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Westside Students On the Move

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Westside students in First through Fourth grade have been “on the move” this quarter in music class. They have learned several dances from around the world, including the United States, Russia, Ireland, and Sweden. In addition to counting music beats, these dances focus on motor movements such as galloping, skipping, walking, hopping, and elbow swings.

Students in Kindergarten learned several movement games, which introduce the concepts of shared space and scattered formation. At this age level, students are taught how to use up the entire space available, instead of congregating, as if attracted by magnets. This concept takes time to internalize and will become easier as the child matures.

Some of the dances learned are called “partner dances”. These dances require the students to pair up with one person for the entirety of the song. Other dances are called “mixers”. Students will have more than one partner, during the course of the dance.

Lastly, students of all grade levels played new movement games/dances that allowed boys and girls the choice to partner up or dance alone, while still part of the group. In one particular game, students are supposed to “be a statue”. The first time the music plays, students create one pose. The second time, the student needs to be two different statues. The third time, three and so on. This proved to be a challenge for many students, since they had to come up with seven altogether! Many students chose to use the latest popular move called the “dab”, which usually caused an eruption of healthy laughter. Always a welcome sound!


We LOVE Technology!!

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Third graders at Westside created a Google slideshow about a place they would like to visit. In addition to practicing their skills with Google slides, they also learned more about how to follow copyright requirements. Students practiced finding copyright information for images to learn if they had permission to use them. Let’s keep learning those 21-century skills!
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Amazing Artists

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Fourth-graders from Mrs. Thompson’s class show off their Art Achievement Awards, earned for having projects selected for art shows during the school year. Ms. Bennett, their art teacher, personally presented them with their special certificates. More than 30 students from Westside Elementary won ribbons for their artistic talents this year. Way to go!
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Earth Day Fun in Second Grade!

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Second graders in Mrs. Prokopec’s class at Westside Elementary recently learned about the many ways to keep our earth clean. In the classroom they talked about several ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle materials. The students then helped clean up trash and spruce up the landscaping around their school!


Technology is Fun!!

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

IMG_0731The third graders each have a Chromebook to use at school. To practice typing using our Chromebooks, we have been typing our sentences for our vocabulary words each week in reading. It is fun to see that we can use technology even in classes like reading, and it is a lot more fun than writing them paper and pencil! We love using our Chromebooks in our classroom!


Third Grade Authors

Friday, March 24th, 2017

IMG_0215In third grade we have been busy at work taking an animal report through the writing process. Students worked to research an animal using a book and an online source. Next they drafted their report informing about the animal’s diet, habitat, and characteristics. Students edited, revised, and published their report. Their reports will be published into a class book through a company called School Mate Publishing. This will allow students to purchase a hard cover book written and illustrated by themselves.


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! What a fun day we had in first grade. We listened to stories, made Cat In The Hat hats, ate Dr. Seuss cookies, did word searches and watched a video, our favorite, “Green Eggs and Ham”. We wish it was his birthday everyday!!
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“What I love most about my classroom is whom I share it with.”

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017


IMG_9725This week in Mrs. Tipton’s Kindergarten classroom we celebrated Valentine’s Day on Tuesday. We celebrated this holiday by incorporating hearts and love into many of our daily activities that day and throughout the rest of the week. We read many read aloud stories all about love and Valentine’s. We also spent our writing time writing about who we love and why we love them. In math, we got to use candy hearts to practice and learn how to sort and graph. Here is a sneak peak into our day full of hearts, candy and love.


Music Reading at Westside

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Westside Elementary students are learning different ways to read music. One way to read music is by using a listening map. A listening map shows the listener what the music sounds like, by using visual images or pictures. Students in all grade levels use listening maps. In Kindergarten and first grade, a Big Book is used in a group setting. This student is tracking each note of a melody, by pointing to a visual representation (circle/dot) on the page.


Students in second through fourth grades learn how to read and use the maps independently from a text book. In the pictures shown, students follow a listening map to the song “A String of Pearls” by Glenn Miller.


Kindergarten and first grade students are just beginning to learn about barred instruments, such as the xylophone (made of wood) and glockenspiel (made of metal). The children listened to the story “Up, Up, Down” by Robert Munsch. The words in the story can by imitated in sound. When the character in the story climbs up the tree, students strike the instrument, one bar at a time, from the lowest sound to the highest. The instrument makes it sound like someone climbing! Then, when the character falls out of the tree, students use a “glissando”. This is done by swiping the mallet across the bars quickly from the highest sound to the lowest. You can “hear” the character falling!


In preparation for the upcoming holiday, upper grade level students engaged in a lively discussion about Martin Luther King, Jr., followed by a song that incorporates Dr. King’s famous words “free at last”. Here, students are reading the lyrics in the form of a poem.

There are many fun activities planned for the remainder of the year. It is going to be another great semester in music class!


Graphic Squares in 4th Grade

Monday, December 12th, 2016

This line drawing lesson takes the students and their love for doodling to a whole new level. We began the lesson by reviewing the elements of art and how we combine them to create the principles of design in our artwork. Pattern, repetition and balance are the focus as students design their own graphic illustrations. This lesson is currently in progress. The final artwork will be displayed soon!graphic-squares-1