Monday, November 23, 2015

Turkey Cookbook - 2015

The Kindergarten Class would like to give you a few pointers on how to prepare your Thanksgiving turkey and they had some ideas of what else they would like to eat at their feast.  Enjoy! 

The Pilgrims have landed!

“Grandpa will take Bailey hunting in the country to get a turkey.  She will shoot it with her bow.  Grandpa will pull out the feathers and then he will clean it off with water.  It will go in a pan and Mom will put salt and pepper on it.  She will put it in the oven at 3 degrees for 16 minutes.
We will eat it with bread, grapes, hot dogs and apples.  For dessert we will have vanilla ice cream!”
By K.S.
“My mom will buy the turkey at Krull’s Market.  It will weigh 100 pounds and it will cost $20.00.  She will take the wrapper off and clean it in the sink with water and then put it in a pan.  She will pour juice on it.  She will sprinkle seasoning on it and she will put some apples on the top of it.  She will put it in a 30 degree oven for 10 minutes.
We will eat it with meatballs, apples, peanut butter, and grapes.  For dessert we would have chocolate cake and an ice cream dessert with cookie sprinkles.”
By Z.Z.

“My mom will buy the turkey at the store.  It will cost $20.00 and it will weigh 60 pounds.  She will take it out of the wrapper and cut it into pieces.  She will put the bones in a bowl.  She will put meat sauce, dressing, ranch and salsa on top of it.  She will put some meatballs and some salt sprinkles on it too.  She will bake it for 65 hours.  We will eat it with lettuce, tomatoes, dressing, and pizza.  For dessert we will have orange Push-ups!”
By T.H.

 “Grandma will get the turkey from Krull’s Market and it will cost $13.00.  She will put it in a big pan.  Then she will put cooking oil on it and put it in the oven.  We will eat it with corn, mashed potatoes, and strawberries.  We will have chocolate ice cream for dessert!”
By S.H.

 “My mom would get the turkey at Krull’s Market.  My dad is going to clean it.  Then mommy puts sugar, butter, eggs and flour on it.  Then she puts it in a pan and cooks it on the stove for three minutes.  We eat it with pheasant, deer, pineapple, watermelon, pears and cheese.  For dessert we will have chocolate pudding with chocolate chips.”

By D.K.

"My mom will get the turkey at the store.  She will put water in the pan with some stuffing.  We would eat it with potatoes, gravy, carrots and corn."
By R.S. 

“We will get the turkey from my mommy’s work.  She will put hot sauce, strawberries, a costume, a hat and a necklace on it.  We will cook it in the stove.  It will cook for 4 minutes at very hot!
In the other bowls we would have spaghetti.  For dessert we would have a sandwich and triangles.”
By H.W.

“We will get a big turkey from the store.   Dad will open it and then he will put the turkey in a pan.  Then Mommy will put flour, colorful sprinkles, and frosting on it.  Then she will put the turkey in the oven.  It should bake at 6 degrees for 4 minutes.  When the bell rings, it is done. 
We will eat it with pancakes, strawberries and cream.  For dessert, we will eat chocolate chip cookies.”
By S.K.
“We will get our turkey from Alaska because some turkeys live there.  Daddy tears all of the meat off and then he puts it in a pan.  My grandpa puts hot pepper sauce on it.  Then grandma puts on some salt and cheese.  Then it goes in the oven that is 80 degrees and it cooks for an hour.
We would eat it with potatoes and gravy.  We will also have corn, pheasant, deer, and fruits.  For dessert we will have pizza!”
By L.D.
“First, you buy a turkey at the store.  Take the wrapper off, wash it with water and then we put it in a pan.  Sprinkle on some cheese and put in the oven for six hours. 
We will eat it with pink cake, strawberries and apples.  For dessert we will have cheese.”
By B.M.M.

“We are pheasant hunters, so my dad will get the turkey from the grocery store and it will cost $2.00.  Dad will take the wrapper off and put it in a pot.  Then he will put salt, pepper, onions, salad and cheese on top of it.  Then he will put it in the oven.  We will eat it with cucumbers and salad.  For dessert we will have chocolate chip cookies.”
 By J.B.
 “First, we put the turkey into a pan and Mom will put sprinkles on it.  Then she will brush frosting on it.  Then she put it in the oven for 30 minutes.  When the timer goes off it is done.  I would like to have corn, chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy with it.  We will have chocolate chip cookies for dessert.”
By C.W.

“Mommy will get the turkey from the store and it will cost $10.00.  When we get home she puts it in a pan and she brushes on some mustard.  Then she will sprinkle on some salt and pepper.  In the other bowls there will be lettuce salad, carrots, pizza, and oranges.  For dessert, we will have carrot cake!”
By A.B.
 “We will get the turkey from the store.  Mom will put it in a pan and she will sprinkle salt and pepper on it.  Then she will put chocolate chips, ice cream, and sprinkles on top.  Then she will put it in the oven for 60 hours. 
I would like to eat it with deer, pheasant, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and dip.  Then we would have strawberry cupcakes for dessert!”
By R.L.

