- Mandatory PEC #3: Wednesday, February 10th at the Hawthorne Memorial Center (9:15-2:15) The focus of the Conference will be on Math.
- End of Learning Period #3 is Thursday, February 11th and NO SCHOOL on Friday, February 12th and Monday, February 15th. Work journals will be due by 4:15pm, Thu, Feb. 18th.
- When submitting work journals, please remember to include: Both your student’s signature and your signature, Reflections for work samples, Labeled work samples (reference the checklist example)
- Celebrating Valentine's Day: Many thanks to the T/F parents for planning fun learning activities with a Valentine Theme for their class. Students who want to share Valentine cards on Tue, Feb. 9 or Thu, Feb. 11 may do so without including sweet treats or edible treats. You may add extras like pencils, pens, erasers, stickers.
- We are in need of some materials. If you can help with donations, please send items when possible: hot glue gun sticks, black/blue/red pens, glue sticks, and long construction paper. Many thanks to those who have sent in donations. Thank you for your support.
Students are still working on their fairy tale writing. I have started teacher editing with students after they have typed it on the computer. I'm also checking in with students daily about the progress of their work. The goal is to have these books completed by the end of February so that we can move into poetry writing.
Math: Students are finishing up their units on fractions. However, that doesn't mean that they will never use fractions. It just means that they are ready to move into geometry where they'll probably use fractions a great deal in learning about different polygons, area, and perimeter.
Reading: Students read Chapter 12: The Miller's Lie and discussed how lies can get you into more trouble than they are worth. The chapter also showed foreshadowing about The Witch of The Woods. Students predicted who could be The Witch. Please note: the class is only able to read two chapters a week, so please be mindful of your due date if you checked out the book from your local library.
Maker Space: Jim showed the students how to make the funnels, curves, and straightaways. The students began building the foundation of their roller coaster with all the beams and columns that they already prepped. It was great to see how well each team worked together.
Project: On Monday and Tuesday, students experimented with Newton's Second Law of Motion using the Hot Wheels Speedometry Kit and added weight to the cars. Students experimented with different angles of the track to find the most potential energy that would accelerate the car through the track the furthest.
Students showed what they learned about Newton's Laws of Motion by creating comic pictures with explanations about how their picture shows each law of motion. Students also collaborated in their teams of three to plan and discuss how to create an animation of their law using the Animate It app with clay. Teams will begin creating their animation this week.