2/3 News Week 22

History & Geography

Social studies with Ms. Marci
This week we began our unit on the Viking Age. We read a book about Leif Erikson.  The class had some time to explore Iceland on the chrome books.

Our objectives were to:
• describe the Viking people’s proficiency and legacy at sailors, raiders, and traders
• explain about the Vikings

 

Science

This week in our Light and Sound domain the class finished their Alexander Graham Bell biographies.  Our Light and Sound Science Fair was a great success.  The demonstrations were well thought out and very interesting.  It was fun to have parents and the rest of the school came to visit our fair.                

Our objectives were to:
• describe the life and contributions of Alexander Graham Bell
• present our demonstration/experiment with an explanation including domain vocabulary.

English Word Work

Spelling and grammar:
We did not have a spelling test due to the  large work load and shortness of the week.  In grammar we are talking about similes and metaphors.  In our journals we used the word “tranquil “.

2/3 News Week 21

Literatura

img_0212.jpg

Designing our own cloaks and making inferences!

This week we read Una capa para el soñador. Our objectives were:

  • review what a prefix is
  • understand how the prefixes in-, re-, des-, bi-, and tri- change the root word
  • understand how to conjugate regular -ar -ir and -er verbs in the present tense
  • use correctly words that indication location
  • to use the comprehension skill Making Inferences as we read the story the second time
  • to use comprehension strategies such as predicting, and summarizing to construct meaning from the story during the first read

We will not have a spelling test or reader homework during the next two short weeks!

Matemáticas

img_0183.jpg

Adding and Subtracting Money!

This week we worked with money! Our objectives were:

  • add money in different ways without regrouping
  • add money in different ways with regrouping
  • Subtract money in different ways without regrouping
  • subtract money in different ways with regrouping

 

 

History & Geography20180208_130610_resized

Social studies with Ms. Marci
This week we in our unit on the Viking Age we learned about sagas and swords. We discussed the how mainly the elite jarls had swords and how they were made. We also talked about the importance of sagas and the skalds who retold them. Students designed and painted their own Viking shields and made a model of Thor’s hammer as an amulet. For a writing response to our lessons, students could choose to use a Venn diagram or a T chart to compare and contrast two of our characters from the read aloud.20180206_140825_resized

Our objectives were to:
• describe the Viking people’s proficiency and legacy at sailors, raiders, and traders
• explain that skalds were poets who memorized and retold Viking history through sagas20180208_134344_resized
• identify the three orders of the Viking people: thralls, karls, and jarls
• explain that the Viking people built and used ships for different purposes
• recall that skilled blacksmiths lived during the Viking Age and name some items they made
• recall that the Thing was an assembly where the Norse made decisions for their community

Social Studies with Ms. Laura  We continued practicing the play, “Victory at Marathon”.  We learned about Athens under the leadership of Pericles, during the Golden Age of Greece. We talked about symposiums in Ancient Athens and used computers to explore decorative Grecian urns and then we designed our own!  We planned our end of unit celebration, to take place on Tuesday, February 20th, when we will dress up as Greek gods or goddesses and bring homemade items to ‘trade’ at our Agora (market).

Science

This week we in our Light and Sound domain the class worked on their Alexander Graham Bell biographies.  most of the students finished there rough draft and editing and our now typing there biographies.  Those who are finished are working on an illustration to go with their paper.  Our Light and Sound Science Fair will be on Monday beginning at 1:30.

Our objectives were to:
• describe the life and contributions of Alexander Graham Bell
• explain the significance of the invention of the telephone
• design some kind of illustration to go with your report.

English Word Work

We had our spelling test on Friday.  In grammar we worked on prefixes and suffixes.  In our journals we used the word “dingy” in one entry and also wrote about the idiom, “sound as a bell” in another.

Specialists

Character Education: 

This week in Character Ed class, your child learned about the possibility of participating in a book drive for the children of Humacao, Puerto Rico.  Recently ravaged by Hurricane Maria, Humacao is a city on the eastern side of the island with a (formerly)  booming tourist and fishing industry and a university, among other charms. Today, many children there have still not resumed school, and library collections have been left in ruins. A contact of mine who runs the library at the university of Humacao  recently put out a request for donations of children’s books that could be distributed to the children of Humacao and outlying areas.
 We thought the children of Spanish with Sarah could help! We propose that each classroom “adopt” a USPS box (12 x 12 x 51/2)  to fill with books— both in English and Spanish for ages 6 to 14.  Each class would also need to raise the $18.90 for shipping.  Today in class we talked about ways to earn a couple of dollars, perhaps by doing some extra chores. We hope this book drive not only helps children in a place far from here, but also reinforces to our kids value of empathy and service. If your child would like to participate, s/he  can start today! We will be collecting books in each classroom tomorrow, along with postage donations. We will cease collecting on Thursday, February 15 and send the boxes to Puerto Rico.  ~ Jodie Marion

2/3 News Week 20

Literatura

This week we read El gato que se volvió poeta. Our objectives were:

  • understand what the digraph ll sounds like
  • understand the suffixes -ado and -ción
  • understand how nouns, adjectives, and articles change according to number (singular or plural) and gender (masculine or feminine)
  • to use comprehension strategies such as predicting, summarizing, and asking questions to construct meaning from the text
  • use the comprehension skill Fantasy and Reality as they read the story for the second time

Matemáticas

This week we wrapped up our chapter on Using Bar Models: Multiplication and Division. Our objectives were:

  • use bar models to solve two-step word problems
  • choose the correct operation to solve two-step word problems
  • review using bar models to solve different types of multiplication and division problems
  • demonstrate using bar models to solve different types of multiplication and division problems on the chapter test

Our next chapter will be Money!

