Updates from Mustang Nation
Time flies when you’re having fun! We’ve been busy this month with learning about fire safety, celebrating two birthdays, and having a blast during homecoming week! On the learning part of things, we have mastered almost half of the alphabet!! We will continue to work on our numbers to 10 but switched gears to learn about flat and solid shapes for a while, and the kiddos have been blending sounds to make words! It’s always a great day to be in kindergarten :) - Ms. Brown
Writing, place value, and planting has been keeping the second graders busy! We have been going through the writing process working on our skills of soon to be authors. We have been mathematicians by practicing place value with three digit numbers while also working on our counting. In science, we have been planting tulips. Even though our experiment didn’t go as expected (which all scientists experience), some of our tulips have sprouted! We have some busy, hardworking writers, mathematicians, and scientists here in second grade!!
The fourth grade students have been working extremely hard in their math classes to make some conversions. The students have been converting Liters to Milliliters, Meters to Centimeters, Kilometers to Meters, Kilograms to Grams, AND back to mixed units! They are truly becoming master converters!
We have been busy little readers during our Reading Block! The student just recently completed the novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.. They loved all the twists and turns of Dorothy and her friends as they found their way to Oz and then had their wishes granted. We have moved onto learning more about fables while reading, The Ugly Duckling. One of our focuses this month has been on using text evidence to support our answers. We have also learned the difference between Firsthand and Secondhand Accounts, and we have just recently learned that in literature they are referred to as First-Person and Third-Person!
Finally, we are in the middle of enjoying the Homecoming 2022 dress up days! The students have done a great job participating and have LOVED each other's costumes each day!
Once again 6th graders will be making Dioramas for some of the novels they will read during reading class this year. The students will be asked to choose one of the scenes depicted in the novel and create a diorama of that scene. They will be given a shoe box and they will be instructed to use any materials they want to construct their dioramas.
The 6th graders would like to ask that if anyone has a shoebox they are not using and would like to donate we would appreciate it. With 17 6th graders in class it takes a lot of show boxes to create these projects. Thanks in advance for any help you can give us.
Our first diorama of the year will be created using the novel Hatchet. We will be posting pictures to the SEM Mr Williams facebook page when the students get them completed. I am including a copy of the rubric we will be using to grade these dioramas.
We are currently focusing on the foundational skills of geography such as people & resources, economy & trade, as well as government & citizenship.
---In order to learn about the impact humans have on earth, we mined for chocolate using toothpicks. Students were given a chocolate chip cookie and had five minutes to get as many chocolate chips from their cookie as
possible. They could use any technique as long as they used their toothpick and NOT their hands! We discussed the spillover effect our crumbs or “dirt” had on the surrounding environment when we were done.
---For economy and trade, students were given a random amount of candy and played a game to demonstrate the different economic systems: command, market, and mixed.
Journalism is also busy creating great pages in the yearbook, doing assignments to build their skills, and working with Paul Pack on their photography!
Physical Science Practices Dimensional Analysis
The Physical Science class was given the opportunity to use their skills in dimensional analysis in a real world situation. They were given the task to make fudge with a recipe that contained units that were hard to use (e.g. 1.32 x 10-3 gallons of milk to teaspoons of milk). We discussed the fact that some recipes that are found online may use metric units and need to be converted in order to use the recipe. We also discussed situations where we may travel to another country and we would want to be able to convert temperature, volume, speed (km/hr to mi/hr), etc. to a measurement that we can relate to.
The students agreed that learning how to use dimensional analysis is tough, but it was well worth it in the end when their fudge tasted delicious because they were able to convert the ingredient measurements to the correct unit.