Language Arts & Humanities
Since returning from the winter break, students have been keeping individual vocabulary lists. During our independent reading time each day, students select one word that they don’t know, think is challenging, or think sounds interesting. Then they add the word to their Google Slides vocabulary notebook with the sentence that included the word, a picture, and a definition. Each week I choose words from their lists for all of us to learn. Students get so excited when their word is chosen. Each day we review the words by playing a game, such as “Word Sneak.” Taken from The Tonight Show, this game challenges students to use vocabulary words in a casual conversation. Students creatively twist the conversation to include their word and everyone wins!
This week students also chose a news article from Newsela and wrote a summary of the information. Newsela provides texts at five reading levels. It was really interesting to see students gravitate toward certain topics and get to learn something for their own interest. We will continue learning about informational text structures and author’s purpose in the following lessons.
Math & Science
I am so proud of the 6th grade class. Students are mastering the concepts of how to solve for a variable. Ask your child to teach you a problem from their assignment. This is a great learning/teaching tool for them to fully grasp the concepts we are covering in class. Also, remember to check out the Noetic Learning website if you or your child would like to subscribe to their challenge math problems.
We just completed our earthquakes and engineering project. This was a wonderful project in so many ways. Students were able to individually design a bridge using certain materials and keep to a budget. Students then worked in a group to design and create a bridge they could all agree upon. It was awesome to see their creative thinking, problem solving and teamwork skills. Hopefully, your child has been talking to you about the bridge project and how their bridge turned out. If you would like to see a collection of the bridges they are on display next to the PK classroom.