History & Geography

Social studies with Ms. Marci.20180130_140153_resized
This week we in our unit on the Viking Age we read more about Viking Family Life. We discussed reasons why Vikings traveled, trade, raid, and to explore new lands.  Students made a model of a  longship. We also watched a short video on what daily life might be like in a Viking village, and read Norse mythology stories about Thor. Students wrote about a Norse child’s morning routine and their own morning routine, comparing and contrasting the two.

Our objectives were to:
• explain that only the warriors who went on raids to other lands were actually called Vikings
• explain how and why the Vikings traveled to other countries
• recall that Viking people relied on farming, fishing, and trade for their living
• describe the everyday life of Viking people

IMG_2961Social Studies with Ms. Laura We talked about the history of The Olympics and held our own Olympic games, SWS style!  We learned about, through reading and computer use, The Persian Wars and the unlikely victory for the Greeks over the powerful, and numerous, Persians.   We started reading through, and practicing parts, for a play about one of the battles of this war, “Victory at Marathon”.

Sound travels faster through solid matter

Sound travels faster through solid matter

Science

This week we continued with our Light and Sound science domain. We reviewed what we have learned so far and watched a Bill Nye video on sound.  The class worked on their Alexander Graham Bell biographies.  On Thursday a note about our upcoming science fair on light and sound came home. In this note you can find details on expectations and requirements for this activity.  On Friday we worked took our unit assessment.20180201_102720_resized_1

Our objectives were to:
• describe the life and contributions of Alexander Graham Bell
• explain the significance of the invention of the telephone
• review what we’ve learned this unit so far

Is it Purple day?

      Is it Purple day?

English Word Work

We had our spelling test on Friday.  In grammar we worked on pronouns and suffixes.  In our journals we used the word “irrate” in one entry and also wrote about either the proverb, “actions speak louder than words” or Groundhog day.

Specialists

Music with Ms. Erin
 
In January the 2nd and 3rd grade class developed their skill reading and writing notes on the staff in treble clef, as well as reading and playing rhythms in three different time signatures.
In February they will be:
– Using their notation reading skills to play and sing songs, and writing lyrics to their own tunes
– Listening to and singing famous love songs on Valentine’s Day
– Learning and singing African American folk songs and spirituals like Follow the Drinking Gourd, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, and Kum ba yah.

2/3 News Week 19

History & Geography

Social studies with Ms. Marci.
This week we in our unit on the Viking Age we read more about Viking Life and learned about Viking raiders and traders.  We reviewed what narrative and point of view in writing meant and then rewrote a first person narrative paragraph into a 3rd person point of view paragraph.  The students also wrote a descriptive piece using adjectives and their senses to describe a Viking village.

Our objectives were:
• identify and locate Scandinavia as the area from which the Vikings originated
• locate Iceland on a map
• explain how and why the Vikings travel to other countries
• explain that the Viking people worshipped many gods and goddesses
• describe the everyday life of the Viking people
• explain that the Viking people built and used ships for different purposes
• describe the Viking people’s proficiency and legacy as sailor’s, raiders, and traders
• explain that only the warriors who went on raids to other lands were actually called vikings
• locate the areas to which the Vikings traveled

IMG_2931Social Studies with Ms. Laura 

We talked about some of the many differences for children in the Ancient Greece city-states of Athens and Sparta.  We made charts describing life as a boy and as a girl in each of these locations.  Very different, indeed!  We started preparing for our own Olympic Games, SWS Style, which will take place on Tuesday, January 30th during class.

Science

This week we continued with our Light and Sound science domain.  In our read aloud we learned about the voice and began to read about Alexander Graham Bell. Next week students will begin to write a short biography on…

Our objectives were to:
• compare and contrast light and sound
• describe how the intensity and frequency of vibrations affect the qualities of sound
• identify the parts of the body that create the human voice
• explain how the human voice is produced and is able to make a wide range of sounds
• Describe the life and contributions of Alexander Graham Bell
• explain the significance of the invention of the telephone

English Word Work20180125_143805_resized

We had our spelling test on Friday.  In grammar we worked on adjectives.  In our journals we used the word “hurl.” in one entry and they also wrote about the proverb, “actions speak louder than words” in another.

Specialists

 Character Education with Maestra Sarah: For the next couple week’s we are working on a citizen project. We talked about how doing and saying kind things for others makes them feel happy.  We don’t do acts of kindness because we want something in return. We are working on random acts of kindness.  Students will share their acts of kindness on our school-wide bulletin board.

