December 2014

Gingerbread Houses

"Gingerbread houses originated in Germany during the 16th century. The elaborate cookie-walled houses, decorated with foil in addition to gold leaf, became associated with Christmas tradition. Their popularity rose when the Brothers Grimm wrote the story of Hansel and Gretel, in which the main characters stumble upon a house made entirely of treats deep in the forest. It is unclear whether or not gingerbread houses were a result of the popular fairy tale, or vice versa.

Recently the record for world’s largest gingerbread house was broken. The previous record was set by the Mall of America in 2006. The new winning gingerbread house, spanning nearly 40,000 cubic feet, was erected at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas. The house required a building permit and was built much like a traditional house. 4,000 gingerbread bricks were used during its construction. To put that in perspective, a recipe for a house this size would include 1,800 pounds of butter and 1,080 ounces of ground ginger. Sounds more like a gingerbread resort!"

RESOURCE

Avey, Tori. "The History of Gingerbread". 20 Dec 2013. www.pbs.org. Web. 19 Dec 2014.

 

Gifts of Quilts

Attributions: 

Grandma Epperson gave a gift of love today as she brought quilts for each student in Mrs. Garcia's kindergarten class.

She has been quilting for many years.  She used to donate quilts for Primary Children's Hospital and then for a school in Salt Lake City.  But for the last six years she has been making quilts for Mrs. Garcia's kindergarten students.

She made 92 quilts during the last year.  Each quilt has 63 squares.  The fabric is donated by friends that hear of her kindness and good heart.  She really enjoys making quilts for others and calls it her "therapy".  Thank you Grandma Epperson for your service.

Who's Who Wednesday

Mrs. Hunter works as an Intervention Specialist at Santaquin Elementary.  She grew up in Fillmore, UT.  She enjoys reading, watching movies, being in the outdoors, and spending time with her family.

Christmas Carols

Attributions: 

The students will gather every morning this week to sing carols.  Thanks to Mrs. Rawle for playing the piano and Mr. Argyle for leading the music.

The words to the songs are displayed on a large screen so everyone can follow along.  There are some songs the students know by heart, and I'm sure can be heard all the way to the North Pole.

Wetlands

Sean and Kristen, from Loveland Living Planet Aquarium teach the 4th grade students about the wetlands.  The students played a game to learn more about the wetlands.  They got to choose 1) Sounds 2) Mystery Box or 3) Picture.

The students' preferred choice was the "Mystery Box".  They put their hand in a black box and described to their classmates what they felt in the box which was mud, a snake skin, or cotton from willows.  

The students also watched an active display of the wetlands to show how they help our environment.

 

 

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