March 18, 2015

Showcase~Wednesday, May 6, 5:00-6:30

Our PEAK Showcase will take on a new format this year. We will meet in a smaller, more personal our classroom and PEAK hallway at Alexander Doniphan. Each class will showcase their learning on their last day of PEAK. They are going to be so excited to show off all of their hard work! We will be the only third graders here that night. There will be two other grade levels showcasing at the same time (2nd and 4th) and your family is invited to browse and enjoy projects and presentations from each of those grade levels as well. This is an Open House so feel free to come and go as it works with your schedule. If it works for your family, I invite you to follow this format:

5:00-5:30 Open Viewing

5:30-6:00 "Talk to an Expert" in our classroom to hear all about your child's various studies and then spend some time with other classmates presenting and celebrating their learning.

6:00-6:30 Open house continues

You will take all of your student's work home with you as you leave that night. I look forward to seeing you all again and am always so excited to share the amazing things our kiddos have accomplished!

Our PEAK Day

Theme Study

The kids have synthesized all of their notes in to a lovely letter and postcard back home to you, as they "visited" the country they have been studying this year. We incorporated some wonderful writing skills to put all of this information together and make it sound like each child is really in that country. They have learned so much about their country's culture and done a terrific job sharing that with you in a creative way.

Enrichment Centers

Math: Students continue to work hard and at their own pace as they push through difficult math problem solving. Many are working through sets 6-9 with the following strategies: draw a picture, logical thinking, work backwards . Here is a sample problem from set 7: Arrange these students in order from youngest to oldest. Mary is older than Jason. Randi would be equal in age to Lan Ho if Lan Ho were three years older. Lan Ho is still two years younger than Greg. Jason is the youngest. Lori was born just four days after Mary and four days before Randi.

Topic Study: Students continue to work through their independently chosen topic studies. We will display this work on the trifolds at our May Showcase. The kids are trying to answer their essential question about their topics while completing projects in each level of thinking in Bloom's Taxonomy: remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate, and create. They are also striving to complete quality products.

Science: Students have created their own knife, push button, slide, rotary, or toggle switch that will actually operate a circuit. They used random supplies such as thumbtacks, pipe cleaners, clothespins, aluminum foil, etc. They worked through the entire scientific method as they created the experiment to make and test their switches. It took a lot of perseverance but was so much fun to see what they created in the end! We can't wait to show you these at Showcase!

Personal Growth and Development/Creativity

Personal Growth and Development: We learned about the importance of goal setting and learned how to write a SMART goal (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely). We will continue to set goals for ourselves in our remaining days we have together. We also learned about the various multiple learners learn and what we may enjoy most and may come easier or harder for us. They are verbal/linguistic, logical/mathematical, visual/spatial, musical/rhythmic, bodily/kinesthetic, naturalist, interpersonal, and intrapersonal. The kids had so much fun with this! You will have to ask them about what they have learned and reflected on about themselves. We will use this information to select a final country project for theme study using our learning preferences.

Creativity: Our favorite thing of a great Team Challenge! Each group is given the same supplies and a challenging task to complete practicing creativity, communication, critical thinking, and cooperation. Such great thinking and teamwork skills come out of these!