The Wallace Wildcat
DEAR WALLACE SCHOOL PARENTS AND GUARDIANS,
As we approach the middle of April, we are reminded that the school year will soon come to an end. This year has been filled with so many amazing memories, and milestones. Fortunately, we still have so much more to celebrate. Come take a tour of 1100 Willow Ave. Try to keep up, we have a lot in store for the rest of this year.
Music and Art Updates
Save the Date
The Wallace 4th Graders are currently reading the novel “Jim and Me”. A fantasy with non-fiction elements about two boys who travel back through time and meet the famous Jim Thorpe but are faced with many bumps along the way! We learned that Stosh has the ability to travel in time.Students created a baseball card by researching a historical baseball player in history.
Fractions & Decimals
Social Studies - The War of 1812
This week as a community we rolled up our sleeves and delved into learning, while also enjoying each other's company, chuckles and all! Challenges were met by our scholars across all disciplines as we engaged in furthering our knowledge and strengthening skills.
In ELA our readers finished reading our current novel study, The Watsons Go To Birmingham, discussed the story arc through chapter chats, and focused on developing reading skills related such as inferencing, citing quotes as evidence, drawing information from multiple sources, and making connections between claims, reasons and evidence. In addition, informational texts were paired with the historical novel to provide opportunities for our scholars to better understand the complex events that occurred during the Civil Rights era. Well thought through responses during collaborative conversations demonstrated our scholars’ abilities to see the world then and now, while also contemplating issues of equality and equity in our nation.
Our young mathematicians continued with their practice of multiplication and division of fractions with a specific focus on using abstract and pictorial representations to solve real world problems. Scholars also focused and reinforced their measurement skills by converting units within the customary and metric systems. Additionally, we learned about the history of measurement systems, the progression of units within the customary system, and why science uses the metric as the global system of measurement.
This week we have also begun a district wide initiative to help our scholars enhance their scientific knowledge and approach to tackling complex question types. For the first three days of science we reviewed the concept of traits, how they are studied by scientists, and whether they are inherited or acquired by organisms. Through these lessons scholars tackled items in which they had to apply the scientific method to this content area. For the final two days of the week our scientists discovered the many areas of study within the field of astronomy. By exploring this career path, our scholars learned that astronomers are scientists that study space and observable patterns between Earth, the sun, and the stars.
Lastly, our historians turned event planners for the week as they continued to engage with the Unit 3 Social Studies culminating performance task. Over the course of the week scholars planned the theme, location, and guest list for a “party” that demonstrates their knowledge of the Civil War. Scholars also created an invitation, seating chart for the event, and even wrote RSVP responses for those not attending! The creativity and class discussions facilitated critical opportunities for our scholars to unpack historical complexities.
Wallace's Music Corner
Remote Week of April 12th- 5th Grade Spotlight
This week, 5th Grade band students are making a virtual video of a classic band song, “Lightly Row.” They are practicing each of their parts by reading the online score and playing along with the audio and video tracks. They are having fun playing music together online.
Stay tuned for some exciting virtual performance videos.
Students in 5th grade general music were studying dynamics this week. They learned various Italian music terms and applied their knowledge of these words to read them on sheet music. Then, they listened to audio samples of the contrasting dynamics. Next week, they will write them in their own compositions.
Ms. McGeehin's Art on a Cart
Spirit Week- Week of the Young Child
Scholastic Book Fair
Save the Date
- Cogat Testing- April 22nd
- Picture Day- May (TBD)
We ask that you all stay safe during this Spring Break. Please make sure you all rest up as this will be a busy end of the year. Until next time… Martin Shannon, Principal