Education Director's Newsletter
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ELA Module:Trees Are Alive
-Guiding Questions and Big Idea:
How do we know something is living?
How do living things depend on trees to meet their needs?
Group 1 Chapter 9 Addition & Chapter 10 Subtraction
Group 2 (Paine) - Finish Chapter 4 Subtraction
Chapter 5 Numbers to 20
Chapter 6 Addition to 20
CVC short o
CVC short e
CVC all short vowels
Short vowels and Digraph Review
High frequency words (flash and heart words): for, or, be, by, are, with, will, of, have, from
Step- Up to Writing:
Students identify the elements of an informative/explanatory paragraph and learn to associate each with a Traffic Light color.
Green means go. It is used for a topic sentence that tells what the writing is going to explain.
Yellow means slow down to introduce a key/star idea (big idea).
Red means stop to explain more about the key/star idea.
Green for the conclusion means go back and remind readers of the topic.
1st Graders will be engaging in a variety of experiences as they answer this unit's guiding question, “How do birds use their body parts to survive?” Throughout the unit, students read, write, talk, draw, experiment, and sing about two key bird body parts: feathers and beaks. In labs we will be building and sculpting to explore the properties of these different body parts and how they help birds survive. In the picture below, students were challenged to build a structure with hollow cardboard tubes and a plate that can hold the most counters. They discussed and drew up a design plan as a group then started building. Some groups ended up with hundreds of counters on their little plates! We then decided to count them by making groups of 10's and 100's.
Second grade is learning all about pollinators and pollination. They are using initiative and collaboration throughout their work. In math students are working on adding and subtracting within 1,000 as well as telling time, counting money, and adding and subtracting up to four numbers.
Third graders are finalizing our Frog Books this week for presentations! We are ready to celebrate! They have also spent time at the pond to test frog adaptations and conduct research of frog habitats!
In their EL Module 4th graders are learning about the American Revolution and focusing on multiple perspectives of various populations during that time period. We are becoming geologists and have begun collecting rock and mineral specimens on our hikes. We will be learning how our earth changes over time. In social studies we are also studying about different populations that contributed to the growth of Idaho including many entrepreneurs. We will continue focusing on entrepreneurship this month and create our own taco trucks! This project will utilize math skills we will be accumulating including the use of decimals, area, and perimeter.
In fifth grade, the students will be busy learning about ecosystems. We will focus on the important role decomposers play in the ecosystem. Students will continue to design and conduct experiments with worms. We will also look for other types of decomposers on our nature hikes.
Students will continue reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond and focusing on grammar and literary elements. Students will also write an expository essay pertaining to the time period in which the novel is set (17th century).
Mrs. Lawson's 6th Grade Math:
Sixth graders are finishing their fractions project book and coordinate pair art. Now it’s time to delve into algebra and statistics!
Mrs. Hardcastle's Math: In April, students will compute sums, differences, products, and quotients of multi-digit whole numbers and decimals using the efficient algorithms. They will use the calculations with whole numbers and decimals to solve problems set in real-world contexts.
Science: Students will begin their study on kinetic, potential, and thermal energies. They will also discover how energy transfers and its effect on temperature.
Middle School Social Studies:
Students will wrap up their study of colonial times by presenting the colonies that they personally created, as well as participating in the Colonial Games (an opportunity for kids to compete against other student-led colonies, while experiencing and developing skills necessary for a 17th century colonist). We will then move into looking at the events that led to the Revolutionary War.
7th grade math, students are working on Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities. In this unit, students solve equations of the forms px + q = r and p(x + q) = r where p, q, and r are rational numbers.
Lawson 7th Grade Math:
7th graders are entering the world of algebra and algebraic thinking! They are examining the relationship between equations, graphs, and real life applications.8th grade math, students will begin their unit on Linear Equations and Linear Systems. In this unit, students write and solve linear equations in one variable. These include equations in which the variable occurs on both sides of the equal sign, and equations with no solutions, exactly one solution, and infinitely many solutions.
Science, students will begin exploring how short and long-term environmental changes affect organisms and traits in subsequent populations.
March Student Work Showcase
4th Grade Rock Study
4th graders categorize rocks they have found on their hikes.
1st Grade Learns about Birds Bones
Here is a photo of 1st grade's explore lab. The Learning Target was : "I can learn about birds’ bones by building with hollow materials."
Students are addressing their mindset when it comes to math..."Today in math will be the best day we EVER have!"
1st Grade Learns about Birds Bones
Aurora Borealis Art
6th graders learned about the Earth and sun’s magnetic fields and how the Aurora Borealis is formed then painted these watercolors.
2nd Graders observe a baby bat they found on a trail and learned how bats are pollinators just like the bees they have studying!
While 7/8 graders were hiking in the snow, they discovered a waterfall...a great discovery as they study watershed!
Aurora Borealis Art
Third-Fifth Grade Stop Action Films
HCC Playground Committee Needs Your Help!
HCC Foundation and Parent Crew News
HCC Annual Gala UpdatesOur Annual Gala & Auction is almost here (April 15)!
- Last call for tickets! Gala tickets are available online until April 14. If you or anyone you know wants to attend, be sure to purchase them before then. Don't wait until they sell out! haydencanyoncharter.org/gala
- If you have any items you're planning to donate, please get them to the office ASAP.
- A huge thank you to all who provided items for the class baskets. We're working on putting these together and will update you on what the complete baskets look like and how they do at the auction!
- Please direct any questions about the Gala to the Foundation at email@example.com
Parent Crew News
April Calendar of Events
April 21- HCC Board Meeting @ 7:00
April 29- School Spirit Day- Wear Trailblazer shirts or logo shirts with jeans! (no ripped jeans are permitted)