Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Classroom Notes

Greetings,

We’ve had another busy and productive week in Room 20!  Can you believe it is already October?

During Language Workshop this week, Monday’s routine was as usual: telling stories, practicing communication skills, and free writing.  Kids are doing very well on our Friday spelling tests, which mean those study strategies are starting to become routine.  Today, kids will share their Summer Episode personal narrative with the team.  During Math Workshop, we are continuing to study the “order of operations,” this week adding another layer, variables, into the mix.

Team 20 is learning about the geography of the United States.  We have been learning state locations and capitals.  For our Road Trip USA Project, we are hittin’ the road as “virtual tourists,” using literature and the Web as our road maps.  Kids have chosen states and are beginning to collect data through reading books and websites to share with their teammates by creating a Google Slides presentation.  We have had conversations about strategies for citing sources, paraphrasing, and plagiarism.  Our state locations and capitals study continues this week with the Southwest and Midwest quiz on Thursday.

During Outdoor Classroom this week, we visited the garden for observation study.  In addition to the plant and critter observations kids made through sketching and writing, kids observed the weather, recording data about wind, sky conditions, and temperature in their sketchbooks.   For Reed Science on Thursday, kids learned about Newton’s Three Laws of Motion through three hands-on activities with the university students. 

Lastly, I can’t wait for our Bonneville Dam and Fish Hatchery field trip on Monday, October 27th.  Please return the permission slip by Thursday the 9th.  Also, here is the Spring Science Camp Survey one more time: http://goo.gl/Q2wIrb.  It has one quick question that will help the fundraising organizers.  Thanks!

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Thanks,

Mark

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