Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Math Night Wednesday

Pine Glen Math Night

Pine Glen School presents....
Our Annual Family Math Night
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When -  Wednesday May 31, 2017
Time - 6:30 - 7:30
Where - Pine Glen School Cafe
Why -  Come play some math games with your child! Have fun as you learn a new math game or revisit a familiar game.  Earn dice, cards, and/or a homework pass by filling up your choice board.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Summer Visiting Animal Program

Summer Visiting Animal Program

The Burlington Science Center is looking for homes for some of its animals over Summer vacation.
--Gerbils (easy-low care)
--Box turtles (eats salad and live insects)
--Gecko (eats live insects-shedding issues to be concerned with)
--African Clawed Frogs (eats hand fed worms)
--Tarantula (eats live crickets)
--Salamanders (must be hand fed crickets with hand or
--Possibly cockatiels (messy; high care; needs to be a
teflon/non-stick cookware, scented candles, sensitive chemical
free house)

Still waiting back to hear from people so there is a wait list for these animals:
Hamster (easy-nocturnal)
Guinea Pig (large cage and lots of supplies-high care animal; one is elderly)
corn snake (eats mice-needs to be kept in freezer)

--The Science Center will provide cage, STARTER food,
shavings, and care sheet for each animal.
--Call Ms. Pavlicek (781)-270-2928 or e-mail
pavlicek@bpsk12.org asap if interested.  
--Animals are distributed on a first come, first serve
--All animals must be picked up by June 14th making an

appointment with Ms. Pavlicek. Thank you.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Protect The Popsicle Engineering Challenge

We have been learning about the sun and it's impact as part of our weather studies this year.  Recently we accepted the Protect the Popsicle Challenge! 

First we had to get outside and check out the sun!

With ice cubes in bags we used our eyes and thermometers to observe the impact of sun and shade on ice.  

Good thing it was a nice day because we had to hangout in the playground while we waited for the experiment to take place!

After testing our theories on what the sun would do to an ice cube, we read the book Making Juice Pops.  Then we explored many different kinds of shade structures by viewing images of them and then discussing how they function. 

Students created sketches of structures they thought would protect a popsicle from melting in the sun. 

On Friday morning Mr. Musselman of the Burlington Science Center lead Pine Glen's kindergartners in a collaborative effort to build their shade structure in the forms they had sketched. Kindergartners, working in groups, spent about an hour constructing their shelters. 

A big thank you to our parent volunteers who joined us for our morning of construction!
Unfortunately Mother Nature did not support our plans.  The sun did not appear to allow us to test our shelters. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Summer Reading Program at Barnes and Noble

Reading opportunities abound for students in the summer.  Be sure to keep an eye out for summer reading fun everywhere.  This post below originally appeared on the BPS EDTECH blog.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program Grades 1-6

The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is available to all students in Burlington. I’m passing out the journals to classes this week and next week. Or you can download one via BN.COM/summerreading.
Dear Reader,
A book is a magical thing. Once you open up and start to read, you can find yourself transported to any place in the world, any time in history, or any realm of fantasy an author can invent or your imagination can envision. The best part is that you can reach the most exciting destinations without ever leaving home.
The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is here to help you on your way, encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:
1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal. Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
2. Bring your completed journal to Barnes & Noble in Burlington between May 16th and September 5th, 2017. 
3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

Career Day!

Pine Glen hosted it's 3rd career day celebration today.  Students in room 103 enjoyed visiting with policemen, firemen and a couple of farmers!

All were excited to have the opportunity to huddle around the fire fighter and touch his gear!

We checked out all of Officer Cooney's vehicle and equipment!

Farmer Varrell brought to Alpaca's to teach us about his job!

Eggciting Math Challenge!

If you saw a container of eggs drop to the floor, what would  your thoughts be?  Students in room 103 were presented with this predicament today and pondered what they saw.

Students worked with partners to talk through ideas and theories.

We only knew that there was an egg container that fell from the refrigerator.  Burlington District Math Coach, Carrie Fortunato challenged us to share our thoughts, queries and ideas and then solve a mystery.

We wondered just what happened when the container fell.  Did all the eggs break?  How many did not break?  How many were in the container.

Over the course of our hour-long math challenge we discussed ideas, studied the number line, made observations,  created illustrations and developed mathematical formulas to explain our thinking.

Once we came to a conclusion about our individual thinking we recorded our ideas and evidence and then shared them with the class.

We discovered that the container had 9 eggs in it when it fell.  Then we learned that 5 eggs did not break.....hmm....how many did break?

Monday, May 22, 2017

Reading With New Amigos!

What happens when you bring a room full of 5 and 6 year old students together with a group of 17 and 18 year old high school students?...Lots of fun, dancing, sharing and learning!

Today room 103 hosted Burlington High School AP Spanish students for our first session of a reading program to be held over the coming weeks.  The high school students, along with their teachers, Professors DeSousa and Dacey traveled to Pine Glen to learn and be with us.  The visit could have been intimidating for either group of students but all had a wonderful time!  

We began our visit with a greeting activity.  Friends in room 103 had practiced a Spanish greeting and were prepared to say "Hola Amigos" to their new friends!  Next we invited our visitors to dance with us.  Thankfully the high school students and teachers were very receptive and realized quickly that they needed to get to our level (physically) pretty quickly!  There are some pretty great dancers in both groups!

 Students then broke off into various sections of the room to read books together.  It was awesome!

All gathered back as a group.  We shared our knowledge of the 7 continents and the visitors helped us discover where in the world Spanish is spoken.  They taught us both number words and color words in Spanish.  We also had time to discuss other languages we all know.  We have a very multi-linguistic group!

Our visit ended with hugs and high fives!

The teachers all agreed that the experience was muy bien!