Wow! Spring Break! I can’t believe the year is almost over, only 8 more Friday's. As I reflect back we have accomplished so much this year!
Important dates coming up:
Writing: We have sooo much going on in writing we don’t know which way is up! J Anyway we are publishing two writing pieces currently…How-to’s and our Google Docs presentations on Seasons/Weather. We are also beginning to immerse into our next writing piece…which we will create our own fractured fairy tales. We will again use the writing process to take us through our fairy tale writing piece, we will use mentor texts to help develop our craft and we will really focus on sequence of events and we will work on developing our characters in our stories.
Science/Social Studies: We just finished up our unit on Weather/Seasons. Kiddos looked at seasonal patterns and weather, severe weather, tools for collecting weather data, and the effect weather has on organisms and the environments around them.
After Spring Break we will begin our unit on Geography. We will look at where we live and how it influences our lives, components of physical and human features on a map and in our environment. Additionally, we will look at geographical terms and tools used in Geography.
Math: we just finished up with Fractions the kids did amazing with this. We looked at halves, fourths, three-fourths of wholes and sets. This week we jumped back into addition with odd and even numbers. We will be representing numbers using the place-value model (hundreds, tens, and ones). We will be finding solutions to addition and subtractions computation problems within 100 and extend addition strategies for adding and subtracting with quantities up to 1000. Additionally students will able to apply addition and subtraction strategies to find the unknown in addition and subtraction word problems from all types of situations like: adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart and comparing.
Passion projects: At this time ALL kiddos in the class have an opportunity to learn about something that they are passionate about and/or something they would like to become an expert on. This project encourages and teaches student the love of learning and helps foster life-long learning and promotes independence as they tackle topics at their own pace and learning style. We will be working on passion projects on Friday’s ONLY from 9-10 a.m. In order for the kiddos to be able to work on their projects on Friday’s they will have to be caught up on all core classroom work. All students have decided on a topic. Students may need some additional y help at home for some additional supplies, to help make arrangements for an interview or to visit a particular place to get more information and/or to help access appropriate internet websites to get information, use of technology such as creating video tape. Each project will have two parts: the first part is some sort of Visual component (poster, books, scrapbook, travel brochure, video etc~ ideas are limitless). Along with each visual piece there will also need to be a written piece connected to the project (report, journal, poem etc.).
Please watch for an additional email on how to access Google docs from home (kiddos know how to login and how to use Google docs presentation) so if the kids want to work on it at home and they have chosen to do a Power Point (they will need to use Google docs presentation to do that). I appreciate all of your support and encouragement for your kiddo they are all excited about their topics. Special Thanks to Molly Iskalis, Sheila Haggard and Penny Venn for your support and willingness to volunteer and help the kiddos with their projects.!!!
Have a super duper safe and happy spring break!