Mathea and Scott

Hey All,

Another impressive week of hard work and focus! The sun was out, the humidity was cranking, and kids were beginning to coalesce into a solid 5/6th unit.  We had another special all school pot luck cookout.  The kids also started their Monday and Friday offering classes and their Tech class with Emily.  Artist in Residence forms should be returned signed to Marie by this coming Monday.

It's especially important to note that the Kindergartners will begin their full days on Monday; there's nothing like a high five from a kindergartner to get you through your afternoon. This coming Thursdaythe 5/6th graders will leave from school to head to Thimble Farm to help with a gleaning of squash that will be shared with Island schools and the elderly.  Please send them with a snack and sneakers or boots for the fields.  We will send out a reminder on Wednesday.

From Mathea:

In ELA both 5th & 6th graders took The Grade. This is an assessment that will give me a better understanding about who they are as readers. In 5th grade this year we are focusing on stories that are about Growing Up. We started by reading a story called "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros and discussed how to find evidence in the text. In 6th grade we will be focusing on studying Genre. We stared by reading the short story "Thank You, Ma'am" by Langston Hughes and worked on the concepts of Conflict and Characterization.
The kids did a great job of completing and turning in homework on time - especially for the first week of homework! Please remind them that 5th graders are to read at least 20 minutes a night and turn in Reading Journal pages on Tuesday and Thursday. 6th graders are to read at least 30 minutes a night and turn in Reading Journal pages on MondayWednesday and Friday.

From Casey:
The second week just flew by in Science and Social Studies. In Science, we completed our flower lab and learned about transpiration, cohesion, and capillary action. In the 6th grade lab, we used stereo-microscopes and compound microscopes to look at plants from our school garden and to observe prepared slides and write and draw our observations. We also deepened our understand of the scientific method, hypothesis, and variables and many of the sixth graders chose to complete extra credit work. We now have a monarch caterpillar and students in my advisory helped me sow an avocado seed using hydroponics. In Social Studies, we are beginning to finish up our five themes of geography research and poster-making. Next week, in groups of two, students will present their posters to the class. I am really looking forward to seeing some of the finished products- your kids have been working hard!

From Bob:

In Social Studies students explored the world's population through an interactive web site from the Population Reference Bureau. Interesting information was
found. Japan and Russia have similar size populations!

From Scott:

In Math, students continue to recognize what it means to have Grit.  As it says on one of the word boards in the classroom, "I have grit when Math gets tough."  Fifth graders began to look at the four different forms of showing numbers: Standard, word, base ten, and expanded.  We also began to delve into our Singapore Math Workbooks.  In 6th grade, students are picking up where they left off in 5th grade with a review of working with decimals.  They have also begun to create a data collection board that will continue throughout the year to illustrate how much food waste we are cutting from our waste stream with the Charter School's Slop Program.  They are looking at date, weight, lunch menu, weather, and averages.  Hopefully we will have pictures of the pigs we are feeding as well.  I'm hopeful students will work on addressing their three nights (20min) of Dream Box homework.  I am again attaching the information to log on.    

Enjoy your weekend!


Scott, Mathea, Casey, Emily, Sam
          Themes of Geography Project

           DREAM BOX


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