- Ice Skating Fundraisers!
Today, Sat Oct 15 1:00-3:30pm (cores 1-3)
- Pastries with the Principal
Monday 10/17 and Friday 10/21 in the Collab Lab, 9:15-10:15
- Book Club #3 with Michelle
Thurs 10/27 and Friday 10/28, 9:15-10:15 am in the Collab Lab
- FAN Spirit Day/Pizza Lunch FUNdraisers!
FAN is offering the opportunity to prepay for pizza lunch for the entire year at a discounted price! Take advantage of this opportunity by submitting your form and payment to the front office by Monday, October 24th!
- Pizza/Spirit Day #1 WEAR YOUR FAVORITE COSTUME, BUT LEAVE THE WEAPONS and Scary Masks AT HOME!
Mon 10/31 and Tues 11/1
- P.E.C. #2: Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 9:15-2:15
- FAN Film Festival: Saturday, Nov. 5
- No School: Nov. 11 for Veteran's Day
- Exhibition: Mon, Nov. 14 & Tue, Nov. 15 from 5:00-6:30 pm (Look for a signup genius link soon)
- Give yourself time each day to practice mindfulness or some other form of relaxation that grounds you. This can be done during homeschooling time as well! We use Inner Explorer at school (they have a home edition at the bottom of their site) and some free mindfulness clips can also be found here.
Writing: Students began their research on a Music Passion Project. Students are either working in a group, with a partner, or independently. I showed students how to search safely by adding "for kids" in their search. Students practiced taking notes using key words or phrases from online texts or books to reduce the risk of plagiarism. Also, students are practicing citing their sources and saving websites on the bookmarks bar.
Many thanks to all the families who helped their student add more information during your home school time this past week! With your support at home, students will be able to begin typing up what they've learned about their music passion next week. We only have 6 school days to write, design, and create a display for their passion project. I sent home the research packet again just in case students find more information to add. If your student didn't finish researching, please make time on Monday for them to research and take notes on their Music Passion Project.
I added some resources about WJ 2 Informational Writing under Parent Resources: Writing. Go check it out! What will your student be researching during this work journal 2 period?
Reading: We began reading a story from Reading A-Z, The Story of Immigrants. We discussed the importance and usage of a Table of Content, highlighted important words or phrases as we read, and discussed what is an immigrant with personal experiences. We are learning about different kinds of immigration: voluntary and involuntary; legal and illegal. We reviewed why people move, migrate, or immigrate from one country to another. Then we looked at border walls around the world: Mexico/US; Great Wall of China; The Berlin Wall and discussed why these walls have been built and the effects these walls may portray.
Math with Megan: Students took a pre-assessment of Operations and Algebraic Thinking (multiplication and division). Students discussed what is multiplication and practiced showing ways to represent multiplicaton: arrays, area models, repeated addition, drawings, use of manipulatives. Students finished working on their money project with the grocery ads.
Project with Megan: Our class switched with Megan's class to learn about Classical Music. The students have been exploring classical music by using the website ‘Classics for Kids’ www.classicsforkids.com/. Students have gone on scavenger hunts on the website to identify different components of classical music: periods, composers, vocabulary, instruments, and components of an orchestra. Students will present their findings and create flip books to show their learning. We also have been listening to Peter and the Wolf to help us identify instruments and styles of classical music. In the story, each character is played by a particular character and musical theme.
Project with Darlene: Megan's class listened to African Tribal music, ragtime music from Scott Joplin, scatting with Ella Fitzgerald, and jammin' with Duke Ellington...relating a jazz band with an orchestra. Students drew in their jazz book how the music made them feel or think of while listening. Then we took notes and read half of The Sound that Jazz Makes. We will begin learning about Blues music next week and explore Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Rock, and hip hop on this website: pbskids.org/chuck/index.html#/jazz
Art with Mr. Mason: Geometric Web: Using circular discs, students colored pencils and rulers to trace and create lines.
Art with Cordula: Students watched a video on the fable, The Country Mouse and The City Mouse. Then students drew a scene from either the country mouse's perspective or the city mouse's perspective.
Please continue to make time in your home schooling schedule for keyboarding practice. I'm noticing that many of the students need more practice with their keyboard skills. We are using this link in class: www.typingclub.com/typing-qwerty-en.html