We need your help with our Cultural Ex‘travel’ganza. We will be celebrating our cultures with a night of food, crafts, displays and entertainment.
We would appreciate the involvement of all the Reeds Road families and friends to either participate or attend this magical evening. ‘Booths’ will be set-up to display various cultural items (clothing, artwork, hand crafts, etc.) along with a craft of the culture to be made by participants. Do you have a special dance, music or other presentation you’d like to share? Maybe you have a favorite dish or food item you could supply as a sample of the cuisine. All are encouraged to wear traditional fashions.
Miss Novasack and Mrs. Bruscato’s third grade class worked with Mrs. Monroe in the computer lab to participate in an online collaborative project called, “On the Same Day in March”. The springboard for this project was the children’s book written by Marilyn Singer with the same title, “On the Same Day in March.” This book took the students on a tour to 17 different locations around the world to examine the weather “on the same day in March”. Participating classrooms from around the world observed their weather “on the same day in March,” which also happened to be St. Patrick’s Day. Each class recorded the information and posted the information, as well as any culminating projects, on this website: http://onthesamedayinmarch.wikispaces.com/. From this experience, the students were able to support their learning about geography, map skills and weather. They were also able to seamlessly integrate technology into these activities. The best part was skyping with a 4th grade class from Regina, Saskatchawan, Canada whom also participated in the online project. You can check out our class contributions at: http://onthesamedayinmarch.wikispaces.com/Galloway+Twp%2C+NJ+USA.
As the new year begins, many people reflect upon the former year and take the opportunity to set new goals and promises for the upcoming year. Mrs. Mollenkopf’s third grade students used voicethread.com to record their New Year Resolutions. Their resolutions are goals that they wish to accomplish in 2009. We look forward to checking back with room 32 to see if they were able to keep their commitments!
The students presented their “passports” and traveled throughout four different stations to learn about the US commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Thanks to the help of special parents, Mr. and Mrs. Conti and Mr. and Mrs. Bonelli along with special grandmother Mrs. Pencheff, the students experienced the food, culture and traditions of the island. Next the students learned about the music of the culture and made maracas with the help of Mrs. Waringer and Mrs. Keyser (FSA President). They then toured a museum of artifacts and information with Mrs. Keeler (Gem Teacher) and Mrs. Somers (ESL Teacher), where they “visited” and learned about the only rainforest in the US forestry system, El Yunque. It was an exciting time for all who participated. Next stop China!