- Pizza/Spirit Day (Super Heroes Day!): Thu, May 19 & Fri, May 20 (Don't forget to send in additional snacks and water bottle for morning and afternoon body breaks) Dress up like your favorite super hero or create a new super hero. Friendly reminder: Please leave all super hero weapons at home.
- POL Artifacts: Send in on Mon, May 16 & Tue, May 17
- Send in old stuffed animals and old electronic toys to use during Maker space on Thursday/Friday.
- Poetry Slam: Wed, May 25 from 12-6 @ Del Amo Barnes & Nobles (Core 3 will present from 1:30-2:30)
- MAPS TESTING next week in the mornings
- Parent Report Card Comments: 100% Parent Participation, please! Due Friday, May 27 by email.
Writing: It has been a long journey, but the students now have an understanding, compassion, and empathy for writers! I've told the students that writers usually take years before publishing a book so that they can make sure their message is written in just the right way. It is great to see the commitment, engagement, and attention to detail students are showing while putting together their final book! They are showing lots of pride in themselves and their work. I commend them for persevering and being reflective with themselves and each other to publish an original story.
This week, students worked on writing their own free verse poem. Interestingly, a free verse poem seemed harder to begin for some students. Having some kind of rules or pattern makes writing a poem easier for some students. Next week, we will look at song lyrics and discuss rhymes, rhythms, and the underlying messages portrayed.
Math: Students are reviewing skills in fractions, multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction.
Science: Students had fun building Project #1 or #2, the Remote Control Rover. Students worked in teams of 2-3 to build the circuit according to the schematic drawing and design an obstacle course to maneuver the rover through. Students had to learn how the receiver works and how to manipulate the receiver to move the rover. It took some practice! We also discussed the 3 different frequencies that were available on the rovers (A, B, C) and why teams had to be spaced apart in order for all teams to maneuver their rovers without controlling each others.
Students worked in table teams to complete a circuit assessment, referencing their notes, each other, and electricity books. The purpose of this group assessment was to review the vocabulary they learned while performing the activities.
Makerspace: The M/Th group got to take apart some mechanical toys that Samiah donated to the class. One group also got a chance to turn a mechanical stuffed animal inside out. The T/F group didn't bring in materials, so they were able to be creative and build with cardboard and other materials.
We will revisit the lamps and see if we can combine some of the parts to create a complete lamp. Then, we will move into learning about magnets and possibly create an electromagnet.