Monday, February 29, 2016

Sandra Turner-Barnes visits Hillside School

2nd grade students and teachers were treated to a delightful and informative presentation by author Sandra Turner-Barnes this morning.  Ms. Turner-Barnes is the author of Beyond the Back of the Bus regarding Rosa Parks.  After reading the story to the students, "Miss Sandra" answered questions.  Her granddaughter is in one of our second grade classes, and she got a chance to help her "Mom mom" with the presentation.

Students were horrified to learn a little known fact: In the 1960s in the South, African-Americans would have to step onto a city bus to pay their 10 cent fare, then exit the bus and enter the bus through the rear door.  Sometimes, drivers would pull away, just to be mean, as the patron was trying to reach the rear door.

Thank you Ms. Turner-Barnes for your visit and for donating a signed copy of your book to the library!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Preschool Feelings and Emotions Posters

During preschool, we have been discussing feelings and emotions.  We read The Feelings Book by Todd Parr, Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis, F is for Feelings, and we have been singing "I'm in the Mood" as popularized by the singer/songwriter Raffi.

We decided to make our own feelings and emotions poster!  Mrs. Eley gave each child a card and took their picture while they acted out that feeling/emotion.

Enjoy our PDF posters by clicking below:

Mrs. Carr's PM Preschool Feelings and Emotions Poster

Mrs. Borden's Preschool Feelings and Emotions Poster 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

First grade students suggest new Pigeon book titles to Mo Willems!

2nd Grade World Cities Research and Postcard Projects

In library with Mrs. Eley, 2nd grade students completed a world city research project, answering the question, “What would make others want to visit my chosen city?”
      After researching facts about their city (specifically choosing facts that would make others “jealous” that they are missing out on), students wrote a postcard home to their families as if they were touring through their city.
      We used Google Presentations to create our postcards.
      We used to research our cities.      Enjoy some examples below!  Mrs. Mazurek's second grade projects will be on display in A hallway during the month of March.


First graders respond to Mo Willems' Knuffle Bunny: Knuffle Bunny Visits Hillside School

First graders have been reading and studying Mo Willems books in library.  After reading his classic, award-winning, and funny book Knuffle Bunny about a little girl (toddler) who loses her stuffed toy bunny at the laundromat, we decided to make our own book.  What if the main characters Trixie and Knuffle Bunny visted Hillside School?

CLICK HERE to view our Flipsnack (digital book) with Mrs. Zimmerli's first graders' creation!

First graders make "My Name" posters during enrichment

All special area teachers (art, gym, library and music) teach a "bonus" unit of 9 weeks to each class, called enrichment.  Enrichment allows teachers to meet with their colleagues and students to receive some extra instruction.

First graders come to the library for enrichment for technology skill development.  We used Google Drawings (and the Chromebooks) to learn how to create "My Name" posters.

Some of them are below. Enjoy!

4th graders respond to Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull

4th graders read and responded to the book Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull to continue our African-American History lessons in library this week. Enjoy our voicethread below.

One School One Book trivia questions - funny spelling

Hillside students have been having a blast reading our One School One Book book, Charlotte's Web.

Each Monday, Mrs. Eley announces trivia questions over the loudspeaker.

In response to the third question on February 8 ("How does Charlotte say Hello to Wilbur?"), some 2nd grade students came up with some funny spellings for "Salutations!!"

(All spelling was accepted as correct as long as it was readable!)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

4th graders respond to the book "Teammates" by Peter Golenbock

In library class this week, two fourth grade classes read the book "Teammates" by Peter Golenbock. The book deals with the prejudice and discrimination that Jackie Robinson faced (it is a true story).

After reading, students responded to questions about the book using

See our responses below!

Monday, February 8, 2016

1st graders sing to the residents of Brightview Mt. Laurel for Valentine's Day!

Over the past few weeks in library and music class, Mrs. Eley and Ms. Stitt (our wonderful music teacher at Hillside) helped the first grade students prepare to give a special Valentine presentation.  All students learned 4 Valentine songs and a movement/dance, and we presented a special concert to the residents of Brightview Mt. Laurel this morning at 10:00 a.m.!

The program was as follows:
  • Catch a Falling Star
  • Heart of My Heart
  • Lavender's Blue (dance and song)
  • Gonna Mail Myself To You

After singing, the first graders brought handmade valentines (made by Mrs. Wilkinson's 4th grade art students) to each senior person in attendance. 

A wonderful time was had by all, and we hope to continue the school theme of "kindness" this way in future years!

Video of them dancing to "Lavender's Blue" below:

Pictures below:

Friday, February 5, 2016

3rd Grade Extreme Earth / Weather Bookmarks

Third graders researched a natural event / weather of their choice, using the websites Facts4Me and PebbleGo.

We learned how to summarize, take notes, and combine our learning into a paragraph that we typed in a bookmark on Google Docs. After Mrs. Eley printed them on the school color printer, the bookmarks were returned to the students, and they could cut them up and share with friends or keep their bookmarks for themselves.

Here are some finished examples.