Middle Elementary News: April 2013

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March went by too fast to do any poetry, so it’s fortunate that April is Poetry Month! Students will (really this time!) learn about figurative language and then read and write poetry. All students will be putting together an anthology to show at our May Curriculum Celebration.

Geometry is on the menu for math. The new Common Core standards have children recognizing all types of shapes and sorting shapes by different attributes. Children also need to be able to find the perimeter of all types of polygons, the area of rectangles and solve problems with the measurement of different shapes. Finally, children have to partition shapes into equal parts which will lead us back to some fractions.

We hope students and parents are using Reflexmath.com. This fabulous resource will be available all summer. Do you know about the Green Light?

Once a student has answered a certain number of facts correctly on a given day,a Green Light illuminates in the upper right corner of the screen.This indicates that the student has met the Daily Usage Requirement.

The Green Light serves two purposes. One, until the requirement is met and the light turns on, students are blocked from spending time on non-instructional activities such as browsing the store or modifying their avatars or progress trees. Two, it serves as an indication that a Reflex session is complete. Students can of course continue to practice by playing the fluency development games, but once they’ve completed the Daily Usage Requirement, they can stop the session if they (or you) so choose.” from Teacher’s Guide on Reflexmath.com

Students had a great time studying force and motion through experiments, readings and videos. We will use these same methods to study properties of matter and learn more about solids and liquids.

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