LS Blazer Buzz 26 Jan

This week's highlight: Revolutionary Meeting of the Minds

Fourth grade students in Mrs. Lolla’s class recently had a “meeting of the minds” to discuss the importance of their independence and the future of their colonies. Sam Adams, John Hancock and Paul Revere were all in attendance, discussing the tax on tea and arming themselves against the Lobsterbacks. Sam Adams (a.k.a. Ava M.) led the discussions and each student chimed in when they felt like they could offer advice or solutions to the problems. For example, the artisans said they would help make weapons for the colonists. The merchants said they would work on trading amongst the colonists for what they needed rather than buying goods from England, and Paul Revere (a.k.a. Finn) said he would warn the colonists by riding through town to drum up support for the upcoming fight. Students stayed in character the entire time and applied their knowledge from the facts in Liberty. This study will lead to North Carolina's role in the American Revolution.

LS Blazer Buzz 19 Jan

This week's highlight: Sharing Jamestown

Last fall, our third grade students had the opportunity to visit Historic Jamestown.  Having learned the true story of Pocahontas and John Smith, the class was thrilled to visit the Jamestown Settlement where they saw a recreation of a Powhatan Indian village, visited the English colonists’ fort, and toured a replica of one of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607. 

Last week, the students had the opportunity to share all that they have learned about Jamestown with their parents at their Winter Portfolio Presentation.   Students drew on their newly acquired knowledge about Jamestown to write 5 paragraph essays, which they shared with their families.    Students also shared their portraits of Chief Powhatan and their maps highlighting important locations in the life of Pocahontas. 

Students are now turning their attention to poetry.  They have studied the poetry of Robert Frost and are looking forward to learning about the poetry of Walt Whitman.  Students will share their personal poetry with their parents at their next portfolio presentation in late February.

LS Blazer Buzz 12 Jan

This week's highlight: Library Time

Each month, Ms. Rosen from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, thrills our kinder and first grade students with wonderful stories, plays, and activities.  On a recent visit, Ms. Rosen shared The Secret Life of Squirrels with our youngest students.  In this book by Nancy Rose, the students had the opportunity to peek into the life of Mr. Peanuts (who is no ordinary squirrel).  The students giggled as Mr. Peanuts played "Moonlight Sonutta" on the piano and read his favorite book, A Tail of Two Cities.

Ms. Rosen serves as a Children's Literature Specialist in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library System.  She daily visits classrooms across the Lake Norman area introducing young audiences to a variety of children's literature, building a passion for reading, and engaging imaginations.  Ms. Rosen also has another connection to Woodlawn... she is the mother of our very own music teacher, Miss Sandi Rosen!

LS Blazer Buzz 15 Dec

This week's highlight: Charlotte's Web

Our second grade class is currently reading Charlotte's Web during their Life Skills class. While reading the classic story, students are focusing on friendship traits and have discussed which characters in the book would make the best friend. In order to bring the story to life, students are creating their own animal barnyard from Model Magic that includes all the characters from the story, including Charlotte the spider, Templeton the rat, Wilbur the pig, the stuttering goose, and young lamb. Once their barnyard is finished, students will write friendship "character" profiles. While working on this wonderful project, students are practicing their many life skills, including communication, planning, problem solving, sharing, and team work!

LS Blazer Buzz 8 Dec

This week's highlight: Pretzel Extravaganza!

This year, Woodlawn School is sponsoring a dessert booth at Christmas in Davidson. In order to prepare, families were asked to donate baked goods for the event. The first grade decided to donate chocolate-dipped pretzels and turned the preparation into a family event during the Thanksgiving holiday. The first grade families joined together to dip the pretzels, decorate them with sprinkles, and package each item for sale. Those involved described it as a delicious crazy misadventure, but incredibly fun!