Fifth grade science students are learning about chemical reactions and properties of matter. In this lab, students investigated and modeled how gases cause explosions. In the activity, Bag of Bubbles, students experimented by combining baking soda and vinegar inside a sealed bag and observed how the gas bubbles produced caused the bag to inflate–and sometimes pop!
The pre-k students in room 101 spent a week exploring “Gingerbread” stories. They compared and contrasted the stories “The Gingerbread Man”, “The Gingerbread Girl”, and “The Gingerbread Boy”. Students participated in aligned activities such as making gingerbread play dough (which they were able to take home), retelling the stories in the dramatic play center, and taking turns being the gingerbread man during gross-motor time. The week ended by chasing down a real live gingerbread man (Mr. Edwards). The students had a blast and are constantly asking when the gingerbread man will return – maybe next year 101!
Students in 5th grade are starting colonial simulations. Colonial “families” work together to gather supplies that they will need for the New World. Hopefully, they will bring the items necessary to get them out of the upcoming hardships!
In the beginning of January we celebrated the new year. We rang in 2020 by talking about our New Year’s Resolutions. Some of our first grade resolutions included: being kind, not yelling at our parents/siblings, eating more vegetables, helping out with dishes, keeping our bedrooms clean, and trying our best in school. Students created this 2020 flip book that included the following information under each flap: 2- books I’d like to read this year, 0- something I want to stop doing, 2- people in my class I want to get to know better, 0- something I wish others would stop doing to make our school a better place.
This month we spent some time focusing on the importance of self-reflection. We reflected on this past year and discussed our hopes, dreams, and goals for 2020. We are off to a great start! Happy New Year!
We are so excited to start Scooter Hockey (3-8) and Scooter Games (K-2). Students in grades 3-8 will continue expanding their knowledge of Hockey through a fun and different version of the game. Students in grades k-2 will be introduced to new and fun scooter games such as Hungry Hungry Hippos, Jellyfish Tag, Spaghetti and Meatballs and Fitness 500 to name a few. Ask your child about what they are doing with the scooters!
Students in 4th grade are developing the idea that sound is an actual thing, a wave of vibrations traveling through the air. They began the unit by making paper cup telephones and were even able to make “party lines” connecting several phones to one another! They were surprised at how well this low-tech experiment actually allowed them to hear a whisper from across the room.
Sixth and Seventh grade students are in the process of completing their first units in the Pearson Realize textbook!
Sixth grade will begin writing their first essay of the school year. It will be a narrative nonfiction essay! Over a two-three week span, students will learn how great writers tell their stories, develop a story arc, draft, edit, revise, and publish, then they will live those same steps. Students will use their response to the Essential Question “What are some of the challenges and triumphs of growing up?” in their essays as well.
Our Seventh-grade scholars are closing out Unit 5, ‘Overcoming Adversity.’ They will begin writing an informative essay the week of 12/9 using their responses to at least five Essential Question responses. Students will continue the development of their writing techniques we began last year to produce well-researched, well-cited, well-articulated pieces of writing.
Team 110 kindergartners have been working hard on becoming brave writers this year. We’ve moved on from writing just one page into authoring fully-fledged books and scrolls! The use of tape and staplers allows students to add on pages to their teach-about-the-world texts. Students are adding more details, pictures, and words to their teaching books each day. On Friday, we will celebrate our very first publishing party, where we will share our finished pieces with our 4th grade reading buddies in Mrs. Sosa’s class!
Room 103 has just begun our Winter Unit and we are so excited! This month we will be reading some classics, such as, “The Mitten,” “The Gingerbread Man,” and “The Snowy Day.” We will be making our own snowmen with students’ faces and names on them. We are also exploring the sensory components of Winter: Cinnamon playdoh, fake snow in our sensory bin, cotton ball sensory bottles and making our own snowflakes! For a special winter treat, Mr. Ben comes every Friday to play music, this month all the songs are Winter Themed!