Monthly Archives: December 2014

Our dolls.

Our boys and girls brought their Molly’s Pilgrim projects to school today.  The dolls are very creative and students from all grades have been stopping by to check out the dolls.  Come by to read our narrative stories and to see the dolls on display!


Kindness week.

The Middle School Student Government has created a week of events to take place in the days preceding our holiday break.  Kindness Week begins on Wednesday, December 17.

Praise-Worthy Wednesday. December 17.  Teachers will lead students in a talking circle to discuss what an appropriate compliment is and how and when compliments should be given. Students can use the circle time to create and practice giving compliments. Teachers can then encourage students to practice this new skill throughout the week.

Thank You Thursday. December 18. Grades are joined to create buddies. Older buddies help younger buddies write personal letters of gratitude. (Possible recipients: soldiers, veterans, family members, etc.)

Food-Drive Friday. December 19. Students will bring in canned goods to be donated to a local food bank.

Mystery Friend Monday. December 22. Each student is assigned as a “mystery friend” to another student. All day they must be kind to that student. At the end of the day, students come together in a talking circle to guess and reveal their mystery friends.

Tasty Tuesday. December 23. Students are encouraged to have lunch with a new friend, someone they normally don’t each lunch with.

Heritage project.

Our class has been reading Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen.  Each student has interviewed a family member about someone who was a “pilgrim”.

molly's pilgrim

Where in the world do we come from?

Molly was born in Russia. Her pilgrim doll looked like a Russian doll. Which country were you born in? Where did your birth parents, adoptive parents, or grandparents come from? Maybe you left a country and came to the United States of America, or maybe your parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents left their original countries. Think about why you or your ancestors came to the United States.

Share any information, pictures, memories, etc. Write a narrative story from the perspective of the “pilgrim” you interviewed.  Then, like Molly, make a doll that represents the family member you interviewed. Be creative!  The project is due Friday, December 19, 2014.

On Monday afternoon, December 15, we will be working on the project in class.  Students will have the opportunity to work on their doll and/or their story.  Students should come to school on Monday with their project materials.  Be prepared!

Health and nutrition.

Ms. Kristin has visited our class for the last five weeks to share information about healthy eating and physical activity.  This program was sponsored by the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program.  Today was the last day and students received pencils and a water bottle to celebrate the completion of the program.  Students will participate in the program in the fourth grade as well.

Ms. Kristin

nutrition collage

In the beginning.

Welcome!  I have been exploring and I’m really excited to be developing my first classroom blog and website.  This is all new to me and even though I’m uncertain the direction this site will take, I’m thrilled about the possibilities!  Please check back often, as I’ll be updating, adding links, and pictures.