This awesome group choreographed a movement sequence to portray life on the Great Plains. Can you guess what elements of the land they're demonstrating?
Aloha 5-14 Families, It's been a few weeks since I've updated you all on the blog, and I just thought I'd do a brief recap of what we've been up to in the classroom...
The kids are slowly rolling out their final drafts of their Sign of the Beaver writing projects. The writing conferencing portion tends to take a bit long, but I think it's so very important for kids to sit down 1-on-1 with their teacher to discuss their ideas and work on refining their pieces. As I make my way down the class list for individual conferences, I've been so amazed at the creativity, enthusiasm, and effort each student has shown for this assignment. You'll see their final products in their blue graded work folders quite soon!
We've moved on to our next class novel, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon which is a total departure from our last book! This is one of my all-time favorite books, and it's the perfect blend of adventure, fantasy, classic Chinese folktales, and gorgeous art work. So far, the class seems to love it!
In social studies, the kids have been working in groups to research a European explorer, their impact, and their interactions with Native Americans. They are currently in the process of compiling their findings into a Google website.
In science, we have our big test on energy in ecosystems this Friday! We did a big review session today in class, and the kids have a study guide to refer to and prepare with for their assessment at the end of the week.
We're also underway with our Artist in Schools resident teacher, Miss Mimi. In today's lesson (our first of 8 sessions) we recapped a bit of what we learned about Native Americans. The kids were challenged with relating movements to the specific regions of land the indigenous peoples lived on. We discussed how this helps us understand and visualize these places a bit better as many of us have never travelled much throughout North America.
Also in the classroom, we've been working on our "Mahalo Project" each day, remembering to show gratitude for the people around us who fill up our days with joy and laughter. Ask your kids about it, if you get the chance :)
Thank you for keeping up with room 14, and be sure to check back soon! Have a wonderful week :) - Lisa Secreto