Saturday, December 27, 2008

Like Mother Like Daughter

Just as I am known as "Anne with an e like the queen" my sweet Dixie also likes to have her royalness acknowledged. This was a Christmas gift. She's not crazy about it, because it clunks her on the head when she moves!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Trick or treat!

Dixie and I spent two hours passing out candy on October 31st! It was the first time in years that we had Halloween on Halloween! If you don't know who we are, I'm Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus, and Dixie is my sidekick Liz the lizard. She will tough out wearing the costume, because she knows the kids will ask to pet her. They always do.


Ah, the anticipation of the party was almost too much for some in the class, but the time finally arrived to change into our costumes and party! The class wanted to parade through several classes, so we were walking for about 20 minutes. When we returned to the class Mrs. Barningham, Mrs. Spinler, and Mrs. Filiatreault were waiting to serve the food and supervise the games. Nic and Mike were the winners of the mummy wrap. I think everyone had a great time. I know I did!A huge thank you goes out to the families who sent supplies for our party, and to the moms who came to help!


We roller skated in gym for the past two weeks. I took some pictures, but the kids kept moving! So, the photos may not be as clear as they could be. I have to keep working on that!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Hosting Mr. Hashiguchi

On Saturday, Mr. Hashiguchi spent the day with my family and me. I picked him up and took him on a drive through Racine by the lake. We headed to the lighthouse, and it was really a beautiful day to go see it.
Jun liked the geese and wandered over to a big flock of them by the lighthouse. He kept getting into their space, so they took off in flight. I thought Jun might enjoy an old fashioned hamburger place, so we headed to Kewpee's, but it was closed for maintenance! We ended up at Tacos El Rey. Jun said the food was oishi, delicious!After that we headed to my sister's house and set out for our afternoon adventure. First stop: the Parkside theatre. My brother-in-law builds the sets, so we thought Jun might enjoy seeing the set for the current production, THE FOREIGNER. Having seen that we headed to Jerry Smith's Pumpkin Farm.Then we headed to Hawthorne Hollow for a walk in the woods to view the beautiful color. The Halloween store was the last stop before we headed to my sister's house to grill out. It was a long day, but we had fun. I hope Jun did too!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Community Service Blanket Project

Today my class worked with parents, staff, and other family members to tie blankets that will be donated to Women and Children's Horizons of Kenosha. We worked together for the afternoon to complete 12 blankets. In the pictures you may notice that some of the children are wearing hats. We had a fund raiser, called "Hats On", to raise funds to fight Childhood Cancer. Sponsored by our Student Senate, students paid $1 or more for the priviledge of wearing a hat today. The school raised $1600 with a good portion raised by the 6th grade. They had a competition and the class that raised the least had to do the Chicken Dance for the rest of the sixth grade. What a great day! We helped by making blankets and contributing to a great cause. Now that's community service!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Physical and Chemical Changes

Our exploratory today helped us learn more about mixtures, solutions, chemical changes and physical changes. Bobby and Jon separate sand from iron filings with a magnet. This is a mixture because the items can be separated and they stay the same kind of matter when they are mixed.Tate, Cam, and Jasmine separate items into the bins. Again this is a mixture.
Our final mixture station had the students creating their own mixture of food. Haley, Brook and Mike seem to be enjoying this station!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Applesauce and pancakes!

We are studying changes in matter, and today we demonstrated those changes by doing a little cooking. First we peeled and cored apples to make some applesauce (physical change). Then we cooked the apples until they were soft. They turned brown during that stage (chemical change). Bobby is demonstrating the apple corer/peeler/slicer while Logan is breaking her apple into the slow cooker. We all washed our hands BEFORE beginning. Any change in size, shape or state of matter without changing the kind of matter is a physical change. Bobby is peeling, changing the shape, and changing the size of the apple. We also mixed pancakes (physical change), and then we put the batter on the hot griddle. Bubbles started to form. When a new matter (gas) is formed, the change is chemical. In addition, the pancakes started to look brown. Change in color will also indicate a chemical change.
Here Brooke and Trenton wait patiently for the chemical changes to be complete so she could make a physical change in the pancake by biting into it! When the pancakes get chewed up in your mouth, a chemical change occurs when your saliva starts breaking the food down into something you can digest! Science is exciting and delicious!
Yea! It's eating time.
Christine enjoys the physical and chemical changes that occurred in the applesauce!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

July 31, 2008 Opening day of State Fair!

We went to the State Fair on Thursday. Since I'm the only one that doesn't eat cream puffs, I documented the moment. Don't they look like they're enjoying the food? We bought lots of stuff like my sushi maker as documented on my Japan site. I also got Wiggle cars for school, but I've been test driving them to make sure they are safe! We also took the obligatory ride on the giant slide. Debbie was kind enough to give up riding to take a few pictures.
We all took off at the same time, but Judy won the race!

Of course I also had to try the new fair food - deep fried macaroni and cheese. I liked it. I also had a cherry sundae, and sample of bison burrito meat, corn on the cob, cranberry juice and a cranberry cookie. Gotta love the fair!

Racine Zoo Walkabout Creek

The Racine Zoo has added an Australian exhibit. It has a high wooden fence around the whole exhibit to keep the animals in, but they are free to wander anywhere inside. That includes on the path where you are walking. They have four red kangaroos, a couple of walaroos, emus, and black swans.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Danskin Chicagoland Triathlon - July 13, 2008

Well, I've was an athlete this weekend! Yesterday we went to the orientation/pep talk for the triathlon. We got our free bag/hat/shirt and our packet of numbers and instructions. Since we were a rookie team, we got to the Prime Outlet Mall and parked by 4:30 AM. Then, we walked to the Recplex (about 1.8 miles). When we got there we checked to make sure we had everything set, but we soon realized we didn't have to be there as early as they said. I guess that early hour is more for the people who are doing all three legs and want to check their bikes etc. So, we took pictures. I think I look tired already!At 6:30 they cleared the transition area where the bikes were racked, and people started heading for the other side of the lake where the elite athletes would begin at 7. We watched the elites go and then Vicki, our swimmer, and I walked toward the beach (another 1/2 mile). This is what it looked like. Vicki was in the 26th wave at 8:36. The waves started at 7 and went every 4 minutes. it was really something to see. I was going to post a picture, but it really doesn't look as impressive as it does in person. I stayed on the beach to cheer Vicki on, and then I headed back to the transition area. Kris was waiting ready to go, and Vicki was finished in 19 minutes 22 seconds. Kris was off which of course made me sick because I was next. She came in 53 minutes and 46 seconds. And I was off. Stupidly I ran to the out gate, and was out of breath not too far on to the route. I guess I just wanted to get started. I did a combination of walking and jogging and I finished in 45 minutes 35 seconds. It was only a 5K, but since I didn't train I was pretty happy with it. Vicki wins the prize though, because she really knocked some time off of her Y training! We were all thrilled that we even finished as our team name was Desperate to Finish! It was