"My dad will get a 15 pound turkey from Krull’s Market and it will cost $10.00.  He will add seasoning, salt and pepper.  Then it goes into the oven for 10 seconds.
We will also have sweet potatoes, baked beans, apples, bananas, cauliflower, broccoli, mashed potatoes and gravy.  Chocolate cake with sprinkles, chocolate ice cream with black frosting would be for dessert.”
By K.P.P.
”First we get a bowl and put the turkey meat in it.  Then we will put barbeque sauce and cooking oil on top.  Next we will put flour on it.  Then it goes in a pan and into the oven that is 20 degrees and it will cook for 6 minutes.  We will eat it with Indian Corn, pumpkin pie, Granny Smith apples, mashed potatoes and gravy.”
By E.M.


Friday, November 20, 2015

A Snowy Day Project

What do you get when you have a school on the the first BIG snow day?  A lot of excitement!  I decided to try not to fight it, but rather to embrace it.  I was fortunate to have my last year's class, the 1st graders} in for part of the morning, so I read some snowy day books.  We did some comprehension activities along with it and we also imagined what it would be like to be snowed in at school over night!  That was fun!

Then I split them up into mixed groups to create a poster of what they would like to do in the snow or see on a snowy day.  I saw some very creative posters!  There were rainbow colored snowballs, snow forts, a tree house on an icy lake, sledding, ice skating, icicles on houses, and of course - lots of birds {Snowy Owls, penguins, Snow Buntings and Cardinals}!  

I love activities like this where the kids are all-in and committed to working on a project!  Afterwards they spoke about their poster to the group and that was interesting too.  Some wanted no part of that, but that will come in time.  I also enjoy to watching these two grades bond together.  We try to get them together every other week, so that they can be more comfortable around each other and make new friends.  They also learn from each other!  It was a wonderful morning!

In nine groups of three kids they set to work 
to create what they love to do in the snow.

The groups of kindergarten and 1st graders worked 
very well together.

The young children were very creative with their 
posters!  I will hang them in the hallway next week 
for you to view.
After the artwork was completed I asked each group 
to come up and talk about what they like to do 
in the snow.  They seemed to really enjoy this project!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veteran's Day Program

I am so glad that we had school today, so that all of our students could attend the Veteran's Day program.  It was very meaningful and all of the students K-12 participated in some way with inspiring readings, by reciting the "Pledge of Allegiance" along with beautiful music by the vocal and band department.  I felt very proud of our school and all of our kids for showing gratitude to our veterans.  They also were a very respectful audience.  We have a great school here, folks!

You can watch the whole program by clicking here on The Cube - Armour School.

This is the K-4 choir practicing their beautiful selection for
 today's Veteran's Day Program. 

Patriotic Songs

Have you recently heard your kindergartner singing patriotic songs at home?  That is part of our morning ritual.  After calendar math, weather discussion, and the Pledge of Allegiance, we sing a patriotic song in the classroom.  I have taught them five so far:  

  • This Land is Your Land
  • You're a Grand Ol' Flag
  • This is My Country
  • America
  • America the Beautiful
Now we are working on The Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America.  It takes some practice, but they catch on pretty fast!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Turkey Art

This was a big project with lots of steps, but they did it!

I thought that their "Hand Turkeys" turned 
out great!  They were quite creative!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Something New!

Outdoor Lesson Time!
I came up with a new idea to make children more aware of their surroundings.  It only takes 10 minutes and it seems to be making a difference.  Occasionally after we've been working on a lesson indoors for awhile and we need a change of pace, I have the kindergartners sit outside our classroom door for a short activity.  First, they just sit to look and listen.  Then we talk about what they saw or heard.  

Then I play an "I Spy" kind of game where I ask them questions and have them point.  "How many trees do you see with yellow leaves?"  How many trees have no leaves?"  "Which number is fewer?"  If there are any birds about we listen to them and identify them.  I also ask them to point to a certain color car or the stop signs.  I ask, "How many sides does the stop sign have?" What is the name of that shape?"  "Point to the chimney.  What is it for?"  I have them point to the four directions.  

You get the idea.  You can do this with your child as well.  It is good for students to be more aware of their surroundings and they can learn about math, colors, science and other skills as well.  They enjoy it! 

Seed Dispersion Lesson

In Science today we discussed the different ways that seeds are spread in nature.  The cattails in the room were ready, so we broke one open to look at the teeny, tiny seeds.  Then we went outside and let them fly in the wind.  The kids were surprised at how they flew through the air.  It reminded them of blowing snow.  They loved this science lesson!  Then we came back in and wrote about it in their nature journal.

There are so many seeds in one cattail!

It's snowing!

They were concerned that cattails were going to 
grow on the playground.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Halloween Party!

A great time was had by all at the Halloween party!  The committee did an awesome job of organizing it and the kids absolutely loved it!  Thank you so much for all that you did!  The kids and I really appreciate it!

Here are the 16 cute little trick-or-treaters!