What better way is there to have fun inside (when it's too cold to play outside) than to have Relay races in the gym?
Santaquin Elementary second-grade students met in the school's gym for their morning recess and had a great time while they got the wiggles out. Student Photographers Joseph Jacklin and Elli Crook captured the fun for us to share.
Every equinox and solstice sixth-grade students line up to have their pictures taken. We do this so that the students can compare the length of the shadows as the earth's tilt changes with the seasons. In the winter the days are short and the shadows are long. This is because the sun is low in the sky. At the equinoxes in September and March the shadows are the same length!! And if we were in school during the summer, we'd take a picture and see that the shadows are very small because the sun is high in the sky.
Miss Camper's second-grade students came to Mrs. Greer's class for a fun Christmas Storytime treat. Mrs. Greer has been collecting stuffed characters from children's stories and at Christmas the students are allowed to read with the characters. The second-grade students listened to stories read by their sixth-grade "buddies". It was fun for the students to have a toy in their hands that matched the character in their books. We hope to make this a Christmas tradition!!
One of the favorite activities of the season was decorating top hats!! Students spent time on the Tuesday before moving from activity to activity. First, they went ice-skating in the gym, then they made snowmen hats, and ended the afternoon with a soldier from World War I (well portrayed ).
We have many fun traditions at Santaquin at Christmas time, and this is probably our favorite!
All three grade 6 classes had a chance to do some observations with the district "Seasons" kit. The students measured energy hitting different parts of the globes. The globes were positioned on the desks to represent the relationship of the earth to the sun in all four seasons. Mrs. Rawle measured and placed each station the same distance from the lamps representing the sun, so that the students would get an accurate reading.
Students used a heat sensitive pad with a probe to measure the amount of heat hitting the sensor. They then observed the light/energy on a sensor representing Utah in the Northern Hemisphere and Argentina in the Southern Hemisphere.
During the last hours of school for the 2012 year, all of the Kindergarten students at Santaquin Elementary joined together to treat parents, families, friends, and teachers to a wonderful holiday program. The students were cheered on as they sang their favorite holiday songs and sported their homemade holiday hats. Merry Christmas from Kindergarten!
The Kindergarten students at Santaquin Elementary were dressed in their pajamas, ready to board The Polar Express throughout the day on Thursday, December 20th. Students decorated their very own train car and then paraded through the school spreading Christmas cheer to all. Their journey ended in the gym where a very special visitor welcomed them and presented each child with a 'Christmas Bell' of their very own. Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see!
Classes on Thursday, December 20th, started out hopping with a visit from the Time to Dance dancers! Many of the performers are students here at Santaquin Elementary and were cheered on loudly by their classmates. We were treated with performances from young and old alike, with several solos both in song and dance. Thank you, dancers, for starting our day out on the right foot!
The Santaquin second-grade classes each performed a reader's theater production of "The Little Red Hen." Sixth-grade "reading buddies" were invited to come and watch. The students did a great job and the audience loved seeing the hard work the second-grade students had done.