- WJ 4 DUE: MONDAY, APRIL 11...at the very latest, Tue, April 12 by 9:30 am in the office.
- Sign up for DVIA Summer Camp in the office! It's going to be a wild summer at DVIA!!
- Don't forget to sign up for your Curriculum Resources for next year. A newsletter email went out on Saturday: Click to view the link of Universal Resources and Curriculum Resource Choices
- State Testing will resume next week. Please make sure you student gets plenty of rest and eats a healthy breakfast.
- Don't forget to order your yearbook! The deadline is soon approaching!
- NEEDED: We are in need of 10 old lamps to restore as our Maker Space project. We'd love to have them by April 21-22 so the students can begin taking the lamps apart during Maker Space.
Student Teachers: Instead of playing a game on Thursdays and Fridays, students will volunteer to share something they would like to teach the class during Community. It will be a 10 minute presentation. A presentation could include pets, poster of facts, video, any use of technology, books, poems, or science experiments as visuals. It would be great if they practiced what they were going to say before their presentation. Ask your student when they are planning to sign up.
HWT: Students have been working diligently in their handwriting books. To help with the transition to cursive, I have begun writing the schedule and morning message in cursive. Students are gaining more confidence in reading cursive handwriting.
Reading: We read Chapters 21-22 this week in our Rump story. Students learned what is an ellipsis (...) and why authors use them. We shared about our own family history and what we've learned from our grandparents, which led into learning more information about Rump's family history when he meets his aunts. This is a fun story because lots of other fairy tale characters have been introduced in this story, and we are always predicting and analyzing how each character is related or understanding their significance. We're slowly starting to see how many of the fairy tale characters are one big story!
Science: We started our project on electricity. Students experimented with a UFO ball, a ball that generates electricity through human touch, to discover the difference between open and closed circuits. I briefly introduced how the electrons are moving over each student's body to complete the circuit. We experimented to see if it works when we touch each others' shirt and found that clothing isn't a conductor. Then students formed new teams and will rotate through stations to explore electricity. Here are 3 of our first stations: static electricity with balloons, conductor/insulator using huge C batteries and alligator clips, and open/closed circuits with snap circuits. We will continue this rotation next week.
Maker Space: We didn't have Maker Space with Jim; however, we formed our Lamp teams to draw and design ideas for a new lamp. The driving question is: How can you restore an old lamp to be more energy efficient?
Have a fun week of learning!