Math, Jobs, and Field Day Fun

Kathy, our shared resource teacher, leads a fun math activity.

In this math activity, students worked in small groups to identify and record shared attributes found in a quantity of buttons. In general, an attribute is a characteristic or property of an object such as color, shape, size, etc. Students first decided how to group their buttons into 3 groups by size. They then re-sorted their buttons by number of holes, then by color, and finally by a characteristic of their choice.

Sorting and patterning skills involve understanding relationships among sets, how those sets are represented, and analysis of those sets. By sorting, children understand that things are alike and different as well as that they can belong and be organized into certain groups. This type of thinking starts them on the path of applying logical thinking to objects, mathematical concepts, and every day life in general.

Extending the activity at home:

- How might you group your collection of stuffed animals? Can you find more than one way?
- Collect some items from nature having a shared attribute (green, rough, pointy…). See if others can guess why those items belong together.
- How would you decide how to organize a shelf of books? What about a bag of seashells?


Returning our library books

River students have been learning how to be a part of a community. One of the ways we do this is by keeping our classroom space neat and tidy. Each student is part of a job team which rotates through the different job cards. Students help with recycling, returning library books, stacking chairs, etc.

Using our new composting containers

Field Day Fun

Field Day was terrific fun. We were grateful for the many parent volunteers who came to help. We really appreciate you. Thank you! Activities included balloon launch (pictured above), face painting, a scavenger hunt, hula hooping, indoor fun, tattoos, bubbles, timed activities, a water sprinkler, sidewalk chalk, and cup balance.

Balloon rewards for getting your balloon over the fence

Fun, fabulous painted faces

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