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“Letter O is for Ostrich Week” Blog Recap!

Hello all,

“Letter O is for Ostrich Week” was Outstanding, Outrageous and Out Of this world!  The share box was Overflowing with great O shares including: Oscar the Grouch, Olives, Origami, Oatmeal and Obviously a few Ostriches!  Read on below to learn about the Letter O learning and fun that took place!

For their morning work on Monday and Tuesday, the students practiced identifying the letter O in their writing and tracing activities!  Later in the afternoon on Monday and Tuesday, the students had some fun getting silly with the Letter O as they created their letter lists but also BECAME O’s!  Let’s see how you do!

Try to make an O with your fingers!

Now make an O with your hands.

Make an O with your arms over your head!

Make a (pointy) O with your legs!

Make an O with your Mouth!

Well, hOw did yOu dO?

On Wednesday, the students began their Ostrich art exploration!   After reading a special story about ostriches, the teachers informed the students that they would be making their very own ostrich to take home!  Can you see what letter helped them create this Outstanding Ostrich art?  🙂



On Thursday, the students created another ostrich art project.  Now, these were not Ordinary Ostriches – these were Outrageous Ostriches!  Take a look at these colorful ostriches below!



In the afternoon on Thursday (and Friday), the students had a blast in Spanish class as they continued to explore their new La Comida (Food) vocabulary by “Grocery Shopping” at the Supermercado PPA (PPA Supermarket).

On Friday morning, the teachers switched gears from Ostriches to another Letter O word – OLYMPICS!  It had to be fate that the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics would Occur during Letter O Week!  After a brief discussion about the Olympics, the students spent the morning creating their very own gold medals – just like the ones that will soon be won by the most talented athletes in the world! They even stamped cups into paint to create the iconic symbol of the Olympics – the Olympic rings!  Can you see which letter the rings look like?  If you said, “O” than you are correct! 🙂  The medals were set aside to dry. By the time the afternoon rolled around, the only thing left to do was to present them to the students in a Park Prep Academy Medal Ceremony! Unlike in the actual Olympics, the Park Prep Academy Olympics had a classroom full of Gold Medalists! Before being presented with their medal, the students were asked which sport or event they would like to win a gold medal in! The answers ranged from ice skating to skiing to bobsled to ice hockey! Regardless of which sporting event they chose, each student was beaming with pride like a true Olympian when their medal was placed on their neck!



Later in the afternoon, the teachers put together an ostrich and Olympic-themed technology presentation!  After learning about and observing ostriches in their natural habitat, the students discussed various fun facts about ostriches!  Did you know that when an ostrich lowers its head, it is not actually burying it in the ground?  That is a misconception!  When an ostrich senses danger and cannot run away, it flops to the ground and remains still, with its head and neck flat on the ground in front of it. Because the head and neck are lightly colored, they blend in with the color of the soil. From a distance, it just looks like the ostrich has buried its head in the sand, because only the body is visible.  When they need to, ostriches can protect themselves from predators with their strong clawed feet!  The students also loved learning about the sounds ostriches make.  Do you know what sound an ostrich makes?  Click below to find out – it will likely surprise you!



Here is a fun animated clip that the students LOVED which helped them meet Soohorang, the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Mascot, and observe some of the sporting events which will take place over the next few weeks!



Well, that is all for “Letter O is for Ostrich Week”.  What an outstanding week is was!  As always, thank you for reading and have a wonderful weekend!



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