- End of Learning Period #3 is Thursday, February 11th and NO SCHOOL on Friday, February 12th and Monday, February 15th. Work journals will be due by 4:15pm, Thu, Feb. 18th. However, if you can turn your work journal in on Tuesday and early morning Wednesday, I would appreciate it so that I have Wednesday to dedicate reviewing and sending out feedback about your work journals. Thanks!
- When submitting work journals, please remember to include: Checklist sheet, both your student’s signature and your signature, Reflections for work samples, Labeled work samples (reference the checklist example)...if your work samples aren't labeled, I will be sending them home this time for corrections.
- SLC's (Student-Led Conferences): Tuesday, March 1 & Wednesday, March 2. That means, it will be a HOMESCHOOLING DAY due to NO SCHOOL and NO ENRICHMENT on both days. Look for this SignupGenius email soon: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4da8a72fa02-spring
- You may have overlooked this in the newsletter, and I wanted to let you know that We are partnering with UCLA scientists to test whether a new computer program can help kids and teens better manage stress. This program has previously been tested with youth experiencing high levels of stress, and they now want to see whether it might also be helpful in building resilience and managing stress for ALL kids and teens. We are looking for kids and teens ages 10 to 17 to participate. All research activities occur at DVIA. If you are interested in learning more, please email Michelle Rozenman, Ph.D. or call (310) 794-2215.
- PEC 3 MAKEUP: If you could not attend this mandatory conference, please attend one of the following workshops this week:
- Wed, Feb. 17 from 1:30-2:30 Number Talks for Grades 5-8
- Thu, Feb. 18 from 3:30-4:30 Shaping Mathematical Mindsets K-8
- Fri, Feb. 19 from 3:30-4:30 Number Talks and Word Problems K-3
- FIELDTRIP TO ADVENTURE CITY: Friday, March 11 from 10-2 Look for a Signupgenius this week for more information! We could only reserve on a Friday because they aren't opened the rest of the week until after March 23!
Writing: Students showed what they learned about commas by adding commas within two paragraphs. I will review these comma paragraphs, make comments, and send them home next week. We will begin learning about semicolons and colons next.
Students are also working diligently on their Fractured Fairy tales. Those who have finished typing and editing with me have begun to work on the layout of their book. We have ordered hardcover books with 14 sheets, which makes 28 pages for each book. Students have to figure out how they will spread their story throughout this 14 sheet book. Students are also using this website, http://www.dafont.com to highlight specific words in their story.
Students will help write thank you letters to Chevron for their support with our Donors Choose materials for the Physics Fun Park project.
Math: Third graders worked on adding fractions on a number line. Students need to be mindful of which number is written in the numerator versus the denominator. Fourth graders continued practicing their understanding of changing mixed numbers to improper fractions and changing improper fractions to mixed numbers.
Reading: Students read Chapter 13 this week, learning more background information about Red's Granny, Rump's Mother, The curse of the magic, and Stiltskin. We had a very interesting conversation: Since Rump's destiny is to find his name, I asked the students: If you could change your name, what would be your new name and why or why wouldn't you want to change your name? I learned that many of the students' names have deeper connections to their family ancestry, combinations of names, and specific meanings. How did you decide on your child's name?
HWT: We have finished learning how to form each letter. Now, students are in the practicing phase where they need to convert print to cursive without an example. I have also asked the third graders to go back to the beginning of their book and complete the right side of each letter for extra practice. I am also asking fourth graders to begin writing in cursive as much as possible. If you don't use it, you lose it!
Word Study: On Mondays and Tuesdays, we have extra time to dedicate to learning specific skills in word study. Monday's group worked collaboratively and presented a poster they created showing the meaning of different prefixes. This group also took a pre-assessment to see what they already know about these prefixes before the lesson. Tuesday's group worked collaboratively and presented a poster they created showing inflectional ending and the rules applied: present, past, future tense verbs; when to add -s or -es to verbs or nouns; plural nouns that change y to ies; plural nouns that change -fe to -ves.
Project: Students decided on a scene for their claymation with Newton's Laws of Motion. Students began designing and creating their scene using construction paper and using playdough for the objects that will be moving in their animation. To our surprise, it takes a wealth of pictures to create half of the animation! I can't wait for the students to share their animation videos during Exhibition.
Maker Space: The students worked collaboratively to design and build the foundation of their paper roller coasters. It was amazing to see how teams divided the work among themselves. The quiet and shy students have stepped up and began to lead the building of the foundation. Students are learning from trial and error about how their foundation must have stability.