Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Whew, I made it!  Today was my last day of the February fitness challenge.  For the past 29 days  I challenged myself to swim as much as I could. I finished with a final total of swimming 73,000 yards for the month (a little over 40 miles.)   I'll admit some days I did not want to swim, I would have much rather stayed home and watched T.V. or read a book. But that is the thing with challenges - they are a test to see what you are able to do.

At school I see boys and girls challenge themselves all the time.  In Room 125 subtracting numbers is a big challenge for some people and for others it's "easy peasy lemon squeezy."  For some, writing one sentence in our journal is a challenge. But each week I see more and more students write longer and longer journal entries. Today at school we kicked off the March Health Challenge.  Calendars were sent home with a healthy idea for each day of March.  Tomorrow our challenge is to do 50 jumping jacks and eat a piece of fruit.  Can you do that? 

It's fun and exciting to see what you can do, when you challenge yourself.  
As Dr. Seuss wrote, "You're off the Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!"

Have you ever challenged yourself?  

What is your biggest challenge?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Greater than, less than and equal to...

Today in math we worked on number comparisons.  We made alligators to eat the larger numbers and then played a number munching game.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Rainforest Assembly

Rainforest Wildlife Assembly

Special thanks to Mrs. Testa, who took the wonderful pictures!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sensational Sloths!

We have been studying about the sensational South American sloth.  Here are some of our favorite facts.

"They move super slowly,"  babbled Mason!

"Sloths have insects on their fur," roared Michelle!

"On their fur they have algae growing," explained Jade.

"Sloths hang upside down when it's raining," grinned Jadon.

"They hang in trees in the canopy in the rainforest," roared Christian.

"Sloths swim in the water really well," explained Sally.

"Sloths claws are as long and as sharp as knives,"  expressed Colin!

"They eat slow and they move slow," thought Heather.

"There are three toed sloths and two toed sloths,"  dictated Caroline.

"Sloths are so slow, that they can only go about a mile in a month,"  roared Jadon.

"Sloths hang upside down all of their lives.  They eat, give birth, carry their babies, and sleep upside down," grinned Mia.

"Their predators are harpy eagles, humans and jaguars," roared Costa.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Daily News

"I loved making the hats for the 100th day of school,"  babbled Leann!

Sally roared "Today at PE we did 101 different exercises.  It was a lot of fun!"  

"I liked doing the place value math, with Jadon and Evan B."  added Noah.

"I liked making the book about being 100 years old," grinned Heather!

"I liked being the busy bee on the 100th day of school," noted Colin.