Another short, but fully loaded and exciting week of Spanish. We spent time doing some word analysis and Spanish language structure review. It is always illuminating to hear our students’ reflections as they share their views. It is good to know that I am not the only linguistics fanatic! One of our favorite activities is to practice oral language. This week we discussed how language works. How language is a living thing. It is born, it flows, it changes, it adapts, it mutates, and sometimes, it dies. During our words study sessions we took a closer look at some examples of the way words are formed: roots, prefixes, suffixes, compound words, etc. and how we use these words in context. We talked about patterns we observe in words. We also reviewed how, with some words in Spanish, number and gender need to be specific (un, una, unos, unas..)
We officially started our literacy centers, which we will be having twice a week. Please ask your child what these centers include and what the academic expectations are.
We did some review and practice with place value this week, up to the millions place. The kids worked hard to really sharpen their skills with number sense! We are looking forward to advancing our skills further next week as our numbers get higher and more complex.
We started working on “Fence Portraits.” Sarah is planning have a picket fence installed along one side of the school garden, and each student will paint a picture of themselves on a 6″ wide by 36″ tall fence slat. The students made a portrait drawing on paper this week, and then they will transfer these drawings to the fence piece next week. It is fun to watch this very creative group of students
during art class! (We are looking for a parent volunteer to do a quick sanding of our rough fence edges…. Please let Sarah know if you’d be up for the task!)
PE & Health
4th / 5th Graders have Health class with Ms. LeAnn on Tuesdays and PE with Mr. Jesse on Wednesdays. Many of our health lessons are active so we are asking your child to wear proper clothing (pants or shorts) and athletic shoes (sneakers) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please ask your child about our Challenge: Walking to Buenos Aires!