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October 11, 2012

Chalk Talk – October 10, 2012

Colonel Smith Middle School

Sixth graders at Colonel Smith Middle School have begun work on a core-curriculum project called “Food for Thought.” This project engages students in a variety of activities that look at life choices that impact their health. These activities help students learn about the science of health and nutrition and the mathematics of making estimates and comparisons as they read and interpret graphs, charts and nutrition labels.

Several science experiments involving sugar and fat content will be conducted in order to gather pertinent data. Students will compare diets from different cultures and explore the pros and cons of certain foods and cooking styles. They will use research skills to gather information, and writing and speaking skills to collaborate and communicate findings. Students will examine healthy snack recipes, and research and report on a specific food item from that recipe focusing on the health benefits it provides.

On a field trip to the Fort Huachuca Commissary students will gather real-world information to compare prices, interpret food labels and plan a healthy meal. The project will end on Oct. 19 with a grade-level celebration and healthy food sampling.

General Myer Elementary School

Ms. Brady’s third grade students are creating color wheels using six colors. They are tracing parallelograms, cutting and gluing them onto paper to make color wheels. They are also creating pictures using only one of these shapes: squares, triangles, rectangles and parallelograms.

The fourth graders are learning about warm and cool colors. They are creating artwork which demonstrates their knowledge of warm and cool colors. They just finished creating color wheels using watercolor paint, stencils, scissors and glue. Their color wheels have all twelve colors.

Fifth graders are finishing a painting in the style of Piet Mondrian’s abstract geometric paintings, using the three primary colors of red, yellow and blue. They are outlining all the rectangles and squares with thin strips of black construction paper. Their next project will be illustrating idioms. A good example of an idiom is, “It’s raining cats and dogs.”

Myer Elementary is preparing for their Fall Festival Carnival & Bazaar on Oct. 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Fall Festival is sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization of Myer and will feature games and activities provided by teachers and staff of the school.

One of the activities for the festival is “Pennies for Pies.” Students have a chance to “pie” the teacher or staff member of their choosing by bringing in pennies and dropping them into a collection can for the person they choose. They also have the opportunity to defend the teacher or staff by bringing in quarters, nickels and dimes. Participating teachers and staff are Mr. Beaman and Mrs. Draeger, 3rd grade; Mrs. Bovara, 4th grade; Mrs. Wolfe, 5th grade; Ms. Hamric, the librarian; and Ms. Gallant, the music teacher. Students of Mrs. Wolfe’s class are writing persuasive speeches for the teacher or staff of their choosing.




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