Our first trimester Big Idea Adaptation is coming to an end. We have learned that "Change is inevitable, nothing ever stays the same."
Thank you for coming to Portfolio Night to take a "Gallery Walk" with your child to see everything we have been busy learning. They were so excited to show you!
Check our our gallery of displays that we were so proud to show....
Meal packaging for Empty Bowls was a blast. Students were so careful and enjoyed helping prepare the meals and watching how to all works!
We helped Chef Lisa shred cabbage and diced up mushrooms for the soup that was served on Portfolio Night. It was so yummy and the students enjoyed tasting the "fruits of their labor."
We loved showing our school spirit and participating in our Halloween costume dress up day.
We have working hard learning how to write and read cursive handwriting!
In Math, we now have a good understanding of Multiplication and Division. We can solve these problems by using a variety of strategies such as drawing equal groups, arrays, or related addition/subtraction. We are also learning how to use a multiplication table and the patterns that exist within them. We will be starting our quick math drills again after Thanksgiving Break with a focus of Multiplication and Division.
Why are we teaching multiplication and division together? Because right from the start we can save time and tears. Who would turn down such a bargain? It’s like buying one and getting one free. Or getting two for the price (in this case, the effort) of one. Learning multiplication facts and immediately applying that knowledge to related division facts is one step on the path to success in getting the facts memorized. The sad fact that so many students do not have basic facts at their command speaks to the problems that exist. The way basic facts are traditionally taught obviously is not effective for a large number of students. Teaching multiplication and division together right from the start helps to avoid those erroneous paths of thinking. Some students inherently grasp this similarity in basic multiplication and division facts, and for them memorization is a breeze. The fact that many children do not possess this inherent ability has nothing to do with intelligence or lack thereof. It has to do with learning styles. Everybody can learn and learn well. That’s part of what makes teaching so exciting!
In ELA, we continue learning reading skills through our class read aloud Island of the Blue Dolphin and through our individualized reading groups. We also practice grammar. Lately, we have been studying the use of commas, adjectives, and prefixes/suffixes.
Check out this video of the class doing a music and movement song on prefixes and suffixes.
In Social Studies, we are learning about the Road to Revolution. Students summarized the causes of the American Revolution including; Britain’s passage of the Stamp Act, Tea Act, and the Intolerable Acts; also the rebellion of the colonists and the writing of the Declaration of Independence. The solution for the revolutionary colonists was to form the patriotic group called the Sons of Liberty. Students discovered the true meaning of “No Taxation Without Representation.” Students also compared the perspectives of South Carolinians, during the American Revolution, including Patriots, Loyalists, women, enslaved and free Africans, and Native Americans. Then they reviewed the battles of the Revolutionary War such as; The Battle of Charles Town, King’s Mountain, Cowpens, and Eutaw Springs and how the British wanted to reoccupy the southern colonies. Students finished their study of the Revolutionary War with the Battle of Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris.
In Science, students got excited about the overview of the branches of science and how science has changed our world.
We defined that Matter is everything that is around us and that it has a mass and takes up space.
We then introduced the 3 forms of matter~Solid, Liquid and Gas. We backed up our statement by making many predictions and doing all kinds of experiments. We compared our predictions to the results. Students were amazed and they learned so much by doing…and they loved it! The highlight of our experiments was the launch of a rocket! Using a plastic water bottle three tongue depressors and a small cork the students had to build their own Rockets. The fuel was vinegar, the retardant was tissue paper, and the reactor was baking soda. We show them what the final product looked like but we never gave them any directions. The idea was for them to try once, observe and reflect upon what happened and why it happened.
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