Saturday, December 17, 2016

Frosty Day!

To celebrate our last day before Christmas Break, CCE had a Frosty Day!  It was a fun filled day with STEM activities, a treat walk and a special showing of Frosty the Snowman!  We began our day watching a Reader's Theater performance of the book Snowmen at Night by some of our very talented CCE staff!

After finishing a writing activity craft, we found a gift from Jingles!  He left us brand new crayons in our crayon boxes, Elf on the Shelf Band-aids, and the Elf on the Shelf movie (which we enjoyed as we ate lunch!).  We also drew pictures and wrote letters for Jingles.  The letters below say "Jingles Good bye" and "Bye Jingles.  The whole class will miss you.  Merry Christmas.  We love you."  We will really miss having Jingles around after Christmas!
Next we began our STEM rotations.  Our class visited 3 stations where we learned about how salt melts ice, saw a chemical reaction with 'erupting snowballs', and made marshmallow snowflakes.  It was fun to share these activities with different classes and students enjoyed visiting other classrooms! For the ice melting, students observed plain ice cubes and ice cubes that we sprinkled salt on to see if the salt helped the ice melt faster.  For erupting snowballs, students did a version of the experiment found here:  Erupting Snowballs.  For marshmallow snowflakes, students were given one large marshmallow, toothpicks, a lot of mini marshmallows and designed their own snowflake.

To end our day, students went on a walk through a Winter Wonderland to get treats for our Frosty Movie!  Thank you to everyone who sent in candy canes, juice boxes and Hershey Kisses!  When we returned to class, students also made a snowman treat to enjoy.  While we watched our Frosty movie, students each made a bag of reindeer food - don't forget to sprinkle it on the lawn on Christmas Eve!

It was truly a magical, fun filled day!  We hope all of our families enjoy time together over our break and have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!  We will see you all again on January 2nd when we return to school.  

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