Archive for September, 2014
In Kindergarten art we are learning about elements of line, shape, color, and pattern and the concept of ‘ground lines’. We read the book Elmer by David McKee, about an elephant who is different than the others, he is colorful rather than grey. One day, he decides to roll around in gray colored berries to make himself like the others, so they in turn paint themselves all different colors and patterns. Student’s design and name their own elephant, as well as decide what it looks like where Elmer’s elephant friend lives. They get quite creative with their names!
During our Writing Workshop we have been establishing the necessary structures and routines for all students to succeed. All students have now a solid understanding of what it means to navigate our workshop with independence. This means that all students are ready to begin to take risks and to invest their thinking and energies in more challenging thinking tasks that will enable them to become stronger and independent writers!
We have just began our first Writing Workshop Unit!!! During the next seven to eight weeks students will be diving deep into the world of Personal Narratives. In First Grade we call them Personal Stories or Small Moments! In First Grade a Small Moment is a true even that already happened in your child´s life. For example, a sleep over, a birthday party, a visit to the doctor, etc…. Students will be invited to zoom in the moment and write a sequential story that includes a beginning, middle, and end.
We are well underway with the first unit of our new math curriculum, Eureka Math. With our growth mindset and amazing desire to learn combined, fifth graders are making huge strides in math already!
To give you a glimpse into what exactly we are studying, we have attached the Module 1 Tip Sheet for Parents.
Your Fifth Grade Teachers : )
The Elementary School will be celebrating SPIRIT WEEK from October 27th to October 31st.
For this writing unit, students will study in a deeper way the characters they will encounter in their reading. By doing this work, readers will develop their skills of synthesis and inference. Students will be reading different kinds of fiction books with strong characters. We recommend that you ask your child about the books they are reading and their theories about the characters in the book.