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Mrs. Guthridge’s Elementary Spotlight

By Nic Scheelhaase

Recently at Woodbury Central, Mrs. Guthridge’s T-K students have partnered up and have been very busy learning in their Life Science class. “The students have been searching through non-fiction books for what all living things need,” comments Mrs. Guthridge, adding that one of the student benefits of this project is to learn to work with a partner. She also believes that “learning what makes something a living thing and what they need to live (air, food, water, sunlight)” benefits the students as they look at pictures and matching it to the text.”

The bulk of the Life Science class deals with learning about the different characteristics of living things compared to non-living things. The T-K students spend roughly 30 minutes a week studying Life Science. When not working with a partner they can be seen researching non-fiction books on their own k

Elementary spot light

By Lyndzy Flewelling


            In the Woodbury Central elementary, Mrs. Rapp’s second grade class has been planting seeds as a science experiment.

            To create their own seedbeds, the students planted different kinds of seeds close to the outside of a clear cup; the seeds they chose were to grow pumpkins, sunflowers, peas and kidney beans. “Did you know the kidney bean has a coat?” asks Rylee Vohs.

            Because these second graders are responsible for taking care of their plants, they watch the seed beds closely: “The seeds split open and the roots grow down and the stems grow up” says Josie Hagemann. The students also draw pictures and write descriptions of their plants, which helps them practice writing in sequence and with descriptive words.

This hands-on activity pertains to real life, says Mrs. Rapp. As well as studying plants, the students also learn to classify animals, and learn about lifecycles and the characteristics of organisms. “I love growing plants because it is fun to see what it turns out like,” says Colton Warren. 


Choquette Elementary Spotlight Butterflies

By McKenna Alitz

“My favorite part was when the butterfly came out of his chrysalis,” said Jenna Widman, a student in Mrs. Choquette’s first grade class. Jenna and her classmates have been observing the life cycle of a butterflies, mealworms, waxworms, and milkweed bugs.

According to Mrs. Choquette, first graders “are capable of identifying the four stages of the life-cycle of an insect” and “realize the importance of having milkweed in our fields and ditches.” Monarchs only lay their eggs on milkweed, and monarch caterpillars only eat milkweed leaves. So the students have learned that “if we have no milkweed, we have no monarchs.”

Mrs. Choquette explained that all students “make observations and record them in their journals.” Most “observed the transformation that takes place during the life cycle of the butterfly.”  

Students also learned about insect migration and hibernation. “Our first Monarch Butterfly emerged on Sept. 10” and shortly thereafter, the students released it. “We hope he makes it to Mexico for the winter,” stated Mrs. Choquette.

The project fits perfectly with the science curriculum; the class will spend six-eight weeks observing the life cycle of different insects during their science classes.

Student-Teacher Interview Ms. Wordekemper

By Dawson Petersen

Ms. Wordekemper, who uses binders to stay organized, is a student teacher for Mrs. Rapp’s second grade students.

 “When my students understand what I am teaching and the looks on their faces,” is what Ms. Wordekemper says satisfies her most in her job.

Ms. Wordekemper describes herself as out-going, determined, and fun, and values “her family and friends.” Her baby sister’s volleyball game was the last sporting event she attended.

  “I heard great things about the school district and the community,” is why Ms. Wordekemper decided to teach at Woodbury Central. She is currently working toward her goal of becoming a teacher.

Ms. Wordekemper has grown up in Bronson, IA, and loves it there because it is “small, but a huge community.” She will graduate from Wayne State College in December 2014 with a coaching endorsement. She is currently reading the book What Teachers Make. The last book she read was Book Whisper.