[room 329] apple time

October 23, 2014


Yesterday in class, we read a non-fiction text about the life cycle of an apple tree. Then the students worked on writing the main ideas and details from the text. After they were done and had written down a sufficient amount of details to show that they understood the text, they were allowed to glue their paper on a big black paper. Then the students took apples that had been cut in half horizontally (which revealed the seed star) and used the apples like a stamp.

I mean, you know that when you cut a apple in half horizontally, you see a special design, right? It looks like a star, but the more I think about it, I think it’s supposed to reflect the five petals of an apple blossom. What do you think?

The apples

Apple prints

Painted apples

Creative minds

Hello readers!

This summer, I had the privilege of studying abroad and living with a host family for six weeks. Today begins a six-part series about my stay in the beautiful tropical country of Costa Rica.

One of the first things I notice anywhere I travel is, of course, the food. The fruit in this country definitely stands out. Due to the humidity and sunlight, warm temperatures and fertile soil, much of Costa Rica is perfect for growing fruits of all shapes, colors, and sizes. Take a look below. I am pretty sure I tried a completely new and different fruit at least once every few days for my entire stay there!


Dear Osborn School District #8,

As if you didn’t know, today’s the last day of school! This year has truly been a grand adventure and I can’t believe it’s already over. On the one hand, it seems like this year has gone on forever and ever, while on the other hand, I can’t wait for summer to start. I truly hope I’ll be back at Longview Elementary School next year. We’ll have to see how all the teacher assignments pan out before I’m absolutely sure though.

Longview Elementary School

Yesterday was our end of the year kindergarten Water & Watermelon Party. It was a B-L-A-S-T! All the kids had so much fun and definitely used way too much sunblock … but, hey, as long as they didn’t get burned, right?

Water fun in the sun!

Watermelon on a hot day

See you next year!
Love, Ms. Chang

[inspiration] coconuts

April 3, 2011

I’m very torn when it comes to coconuts. I’m really not a fan of coconut-flavored foods except when it comes to bubble tea. I love the idea of drinking coconut milk, but only think the flavor is OK. And coconut meat is decent fresh, but once dried, tastes just gross.

I feel privileged because when I was living in Ecuador, I went on a trip to Canoa with some friends and we were able to buy coconuts from the truck vendors who literally stuck a straw in for us to suck all the milk out. Then we would bring the coconuts back to them and they would cut it up for us to eat. It was a great experience. Since then I’ve been more apt to say I like coconut, but those cakes with coconut flakes on them … no thank you!


[inspiration] pineapples

March 20, 2011

I liken pineapples to the cactus of the fruit world. Why? Because they have this horrible, mean-looking outside to try and scare us away, but are sweet and juicy on the inside. Then again, I feel like you never really know what you’re going to get with pineapples. Sometimes you think a pineapple smells ripe, but it’s still so sour and raw-tasting it hurts your mouth. Other times, pineapples just taste bland on the inside. But then there are the times where you get a pineapple that’s truly ripe and tastes like fruit honey. In the end, I guess pineapples teach us not to judge a book by its cover, huh? Life is always an adventure!



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