Humanities with Ms. Boyd

The 6th grade class attended the world premiere of the movie, Wonder last week. The class read and deeply studied the book last year in Language Arts and are currently reading the sequel right now.

In Humanities news, the 6th grade class has started their first IB Humanities unit! Our Statement of Inquiry focus is: Civilizations have developed at different times and locations bringing about change and innovation that often influence how we view them today. Over the past few weeks, we have been learning about 5 influential ancient civilizations (the Sumerians in Mesopotamia, the Ancient Egyptians, the Ancient Greeks, the Roman civilization, plus the Maya and Inca civilizations). For our first IB Summative Assessment Task, students will write a research paper highlighting, in their opinion, the three most important contributions, that three different ancient civilizations have made to our current civilization. If time allows, students may also create a historical sites/artifacts slideshow. Don’t forget, the world countries test is on Thursday, December 21.

Humanities with Ms. Boyd

A huge congratulations to the fifth grade class for collecting so many donations for The Giving Plate. The class enjoyed filling food bags, then loading them onto the Giving Plate truck, as well as dressing up and running laps during the Turkey Trot. Thank you parents and family members for all of your support and school spirit!!

In Humanities news, the fifth grade has started a Native American research project. This project will involve research, note taking, paraphrasing and synthesizing information based on a specific Native American tribe. The students will first study the region their tribe was located within and how this region’s environment affected the food, homes, clothes, ceremonies, religion and art of the Native peoples. Don’t forget, the 50 states test is on Thursday, December 21.

Last Friday, the first graders walked into a classroom transformation! Their classroom had turned into Mario Kart Land. They spent the morning going through the design process as they designed cars that they would later wear for the Mario Kart math games. Their cars needed to be able to stay up on them the whole time, as well as, be able to collect gold coins. After the students finished their car prototypes, they tested them out while doing Mario Kart Math. In one game, the students were solving challenging addition problems and then finding a gold coins that had the same sums. Later, they went to the gym with their fourth grade buddies and raced to put sticky note addition problems onto the correct number posters that were all around on the gym walls. It was a day full of student engagement as they worked hard to complete a TON of math problems!

Humanities with Mrs. Foote

Over the past few weeks, the 8th graders have inspired me with their thoughtful engagement as we study the seminal coming-of-age novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee’s timeless exploration of the moral growth and development of identity that adolescents experience has provided a seamless transition into our first I.B assessment. In preparation for this assessment, students have been crafting personal narratives about a pivotal moment in their life that has shaped their identity. This topic has been challenging for many students, due to its intimate nature. However I am happy to report that I have been blown away by each student’s ability to craft a powerful, personal story.

Humanities with Mrs. Foote

Over the past few weeks, the 7th graders have inspired me with their thoughtful engagement as we study the seminal coming-of-age novel, The Outsiders. S.E. Hinton’s timeless exploration of identity development amid the forces of peer pressure has resonated with many students as they, too, attempt to “stay gold.” In preparation for their first I.B. assessment, students have been crafting personal narratives about a pivotal moment in their life that has shaped their identity. This topic has been challenging for many students, due to its intimate nature. However, I am happy to report that I have been blown away by each student’s ability to craft a powerful, personal story.

Second grade is a time of amazing growth and development. A main focus in our class is on ownership and independence. Students take ownership of their learning by asking questions, taking on challenges appropriate to them, and making choices. You can see this in our classroom: our walls are full of their work and they have made many of the decisions that shape our shared spaces. Recently, the students even started taking charge of a very important part of our day: the daily morning meeting! Each week, two children lead this essential time of community building. The day before, they plan out a greeting each child will say to each other, a topic for sharing, an activity we’ll do together, and then they write a message (often containing a math challenge question). The next morning, they lead this meeting, giving them the confidence to speak in front of others and to make decisions that impact the whole class. Come join us sometime!

We are all about student engagement in first grade! As we work on our penmanship and spelling, why not get up and move around the room while doing it? One of the activities that we have been enjoying is “Write the Room”. The students go around the room with a clipboard, paper, and pencil, while finding the sight word task cards. Their job is to make their words look exactly like the words on the cards. Not only is this an activity on sight words, but also on paying attention to details. It is a simple activity that has the students excited to get to school early in order to get a head start on their mission to “write the room”. For every five sight words that they can make look exactly the same (handwriting and spelling) as the cards, they earn a class point. The students earn these class points through several activities where they are showing traits such as self control, perseverance, respect, responsibility, and doing their best work. When they get 25 points they can “buy” a letter for our puzzle that eventually spells out a classroom experience that they get to enjoy together, such as Pajama Day or extra project time in the Design Lab!

Kindergarten has been learning about the first Thanksgiving between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans. We had our own fall harvest celebration to commemorate this event and to reflect on what we are thankful for. In preparation, we all brought a vegetable to school, cut it up, and made soup for the feast. We then invited the Pre-kindergarteners to our celebration, served them bowls of soup and applesauce, and entertained them with drumming and storytelling. This event was a fun way to start the holiday season!