Mrs. Tracy Hopkins’ Class Have Been Busy Readers

The students in Mrs. Tracy Hopkins’ have been busy reading fiction and non-fiction books about dogs. Our favorite fiction series is Henry and Mudge. The author Cynthia Rylant has written over 20 books about Henry and his big dog Mudge and we’ve almost read them all! We also got library books about different dog breeds. We used these non-fiction books to learn interesting facts. During writing time we wrote a dog research report so we could share what we learned. We have had such a fun time reading and writing about dogs!

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Fourth Grade Learns About Worms

The fourth grade students had a wonderful time learning about worms during a science lab titled, “Wondering About Worms.”

First, students created an environment to test the question: Do earthworms prefer light or darkness? After three trials, the students determined that worms prefer the dark. This environment replicated a worm’s natural environment in which they bury themselves in the soil and dirt.

Next the students asked: Do earthworms prefer moist or dry areas? The students were surprised to find that most worms like the dry area.

Finally the students asked: How do earthworms react to touch? As predicted, worms flinch when touched.

The class determined that worms inherited these behaviors. Everyone had a blast learning about worms!

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Fifth Grade Students Tackle STEM Challenges

Mrs. Mallory Smith’s fifth grade students started the year with exciting STEM challenges. STEM encourages collaboration, communication, and problem solving. The students had a blast with their first STEM challenges of the year and are looking forward to more!

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Tracking Student Book Returns Encourages Timely Returns

Bancroft Elementary School students are now able to track how their class returns library books. The ice cream pictograph in the library illustrates ow each class is doing when it comes to returning library books on time. Each week students have the opportunity to check out new library books. If they return all books on time their ice cream pictograph will remain tall. But, if some students do not return books on time, the ice cream on the class’ cone will ‘melt.’ Each month the class with the largest ice cream cone will be able to check out as many library books as they can carry. Book exchanges began Wednesday, September 4, 2019.ice cream cone tracker

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Family Literacy Night

Bancroft Elementary School’s Title I Family Literacy Night will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 6:30 pm. Come out to celebrate literacy with fun, hands-on activities that you can do at home. Each student in attendance will receive a free book! We hope to see you there.

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Ladybugs and Butterflies Fill the Classroom

Mrs. Andrea Rozsits’ first grade classrooms have been observing the life cycles of both ladybugs and butterflies. Each classroom has a ladybug and butterfly habitat. The observation began with the larva form of each insect and students observed them as they change into pupae and chrysalises. Then just this past week the students were thrilled to see ladybugs and painted lady butterflies emerge. On Thursday and Friday, the students released their new classmates into the garden to help get rid of those garden pests – aphids. The students were sad to see the butterflies and ladybugs go, but were happy to let them have their freedom to start a new life cycle.

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Fifth Grade Student Research Historical Icons

Mrs. April Maule’s fifth grade students spent this year reading about historical figures who made great changes towards civil rights, farm-worker’s rights, ending slavery, and the right for women to vote. This past week they got to celebrate their year’s worth of learning by becoming  the important people they researched during the fifth grade Wax Museum. It was wonderful to see Bancroft Elementary School students dressed as some of the amazing activists who have helped change the world for the better: Rosa Parks, Henry “Box” Brown, Martin Luther King Jr., Susan B. Anthony, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.

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