Today we put our eggs into "lockdown". This means that we took them out of the automatic turner and placed them on their side with some extra wet paper towels to make sure they have enough humidity to hatch. Thursday is our anticipated hatch day and we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our chicks! Stay tuned...
Next Thursday, March 31st is the Danville School Talent Show. Here is some information from Mr. C:
The Danville Elementary Talent Show is on Thursday, March 31. We have a daytime show for students at 1:30 and an evening show at 6:00 pm. Shows will be in the school auditorium.
Families and friends are invited to attend either show, but please be aware that seating will be more limited at the 1:30 performance.
Student performers should plan to arrive at the auditorium 10-15 minutes before showtime.
Please remember to wear pink on Thursday in honor of Melissa Jenkins. Donations to the Melissa Jenkins scholarship fund can be made in the lobby. "Love Wins" 💕
On Thursday afternoon (day 7) we candled our eggs for the first time! We were able to see through most of our eggs to check for embryo growth, but some were too dark to tell. We candled all 26 eggs and found 12 that definitely had growing embryos inside, 7 that we weren't sure of, and 7 that didn't appear to have an embryo. We saw some amazing things inside - embryos where we could actually see hearts beating, blood vessels delivering food to the embryo from the yolk, and air sacs. We will candle our eggs 2-3 more times before our chicks hatch and we are very excited to watch them change and grow while being protected inside their shell and the incubator.
Each day one student is chosen to be the "official egg monitor". This student proudly wears a badge so everyone knows they're in charge of the eggs that day. This student is responsible for keeping an eye on the temperature and humidity inside the incubator to keep our eggs safe and growing. Only 13 days until hatch day!
Yesterday we went on a field trip to the Fairbanks Museum to help us with our study of maps and connecting the past to the present. We had a great time and learned some really interesting information - Did you know that long ago all of Vermont was under water?!
We have very exciting news in First Grade...We're hatching chicks! We are studying how animals survive, grow and meet their needs and comparing it to how humans do the same. We've already had some great discussions and we are all really excited about our learning. On Friday morning we placed our eggs in the incubator to keep them warm - be sure to ask your Firstie how warm the incubator needs to be. They've been diligently watching the temperature to ensure that our chicks are getting the best possible care. It will take approximately 21 days for our chicks to hatch and we will be counting down and anxiously awaiting their arrival. Over the next 21 days your Firstie will have lots to tell you about this project.
On Friday our Big Pals joined us to help us work on our measuring and mapping. Each team had two leprechauns and one pot of gold. Each leprechaun made a path on the map to the pot of gold and students then worked with their Big Pals to solve mathematical problems about which leprechaun's path was shorter and what the difference was between the two paths. As always, the Firsties loved having their Big Pals around and they're already asking when they can come back.
Hi everyone! I've just sent out email invitations so you can join us on KidBlog! The email should have instructions on how to set this up so that you can view and comment on your child's posts. The invitations were emailed to the email address I typically use to communicate with your family. If there is someone else you'd like me to invite (another parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc) just let me know and I'd be happy to add them as well. This is what keeps our blog private and secure. Only people who are invited can view it. The Firsties are so excited about this newest way to share their thoughts, ideas and opinions and I can already tell it's going to improve their writing!
The Firsties are becoming great spellers, and a little bit of home practice would go a long way! Under the links for learning tab you will find a link to our spelling city account (along with lots of other links). Firsties can use Spelling City to practice their spelling words by playing games and taking tests. It's a great site and they love using it. If you would rather some paper spelling practice just let me know and I can send some home.
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