Lewis Discovery News
'Tis the Season 🔔
Vacation's coming; it's a thing.
Parties in school, the kids are wild.
Tis the season for a smile!
Lewis Discovery Team:
Art, GT, Library, Music, PE, and STEM
Leo, our fish, has settled in nicely as the art room pet and has become a great addition to our studio. December brings colder weather but in the art room it will bring snowy projects. I am looking forward to teaching radial symmetry through different snowflake creations this December to the different grade levels.. To help keep things fun and creative this time of year, 4th and 5th graders will have a Starbucks cup design challenge using positive and negative space.
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GT-Gifted & Talented
In December for the Primary GT Grades 1st and 2nd, we will be focusing on Changes Over Time. Students will use and apply Changes Over Time and use different perspectives to examine in detail the telephone and how technology has had a huge impact on the changes the telephones have undergone. Primary will also explore Transformations to include elaboration and details added to pictures.
For the Intermediate GT Grades 3rd-5th, we will continue our Skyscraper/Shelf project. Students created and used I-Beams to create their Skyscraper/Shelf structure. They will decorate them and create an advertisement that incorporates persuasive writing in order to barter their Skyscraper/Shelf with a Lewis Staff member. They will learn the meaning of bartering and how this system was used instead of the money we know today. Inventory will be housed in the GT classroom and advertisements will be hung outside the GT classroom on display for staff to read. December might be a short month, but it will be full of learning and excitement!
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The Scholastic Book Fair is in full swing this week, 12/5--12/9/22.
Stop by to shop for the holidays!
(Please encourage your child(ren) to make book purchase a priority.)
Book Fair Link:
Book Fair Hours:
Family Night, Tuesday (5:30pm-7:30pm)
Waves of Pages Reading Log sheet from Schlitterbahn New Braunfels is due Wednesday 1/25/22. Students are required to read 10 hours during the 10 week program to earn a FREE admission to Schlitterbahn. The FREE admission is valid from 4/29/22 to 6/30/22.
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In Music class in December, different grade levels focus on different famous pieces of music: younger grade levels learn the story of Peter and the Wolf and the instruments used to tell the musical story. Middle grades focus on the Nutcracker ballet written by Peter Tchaikovsky. Older students will be learning about Mozart's opera, The Magic Flute. Alongside these famous pieces of music, all students will sing and play instruments for winter-themed music and enjoy the holiday season.
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Seems like November came by and went in a flash. We are so excited to be nearing the halfway mark with our students. Due to a bump in our delivery schedule, we will be kicking off our Drumfit unit this month as opposed to last month. We are beyond excited to welcome it back into the gym and are hoping the students have a blast with it. We will be wrapping up the calendar year with some holiday based games. Wishing all students and families a safe and happy holiday season.
Coach Cortez and Gonzales
We have been so busy in STEM this year, working on TEAMWORK, COLLABORATION, DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP, KEYBOARDING, and ENGINEERING. I try to post pictures on Class Dojo, so if you haven't seen them yet, go check them out! Lots of hands-on activities with pictures.
In December, students will participate in the HOUR OF CODE, which is a yearly event in which students of all ages learn how coding works with computer science to show students that anyone can learn the basics of programming. This is also a worldwide effort to show the importance of computer science. For more information on the Hour of Code please check out Code.org. Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth graders will continue working on coding challenges after the HOUR OF CODE.
Kinder and 1st will spend more time on CIVIL ENGINEERING, exploring the variety of bridge types, and working together to build different types of bridges in order to support a variety of objects.
Pre-K has been joining STEM, working on cooperation, teamwork, engineering, and other STEM skills.
It has been a pleasure working with your children, watching them grow in their mind set, perseverance, and creativity/critical thinking as they work on different STEM challenges!
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