Feeling Thankful

On my list of things I am thankful for is being a teacher in this amazing community. Hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving with their family and friends.
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Turkey Facts

We made adorable turkeys with scrapbook paper feathers...an idea that we got from our neighbors, Mrs. Rider's Class. I love how each one of them looks different. We have been reading lots of nonfiction books about turkeys and chose our favorite turkey fact to write on the back of our turkeys. These turkeys are hanging in our room, ready for our Thanksgiving Celebration on Monday.
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Everyday Heroes

Our 2nd graders are focusing on everyday heroes throughout the year. Our school had an assembly to honor some of the everyday heros in our community and school...our crossing guards, reading volunteers, the men that built our new football stadium and a student that persevered after an accident. One of these everyday heroes was my mom who volunteers in my classroom and our school and makes quilts for our school auction. Casey had the honor of introducing her and my class was so excited that she was honored. Hip, hip, hooray for our everyday hero, my mom, Mrs, Dempsey, who a few students like to call grandma:)

What Are You Thankful For?

We wrote about what we are thankful for on this turkey's feathers. Ask your child what they wrote on their feather.

Our Community

The children listed places in our community that they had visited, I took pictures of these places and then they drew them. Enjoy these illustrations of our community.
Madeira Elementary and Municipal Building

Cho Cho's Restaurant and Kroger

Madeira High School

The Bookshelf and the Mad Potter

Ted's Toys and Madeira Middle School

Dawson Park and Walgreens

Coffee Please

Domino's Pizza and The Madeira Post Office

The Fountain, Subway, CVS and Starbucks

The Madeira Library and Fire Station
We also walked to visit the police and fire station as part of our study of our community.

Pennies for Planting

Here are the pennies that we collected to plant our tree. All of the kindergarteners are voting on what kind of tree we should plant and where it should be planted this week. How much money to you think we collected? Leave a comment with your guess. Stay posted to find out the true amount and what kind of tree we will be buying...

Our Totem Pole

Room 131's Totem Pole
We read the story Totem Poles by Jennifer Frantz and decided to make our own totem pole. We read about how each family of the Haida people would pick an animal to represent their family. The totem poles were like a coat of arms. They told who the family was. We also read about how when they raised a pole they would have a feast called a potlach and that the man that carved the pole would do a special dance. Enjoy this movie of our potlach. Each "family" of students chose an animal to represent their group and did a little dance when they placed their animal on our totem pole. We also watched some great short videos about totem poles on YouTube.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It....

Our newspaper articles about what we will be doing when we grow up...
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