Spending a school day in the GREAT OUTDOORS was a total success this week as we hiked to the top of Ring Mountain. Our docents told us about plants, animals, geology, and the Coast Miwoks who lived on this land for centuries. The 3 groups split off in different directions but all got to touch and feel Hay Field Tar weed, King Charles’ Cake fungus, discover garnets in big boulders, sing to the turkey vultures, and identify scat from coyotes, raccoons, and wood rats. When we returned to class, we brainstormed our favorite moments, and the class spent a solid 30 minutes writing and illustrating their discoveries. We definitely walked away feeling much more knowledgeable about life on Ring Mountain! Thank you again chaperones Jennifer, Jenny, Corinne, Dan, Susannah, and Angie for keeping the kids safe, happy, and engaged.
In science, your child selected an animal of their choice and used the internet to research adaptations (behavioral and physical) to create another informational poster. Several children completed 2 or more posters. Your child also learned what a food chain and food webs are. To examine the interconnectedness of all living creatures, we watched a video titled, “How Wolves Change Rivers”. I highly recommend watching it again with your child, it is amazing and the class voted it their favorite video to date! We also made folded “fortune tellers” to practice science concepts for a quiz coming up on Monday. Please ask your child to show them yours and practice it a few times with them.
In Math, we are tackling one- and two-part story problems that include addition, multiplication, division and subtraction. Things are getting complicated…but in a fun way! I am beginning to teach math in smaller, leveled groups (differentiation) so math can be a bit more tailored to each child’s needs. Some need support, others need challenges, and this should do it. Kids may switch from group to group over the year as content changes. This is NOT a reflection of absolute math ability level and groups are designed to be flexible. Today, I was especially pleased as kids worked with a partner to figure out as many ways a 24-piece trombone band could march in even rows and columns. We learned the commutative property…be sure to ask!
In reading, our focus is on reading with prosody. What is prosody, you may ask? Imagine a robot (no prosody) and a story teller (high prosody). Many found that reading was more fun and entertaining when read with prosody, both silently and aloud.
Student Council elections happened today, and this gave us a great opportunity to talk about the privilege and responsibility of voting. Next week I will send home information for students who would like to run for a position as classroom representatives in Student Council. This will involve a letter of intent, a speech, and a class vote. More info to follow.
Friday-Fun-Day included screaming/hair-raising self-portraits to go with some Halloween cursive poetry. Boo!