Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Bread as Science with King Arthur Flour

Bread the 4th graders made for the Peace Neighborhood Center.
King Arthur Flour is a 225-year-old Vermont company that takes social responsibility seriously. Abbot 4th graders recently got a very special visit from company representatives who taught them a lot more than just how to make delicious bread — like science, math and microbiology.

Students were amazed to find out that yeast, a microscopic organism, makes the gas that puts the air bubbles into bread.

After a demonstration of how to make bread, each student was given two bags of King Arthur flour and asked to make two loaves. One loaf would be for their their family and one would be brought back to school and donated to the Peace Neighborhood Center to use at their community dinner.

"It was a really cool and free reverse field trip for the 4th graders," said Tracie Frailey, a teacher consultant and resource room teacher at Abbot. "The children also made some delicious bread. We have some bakers!"

Learn more about King Arthur Flour at http://www.kingarthurflour.com.

You can find out more about Peace Neighborhood Center, a center for children, families, and individuals who are affected by social and economic problems, at http://peaceneighborhoodcenter.org. The Abbot PTO proudly donates to Peace each year.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Abbot Math Night Draws Record Crowd

Approximately 150 students and parents attended this year’s Math Night on January 29, a record for the event.

“This is the best Math Night we’ve ever had,” said first grade teacher Cathy Stone, one of the organizers.

Ms. Stone thought a combination of effective promotion by the teachers and the addition of several new activities this year was behind the great turnout. Students especially seemed to enjoy the math in art activities organized by Abbot art teacher Kristina Ruthven, the online math games in the computer lab, playing Twister and the estimation jar contest.

“Having Ms. Ruthven involved was fabulous,” Ms. Stone said.

Next year’s plans may include expanding the range of activities to also include art in music.

“Showing parents and students the games is so important in making math fun,” Ms. Stone added. “Parents can help by continuing to play these games at home with their kids.”