Room 207

Room 207
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Ancestor Dolls

As part of our immigration unit, the students of 213 have interviewed family members to learn about their ancestors.  This has facilitated wonderful conversations among families about their heritage, culture and traditions.  Our first project was to create a doll inspired by their ancestors.  The students were extremely proud of their dolls and couldn't wait to share them with their classmates.  This is one of my favorite projects that we do because of way the students choose to represent their ancestors, as well as the variety of materials that they use.  Each doll is different and unique.  I love hearing about my students' family history because I always learn new things.  Below are a few examples:
The students used many different materials.  Catalina's doll was from Poland.
Mia was very proud of her doll's outfit based on her Puerto Rican heritage.
Ellie opted to make two dolls to represent her great grandparents.

Some of the students even brought in pictures of their ancestors. Ayden's doll was from Italy.

Tristan's doll is Irish.

Alyvia based her doll on her Papa's father who was from Ireland.
Paul's doll was from Ireland and he dressed her with a shamrock dress.

Some students even added accessories to their dolls.

CJ did a wonderful job explaining how he made his doll.

The woman who inspired this doll was the oldest of 12!

Turkey Trot

First, second and third!
        It was a bit chilly and began to rain, but we had a very successful Turkey Trot and Walk-a-thon!  The Turkey Trot was one lap around the school.  The students who participated in this event (and even many who didn't run) brought in non-perishable items for the local food pantry.  The bin was overflowing at times, which was a wonderful example of the generosity of Pine Glen families.  In addition, many of our students raised funds for the Walk-a-thon to benefit our own PTO.  We walked 4 laps around the school with the enthusiasm of fourth graders chanting "Left...right...left, right, left."

 Here are a few photos from our run and walk: 

Ready, Set, Go!

Ya, Theo!  3rd place!

CJ and Joey are headed toward the finish line!

Great job Paul!

Ayden is about to cross the finish line!
It's a Risman sandwich!
Smiles as we cheer on our friends...
Go, girls, go!

Alyvia breaks the tape!

Awesome run, Ella!

Alright Mia!

Catalina was our Walk-a-thon leader!