Alamance AG News

May 2015

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Exhibition: Rock, Paper, Scissors and String

Saturday, Feb. 28th, 8am to Sunday, June 14th, 6pm

500 Tate Street

Greensboro, NC

Description: Exhibition opens February 28 and continues through June 14, 2015. This exhibition highlights recent additions in photography to the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s collection. Examples of innovative techniques and themes by mid-twentieth-c​entury masters such as Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander will be featured as well as photographs by later practitioners such as John Coplans, Marilyn Minter, Hellen van Meene, and Rona Yefman. http://weathers​ (336) 334-5770 Free and open to the public

Exhibition: Rock, Paper, Scissors and String

Saturday, Feb. 21st, 8am to Sunday, May 24th, 6pm

500 Tate Street

Greensboro, NC

Description: Exhibition opens February 21 and continues through May 24, 2015. This exhibition will explore connections between a range of modern and contemporary artworks that employ innovative materials and approaches to image-making. The show’s title "Rock, Paper, Scissors, and String" both recalls the familiar childhood game of chance and reflects the exhibition’s focus on the inventive use of artmaking materials, compositions, or techniques to create each work. http://weathers​ (336) 334-5770 Free and open to the public

Camp Half Blood

Friday, May 1st, 7pm

3102 Northline Avenue

Greensboro, NC

Percy Jackson fans are invited to the 1st Camp Half-Blood meeting. This adventure club will meet the 1st Friday of every month starting with May 1st for fun activities, crafts and mythology discussions.

Dumbledore’s Army

Friday, May 15th, 9pm

3102 Northline Avenue

Greensboro, NC

Harry Potter fans are invited to join the meeting of Dumbledore’s Army held the 3rd Friday of every month starting with May15th. Each month you will talk about a different aspect of the World of Harry Potter, have fun activities and a craft. Don’t miss out on the fun.

3rd Grade AG Reading

We are working on our Action research Project. Our class has chosen to research the countries of the students who are represented at our school and has asked our ESL teacher to assist us with this information. They want to create a pictorial welcome brochure with important information for anyone new to our community. Through our research, literary study and discussions we will develop our own ideas of what we think students and their families need from those of us who are their “neighbors.” We will attempt to personally identify with the experiences of immigrant students and be motivated to want to help them. We will develop a list of the most pressing physical, academic, social and emotional needs that we can address in our action research project.

3rd Grade AG Math

The students have been busy learning how to use their problem solving skills to find the value of an unknown. Through continued study, they will complete complex equations that use a Balance Scale. We will find patterns and number relationships in order to complete an input and output table. The students will use manipulatives like polygons, toothpicks and dominoes to model the math and will graph the functions. You may hear them refer to themselves as Diving Detectives and Sea Sleuths as we delve into the tasks. We will wrap up the unit during the last week of May and first weeks of June by designing an underwater research station using nets for cubes, while demonstrating the algebra for our project using an input and output table.

4th Grade Reading

Why is literacy important? The students will look at US statistics on illiteracy to inspire them in developing an Action Project idea that will help combat illiteracy or make reading a more acquirable and enjoyable skill for every person.

We will read informational texts and summarize information on a topic using statistics and facts to support my information. We will also begin reading the novel, "The Library Card" by Jerry Spinelli. Through the read, the students should relate to a character in the fictional story that must discover a love of reading and the importance of literacy. The goal is for each student to understand the importance of Literacy and how each can make a difference in literacy in our community. We will use what we have learned about Literacy and Illiteracy to make informed decisions about an Action Project, design a creative plan, and explain why the action plan will make a difference regarding the issues of literacy in our world. The projects will be presented in early June.

4th AG Math

The students are really into our Geometry Challenge unit! This month will bring many more challenges. We will complete a Triangle Challenge, a Polygon Challenge, and a Circle challenge. Again there is a ton of vocabulary, however it is fun to put it all into practice! We will learn that all three angles of any triangle can be added together to equal 180 degrees, which is a straight line! We will be using rules, protractors, compasses, and other tools to complete measurements based on a set of clues that will result in awesome creations! The students will finish the unit in June by constructing a Mandala full of their geometry knowledge.

5th AG Reading

Through our continued study of the Arts, the students will be able to give examples of how exposure to and participation in the Arts positively affect a person’s life and further site examples of what the lack of arts exposure takes away from a person’s life. The students will argue reasons why the Arts should be valued, not eliminated from schools in hard economic times. All students will argue the reason why the arts should be incorporated into all 4 core areas of instruction. They will write about how the arts have personally affected their own life and decide what they personally can do to overcome the public sense that the Arts are lovely but not essential in life. The students will develop a personal product about the Arts in an oral or written presentation. To complete our unit, the class will conduct an Action Research Project. It will be driven by the interests of the class and will take place during the month of May, and presentations will in early June.

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5th AG Math Placement for Middle School

For the 2015-2016 school year, rising 6th graders will be placed in either Math 6, Accelerated Math 6, or AIMM. Both Accelerated Math 6 and AIMM are rigorous math courses that would be a good fit for AG math students.

In order make sure that every child is in the course that is the best fit for him/her, middle schools will be looking at a variety of criteria beginning with 5th grade math EOG scores:

AIMM: 5th grade math EOG score at or above the 90th percentile

Accelerated Math 6: 5th grade math EOG score of level 4 or 5

Additional data points that may be considered include Accuplacer scores, AG math identification, and interim assessment scores. The middle schools will administer the Accuplacer test, a computer adaptive math assessment, if needed. For students with no EOG scores, schools will consider other available summative assessments and data.

Families will be notified of a student’s math placement through the availability of student schedules toward the end of the summer vacation. At that time, if parents have questions or concerns about the selected course, they should contact the middle school administration directly. Elementary schools will not be involved in math placement decisions.

5th Grade Math AG

During the month of May, will classify two-dimensional figures using a hierarchy based on properties. We will relate volume to the operations of multiplication and addition and solve real world and mathematical problems involving volume. The students will find the volume of a right rectangular prism with whole-number side lengths by packing it with unit cubes, and show that the volume is the same as would be found by multiplying the edge lengths, equivalently by multiplying the height by the area of the base. Represent threefold whole-number products as volumes, e.g., to represent the associative property of multiplication. We will also learn and apply the formulas V=l x w x h and V=b x h for rectangular prisms to find volumes of right rectangular prisms with whole number edge lengths in the context of solving real world and mathematical problems. We will also delve into surface area of prisms, and explore pyramids and cones. The unit project will take place at the end of the month and first part of June. The students will use graph paper to create nets of 3-D figures and calculate the volume and surface area for each on their space station for Mars. We will celebrate by launching a bottle rocket designed by the students using cones and cylinders.

Mrs. Jenna Lay

Teacher for the Academically Gifted

Alamance Elementary School

Greensboro, NC