On April 25, the Kindergarten students at East Meadows Elementary boarded the bus and drove to Olsen’s Sheep Farm. Although it was a short bus ride and the afternoon class got cut short because of the rain the kids seemed to have enjoyed their time at the farm. The activity was the culmination of their farm unit. They learned about cows, sheep, pigs, horses and chickens. At the farm they were able to pet a pony, a steer, a sheep, and some baby chicks. They were able to sit on the wagons and pretend to be farmers and pioneers. They counted the wagons and wagon wheels. The learned that a mom sheep is called a ewe and that a dad sheep is called a ram and a baby sheep is called a lamb. While they were at the farm, the shearer was there shearing the sheep. Mr. Olsen had a fleece and let each of them take a tiny piece of wool home. They were able to brush and curry comb the pony, feed the steer and sheep some grass and they even found the rooster roaming around the corrals. After all was said and done it was a good day!
First graders got an active lesson on electricity. Strawberry Electric (SESD) came to East Meadows with their ‘cantaloupe man’ to demonstrate effects of electricity. Students loved blowing things up, and seeing what would happen to ‘cantaloupe man’ throughout the demonstration. They learned that workers must wear protective gear when working with electricity. The students tried on protective gloves and learned it wasn’t so easy to pick up coins while wearing them. The first graders left the demonstration with a better understanding of the benefits and dangers of electricity.
That’s exactly how it was at the 4-H Afterschool Parent Share on Monday, April 4, 2011. The lights definitely were shining on our students as they showed off their projects, made new projects or performed for their parents. Cameras were there to capture all the Action! This years’ Winter/Spring Semester featured: babysitting bags, basketball, crafts & games, edible art, high fliers (paper airplanes), indoor soccer, life on the farm, musical revue, recharge, scientists gone mad, scrapbooking and young artists. We would like to thank Janell Haskell and her family and the teachers and many volunteers who help to teach and make 4-H Afterschool possible at East Meadows Elementary!
East Meadows welcomed theater members from Brigham Young University. The cast presented a delightful play titled Babe, The Sheep Pig. The cast invited students to join in the play; with brief instructions, they helped entertain the audience with their performances. Many watching the play might be encouraged to explore the fine arts as they further their education.
Put aside paper and pen and learn math through games. On Friday, April 1, East Meadows sixth graders hosted a Probability Fair so students could do just that. The sixth graders have been creating and coming up with games that younger students can play. All of the games will produce results that can be graphed so students can then see how probability works. Looking around the gym one can see that probability plays a role in many common activities. Students had fun with cards, gumball machines, tossing games and spinners. What a fun way to learn math.