Hey there families, Just wanted to give you all a little update on our first couple of weeks of school! We've gotten comfortable in our new surroundings and settled in nicely thus far; this is just about the time when everyone's personality really starts to shine through so it's been a fun past week :)
After building our classroom community with getting-to-know each other games and activities, the students have been working on making room 14 their own. In art and writing, they drew self-portraits and wrote about three goals they have for the year in school, at home, and as an individual. We also discussed positive and negative space in conjunction with a mini-lesson on haiku poetry, and created sun prints which you can view in the gallery to the right.
In math, we're halfway through module 1 and are wrapping up the place value concepts for now. In language arts, we've been reading The Sign of the Beaver as a class, and have discussed how to accurately cite text evidence in reading responses.
In social studies, we reviewed basic map skills and types of maps (political, physical) and the kids are working on a mini-group project to research a National Park and the various land forms found within. This is paving the way for the upcoming major unit on indigenous peoples of North America and their relationship to the landscape and environment. In science, to set the tone for a year of inquiry and investigation we discussed natural phenomena and the kids were tasked with a WoW assignment -- to form a "wondering" based on a natural phenomena, research to learn the answer, and teach it to the class.
Finally, today we were able to watch Mrs. Villamin's amazing Dream Campers perform, and our very own Shino was one of the stars! Go Shino!
As you can see we have been BUSY and our three-day weekend is well deserved :) Stay tuned for more updates from room 14.