1) Scooters Jungle on Tuesday, January 26th (5:00-8:00) open to all Cores. Event will sell out fast, so purchase tickets in front office ASAP
2) Pizza & Spirit Day Thursday and Friday, January 28th and 29th: We sent home order forms for pizza this week to fill out and bring back on Monday/Tuesday instead, along with money (we are trying a new plan).
Spirit day will be Pajama Day J
3) Enrichment: Classes begin this week. Make sure you have a conversation with your student about which classes they signed up for and on which days so that your student is well informed of their schedule.
4) PEC #3 on Wednesday, February 10th at the Hawthorne Memorial Center (9:15-2:30)
5) End of Learning Period #3 is Thursday, February 11th and NO SCHOOL on Friday, February 12th or Monday, February 15th. Work journals will be due by Feb. 18th.
6) We are in need of some materials. If you can help with donations, please send items when possible: hot glue gun sticks, black/blue/red pens, glue sticks, and long construction paper. Thanks for your support.
Writing: Students learned how to use a Critical Friends Group (CFG) protocol to help classmates develop their twisted fairy tale story. Students asked clarifying and probing questions to the presenter/author to help the student think about the plot, details, climax, and ending of their story. The authors then reflected on the questions and suggestions from the group.
We began grammar lessons this past week. Students are learning how to use commas with 8 rules. They are learning key vocabulary terms such as commas in a series, independent and dependent clauses, and conjunctions. After practicing these 8 comma rules, students will apply their knowledge to edit paragraphs.
Math: Megan introduced Cuisenaire rods to third grade students, and they focused on using them to show how to identify fractions and to understand equivalent fractions. Using fraction cubes, third grade students also identified fraction inequalities and wrote their own inequality statements for fractions with like and unlike denominators and numerators. Fourth grade students began working on a tile task project. They were asked to design 3 different table tops using colored tiles, identify what fraction of each color they used in their designs, and calculated the cost of each design. They will be finishing their table designs and presenting them next week. Megan also designated at least 15-20 minutes to ST Math in class. Remember you can incorporate ST Math in your homeschooling for 20 minutes per day.
Reading: Students began reading our story, Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff in small assigned groups. This ensures that all students are participating in reading the story and having group discussions about the book. I noticed that many students do not have a copy of the book. If possible, please buy or check out a copy of the book so that your student will have full access to the story.
First, students learn about an element of the chapter that will present itself while reading. We discuss this as a class before they break into small groups. Then after they read, the students answer comprehension questions and apply reading skills like foreshadowing, context clues, finding evidence, and comparing the characters in the story. This is a fun story because it is incorporating aspects of other fairy tales.
Project: What a successful State Float Presentation and Parade held the first week back! It was exciting to see how much the students knew about their state!
We started our next project, "Pushing the Limits of Gravity." Students have been engaged in Experiment Rotations in the class. This past week, students discussed and experimented with gravity, simple machines, potential/kinetic energy, forces-friction and angles of position. We are front-loading lots of vocabulary and physical science concepts before presenting the project's driving question and task. This will help students have a better understanding of the question once they have learned about these vocabulary terms and concepts. This week, we will begin learning about Isaac Newton's 3 Laws of Motion.
Maker Space every Thursday/Friday: This semester, we switched our Art classes with Megan's Maker Space since her classes didn't have Art last semester.Mr. Jim has created a fun and engaging project that correlates to our classroom project. Students are working in teams, assigned by me, to design, build, and create a marble paper roller coaster. Students have been working collaboratively to create beams, columns, and braces for the foundation of their roller coaster. Next week, students will begin building their roller coaster foundation on a poster board.