Design Studio 5 Newsletter
Week of September 7 - 11, 2015
No school Monday September 7th
"Wet & Wild" in Nature
A huge thank you to all of our parents that have sent in permission slips and money, purchased materials for our stations, or are volunteering to run the stations on the day of the field trip. You make all of this possible we appreciate your support.
Upcoming Content Area Learning
Writing/Social Studies - We have wrapped up our Native American research and created our display posters for our gallery walk activity. We will begin discussing and researching explorers next. This will be coupled with learning about biographies and writing our own biographies about important explorers.
We will also read the story 14 Cows this week. This story offers an age appropriate perspective of the tragedy that happened on September 11th. It helps us to gain understanding that positive things can help people heal when faced with sadness. Students will hear the story and then participate in some mystery envelope reading activities in memory of this event.
GUMS- No Spelling test this week.
This week we are going to start learning a few new concepts about language and word choice. We will focus on the definitions of Formal English, Informal English, dialect, and register. We want students to understand the difference in writing formally like for reports and writing to companies. Compared to times when you can be less formal with your writing for example when writing to a friend. Our goal is for students to know when and how to use both.
Math - We have finished our first unit in Math and will be moving on to Unit 2. Unit 2 focuses on division. We will be taking the pre-test for Unit 2 this week, so that we can break the students into smaller groups for guided instruction.
Science - We will be going on our field trip to continue our plant and animal uint of study. We will also be taking our Science Performance Series test this week.
The garden visit this week was as successful as the 1st visit. Students toured the garden and discusses different plants that grow during this season and germination.
In the Kitchen
After the garden tour students visited the Hy-Vee kitchen to make kale and pepper quesadillas with produce from the garden. Everyone tried something new and most thought it was tasty.
Native American Displays
We wrapped up the display portion of our project. Soon students will be doing a "gallery walk" to learn more about Native Americans from the other groups in our class.