As part of our acts of kindness we are doing a canned food drive.  We would like to ask students to bring in canned and boxed foods for a donation to our local food pantry.  We will will make the donation on Tuesday, February 13th.
We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, February 14th during Character Education classes.  Students are asked to make a box to collect their Valentines.  They should bring this box and their Valentine cards (one for every student in their class) on 2/14.
Art: IMG_2560In early January the students watched a Power Point presentation about Totem Poles of Pacific Northwest Coast Native Americans. They learned how and why Totem Poles were made and they learned about the special shapes and patterns used in various artwork of Pacific Northwest Coast Indians. Students practiced drawing the various eye shapes, and Ovoids and U shapes that are prevalent in Totem Pole designs. Then they chose an animal and started a sketch of how that animal would look using Totem Pole shapes.

At the next class, the students used their sketch as a pattern to cut out various shapes from construction paper, and then glued these to poster board. Several students added 3-dimensional beaks or ears to their totem animal. I’m impressed with how hard everyone worked on this project! These great Totem Pole designs are on display at the end of the hallway!

The students also learned about the significance of salmon fishing to all Pacific Northwest Native Americans, and they made beautiful drawings of Sockeye Salmon using oil pastel.

This past week we discussed the Nez Perce and Yakama tribes and the importance of horses to these and other Native American tribes. The students learned that the Nez Perce create beautiful bridles, saddles, and other ornaments for their horses to wear in celebrations and parades. The students designed their own horse ornament using the simple geometrical shapes that New Peace artists use. We’ll add the finishing touches later in February.

 

On January 31 and February 7, I will be out of town, and our art substitute Miss Karen will be providing some wonderful lessons on Native American pottery, using real clay and glazes! It would be helpful for the students to bring a clean plastic container (from salad mix or berries, etc.) to transport their clay pieces home when they’re finished.

2/3 News Week 18

Literatura

This week we finished up our unit by taking the Unit Assessment. Our objectives were:

  • students will demonstrate their understanding of grammar, vocabulary, and writing that was studied during this unit on the unit test
  • students will demonstrate their comprehension ability on the Unit Test

Next week we will start our new unit: Imagination!

Matemáticas

This week we finished up our unit on Division. Our objectives were:

  •  review how there can be remainders when dividing to form equal groups or when dividing things equally
  • demonstrate how there can be remainders when dividing to form equal groups or when dividing things equally on the chapter test

History & Geography20180118_145308_resized

Social studies with Ms. Marci20180118_133047_resized_220180118_132908_resized_2
Social studies with Ms. Marci.
This week our next unit on the Viking Age.  We were introduced to who the Vikings and Norse people were, the areas they lived, and a little about their daily life. On Thursday everyone did a great job performing their Romulus and Remus play and presenting their opinion papers/projects. Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend!

Our objectives were:
20180118_133101_resized_1• identify and locate Scandinavia as the area from which the Vikings originated20180118_132935_resized_1
• describe the geography of Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland
• understand that the Vikings were proficient sailors, raiders, and traders.
• explain why Vikings were also called Northmen or Norsemen
• identify the Vikings as the earliest known Europeans to travel to North America
• Recall that the Viking people relied on farming, fishing, and trade for their living
• explain the importance of Erik  the Red and Leif Eriksson20180118_133006_resized20180118_133123_resized_2

Rehearsing the play.

Rehearsing the play.

Social Studies with Ms. Laura  We learned about the city-state Athens by reading a myth concerning a competition between Athena and her Uncle Poseidon. Athena wins and becomes the goddess for the people of Athens.  We learned about the Parthenon, the temple Athens built in Athena’s honor.  We each made own model of the Parthenon.  We talked about Athens, the democracy, and had our own Assembly of Citizens, suggesting, speaking for and against, some laws (rules and modifications) for our class.  We read and practiced a play, A Trial in Athens.

Science

This week we continued with our Light and Sound science domain.  In our read aloud we learned about qualities of sound.  We explored with different instruments on Friday the different ways they make sound and the qualities they observed. Each student is also reading their own A to Z science book about the properties of sound.20180119_142434_resized

Our objections were to:
• identify sound is a form of energy that travels in waves
• describe how sound waves traveling different mediums
• identify sources of sound
• compare and contrast light and sound
• describe how the intensity and frequency of vibrations affects the qualities of a sound.

English Word Work

We had our spelling test on Friday.  In grammar we worked continued to work on past tense verbs and reviewed quotation marks.  In our journals we used the word “lug” in one entry and also wrote about the proverb, “His bark was worse than his bite,” in another.

2/3 News Week 17

Literatura

img_0093.jpg

Our story of the week!

This week we read Un Lugar Secreto. Our objectives were:

  • understand 5 different types of story starters
  • review dialogue lines, commas in a list, verb tenses, and using capitals and punctuation in preparation for next week’s assessment
  • Use comprehension strategies such as monitoring and clarifying, summarizing, and visualizing to construct meaning from the text during the first half of the reading
  • Use comprehension skill Author’s purpose as students finish reading the story

Matemáticas

img_0079.jpg

Playing division games!

img_0077.jpg

Playing division games!

This week we continued working with division. