Archive for the ‘Grant Elementary’ Category

Technology Used in Mrs. Morgan’s Room

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Mrs. Morgan’s First Graders at Grant Elementary have been busy using technology to become better readers, spellers, mathematicians, and coders.

They have used apps like Seesaw, Magnet letters, and IXL to polish their language arts and math skills.

The first graders have also been learning to code using our Code and Go Robot Mouse.
It is amazing to see the growth these students have made this year!

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First Graders Learn About Maps

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Mrs. Morgan’s and Mrs. Baker’ first graders at Grant Elementary have been studying maps as part of our Wonders Reading program. The class decided to visit the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce. On our route, we discussed directions, street names, and the best way to get to our destination.

Jenni Canham, at the Chamber, gave us a wonderful tour of the building and explained how different people helped to make it run smoothly. She also shared how she uses Mapquest to find her way around to Norfolk businesses.

The students each received a goody bag that contained a great map of Norfolk. The students had so much fun exploring the map upon our return to school.

Thank you, Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce for taking the time to help us learn more about our great city!

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Red Ribbon Run

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

The annual Red Ribbon Run was held on Saturday, October 10th at the Sunset Plaza Mall. Over 200 runners participated in the event with close to 20 students from Grant elementary. The top 3 boys and girls in each age group received medals. Although we didn’t have any Grant Elementary students place, we had some that were very close to placing,and had a couple former Grant students that are now at the Junior High and Middle School who did earn a medal. Each student received a free T-shirt and a snack for completing the race. I hope to have more students participate next year.



Meet and Mentor (M&M) Groups

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Meet and Mentor (M & M) groups meet twice a month for all Grant students and all Grant staff.  Each staff member (classified and certified) leads a small group of 7-9 students for 15 minutes every other week; each group has students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade.  The cross grade level groupings have helped us build community as our discussions focus on the pillars of character – respect, responsibility, caring, trust, citizenship, and fairness.  Research has shown that relationships are key to student success in school and our Grant

M&M groups are one way that we are making the staff/student connections to help students be the best they can be.

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New Dictionaries for Third Grade Students

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Norfolk Morning Kiwana’s member Kim Long came to visit and brought dandy DICTIONARIES for every third grade student!! Thank you Morning Kiwanas!!!

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A Peek Inside Miss Gleason’s Classroom

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Third grade is such an amazing year in the life of a child.  The learning curve is intense and the transitions are many! Here is a peek into a new third grade student’s school day…

Instead of learning to read, we are now reading to learn!  We are learning to dig deeper into our reading.  We constantly look back and reread to find text evidence that answers our many questions. Not only do teachers give us tests to see what we know, but we are learning HOW to test!  We have a brand new Math program called Envisions 2.0 that started with multiplication and division!  We talk a lot about good strategies and the best way to solve problems. We log and keep track of our own test grades in data folders.  We are entrusted with new technology too!  We talk a lot about digital citizenship as we learn to be responsible and careful with these expensive tools.  With all of these changes, we sometimes get overwhelmed! We are so thankful for all of the encouragers that help us every day!  Our peers and all of the adults at Grant are always ready to lend us a hand.  We learn a lot about cooperation, respect, and good citizenship along the way!

We had the perfect opportunity to practice these skills during our first field trip of the year! We attended the Science Expo. in Madison, NE.  We had a ball seeing and learning at each of the hands on learning stations.  Some of our favorites were The Wild Life Encounters, Bubbleology, digging for fossils and the train station. We were also thrilled with the amazing books that awaited them when we returned to school. We appreciate all that come together to make this such an educational day!

We concluded this day with lunch and recess at Norfolk’s Central Park. It was a perfect fall day!  A big shout out to Norfolk’s Park Department for keeping this and all of Norfolk’s parks a clean and safe place for all to enjoy!

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Students Learning Digital Citizenship

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Media students are focusing on digital citizenship skills.  This month, we look at our digital footprint.  Digital footprints are the result of online activity.  Websites visited, social media accounts, pictures posted online are all part of a person’s digital footprint.  As digital citizens who work and socialize online, we need to be aware that what we do online is visible to others, so it is important to be respectful of others and take care of our online reputations.

Third and fourth graders have recently started using gmail accounts and are learning to follow rules of polite etiquette (netiquette) for online behavior.  Soon, they will begin keyboarding lessons to help them become more proficient with typing skills.

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Prime Time at Grant

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

For six Tuesdays this Fall, Grant students and families packed the gym for supper, followed by awesome story reading in the library! Prime Time encourages enjoyment and understanding of literature in a fun, bilingual setting and is sponsored by Humanities Nebraska.

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Wild About Learning at Grant Elementary!

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017
 Students at Grant Elementary were greeted on the first day of school by a “Gorilla,” (really Mr. Berryman) and staff were dressed for the safari, too!   As students came back to school, hallways and classrooms are decorated in the safari theme as Grant welcomes the new school year!  Students are “Wild” about reading and are setting AR goals to meet challenges!  The “Wild” theme will be carried out in many activities throughout the year!  Look for more “Wild” adventures at Grant Elementary!
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Second-Graders at Grant Elementary enjoyed a hot day at the Henry Doorly Zoo!

Monday, May 22nd, 2017


Students have learned about animals and their habitats, their culminating activity was a field trip to the zoo.  For some students, this was their first visit to the zoo!  A favorite highlight this year included seeing the 16 day old baby giraffe!  Our zoo trip has become a Grant tradition second-grade students always look forward too! Thank-you to our parent volunteers who joined us!  We appreciated the extra help!
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