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Later Elementary News: April 2012

Happy April from the 4/5s! We’ve got a lot of exciting things coming up over the next couple of months! Here’s a brief look at things to come.

In social studies students are continuing their study of Colonial America. They’ve spent quite a lot of time researching the differences between the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies, and over the course of this month students will be working in groups to better define these three colonial regions. Looking ahead to the end of the month, our focus will begin to shift to the causes of the American Revolution.

Spring is a mystery….at least in our language arts work!  Students are busy choosing or reading their self-selected mystery books and will begin working on their projects at home.  In class we’re listening to a variety of other mystery writings and discussing the common elements of the works.  Students will also be putting on short mystery plays in small groups.  Look for the outcome of this work at our next curriculum celebration!

On a belated note, the 4/5 teachers would like to congratulate Webber Ketz and Eric Mackie for their outstanding work at the charter school spelling bee in February.  They were selected to represent our school after a third through fifth grade spelling bee at Honey Creek and both finished in the top five at this next level!  We couldn’t be prouder of their hard work!

This month in science, we’re working on finishing up our 3-D models of elements, soon to be on display, hanging from the ceiling in M-2.  We are also finishing up our unit on matter, soon to be moving on to a unit about energy and motion.  Please keep an eye out for an email calling for any “experts” who wish to spend time helping us out with our highly dangerous and destructive experiments.  (Really, it’s just for extra sets of hands and/or ears/ brain cells, etc.)

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