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March

March finds later elementary students working as busily as bees!  We’re excited to celebrate our hard work with a field trip on March 14.  We’ll be traveling to the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra to experience a lesson Garry has been preparing us for during music time.  In the afternoon we’ll travel to the University of Michigan Museum of Art for a lesson in United States geographical regions.

In language arts we’ve picked up a new curricular supplement: Flocabulary.  It’s giving everyone something to sing about and building our vocabulary and grammar skills. This month students will also start preparing for their tall tale, myth or legend retelling.  Look for recordings of these over-the-top productions at curriculum celebration in May!

In literature we are still reading the novel Maniac Magee and were just lucky enough to have guest teacher, Simona Goldin lead a lesson at the end of February.  Book projects are also starting this month.

4/5 Social Studies classes are knee deep in their studies of U.S. Regions as well as their individual U.S. State Projects.  Currently, they are working through a ‘road trip’ throughout their respective states, using budgeting skills to make their trips affordable, while still visiting the sites important to the project criteria. The kids are really excited about all they have discovered and explored so far!

Students are completing the fantasy food chain project in Upper Elementary Science! Like fantasy football, students are assembling “teams” of living, extinct and established (think: in books, movies or games…) organisms to create a plausible food chain.  Students have to analyze the extinct and established animals and look for clues as to where they fit in a food chain, and what their role is.  Teeth, eyes, claws,beaks and more guide them to determining how their team fits together.  They will be writing sequentially about this team and the energy moves through it! They will also creating a fantasy environment that can support all of the animals in the food chain,
creating a model of their food chain.  We’ll be studying about matter and it’s properties as our next unit, we’ll be looking at materials and how their properties influence how we use them. All through, we work to address non-fiction reading and writing skills that are so important in communicating what we have learned.

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