Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Classroom Notes

Greetings!

It has been another busy and productive week in the world of Team 20!  And we are into another full week of school.  All the good routines and systems we established in the fall are now allowing us to put in productive days. 

Kids are working on a winter vacation essay, revising with teammates and myself, and then publishing their final copy.  In math we are continuing our geometry unit, identifying different triangle types (acute, right, obtuse, isosceles, scalene) and different quadrilaterals.

In social studies, we are beginning a new unit of study focusing on the early colonization of North America.  We will explore this period of time through a classroom simulation in which the kids become colonists.  They will divide into several colonies, each team facing challenges typical of life in 17th century America.  Key points of this study include: why people explore and establish colonies; how resources affect a colony’s success or failure; why planning and preparation are necessary for successful task completion; how geography and weather affected the American colonists; what supplies colonists needed to survive; and what challenges colonists faced on a daily basis.  We will also spend some time unpacking the term “discovery” from different points of view.

In drama news, a paper went home on Monday from drama teacher Michael Wehrli stating that the drama performance will be on Thursday, February 5th.  (Here's a link to that paper.)  On that day, the kids will need to be at Lewis at 6:00 p.m. for the 6:30 p.m. performance.  Thank you so much for your help with this.  There will also be an in-school performance at 10:00 a.m. on the 5th.  Everyone is welcome!  Michael asks that kids practice their lines at home.

Lastly, a head’s up that Mr. Colvin is changing Singing Club to Tuesday afternoons from 3:10 to 4:00.  Kids are welcome to go right in after school and have a quick snack and visit. 

Mark

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