Welcome to Mrs. Godbout's Class!
Our playground fundraising efforts are going along very well. So far we have collected over $5,000.00. The children love the celebrations that we have been enjoying as we work our way towards the Court of Quarters. We've had lunch in our classroom, Mrs. Bolduc has read to our class, we have earned sledding time, and now we are looking forward to our school-wide PJ day. Our goal is to cover our gym floor with tiles filled with quarters. Each tile can fit 100 quarters. On April 18th come and join us at the GES gym to see how many tiles we have to cover the gym floor and earn money for our new playground!
We loved reading "Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost with our fourth grade book buddies. During the month of December we created the artwork and animation for our own version of this famous poem inspired by a New Hampshire scene. You can click on the file to view our animation.
Our young authors are using the 6 Traits of Writing to develop their writing skills. The 6 Traits of Writing include: ideas, organization, sentence fluency, word choice, voice, and conventions. One of the tools we use to get our story ideas ready to write is called a "storyboard". On the storyboard, the author quickly sketches out the basic idea of the story and then refers to it as he or she is writing. Click on the file below to find more information about writing with the Six Traits.
We will be working on classroom STEM projects throughout the month with the other first graders and with members of our vertical team. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The essence of STEM is problem-based learning. Children are presented with a problem and design something that solves the problem. In the process, they activate science knowledge and math skills. They use technology to research, design, test, and present their ideas. As they work together, students learn and practice good collaboration and verbal communication—key skills identified by The Partnership for 21st Century Skills.
You may be thinking, “Engineering with young children?" From the time their hands can first grasp objects, children build. They put things together and take things apart. They may ask how things work, but they do not accept explanations—they investigate to find out for themselves. When faced with a challenge, children look to solve it without the restrictions that we adults place on ourselves. Nothing is impossible in a child’s mind, and it is this kind of thinking that allows children to create ingenious inventions. Ask your child about it.
We have specials each day at 9:00-9:40. Check out the attached file to find out where we will be learning each day.
February 1- April 18~ Court of Quarters Fundraiser for our new playground. Thanks so much for sending in quarters to support our fundraiser!
March 27~ Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character today. School-wide fitness with Sensei Carl.
April 2~ Field trip to the Capital Center of the Arts to see Curious George. Please remember to bring your lunch and a snack on this day.
April 3~ Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt at 7:15 PM.
April 7~ PTA meeting at 7:00 PM in the GES Library.
April 8~ optional Spring pictures will be taken
April 15~ Early Release. All learners will be dismissed at 1:00 P.M. and there are no after school activities.
April 18~ Court of Quarters at 10:00 A.M. in the gym
April 24~ Wild West Spirit DayApril 25-May3~ Spring Break