Sunday, November 17, 2013

Veteran's Day and Patriotism

Last Monday, we did not have class.  We explained to the class that we had the day off to show respect for our veterans, the people who have defended our country.  Our students were so impressive with their knowledge of the great United States! 

We learned interesting facts about the United States flag, how to sing our national anthem, how to salute the flag, and how to say the pledge appropriately.  Our students came up with all of these ideas for patriotism!!


We also put together a care package to send to a veteran to show our thanks for all he and his family have sacrificed.

We also had an interesting idea for our Halloween directions.  I explained to our class that we can EAT pumpkins.  We decided to make some cinnamon sugar pumpkin seeds. The students worked hard scooping seeds! 
Thanks, guys for doing the heavy lifting!  Trip and Byron did the oven work for us. 

We certainly had a fun-filled week.  We are looking forward to our study this week: Thanksgiving history.  We have a Thanksgiving lunch planned with our pals on Thursday.  We also will be having an Iron Bowl Party on Friday afternoon.  Please wear your team's colors (even if it isn't Alabama or Auburn!)  We will be making predictions and studying probability during the party. 

I hope everyone has a great start to their week!!

Mrs. McKee

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Keeping Clean and Halloween

We had a big, fun week in the vocational training class this week.  We kicked off our study of personal hygiene.  On Monday,  a Mary Kay representative, Katie, came and demonstrated appropriate facial and skin care.  She also showed our students different products for different types of skin.

Everyone did such a great job, and we loved meeting Katie!

Not only did we learn about cleaning our skin, we also learned the importance of washing our clothing.  We watched a video on how long, what temperature, and frequency of washing certain items-- allow your student to try to do their own laundry at home!

We also discussed cleaning injuries.  We will be continuing this study this week.  We will be doing a hand washing activity as well as discuss washing our hair and wearing deodorant.  

We also celebrated Halloween this week, and had our FIRST Prattville Pals event (blame them for the TONS of candy!!).  We went trick-or-treating around PHS and the ACTC.  A big thank you to all of the PALS and teachers who participated to make the event a great success!

Our grand finale to trick-or-treating tour was the band room where the percussionists played for us!

The week ended big as well with our PHS black out pep rally!  We were all decked out with our glow sticks and definitely helped pump everyone up!

Please remember you can see our lesson plans for each week by clicking on the LESSONS link on the side.  This will also have our spelling/vocabulary each week (if we will have any).  Have a great week!
--Mrs. McKee

Monday, November 11, 2013

Keeping it Clean

Last week, we finished up our study of personal hygiene.  We finished our hygiene packets (your student should have theirs if you would like to see what we learned about!)  We will have a hand washing review tomorrow. 

The students loved getting ICKY with our in-class hand washing activity.  This activity used cinnamon and oil to mimic germs.  We had one group use cold water and no soap, one group use warm water and no soap, and we had one group use warm water and soap.  We took data on which group most efficiently cleared the germs!

Here are some pictures of our germy hands.

This week, we are learning about PATRIOTISM.  We will also be learning about social issues, geometric shapes (rotating and fitting them into a space), story plots and plants.
We definitely have a big week ahead!  I hope everyone had a restful long weekend. :)