- Many thanks to Jodie Esponda for donating 7 lamps! Thank you to everyone who also donated one or two lamps! We can now begin our lamp project with Mr. Jim in Maker space.
- POL prep: Please start gathering artifacts for your artifact table and deciding how to display your table. You want your table to be engaging and draw attention. Thank you to the 10 families who came to the POL meeting! I hope everyone else understands what is being asked for this POL.
- Send in your POL planning sheet next Mon, May 9 & Tue, May 10 so that I can check in with each student about their plan for POLs.
- POL Practice: May 16-20 Please send in all artifacts and note cards to practice that week in class.
- Sign up for DVIA Summer Camp! It's going to be a wild summer!! Sign up in the office.
- Mon, 5/2 and Fri, 5/6: Pastries With The Principal--LCAP Info!
- Order Scholastic Books & Support DVIA!!
Want to support DVIA and get a great value on books?! Go to: www.scholastic.com/bookclubs
- Student Talent Showcase--Creative, Visual, Digital, Culinary & Performing Arts! New date: Tues, 5/3 5:00-7:30 pm
- Femineers Meeting @ Da Vinci Science! Sat, May 14th | 3-5 pm
Students also worked on their layout book for their fairytale. Some students are ready to begin the final publication of their fractured fairytale.
Please remind your student to bring their flash drive to school each day, if they take it home.
Reading: I just discovered Audiobooks.com so that we can listen to the rest of the chapters in Rump. We have read up to Chapter 28, which has revealed more information about Rump's mother and her relationship with the miller, who coerced her into spinning gold for him in her younger years. We also discovered the relationship between the miller, Opal (the Queen of The Mountain), and bullies...Frederick and Bruno.
Check out "Jack" and "Red" by Liesl Shurtliff. These books would be great summer reading sequels to Rump!
Student Teachers: Just a quick reminder, if your student wants to bring in a pet for their presentation, please email me so that we both are on the same page of what will be expected during the presentation and that you will be taking the pet home after the 10 minute presentation during Community. The students have enjoyed learning from each other and the different topics students are presenting during Community.
Math with Megan: I introduced our unit on measurement to the third graders by having them time themselves doing a variety of activities, and discussing time intervals (seconds, minutes, hours). We also began to look at elapsed time by studying flight logs and determining different variables such as: how much time has passed on the flight, what time will the plane land, and what time did the plane take off. Students also began playing an elapsed time game to help them understand elapsed time. The game has 12 levels that integrate adding and subtracting time intervals. Let me know if you would like a copy of the game to play at home with your student. This week third graders will continue working on showing elapsed time using a number line.
The fourth graders began their unit on measurement by looking at the metric system. They had to solve conversation problems, add and subtract the different units of measurement, and build an understanding of smaller vs larger units of measurement. They also reviewed perimeter and area by answering word problems, and playing the ‘area dice game’. I encourage you to ask you student how to play and practice at home. I will be covering elapsed time with the fourth graders as well, focusing on intervals of time using a number line.
Science: Students have been exploring their understanding of parallel and series circuits as it pertains to specific components in a circuit. Students used the Snap Rovers, Project 9 & 10 to discover how capacitors react in a parallel and series circuit. They discovered that capacitors store electrons and allow an LED to turn off slowly or fast, depending on which circuit is being used, parallel or series. For Project 15 & 16, students explored how resistors react in a parallel and series circuit. They discovered that the LED stays on even when you take out a resistor, no matter which circuit is used. Of course, the circuit is still closed, not opened. Students will continue to use the Snap Rovers for discovery and exploration. This week, we will read how electricity travels from the transformer to our houses. We will soon begin lessons on magnets.
Maker Space with Mr. Jim:
Thursday's class had fun exploring what is inside of some mechanical toys. Students used screwdrivers, an Exacto knife, pliers, and scissors to open battery compartments of hover craft bases, mechanical bugs, and hover crafts. Students looked at the circuit boards inside the hover crafts using a magnifying glass to see R1, C2...meaning resistors and capacitors!
Friday's class had fun exploring how to take apart the lamps and create designs of a refurbished lamp. I will have to set a budget for each group in the restoration process.
If you have fabric, energy efficient light bulbs (of course I'll have to tell you sizes later), or old lamp stands or materials that could be made into a lamp stand, donations of these materials are welcomed.
Have a fun first week of May!
CINCO DE MAYO