In math, your child also practiced partial sums addition, rounding to estimate, and on Friday we created factor rainbows to help discover all the factors of a number.
Even though this was a spelling week, your child will take their spelling test on Monday next week Our vocabulary words over the past few weeks have been pretty high level; oppose, snide, diverse, origin, persevere, clutch, gesture, acknowledge, and redundant. Feel free to check in to see what your child can tell you about these words.
In writing, we wrote kind letters of gratitude to real people. Last week I received a very sweet letter from a former student. I shared it with the class and also shared how wonderful it was to receive such kind words. We talked about the power of words (how worlds can HURT or LIFT us up) and decided to send out some positivity of our own. The children wrote thoughtful letters to honor people who have made a difference in their lives; teachers, coaches, friends, parents, siblings, and other family. After editing, your child wrote a final copy on pretty stationary. I would like to send these out via US Mail and will send a note home next week to see if you can track down an address and send in a stamp for your child’s letter. Those that don’t need to be mailed will be hand delivered.
On Thursday Nick Tipon, STRAW faculty and Elder of the Graton Rancheria (Coast Miwok Tribe) spent an hour with our class. Nick was a speaker at an environmental science course I took this summer. His presentation was fantastic, and he answered so many of our questions about the Coast Miwoks! We learned that prior to the Spanish Mission era, there were about 10,000 Miwoks living peacefully in the Marin area. That number was reduced to 14 (fourteen!) by 1852. Nick is one of about 500 Miwoks living today…what a real treat to have him in our room!
A huge thank you to Tamara and Elsa for baking up a batch of Acorn Muffins made from genuine ground acorn. We got a taste of what the Miwoks used as their main source of food, the plenty and mighty acorn! The kids were courageous to try something new, and very appreciative of the nutty treat that the local people may have cooked here over the last 500 years.
And for fun, we ‘Elf-ed ourselves’ on Friday. Stand by to see exactly what that means!