This week in Preschool we continued our study of all things Fall, as well as a concentrated focus on the color red and our Alphabet letters. We read “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”, learned the song, and then created our own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees. We’ve enjoyed the gorgeous weather and will continue to build on our social skills.
This week in kindergarten students have been practicing their number formation skills using sand, shaving cream and blue slime as well as their math workbooks.
First graders were super mathematicians this week. We are now using correct math terms such as addition, subtraction, equation and math facts! In math, the first graders learned about ordinal positions. They were able to use that information to assign objects in a row to tenth place. In reading, they analyzed characters’ traits and found evidence in the text to prove those traits. In social studies, they learned about how money is necessary for life’s basic needs.
The Second Graders said good bye to Ms. Hartz and are welcoming back Mrs. Fowler! Thank you Ms. Hartz for everything! The students love you very much.
This has been a fun week in 3rd grade. In writing we are really focusing on how to plan for writing our informational essay by using an IRC outline. The students have enjoyed writing outlines for different writing prompts. We are doing a lot of small group work in reading and focusing a lot on phonics with our OG curriculum. In math we are working hard to get our standard algorithm down for addition. We seem to have forgotten a lot since second grade, but we are improving. We ended the week in costumes for Fall Fest and enjoyed some fall weather and activities.
Fourth grade mathematicians worked on patterns this week and made patterns with toothpicks. They also got a visit from Mrs. Waldo’s therapy dogs, who were dressed for Halloween. 9 more to go! Latin Base words that is. We’ve been surging forward in these nine weeks to complete our study of Latin Base words so that we may enter the world of Greek Bases. All that is new will be discovered with fun, exciting, multi-disciplinary lessons, and all that is old will continue to be a part of our small group rotations (for review of course)!
In 5th grade ELA we are working independently on being ACTIVE readers and answering in depth questions about our reading by restating, answering, citing text evidence, and explaining our answers. This takes brain power!! We are also excited to begin writing the first draft of our personal narratives.
We started our algorithm in math this week. The students were super excited! We just did multi digit times one digit this week. Next week we will do multi digit times two digit!
In social studies we are learning about the different regions of Native Americans. I am trying to make it into a story and tie in geography to help them remember the material. We are having fun with it! At least I think so! Ask them what they know about the Far North Region and the Northwest Region! They should be able to give you some cool facts!
Kindergarten – This week in science we learned about hibernation. We learned that it is not just sleeping, but instead it is more like the body of the animal pausing. We also learned why they hibernate and what they do to get ready to hibernate.
1st Grade – This week students went on a hunt to find camouflage moths. After finding lots of moths, students also made their own camouflage moths and hid them around the room. The student loved learning what camouflage is and what the purpose of camouflage is. We also did a review of our animal superpowers unit. Next week we begin a new unit.
2nd Grade – This week we continued to learn about the diversity in the different animal habitats, realizing that animals need a habitat that fits their needs and survival. We found out why a group of bighorn sheep travel between two habitats, one in the night, and one in the day. We also investigated to find out why they did this. At the end of the week we just got started on our lesson about frogs.
3rd Grade – Students finished learning about why some animals act the way they do. We continued to learn what all fossils can tell us about past animals. We learned how fossil footprints can tell us if an animal walks on 2 legs or 4 legs. We also learned how to use footprints to see if an animal is walking or running. Students used this information and prepared to race a dinosaur. They learned they can use the length of a dinosaur’s stride to find out how fast they ran. Then they will race those measurements. After all their hard work the students are ready to race a dinosaur on Monday.
4th Grade – This week 4th graders jumped into our PLTW Energy Unit. We spent the week learning more about navigating PLTW. We prepared science notebooks to write down information about what we learn, to write down questions, to answer questions, to track data, and to use for anything we want to write down during the unit. Students also went through energy stations this week. These are stations where they could be openly curious about different types of energy. They observed and investigated things such as flashlights, energy sticks, marbles on a track, a vex super car, and bowling. .
5th Grade – This week we finished observing our mold terrariums as we checked them everyday this week. This week students learned about a pond ecosystem. They also conducted investigations into what is needed for a fish to survive in a pond. We learned that the pond ecosystem involves consumers, producers, and decomposers. We also learned how they each hurt and helped each other. We figured out that there needs to be some carbon dioxide in a bond, but that it doesn’t need to be too little or too much. We finished the week playing a game where each student had to create a model pond to see who could sustain fish life in their pond.
PE we have been working on cooperative team work games and our daily workout starts each PE class.
Hello Everyone! It has been a great start to the year! Here is some information from the health office this week. The “back to school germs” are back! Lets please make sure our students are staying hydrated, eating healthy, and getting a good amount of sleep at night. This will help our immune systems stay strong and fight away any germs we contact. Students, washing our hands is a big part of staying healthy while our systems adjust to being back in school, please do your part by using soap, and saying your ABC’s while you scrub! I am glad to see you all again, and look forward to a healthy year for all!.