Many thanks to Kira and Dillon for holding a bake sale and donating the money to help buy Megan and I classroom supplies from our wish list! Thank you both for your entrepreneurship, determination, and generosity.
- PEC #1: Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 9:15-2:15 @ Hawthorne Memorial Center
- NO School/No Homeschool/No Enrichment: Labor Day-Mon, Sep. 5th
- As we begin to study different music genres, we'd love to schedule guest musicians to come, play, and share your story of how your family migrated here and what this music means to you. Please reach out to Megan or myself to plan your visit.
- WATER BOTTLES: Please remind students to bring their water bottle to school everyday.
- Happily Family EdNextGen webinars available! Check out these great videos that give helpful tips for parenting and teaching. If you would like access to the many incredible videos at your fingertips, please contact DVIAoffice@davincischools.org for your temporary log in and password. (Password will change frequently for security purposes). Thank you to Jason and Cecilia for this awesome opportunity!
- FAN Opening Social and Film Festival!- Sat, Sept 10 from 12:00-3:00
- Volunteers Needed to help with the Film Festival: Go to the link below to signup: m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c0e4da8a723a75-volunteers
- Welcome Homeschool Collaborative back on campus! Stop by to say hi to Janette and Ethel in their new bungalo, turning left up the steps by the chalkboard door and down the breeze way (tunnel).
WHAT WE DID ALL WEEK
Reading: Students watched a Brainpop video on main ideas. We discussed WHY identifying main ideas are important. They practiced finding the topic, main idea, and supporting words in the video and with random books I chose. Then students paired up, chose a Science article to read together, and wrote on sticky notes the topic, main idea(s), and supporting words. The next day, partners shared with the class their findings. You can check out the articles on our Reading Board. We discussed what inferencing means and how to create inferences. Then students paired up with different partners and moved around the room discussing 7 pictures and writing "I infer" and "I wonder" sentences on sticky notes. Next week, we will discuss how these pictures relate to our project, "Migration of Music" and "The Way We Move."
Writing: Students wrote a quick "On Demand" piece about their summer vacation. We had a Writer's Celebration Day, celebrating the many inspirations the students brought to personalize their writing journals. Students created "A Memory Timeline" thinking about the very first memory of their writing careers and sharing..."I am the kind of writer who..." sentences. We discussed what is narrative writing and began looking at student examples of narrative writing to notice how to incorporate mood, suspense, figurative language like similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, and at least one way to conclude your story.
Math with Megan: Students began using ST Math this week, so you should have access at home to use this program. If not, please contact Megan- firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries.
Third graders reviewed the place value system by choral reading a poem. They played "Minute to Win It" and roll a number game.
Using Engage NY, students practiced rounding to the nearest ten for time and measurement questions. For example: : Student says: "73 milliliters is less than halfway between 70 and 80 milliliters. I know because 3 is less than 5, and 5 marks is halfway. à 73 is 7 away from 80 but only 3 away from 70.
Teacher says: "73 milliliters rounded to the nearest ten is 70 milliliters. Another way to say it is that 73 milliliters is about 70 milliliters. About means that 70 milliliters is not the exact amount."
Fourth graders reviewed the place value system by choral reading a poem. They played "Minute to Win It" and roll a number game.
Using Engage NY, students modeled 10 times as much as on the place value chart with an accompanying equation. "For example: 10 times as many as 9 hundreds. (Write 10 × 9 hundreds = 9 thousands.) Student says: Yes, it is true because 90 hundreds equals 9 thousands, so this equation just eliminates that extra step. Yes. We know 10 of a smaller unit equals 1 of the next larger unit, so we just avoided writing that step."
Art with Mr. Mason: Students created "Funny Feet Faces" by either tracing their own feet or tracing a cutout of Mr. Mason's daughter's feet. Then students designed and sketched facial features and colored their funny feet faces.
Art with Cordula: How an illustrator conveys the story through pictures. Cordula read aloud, "The Contest between the Sun and the Wind" by Heather Forest. As Cordula read the story, students discussed the actions of the wind and how the illustrator brought those words to life. Then students illustrated a scene from the story in their perspective.
Cursive Handwriting: We have now practiced "Magic c, a, d, g." Students are experimenting with their grips and are enjoying this new style of writing. They are excited to use those gel pens that were donated to our class.
Spelling Inventory: I am in the process of giving the Spelling Inventory assessment. Once I am finished, I will share the information with you and your student to review and make plans to incorporate these skills in your homeschooling.
Project Time: The first part of project time was to create "Ways of Being" in our class. Both cohorts made a list of norms, making sure the word "not" is eliminated. We combined the list so that we are not repeating ourselves and to shorten this long list of how to be in our class. I encourage you to create "Ways of Being" at home, not only for your homeschooling time, but incorporate it into your daily lives. Our "Ways of Being" at school is a key part in the compassionate way we speak and treat each other at school.
The second part of project time is creating a music collage. Students paired up to interview each other about their interests, specifically with music. Then students began to sketching a design of a collage that will incorporate both their styles of music. This task involves compromising, collaborating, and thinking outside the box. After showing students a few musical collages, discussing and inferring ways these collages may have been put together, students revised their sketches by designing more intricate ways to add their musical interests. This week, students will begin piecing together their collage using some of the scrapbook paper that was donated to our class.
Academic Coaches: We are very fortunate to have many academic coaches working in all the classes this year. Savannah and Karen will be our main academic coaches who kids may come home talking about. Both coaches are Da Vinci Extension students who enjoy working with our kids. Savannah is with Core 3 in the mornings and Karen helps Core 3 in the afternoons. They help set up projects, help with ST Math or writing, and they create posters, bulletin boards, and games when needed.