Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Forecast Videos Coming Soon!

Click here to see a sample weather forecast created by my daughter and I over April vacation. Your students will be using their understanding of climate in the regions of the United States to write and direct their own weather forecasts for selected cities. I can't wait to see what they come up with!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pandicorn Olympics Videos

Event 1: Moving Marbles

Event 2: Stack the Deck

Event 3: Knock Around the Clock

Event 4: Baskethead 

Event 5: Ping Pong Party

Pandicorn Olympics

The class earned their pom pom reward day. They wanted to have some fun outdoors, so we did some goofy, silly, fun activities to practice team building. The kids made me proud by encouraging each other and working together. Plus we did a ton of laughing!









Tuesday, April 14, 2015

National Weather Service Field Trip

We had a blast visiting the National Weather Service Station today! We got to hear from several different meteorologists, see the control room in action, and learn how weather balloons are released into the atmosphere each day. Kids were fascinated by the technology aspect of forecasting. Students asked some great questions:

  • How did you become interested in meteorology in the first place?
  • What kind of education is required to become a meteorologist?
  • How do you go about making a forecast? 
  • How did you end up at the Gray weather station?
  • What is the biggest storm you've seen?
  • Have you ever seen a tornado?
  • What is the largest hailstone you've seen?
  • Are you interested in a certain aspect of weather?
  • Why is it that you need to release the weather balloons at the same time each day as the other weather stations? 
Students check out the control room.
Studying the computer models used to create forecasts.

Students are shown a tower
with temperature and wind sensors.
Students check out a weather balloon.
This giant "soccer ball" protects
an enormous radar.

Silly students in front of
humongous satellite dish.

Students listen a wonderful
presentation in the conference
room by the director.
Students hold up the giant "soccer ball." 

Precipitation Bar Graphs

Students worked in pairs to create bar graphs showing the average inches of precipitation in their selected cities each month.

Temperature Line Graphs

Students worked together in pairs to create line graphs to plot the average high and low temperatures for their selected cities.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ashley Bryan to Visit Skillin School

Ashley Bryan, world renowned author and illustrator will be visiting Skillin on Friday, April 10th. Bryan who was raised in New York now resides on Cranberry Isle off the coast of Maine. He is an award winning children's book author and illustrator. To read more about Ashley Bryan, visit http://ashleybryancenter.org/

In order to prepare for this exciting, upcoming visit Ms. Stanbro, Mr. Plourde, and Mrs. Goodall have been introducing the students to some of Bryan's works of art, music, and writing. Click the links below to hear some poetry reading with Ms. Stanbro in the library: 

The Hurricane                                   Blackbirds
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About Me

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I live in Cape Elizabeth with my husband, two daughters, and our cat Nessie. Our family loves to spend time outdoors together, camping, hiking, and gardening. Another past time of mine is triathlons. I have completed nine triathlons, including one Half Ironman. I loved swimming, biking, and running 70.3 miles! You might also find me cozied up with a good book in my free time. I have been teaching for 10 years in a variety of grade levels. Fifth grade is my favorite! The kids are capable of so much! I can't say I have a favorite subject to teach, but love getting students to think deeply. I enjoy getting kids to think critically and be creative in all subject areas. I often use simulations and project based learning to do this. Teambuilding and working on social skills in another major goal of mine. Teaching kids to work effectively together and use good communication skills will help prepare them for life after school.