Friday, May 27, 2011

And the Mystery Blogger Is...

Mr. D'Amico! 

All of the guesses we made were great and we would to have all of those people as mystery bloggers one day.  (We especially think it would be funny to see Snappy typing on a computer...)

Stay tuned for the next mystery blogger soon...

Extreme Makeover - Goldfish Edition

We've been studying the behavior of our goldfish, Spongebob and Patrick (S&P) and observing their reactions to changes in their environment.  When we redecorated and added gravel, a plant and a castle, we noticed that S&P were more active.  They love to swim around and hide behind the plant and inside the castle.

When we turned off the lights, S&P became very still, and when we turned them back on, they started swimming again.  We're recording all of our findings in our science journals.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sailing Away in K-C

Scientists from the Science Center in Hartford visited on Monday to present an outreach program to Glenville Kindergartners.  The program was called Sail Away and was all about using wind to sail boats. We learned the following things: Wind is moving air. Sometimes air moves fast and sometimes it hardly moves at all. Wind speed can be estimated by observing the things that it moves, such as flags, tree branches or sailboats.  We got to experiment with sailboats in trays of water.  Blow, Mackie, blow!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

New Friends in K-C!

It's been a busy week and we have three new friends in our classroom.  The first is Kelly Riley, a high school senior from Greenwich High who is during her internship with us.  Kelly will be heading to Loyola University in Maryland in the fall and we're excited to get to know her.  She'll be with us for four weeks so be sure to pop by and say hello.

You've probably heard all about our other new friends - Spongebob and Patrick.  These two spunky goldfish are part of our new science unit.  We'll be studying what they eat, how to take care of them and how they react to changes in their environment.  We can't wait to show you the science journals we're keeping to record all of our findings.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Mystery Blogger...

We know all about Mystery Readers, but who knew there were Mystery Bloggers?  Someone left K-C a fantastic message - can you guess who it's from?  If you think you know, leave a comment with your guess...

Greetings Ms. Conway's Class! 
I just wanted to write a quick: THANK YOU!  I have noticed that you have been working very hard at getting ready for first grade.  I've noticed that everyone is taking their job very seriously!   I also wanted to let you know that I met your fish yesterday!  I hope you have lots of fun learning all about them!   Have a great day boys and girls!


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

We had a fantastic trip to the Beardsley Zoo yesterday!  The weather was beautiful, the animals were playful and the bus ride was exciting.  We saw otters, peacocks, monkeys and prairie dogs.  Our favorite was the sleepy tiger who woke up to say hello with a few giant roars.  Thanks to all the parents who joined us for a super day!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Mystery Readers Wanted!

With our school year winding down, we invite anyone who hasn't had a chance to surprise us as a Mystery Reader to sign up for a turn.  We absolutely LOVE waiting to see who walks in the door each Friday afternoon to share a story with us.  We are even signing up ourselves to read books we've written during Writers' Workshop.  We're such great authors!  Email Ms. Conway if you'd like to come in.  Shhhh - don't forget - it's a secret...

Richie was a Mystery Reader and read the ABC book he wrote - we loved it!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Nature is Calling

We began our new science unit by taking a nature walk around Glenville School.  We noticed things like grass, trees, birds and flowers.  We recorded our findings and then discussed whether the things we saw were living or nonliving.  In the upcoming weeks will be studying bean plants and goldfish - all live in our classroom!  Stay tuned for our observations...

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the K-C moms!  We hope you enjoyed the gifts we made for you.  We especially liked decorating and filling the "Breakfast in Bed" bags - were they as fun to open as they were to make?

Friday, May 6, 2011

Three Words...

I have just three words to say about Lilly's new puppy, Axel,
who popped in for a visit one day after school. 
Cutest - Thing - Ever!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tired Teachers!

On Saturday, a team of Glenville teachers woke up early, put on their work clothes and gathered up their tools.  They worked for an entire day at a Stamford Habitat for Humanity worksite.  They installed insulation, wrapped pipes with foam and even hammered on the roof!  It was VERY hard work but it felt REALLY good to help a family that needed help.