Holabird STEM

2016-2017 Quarter 2 Newsletter

Grade 4

In fourth grade language arts we did a Kate DiCamillo author study and read Because of Winn Dixie. In math we finished multiplication of two and three digit numbers and are moving on to division. As a SOAR incentive, 4th and 5th graders participated in a Winter Wonders Celebration.
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Grade 5 Math and Science

In 5th grade math, we are continuing with division with double digit divisors. In 5th grade science, we are learning about the microscope in the unit on Wee Beasties. In 4th grade math, we are finishing up our unit on division and in science, we are learning about the various states of matter. In our after school club, the Chesapeake Bat Watcher’s are working on power points on animals that live in or near the bay, and our completing our 3rd oyster reef ball. Mr. Wright

D.A.R.E.

Officer Pruitt finished teaching students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol in early

December. Students participated in the D.A.R.E. graduation assembly and many parents attended this event.

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Spanish

In Spanish students practiced the strategy of using cognates (words that sound/look similar or the same in more than one language). They looked through books and infographics and wrote down cognates on post its, then put the post it under the first letter of the word. Additionally, students played charades to practice Spanish vocabulary words.

Social Studies

In Social Studies grades 6-8 students are learning about many wonderful places in the world. Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, India, and Colonial America have been studied during the second quarter.

Mr. Lemon's World Cultures Classes

We just finished presenting African Economic Development Plans in my 7th Grade classes and in 6th Grade we finished our Latin America Unit by having students create a graphic design that covers important aspects of the history of Latin America’s effect on the culture of Latin America today.

Ms. Lyon's Grade 6 World Cultures Classes

In 6th grade World Cultures we have been exploring the geography of South Asia and how it affects the people who live there. Students have learned in depth about monsoon winds and how Indian farmers depend on them for their livelihoods, and they created group posters with the positive and negative effects that monsoons can bring. We have also looked at the Hindu holiday of Diwali, which they celebrate as the victory of light over dark, and compared it with our own winter holidays. Upcoming lessons will have students planning a tour of South Asia with the six stops they think demonstrate the geographic diversity of the area most effectively. Students will present their tours to the class as a sales pitch.

From the Nurse's Office

Newsletter Item

Changes in Immunization Requirements

All 7th grade students in 2017-18 (next school year) will be required to provide proof of having received a dose of meningococcal vaccine (also called Menactra) and a booster dose of Tdap (also called Boostrix and Adacel.) These vaccines are in addition to the vaccines required for kindergarten. Most children receive these vaccines at age 10 or 11.

Parents of current 6th graders are urged to

  • Check with their child’s health care provider to see if the child has received these vaccines.

  • Schedule an appointment for the child to receive these vaccines BEFORE September 5, 2017.

  • Provide verification of the immunizations to the school nurse.

More information about these vaccines is available at the Office of Health Services website http://www.bcps.org/offices/sss/health/.

Science

8th Grade Science-
We are finishing up our Ecology unit where students learned about how biotic (living) things and abiotic (nonliving) things interact within an ecosystem. A group of 8th graders took a field trip to Honey Go park to evaluate the health of the local ecosystem. They determined it to be a healthy ecosystem.

7th Grade GT Science has just begun to explore waves. Over the next few months they will learn how waves provides us with sound and earthquakes.
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A student centered math lesson.

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Morning News

The morning news broadcast has been a student produced hit!!

HOG Day 2016 Holabird teachers enjoying musical chairs!!

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