Mrs. Larson’s 200 Wing Health Class – “Eat a Rainbow!”
To continue our Health unit on Self Esteem, the 200-wing students heard a book called “Have You Filled A Bucket?” written by Carol McCloud. The story tells how everyone, all over the world, carries an invisible bucket with them. The way that we treat others can fill their buckets when we are kind, or we can dip from their buckets when we use unkind words and actions. Other people can fill or dip from our buckets too.
As a follow-up activity, the students practiced filling one another’s buckets by picking a raindrop from an umbrella prop, hearing what was written on it and acting it out. Some of the scenarios included: Say “Good morning” to a friend, Share your puzzle with a classmate, Say something nice to a friend, Help someone up if they fall and Hug your mom and dad. To further understand the concept of filling one another’s buckets, each student put their raindrop in the bucket at the end of their turn. It was fun seeing the bucket fill up and the discussions about each positive act written on the raindrops reinforced the importance of treating people in a kind way.
April’s Nutrition theme is “EAT YOUR COLORS”. The more colors that are in your diet, the more likely you are of getting all the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs. During the lesson, the students had fun selecting favorite plastic fruits and vegetables from a basket and matching them to the colors on a large paper rainbow on the floor. A red apple, an orange carrot, a yellow banana, a green cucumber, blue blueberries and a purple plum were just some of the foods that were chosen. A catchy tune called “Eat a Rainbow Rap” served as a good reminder of the types of foods that we should try to eat. You can listen to it with your child at home at: Eat a Rainbow Rap. You can also learn about what fruits and veggies do for you at Fit Kids: EAT A RAINBOW EVERY DAY.
Mrs. Renz’s Class – “Cha-Ching!”
In Community Living we have been working on money skills. We toured the Midland Bank and explained how each person has their own account and the people who work at the bank keep track of the money you put into and take out of their account. I explained to the students that it is a very important skill for both the bank employee and the bank customer to be able to identify coins and the amounts on paper money. Students have been sorting coins and know it is important to be able to identify each one so the money can be added up correctly. To complement our lessons the students have been using an interactive program at GCF Learn Free. This website (www.gcflearnfree.org) creates opportunities for a better life with everyday life skills. We have been using a program that gives you amounts of change to count ranging from $0.03 up to $1.28. The program uses pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. The feature I like is that the program will not let the player begin until the directions are finished. I recommend you tryout the programs on the site yourself before you try it with your child.
Mrs. Kane’s Class – “J-E-L-L-O!”
It all started when we made green Jell-O in independent living for St. Patty’s Day.
Everybody loved it! So we thought it would be fun to try different flavors. We brainstormed what would be the best way to find out what other flavors there are and we used the smart board to locate the Jell-O website. We learned that the different flavors are cherry, black cherry, orange, lemon, blueberry and raspberry. Next we utilized our calendar skills to figure out how many weeks it would take, & how much time we would have to make and taste the flavors. We decided we would make 2 flavors every other week.
Then we used our math skills to total the cost of all those boxes of Jell-o. Each week we had to read and follow the recipe. We learned the vocabulary word dissolve, and utilized a whisk to make that happen. Each week we practiced how to boil water, pour, and measure. After each lesson we looked forward to discovering if we liked the different flavors. We made a bar graph to document the results!
Finally we wrote a letter to Kraft Foods, the company that makes Jell-O to tell them about our project. We are anxiously awaiting to hear from them! Following our Jell-o project, we reinforced our learned graphing kills, reading a Scholastic News Article about plants, which is our current science topic. We learned how plants are affected by the weather. Did you know if a watermelon gets too hot it can explode? And that broccoli and carrots grow best when near freezing temperatures? Learning new things is always fun!