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Wrapping up with Media & Innovation....


We've learned a lot since the last newsletter: building squirrel proof bird feeders, dragons & dinosaurs, mermaids & unicorns, butterflies, Asian & Asian American cultures, the Tooth Fairy and how other countries acknowledge losing teeth, coding, and force and motion. Students have been working with their classroom teachers learning about science and engineering. To support their learning, I've provided lessons on the engineer and design practice: plan, do, review. We read a funny Cake & Monkey book about forts and students learned about compression when building pillow forts and tension when building blanket forts. They each created their own forts using blocks and tissues. It's a great rainy day activity during summer vacation. Get creative and build a whole fort for the family! We wrapped the year up by writing our summer reading goals and sharing topics and characters we love to read about.

First Grade:

We've also learned a lot since the last newsletter: building squirrel proof bird feeders, dragons & dinosaurs, butterflies, Coding, Asian & Asian American cultures, Survival and what living things need to survive, the Tooth Fairy and how other countries honor losing teeth, mermaids & unicorns/narwhals, and sharks. Every first grader also wraps up the year with a visit to the public library, Perrot. They meet the librarians and learn about the Children's section and receive a library card. To support their learning, I join the classes on their field trips and back at school we set summer reading goals together. Check out the GPS Summer Reading lists and discuss what books your child wants to read.

Second Grade:

We learned about furry little geniuses, otherwise known as squirrels, and their ability to break into bird feeders. Students engineered and designed squirrel-proof bird feeders using the Engineer & Design Process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve. Students also learned about dragons and if they're fact or fiction? We then read about animals that have dragon in their name as a nod to the ancient myth. In May, we celebrated Asian and Asian-American cultures reading books about various cultures and books written and illustrated by Asian and Asian-American authors. In the classrooms, teachers taught students about Land and Water. I supported student learning reading about natural disasters that impact land and water. Students participated in activities, designing cities and towns to help prevent flooding and earthquakes. As our final activity to round out the year, I took students on a Virtual Field trip to the Black & Decker labs where they watched teams of students design and engineer cars, testing for speed, style, and safety. Students embarked on their own final engineer & design task, creating a vessel that could keep an egg safe from an 8 foot drop. They did a phenomenal job. Four designs were tested in each of the classes and every design passed the safety test with not a single egg cracking! I was so impressed by their design abilities and creation. Each student had clear reasoning behind the structure of their designs. They're exceptional engineers! It's a great home activity too for those rainy summer days. Check out the "At Home Resources" link for more engineering activities.

Grades 3-5:

The students had a visit from Perrot Librarian, Kathy Jarombek who presented some great titles for summer reading (see the list below). She provided a virtual book talk for each grade level and we're so lucky to have her share her love for and knowledge of reading with us. I've also visited with current 4th graders (soon-to-be 5th graders) to present the Battle of the Books or BOB Competition. To learn more about BOB and to review the GPS and Perrot Library summer reading information, please visit the links shared below. Thank you. And last but not least...


Summer Reading & More...

Perrot Librarian, Kathy Jarombek's Book Picks (Grades 3/4/5)
  • The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips (3/4)
  • Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie of Endless Waiting by Matthew Swanson & Robbi Behr (3/4)
  • Saucy by Cynthia Kadohata (3/4)
  • The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm (3/4/5)
  • Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd (3/4/5)
  • The Smartest Kid in the Universe by Chris Grabenstein (3/4/5)
  • The Elephant in the Room by Holly Goldberg Sloan (4/5)
  • Millionaires for the Month by Stacy McAnulty (4/5)
  • Unplugged by Gordon Korman (5)
  • Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston (5)