Trinity Lutheran School students celebrate halfway point of school year

Trinity Lutheran School students Collin Kamper, Ozzie Langfeldt and Wyatt Babcock count quarters to work on their fractions by using quarters. Friday was Halfway Day for the students as they reached the midway point of the 2013-14 school year. To commemorate the occasion the students did a series of special activities.

Trinity Lutheran School students Collin Kamper, Ozzie Langfeldt and Wyatt Babcock count quarters to work on their fractions by using quarters. Friday was Halfway Day for the students as they reached the midway point of the 2013-14 school year. To commemorate the occasion the students did a series of special activities.

MANISTEE — The rest of the way is all downhill for Tina Fisk’s Trinity Lutheran School students.

The class marked the halfway point of the 2013-14 school year with its annual Halfway Day celebration. Fisk teaches first, second and third grade students at Trinity and felt it was only fitting that they celebrate on Friday because the students had a “half day of school.”

“We used the day as is a real good opportunity for us to talk about a lot of fractions” she said. “We are also celebrating three special learning blocks. One of those will be with coins by using quarters, halves and dollars. Everyone brought four quarters from home, and we counted them from 25 and then worked them into fractions like one-fourth, one-half, three-fourths and so on.”

Fisk said they added in a special unit on social studies to coincide with the use of the quarters.

“There is a site on the Internet that talks about United States quarters, that honor the specific states. So, we pulled out some of the ones we had brought to school to look at when those areas became states. We looked at the symbols and it allowed us to do a little social studies too.”

The second learning block the students did was called “Halfway to the Moon and More.”

“We talked about distances from earth to the moon,” she said. “Usually in a book you see them next to each other because they are scale. We found out if the Earth was the size of a basketball how many Earth lengths would it be to the moon. It would be about 30 Earth lengths. We even talked about how many Earth links it is to the sun and found out it was 107 lengths.”

The students’ final learning block of the day was half and half pictures. They were given a drawing containing half of a face and were given the task of completing the drawing.

“This is fun, look at my drawing,” said Max Nottingham to his fellow student Ozzie Langfeldt.

Fisk said the day is geared toward fun with a learning component. She said the students also dressed in a unique halfway manner as some work one glove or a shirt with one long sleeve and one short. The same was done with pants on some students.

Students also created a snack mix using one-half of two different ingredients. They mixed them together in a big bowl and anxiously awaited their first taste.

“That is really good,” said Will Babcock.

Students joked that now that they have crossed “the equator of the school year,” they will be counting down the days until school lets out.

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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