The end of October was filled with many special student activities and festivities to celebrate the fall season. Our entire first grade participated in Pumpkin Math Day. This was a day where students used their math skills to estimate, measure, count, and weigh pumpkins. Parent volunteers assisted small groups of students in each class with the math tasks above. I had the opportunity to visit a few classes and saw the pumpkin action for myself! Everyone began by estimating the number of seeds inside their pumpkin. The next step involved students collecting the seeds and comparing their estimations to the actual number of seeds. This is where the parent volunteers were really put to work. Some parents wore gloves and some decided to reach in bare-handed, either way all of the seeds came out of the pumpkin in order for students to get an exact count of the number of seeds. Students then used egg cartons to place the collected seeds into groups of 10 to assist them with counting all of the seeds. As an ending activity, students and parents gathered to share their math findings and each student completed a pumpkin picture book.
In addition to the unique learning activities that occurred in the classrooms, the students of Newell ES participated in several Halloween Festivities. On Monday, October 31st, students arrived to school in costume in preparation for our Halloween Parade and Halloween Parties. Costumes were very creative and included the Smurfs, Snoopy, bumblebees, ladybugs, witches and goblins–oh my! As Ms. Silva and I visited class parties, we had an opportunity to remind students to be safe in the evening while trick or treating and also watched students participate in games such as Halloween Bingo and create crafty crafts!
As an ending note, I would like to take a moment to thank all of our parent volunteers who assisted our first grade students with Pumpkin Math Day and the volunteers who helped make our class parties so much fun. I realize how busy everyone is these days and want you to know that I truly value the home/school partnership and greatly appreciate the time you give to the students and staff of NES!
Enjoy the pictures!