Mrs. Aguero's class has been learning about gravity. We made parachute men to see what effects gravity would have on the motion of an object. After doing the experiment of dropping the parachute men, we had a class discussion. We discovered that some parachute men dropped slowly and some dropped fast. We determined that if there was more weight on the parachute, more force when throwing, or the parachute was not opening up or the strings tangled, the man dropped quickly. We also determined that if the wind was blowing, it changed the course of the man.Students had so much fun learning about gravity and what effects gravity would have on the motion of an object.
This past week 3rd-6th grade students and their teachers participated in the GAINS (Growing Arts in Nebo Schools) program. The District Dance Specialist, Melanie Fillmore, has been visiting with students and teachers to help integrate more movement into their day to day learning. Teachers at East Meadows do such a great job creating exciting learning experiences for students in many different ways. Here are some examples of how we used dance to enhance learning.
3rd grade students did a Homophone dance. Ask them if they remember our Homophone chant (hint: It starts, "Homophones are words that sooooouuuuund the same. . . ." See if they remember the rest!)
4th grade packed a lot in as we danced about Rocks, Fossils, the Water Cycle, Utah Environments, and Clouds to help kick off their upcoming Science rotations. Ask them which was their favorite.
5th grade learned and created a PEMDAS dance that helped them remember the Order of Operations! Have them show it to you at home!
6th grade danced in a “sea of bacteria” as they learned characteristics of bacteria. They danced with different shapes of bacteria like spheres (balls), rods (swim noodles), and spirals (ribbons). Ask them to tell you what they remember about bacteria from the experience.
Many students are also regularly dancing the BRAINDANCE in their classrooms. The BRAINDANCE is a series of movement patterns that helps the brain to integrate and work more effectively.
Ask your student or their teacher for more information if interested!
"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." William Arthur Ward
Research has shown that kids who show gratitude have greater life satisfaction and perform better in school. Here are some tips on ways to instill gratitude in your kids. For a more comprehensive list, see this article in the Huffington Post1.Name your blessings.2.Have kids pitch in when they want something.3.Keep thank-you notes on hand.4.Set a good example by saying “thank you” sincerely and often.5. Insist on politeness and respect all around.
Kids who show gratitude also have more grit and perseverance! It's a great quality to remember; and not just on the 4th Thursday of November.
Holiday Box Tops Drive!
**With all of your holiday shopping and purchases, please remember to save every Box Top! Our Holiday Box Tops Drive will be immediately after the holidays from Jan. 3-13, 2017. We will be collecting Box Tops in each of the classes and the top three classes receive a treat! Every Box Top helps our school so please join us in our efforts. Ask neighbors, family and everyone to save their Box Tops and send them with your student during our drive.
A friendly reminder.
Please do not submit expired Box Tops, make sure that you trim the Box Tops along the dotted lines and please do NOT cut off the expiration date or they won’t accept them.
Also consider shopping through the Box Tops Marketplace at Box Tops for Education or use their new Box Tops Bonus App and link your purchases directly to our school!
We had members of the Spanish Fork and Salem Area Chamber of Commerce come on Friday and awared the person at our school that won a bike from playing Un-Plugged this summer. The winner from our school was Lauren Raymond was the big winner!!! We are so proud of her and for all of her hard work! Way to go!!!
Our school was also the winner of a check for $1000.00! This was because we had so many students participate in the un-plugged program during the summer.
Way to go East Meadows Students!
We were so happy to have members of the Veterans Association come and visit our school on Friday. Steve Wilson taught the students how to honor and properly treat our flag. He also told the students about the men and women who have served our country to ensure our freedoms! We are so thankful for all who have served and given so much for each of us!