Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Calling All Scientists

A fifth grade student took on a Science Challenge posed by her teacher, Mrs. Ellis.  This young lady went home and using the scientific process asked the question:
How many drops of milk will fit on a penny?

State your own hypothesis before watching her video.

Do you accept the challenge?  Now conduct your own experiment!
Leave us a comment.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Teacher Blogs

It is always fun to share an experience with other teachers.  And it is even more fun to share that same experience with eager students.   
Over the course of this school year a group of teachers from the Tri-Town have been meeting to share the adventure of Blogging.  We learn new tips and tricks to make our blogs better.  Take a few minutes to read your teacher's classroom blog and be sure to leave a comment for them.  A comment is a nice way of saying thank you to a blogger.

Mrs. Murphy asks her students for ideas for her blog.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sept 17 Constitution Day

On September 17, 1787 the U. S. Constitution was signed by 39 of our Founding Fathers. 
Constitution Day became a national observance in 2004.  On September 17, 2014 students at Proctor School were invited on a field trip. 
We traveled to Washington D. C. to view the National Archives without leaving the comfort of our own library or classroom.  Isn't the internet wonderful?
Come on the tour with us.  Look below for the link.
Have you been to Washington D. C.?  What did you visit?  Leave us a comment.

Students view the documents in the Archives Museum.

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

10 Fast Facts on the Constitution

  1. The U.S. Constitution was written in the same Pennsylvania State House where the Declaration of Independence was signed and where George Washington received his commission as Commander of the Continental Army. Now called Independence Hall, the building still stands today on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, directly across from the National Constitution Center.
  2. Written in 1787, the Constitution was signed on September 17th. But it wasn't until 1788 that it was ratified by the necessary nine states.
  3. The U.S. Constitution was prepared in secret, behind locked doors that were guarded by sentries.
  4. Some of the original framers and many delegates in the state ratifying conventions were very troubled that the original Constitution lacked a description of individual rights. In 1791, Americans added a list of rights to the Constitution. The first ten amendments became known as The Bill of Rights
  5. Of the 55 delegates attending the Constitutional Convention, 39 signed and 3 delegates dissented. Two of America's "founding fathers" didn't sign the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson was representing his country in France and John Adams was doing the same in Great Britain.
  6. Established on November 26, 1789, the first national "Thanksgiving Day" was originally created by George Washington as a way of "giving thanks" for the Constitution.
  7. Of the written national constitutions, the U.S. Constitution is the oldest and shortest.
  8. At 81, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania was the oldest delegate at the Constitutional Convention and at 26, Jonathon Dayton of New Jersey was the youngest.
  9. The original Constitution is on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, it was moved to Fort Knox for safekeeping.
  10. More than 11,000 amendments have been introduced in Congress. Thirty three have gone to the states to be ratified and twenty seven have received the necessary approval from the states to actually become amendments to the Constitution.
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Back to School Shopping

  This summer I was reading a blog post from Creative Teaching Press. I have always loved their products and use many of them in my classrooms.  Did you know they introduced the scratch and sniff stickers in 1977?  I think banana is my favorite and pineapple a close second.
Loving all things creative and decorative, I entered a contest they were having and crossed my fingers. 
(To be truthful. I love to enter contests)
On August 4, 2014 I received an email from Heather at Creative Teaching Press that I was one of the lucky winners.  I wish you could have seen how large my smile was!
It was really difficult narrowing down my selections from their online catalog. The choices were all so inviting but $200.00 goes a long way.   I even offered some of my prize winnings to Miss Klipfel for her first grade classroom.
Off went my reply email with all my selections to Heather.
On August 15, 2014 my boxes arrived!  WOW! I can't begin to describe all the high quality, colorful classroom materials that were packed in those boxes.  Heather even included many extra surprises for me!
Boarders, and stickers, and posters, oh my!
Letters, and cutouts, and labels, oh my!!

Be sure to come back in September to see these goodies in the classroom.
  I am off to laminate!
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

21 Days Until the Start of School

Summer Blogging Course
What do teachers do in the summer? 
This week Miss Klipfel and I had the pleasure of working with 25 teachers from our district who wanted to learn how to create a blog.  We spent the day learning the basics of setting up a blog using the google app, Blogger.  There is so much to learn, but they were highly motivated and are off to a good start.  When the school year begins, we will meet once a month to continue learning new features of blogging.  I look forward to reading their blogs.
When you read a teacher's blog, remember how much time goes into not only creating one, but updating it as well. As a reader, a way to say thank you is to leave them a thoughtful comment. 
Teachers working together

  Miss Klipfel is helping set up an account.

Do you like my new signature below? I LOVE it!
Miss Klipfel, an advanced blogger, was so inspired from our course that she created a new one for me. xoxo
Enjoy the rest of August.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Fourteenth Goldfish

Science can change the world . . . but can it go too far?
Believe in the Possible!

 On August 26, Author Jennifer Holm's newest book, The Fourteenth Goldfish, will be released.  I had the privilege of reading an advanced copy, thanks to  This book will be one of the books featured this year for the Global Read Aloud which begins in October.
I found The Fourteenth Goldfish to be a very engaging book filled with likeable characters.  I particularly loved the science connections.  Just as the main character, Ellie, has a fascination with all things scientific, you too will want to learn more about all the scientists mentioned in the book.  The story is filled with humor, as well as thought provoking questions about the power of science.
I look forward to the beginning of Global Read Aloud when students will be sharing their thoughts about this charming book. 

"Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?

With a lighthearted touch and plenty of humor, Jennifer Holm celebrates the wonder of science and explores fascinating questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality . . . and possibility?"  Amazon Review
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer Blogging

 Summer Blog
Dear Students,
During the summer your Kidblog page will be kept active.
You will be able to log in to your new Class in July.  How exciting!
We are so excited that you will to be sharing your reading and writing with others.
*Reading Challenge:
Write a detailed summary of a book you read this summer, but be sure not to give the ending away. Make the reader of your blog want to read this book and leave you a comment.
Title your post with the The Title  (underlined and capital letters)
The One and Only Ivan
Include the author and genre in your post.
Your post needs to be self-edited and will be submitted for review when completed. Remember that if you have too many errors, your post will not be published.
Use this link for a list of Newbery Award Books if you are looking for suggestions.
Your blog may also continue your personal writing by posting original stories and poems.
You may include a Summer Destination writing piece by describing a place you have visited.
All comments on the blog should be written in a friendly letter format and be sure not to reveal any personal information.  Remember to add new information and get a conversation going.
Student Blogs can be found on Mrs. Klipfel’s Blog on the Blog Tab
and on the Proctor School website:
Questions? Contact Mrs. Klipfel
Have a fun summer!
**In order to make this a fun summer experience; we will be giving prizes in the fall for all students with posted entries.