Updates about ALPHA from Mrs. Casey
Next school year, our topic of study will be "The New Age of Exploration." We will be cruising through history to learn about the world's explorers from ancient civilizations to modern times and looking towards the future. Our 1st & 2nd grade ALPHA students will be researching inventors and creating an invention. Our 3rd through 5th graders will be researching how inventions/ideas have changed society and will be coming up with their own ideas/inventions to solve a problem. All students will showcase their research products in our annual ALPHA Showcase along with the 3rd through 5th graders competing to go onto a district ALPHA Showcase (more details in the fall on this). So if your student would like to keep a sketchbook (it could be white paper, a spiral notebook, notepad--whatever they choose) of ideas/inventions over the summer, this would be a great head start.
Below, I have included a book list for you to keep up the curiosity of learning. These are only suggestions and not mandatory reading.
I will be sending out details when they're available in August on when you can stop by during meet the teacher night to learn more about ALPHA--The New Age of Exploration. Until then, have a fantastic summer and I will see you in August!
Books You Might Like to Read
"The Travels of Marco Polo"
Author: Ronald Latham
"Around the World in a Hundred Years"
Author: Jean Fritz
"Amelia to Zora: 26 Women who Changed the World"
Author: Cynthia Chin-Lee
"10 Explorers who Changed the World"
Author: Clive Gifford
"10 Inventors who Changed the World"
Author: Clive Gifford
"Always Inventing: Alexander Graham Bell"
Author: Tom Matthews
"Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions"
Author: Maxine Anderson
"Mr. Ferris & His Wheel"
Author: Kathryn Gibbs Davis
"Tinkering: Kids Learn by Making Stuff"
Author: Curt Gabrielson
NOTE: If you are a new ALPHA student reading this and want to work on some fun computer coding this summer, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can easily set up an account for you.
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