Science with Mrs. Boyd
We have jumped right into the action this week in science class with me. For our first full week of school we have been delving into the big idea: What do scientists do and how do scientists think (The Scientific Method)? On Monday, the class observed two different specimens: worms, cherry tomatoes, crawfish, raspberry branches, and a selection of fossils. On day two, we formulated a testable question based on their previous observations. On Wednesday, we developed a hypothesis and designed an experiment to test our answer. Next, each student wrote a procedure, conducted an experiment and collected data. Finally, we had to draw conclusions and communicate our results to our peers. This was a very hands-on week of thinking and behaving like scientists. As Confucius says, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
This week in science, we will conduct the Egg Drop experiment following the Design Cycle with the extra guidance and expertise of our 7th and 8th science teacher, Ms. Brannon. Watch out, it could get messy!!!!
In other news, Ms. Wenndorf and I will be heading to the coast with the 6th grade class Monday,September 25-Thursday, September 28. Mrs. Ferchland and Mr.Wenger will be covering all of the 5th grade classes while we are away.
Math with Ms. Wenndorf
I have so enjoyed getting to know this great group of 5th grade mathematicians! For the last week, we have been engaging in mathematical exploration, learning what it means to have a productive, mathematical mindset, and explicitly learning how to be a productive team member. Beginning Monday, we will dive into the 5th grade math curriculum, which begins by exploring foundational concepts of place value. You can expect homework to come home nightly (except Fridays), which will reinforce concepts taught in class, and include review questions that spiral back to important skills students tend to forget. Please join me in encouraging your student to take their time, think deeply, and communicate their thinking.
SEL with Amy Parks
Upper School started their Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons on Fridays. SEL is the process of developing the fundamental life skills needed to effectively and ethically handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work, in other words, developing the whole child. Our first lessons focused on the science behind SEL and the connection between our breath and our brains. We watched Dr. Dan Seigel show us his hand model representation of our brain/body connection and the need to be able to calm ourselves. You can see it here: Dan Seigel Hand
Students practiced communication, trust, and patience with many movement activities such as untangling themselves from a group knot, supporting each other in partner activities and learning to power through a challenging activity as they drew a star while looking at it only through a mirror. The focus is caring for ourselves and caring for others.
Benefits mentioned by students at the end of class were feeling more calm and connected! We will continue to build community, compassion for ourselves and others, and learn ways to stay focused as emotional or difficult things come up in their lives.