Did you know that you should eat five servings of fruit and vegetables a day? Did you know that you should have 6 to 11 servings from the grain and bread group each day? Do you know how cheese is made? How many different kinds of fish does Giant Eagle sell? These are just a few things that the Fifth grade learned during their educational but fun field trip to Giant Eagle recently. We were greeted at the door by Mrs. Gibbons, an employee of Giant Eagle and mother of four St. James graduates. After introductions, we proceeded through the store stopping in various departments to discuss the food pyramid and servings required from each department. Our first stop was with the fruits and vegetables. We were shown a variety of fruits and vegetables. They were in the process of moving the Organic foods to the front of the store because they have become more in demand with the customers. We were treated to tangy green apple slices. In the deli department we saw many kinds of meat and cheese. We learned that protein from this group helps us grow and develop strong muscles and it gives us energy to grow. At the deli we were given a tasty sample of American cheese by Mrs. A’s son, Ryan, a former St. James student. Next we moved on to the bakery where we learned that we need 6-11 servings from the grain group each day and that fats are not always necessarily a bad thing. We got to watch as someone was decorating a cake. She is an amazing decorator. In the meat department we had a wonderful guide tell us all about the different meats carried by Giant Eagle. We watched the lobsters move around as we viewed the tantalizing meats. In the dairy department we saw the many varieties of foods we can eat to fit into the dairy group and got string cheese to sample. We finished at the Eagle’s Nest. We were each given a bag containing a variety of goodies. A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Eastbourn, our room mother, for helping to chaperone and Mrs. Gibbons, our food guide expert. The next time you shop, why not take your Fifth Grader with you and they can share even more things that they learned. It was a great field trip and enjoyed by all. We especially liked the snacks and goodies./ Mrs. Astemborski
Gr. 3 has a new computer website for Spelling. It is www.spellingcity.com
. Mrs. Case adds the spelling list each week and the computer provides information about each word. It gives the part of speech, the definition, and a sample sentence to increase their vocabulary. Then there are free games for the students to play using my list to make it fun to practice grade 3 list of words. If your child has not used it, I encourage you to check it out.
Congratulations to Morgan Sigler for earning 27.9 points so far in Accelerated Reader. Readers are leaders! Even though many of our grade 3 level library books for this time of year are each worth only 0.5 point, it doesn’t discourage many in the class from trying. This is where the students who love to read really excel. It is a lifelong skill that develops through practice and flows into every subject area. This close reading for nonfiction books forces them to slow down and think about the information presented in the book. Then when they advance into chapter books like our Race the Wild series, they earn more points for each book. Each week, those who took a test and had good comprehension for Accelerated Reader can find their butterfly rise higher on the Rain Forest board. How high will they go?/Mrs. Case