A note from me:
I hope everyone enjoyed their Spring Break! We had a relaxing time with family and came back to school ready to make the most of our last quarter!
I will be sending another newsletter in the next few weeks that will include summer camps, programs, enrichment ideas and websites that you might find good for the summer.
First and Second Grade News
First Grade Chess Club has been going great! It has been quite fun to intermingle with the students from all four of our 1st grades. We've learned a lot about the game of chess and are doing a really good job of using chess etiquette as we play our peers. I've thoroughly enjoyed this fun addition to our Fridays!
2nd graders are currently researching a planet of their choice as well. We will conclude that short research project with an art project next week where we'll combine art and our notes to make a final product to bring home.
In the next two weeks we will begin a unit on pollinators for our 1st and 2nd graders. I'm anxious to spend some time in the Life Lab with our students!
Third Grade News
Third graders have been engrossed in an engineering unit the past several weeks. We began by reading several versions of "Little Red Riding Hood." We compared and contrasted some elements of the stories and with one of the versions we came to the conclusion that Little Red was in need of a new basket. Our task was to use the Engineering Design Process to create a basket that could hold a certain amount of weight and be carried a specific distance all while staying in s specified budget with our materials. Teams worked together to come up with a durable design, purchase materials, prepare and test their prototypes and then make revisions. Students are currently writing scripts for commercials they will be filming and presenting to their peers as they market their baskets.
Fourth and Fifth Grade News
Fifth graders are also using Google Classroom to plan a party. Unfortunately this won't be a class party....#budgetcuts ;) Instead, they're planning an elaborate party with a rather large guest list. They are choosing at least three recipes to serve their guests. Because their guest list is so large they are having to use their knowledge of multiplying and dividing fractions to adjust their recipes. They are shopping for their ingredients, invitations and supplies and keeping a running total of the cost of their parties. It's been fun to hear the culinary side of the students!