

Physical changes are a change in size, shape, or state of matter.  Examples include crumpling paper, breaking a pencil, or folding paper (which we did in class).  Chemical changes are changes that produce a completely different type of matter.  Examples include rust, baking, or Diet Coke with Mentos (which we did in class…fun!).

All in all, it was a fun afternoon, and hopefully even with just an hour or so of class time, these items will sound familiar when they are studied in future school years.  🙂

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Trail mix (mixture), Salt water (solution), Origami penguin and crumpled paper (physical change)

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Showing off our Physical change penguins!

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Mentos in Diet Coke (chemical change): Ready…set…

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…GO!  🙂

Sauder Village Field Trip

Yesterday was our annual field trip to Sauder Village in Archbold, OH.  This place is AWESOME.  Full of rich history, it is a fun place to walk around and learn about how things were done in the 1800s.  For example, we learned that barbers didn’t just cut hair and do shaves, they also pulled teeth and did surgeries!  Acting up in class didn’t just earn you a scolding, it earned you a swat with a stick!  We also got to see the inside of some Indian dwellings, as well as check out some cool old stuff in the museum.  It was a great day, with beautiful weather.  The kids were great, we had some great parents along…truly a wonderful day!  🙂

Enjoy these pictures from our day.  This is only a sampling, as we saw and learned so much!

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