Sewing and Habitats!

Blue class had a wonderful week of exploring the world of sewing on Textile days (Mon/Thurs) and Habitats on LIfe/Animal Science days (Tues/Fri)! They really get a variety of content as well as what they are taught academically even though they have Creative Arts, Language Arts, and STEM on both Textile and Life/Animal Science days.


In Language Arts, students have a class, 'Sew, You Want to Read?,' which is their primary reading and writing class. Ms. Foster focuses on furthering students reading abilities while incorporating sewing in what the students are reading. This week the students were fascinated by the history of the sewing machine! Students also have a Language Arts class on their Life/Animal Science days called 'Plants and Animals Collide.' I focus on developing students note taking skills while they research a habitat. They are also producing a presentation about their habitat with the animals they researched last two week section. The variety in content of Language Arts classes allows for students to take what they are learning in their class with Ms. Foster and use it in the class I teach. Here are a few pictures from each class.

Sew, You Want to Read  Students began by writing questions about sewing using question words.

Sew, You Want to Read

Students began by writing questions about sewing using question words.

Sew, You Want to Read

Sew, You Want to Read

Plants and Animals Collide- Students worked together to find 2 plants, 2 animals, and an interesting fact about their habitat. 

Plants and Animals Collide- Students worked together to find 2 plants, 2 animals, and an interesting fact about their habitat. 

Anna helped the students find information in their books. Both the students and I really appreciate her help during this class!

Anna helped the students find information in their books. Both the students and I really appreciate her help during this class!


In STEM, students work on the fundamentals of subtraction with me in Subtraction in Patterns on Textile days. The students are working on a project to make a class wall hanging using the patterns made when subtracting two digit numbers. On Life/Animal Science days, Mr. Cameron works with the students to build a habitat for one of the animals students have researched in Plants and Animals Collide. They have measured down to an eighth of an inch. This furthered the measuring skills students developed in their STEM class taught by me at the beginning of the semester. 

The week in Subtraction in Patterns students practiced subtracting two-digit numbers using the mat pictured with tens and ones to develop the fundamentals of borrowing before moving to the algorithm. Next they each got a piece of fabric which they had to divide into 9 equal squares. Together we problem solved how to do that.

The week in Subtraction in Patterns students practiced subtracting two-digit numbers using the mat pictured with tens and ones to develop the fundamentals of borrowing before moving to the algorithm. Next they each got a piece of fabric which they had to divide into 9 equal squares. Together we problem solved how to do that.

Students created a half inch space between the edge of the fabric and the place where their boxes would be. They also measured and drew lines to make 4x4 inch squares. Next week they will continue to subtract but will use their answers to create a pattern on their piece of fabric. Stay tuned!

Students created a half inch space between the edge of the fabric and the place where their boxes would be. They also measured and drew lines to make 4x4 inch squares. Next week they will continue to subtract but will use their answers to create a pattern on their piece of fabric. Stay tuned!


Creative Arts vary greatly throughout the week but it is always a favorite of the students. On Textile days, Mr. Bargatze starts off the day with Bible. He teaches the stories of Exodus and how to apply them to their lives while incorporating textiles. Textile days end with students learning to hand sew in Needles and Thread. Life/Animal Science days begin with Ms. Bennecker in Team Plants vs. Team Animals. This class allows students to experience the habitats around our school. The day ends with Habitat Fixings with Ms. Foster. Students work in their groups from Plants and Animals Collide to draw the habitat they are researching using the drawing skills they have been developing since the beginning of the year. 

Bible this week helped students apply what they are learning by being a blessing. They wrote letters to each wonderful person in our school administration as well as cleaned the main office. I visited it after and was impressed by how clean and orderly it was. I was also thrilled to see how excited the students were about this project!

Bible this week helped students apply what they are learning by being a blessing. They wrote letters to each wonderful person in our school administration as well as cleaned the main office. I visited it after and was impressed by how clean and orderly it was. I was also thrilled to see how excited the students were about this project!

Exploring habitats has never been so fun or CUTE! The students discussed the habitat of the creek and all that depend on it. They also talked about why it is essential we keep it clean.

Exploring habitats has never been so fun or CUTE! The students discussed the habitat of the creek and all that depend on it. They also talked about why it is essential we keep it clean.

The students also planted the Pussy Willows that have been sprouting in our classroom since the second week of the semester. Afterwards, I heard them talking about how they hope people will be careful of them and not run over them so that they have an opportunity to grow!

The students also planted the Pussy Willows that have been sprouting in our classroom since the second week of the semester. Afterwards, I heard them talking about how they hope people will be careful of them and not run over them so that they have an opportunity to grow!

Noah looking snazzy in her overalls!

Noah looking snazzy in her overalls!

The students really worked hard to incorporate the different plants and animals of their habitat into their drawings. 

The students really worked hard to incorporate the different plants and animals of their habitat into their drawings. 

Ms. Foster was proud of how the students planned out their drawings and how they designated roles. 

Ms. Foster was proud of how the students planned out their drawings and how they designated roles. 


All in all it was a week full of learning, exploration, excitement, and talks of the Lord. You can't get much better than that! Here are a couple of other sweet pictures of the week!