Galaxy House News
February 5, 2016
Week in Review
Happy February! The big question in science this month is where do rocks come from? Students are studying and classifying the three types of rocks through research, investigations, and lab work. Research and research writing are also in full swing as fifth and sixth graders learn to write a formal research paper. Fourth graders are learning about process writing and the use of transition words, as they continue their study of informative writing.
Report card envelopes were sent home today along with yearbook order forms. Please note that there are several progress reports, including MAP test results and more information about what the field trip to BizTown involves for chaperones. If you are interested, we are still looking for a few more volunteers.
February 5: Report cards sent home
February 12: House Valentine's Day Celebration & Early Release
February 12: Students will present their Inca Skits
February 19: Work plan due (end of a 3-week plan)
April 11: Biztown Field Trip
Students have begun preparing for their real world experience at BizTown by learning about banking, opening a checking account, and learning about the parts of a check. Biztown is more than just a one day field trip. Students will spend over 20 hours learning about important life skills such as managing spending, applying for a job, interview skills, and running a business. The kids are so excited!
Valentine's Day Celebration
Galaxy House will hold a classroom Valentine's Day celebration on Friday, February 12. Students are not required to share valentines, however, if they choose to participate, they must give one to every student. Mrs. Glisch has 27 students in her class and Mrs. Thompson has 24 students. Class lists were shared in Google Docs for those that need them. Students are also welcome to bring a treat to share, but please remember not to send any food item containing nuts.
Fantasy Literature Circles
Our next round of Literature Circles has begun. This round we are focusing on the strategies of visualizing and questioning along with using text codes to represent their thinking. Using text codes has been a challenge for some as they transition to using just a code instead of writing it out to represent their thinking.