In later elementary we’re learning more about how time management and transitions work! With several large projects in various stages and the return to school after two weeks at home it has been a learning opportunity for all.
In language arts we’re getting busy learning how persuasive essays work. This topic is just being introduced and students are going to be picking their topics and forming their thesis statements in the coming week. From there, they’ll begin to build their supporting evidence, organize and research, as needed. Look for these at the spring curriculum celebration!
In literature we’re launching into tall tales, myths, legends, fables and folklore. As a class students are going to be reading Jerry Spinelli’s fictional legend Maniac Magee while independently exploring other books and stories that capture these oral traditions. Eventually all students will choose one specific story, memorize the elements and retell it in first person while dressed as the main character. They will then perform their retelling in front of their class. This project is a lot of fun!
Ecosystems, organisms and how we sense our environment are filling the minds of the 4/5 science students! They have been hard at work during the last few weeks creating a slide show which is persuasive in nature. They have taken what they learned in their square foot survey of the field and applied it to a simulation, the premise being that a developer is interested in building housing in the fields around the school. They were to act as scientific counsel and inform the community (rest of the class) about whether or not they felt that building housing around the school was a great idea. Many want to share their presentation at curriculum celebration, so look for them on Jan 15th, in the cafeteria.