Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Friction Activity

Today we discussed Friction in Science. Students have an assignment to go along with this however they do have a choice in what they do. Here are the instructions that I gave them:

  1. Create a song that explains and gives examples of the 4 types of friction.
    1. Lyrics must be written out.
    2. Song must be performed for the class or recorded for the class to view.
  2. Write a poem explaining the 4 types of friction.
    1. The poem must include all 4 types with examples for each.
    2. The poem must be ½ - 1 page in length.
    3. This is an activity for someone who wants to work on their own.
  3. Write a short story, 1-2 pages, about someone encountering the 4 different types of friction.
  4. DIY: With teacher approval, you may have another GREAT idea!

Groups of 3 or more must be approved by Mrs. Fenley.
This is to be a small project. Nothing needs to be purchased or made with supplies that must be purchased. I'm encouraging students to think outside of the box and get creative with what they already have.

Monday, September 21, 2015


Due to our time constraints during our reading & social studies block, we began our geography project today. Monday will be a day of social studies with the rest of the week for reading (social studies embedded where possible). There are a number of different geography concepts that your child can be working on; including states & capitals, location of states, reading maps, etc. This is NOT homework however if they are in need of something to do at home, this would be a great option!

There is a States & Capitals song that we are listening to almost every morning to start our day. This can be found at this link:

Everyone has the lyrics to go along with it.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Box Tops

Our first box top challenge hasn't yet begun however it is never too early to start saving them back! Keep a small jar somewhere for your kids to put them in or send them in a little at a time. I've got a basket started at school and a jar at home.

Class Photos

I have added a few photos to our Class Photos tab on my blog. Take a look at our day with FFA.

Books & Breakfast

Next Thursday, September 24, is our first of four ‘Books and Breakfasts’ this school year.   It is open to student in grades 4 – 6 AND any parents or teachers that have read the book:   Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.  
We will begin at 7:30 with a cinnamon roll and be placed into discussion groups around the library.   We should be done by 7:50 or 7:55 at the latest.  
I do need a head count of those here at school who are planning to attend.    If you didn’t read this book, you may want to read the next one for our 2nd B&B on November 24th :  Counting by 7’s

-Mrs. Carlson

Friday, September 18, 2015

Sunny D for FREE books!

One of our classmates brought in a Sunny Delight challenge that I wasn't aware of. If we can collect 20 Sunny D labels, we will get 20 FREE BOOKS for our room! We have 4 at the moment.

If we collect 40 labels, that is 40 FREE BOOKS!

Here is the link to see which products will qualify and to learn a little more about it. Thanks for sending those in!

Sunny D Books for FREE

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Book Fair Volunteers

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school.  The dates are October 19-23.   We are looking for volunteers that can help us run the fair and we have found that
using VolunteerSpot (a leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) helps us organize our volunteers easier. 

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click the link below and enter your email address to access our Volunteer Spot.
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me directly and I can sign you up manually.

-Mrs. Carlson

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Cereal Boxes

We are in need of empty cereal boxes. If you have any that you could spare, please send them to school.

We will be using them to make ramps for our next unit.


Thursday, September 3, 2015


Mrs. Fenley will begin tutoring next Wednesday, September 9th. Tutoring will go from 3:30 - 4:30. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Job Opening!

The Ozarks Regional YMCA is currently hiring for a Program Leader for the After School Program at Clever Elementary.  Program Leaders are responsible for implementing daily lesson plans, interacting with parents, children, school staff, and Y staff, keeping kid and staff records up to date, preparing and serving snack, and more.

Qualifications include:
      A minimum of 60 college credits with a minimum of 12 in elementary/early childhood education
        Must be willing to become CPR/First Aid certified if they are not already.
        Must be 18 or older
        Must pass two background checks.

Pay starts at $9.00 per hr/ approximately 20 hours a week.

To apply, email unofficial transcripts and resume to ablack@orymca.org