Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Classroom Notes


Team 20 has had another very productive and busy week.  We kicked off our Outdoor Classroom study, started Reed Science, and began studying U.S. geography.  During Language Workshop, kids are continuing their Summer Episode personal narrative in writing, practicing spelling, reading independently, and listening to the read aloud, Wonder.  In math, kids are learning about prime and composite numbers.  We worked with prime factorials and factor trees today.  Kids are practicing multiplication and division facts, building the essential fluency for a strong foundation for this year and for middle school mathematics.  We also had many conversations about “self-discipline” this week.  Perhaps the kids are starting to understand the advantages associated with self-discipline! 

Outdoor Classroom:  This week, we were able to spend some time in the garden doing what we are calling Outdoor Classroom.  This outdoor learning component helps set the context for science learning for the year as we use observation to collect data.  Our conversations have been about how community is made of built and natural environments and the garden is a combination of both.  We were joined by my wife, Evie, who taught the kids on some drawing strategies including blind contour and regular contour, which both involve slow, careful observation.  Kids used these strategies as they collected data in the garden.

Science Camp:  The fifth grade trip to Camp Magruder is in May, but the fifth-grade team is planning ahead.  Please complete the information about tuition at this link by September 26th:  bit.ly/1ATIAF0  Here’s a link with a bit more information about the trip:  http://goo.gl/4kFFl5  More to come!

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