It looked like a craft store erupted in Mrs. Sikkema’s Page Elementary classroom. There were cardboard boxes and pieces, colorful pipe cleaners and straws, scraps of fabric, stickers, ribbons, shredded paper, pom poms and everything and anything students might need to create a barn for their reindeer.
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Teresa Michalski and her fifth-grade class are giving a gift to other Page Elementary classes while also learning some valuable life skills. The gift from the students is an opportunity to learn a new game and make new friends. From Michalski, the gift is time to other teachers.
Did you know Leonardo da Vinci was left handed? Or that Walter Camp altered the rules of rugby to create the rules of today’s modern American football? Do you know who invented emojis or the game of volleyball?
What would you buy if you won a million dollars? How much would you spend? Would you have enough for all your needs? Those are questions posed to Teresa Michalski’s fifth-grade students in a fun math project that gives them each a million dollars to spend – but there is a laundry list of required expenditures.
The Titanic, a basketball hoop and ball, a fox and a football, a water ride at Disney World, a castle and a flower. It’s incredible what fourth-grade students can create using their imaginations, a little ingenuity and some building materials.
With squeals of excitement, Page fifth-graders covered their eyes looking up to the sky tracking the flight paths of their rockets. Some ran for cover as the rockets fell back to the ground – bouncing off the pavement, crashing down through the limbs of a tree or even landing on the roof of the school.
Page Elementary Principal Gregg Bruno laced up his running shoes, put on his yellow reflective vest and set out on a morning run Friday. It’s nothing unusual for the man who runs 4 to 8 miles daily during the week and 10 to 16 miles a day on weekends.