Yoga: Tuesday mornings with Ms. Skoog in the gym from 9:05-9:25. Parents are invited to join.
Homework club: Still taking place Mon, Tues., Thrus. and Fri. until 4:30 in and a 3rd, 4th or 5th grade classroom in the treehouse (upstairs).
I have asked students to take something apart (not expensive, already broken, outdated, etc.) and figure out how it works. This must be a smaller project that can be done this week. Please help your student slowly take it apart and think with purpose while going through the process. They do not need to put it back together, unless you want to require that! I will be sending some reflection questions and a rubric home tomorrow.
Students are beginning some serious grammar and mechanics of writing work. This week we are looking at the difference between there, their and they're. In addition, they're also deciphering the use of its and it's.
We also started a new vocabulary program (lesson, workbook style) connected to our Greek and Latin roots study.
Students will begin to dive into nonfiction reading with a focus on comprehension, organizing information and summarizing. Students will also be selecting books that are connected to genius hour study.
Look for prompt questions that you can use with your student during their independent reading. Remember, we are focusing on diving deep into our books and holding discussions that are meaningful (connections to history, and social or political issues). Please help your student chose a book that matters!
Students will begin a short fiction unit (any style). The focus will be to create a very short story with key story elements. Students have been super excited for this moment while I am always hesitant because I struggle to keep up with their imaginations!
Students will continue testing foods (for protein and fats) and looking at it from through a scientific lense. They are making connections to their own eating habits through discussions, activities, watching videos, and reading articles.
Math: This week students are beginning a fraction unit with a focus on comparing fractions. Initially students will look at simple "rules" to deciphering which is greater or less than. Eventually, they will dive into more difficult fractions that require more thinking to determine the value.
The festival of performances was a hit! During our reflection students were very proud of themselves and shared some special moments. We counted the money that was raised, which was quite a thrilling moment! In total they raised three times more than what they needed (based on research and plans). Thank you for your support!
Today we made a list of possibilities for how the extra funds could be spent (save for future vet visit, save for future food, spend on a loft for gecko, etc.). We are hoping to have our gecko by next week!
This idea was termed at Google. Google's work strategy allows employees to spend 20% of their time on projects of exploration. Google employees have created very successful projects, like gmail, with this time. The freedom has been successful in business and now it is making it's way into the classroom.
I have decided to try it out because I know that this class will jump on board and create incredible projects. I am introducing it Wed. and we students will begin planning. There are a couple key elements that will be required. The exploration begins with passion and a driving question. Then, planning and taking action on a project that will be presented in the end. In a way, it's like a mini PBL project!
I plan to give students Wed. afternoons to make progress. Instrumental music takes place at this time so some students will unfortunately have less time to work on it. Students will be able to work on the project at home once the first steps are approved.
Check out the link for more info on genius hour.