Friday April 7, 2017
The IKM-Manning first grade students attended the Shrine Circus in Sioux City on Friday, April 7. They are shown here ready to depart on a bright and sunny morning. The trip is sponsored each year by the West Central Iowa Shriners. The students were accompanied by their teachers, Deanna Langel, Jen Rasmussen, and Jay Dreyer, as well as a number of parents. Shrine members Trent Hodne and Alan Jensen are pictured with the group.
Third graders got the chance to try something new recently. It’s called
Breakout Edu, it’s great fun, and it can be experienced by
learners of all ages. During the Breakout EDU game, students work
together as a whole class or in small groups to solve a series of
critical thinking clues and puzzles. They do this in order to open
some special locks on a box that contains a treat or something
related to the game problem identified at the beginning of the game.
The game the third graders played was called “If You Take a Mouse
to School,” and was based on the book of the same name by author
Laura Numeroff. With this particular game, the mouse in the story
had taken the students’ crayons and put them in the locked box, and
students had to work in small groups to solve puzzles and open locks
in order to get their crayons back. The students thought that the
puzzles were challenging and made them think, which is one of the
many benefits of Breakout Edu. Through the Breakout experience,
students learned teamwork, perseverance, critical thinking,
collaboration, cooperation, and creative thinking, all valuable skills in
school, the workplace, and the world. Plus, it was just a whole lot of
The IKM-Manning third graders had an opportunity to begin the new year by writing letters to support American troops overseas, thanks to Amy and Jeff Bradley and Thrivant Financial. Amy was familiar with a website, adoptaussoldier.org, and in the past, she and Jeff had adopted a soldier through this program. This year, they decided to adopt an entire unit. Thrivant Financial provided an action team card to purchase toiletries and snacks for a care package for the unit, and for providing postage for mailing the package to the adopted 23-28 soldiers. The site suggested sending letters with the care package, so Amy contacted the third grade teachers and asked if the students would be interested in writing letters to the soldiers. Writing the letters provided students not only with a chance to sharpen their writing skills, but a chance to practice good citizenship as well!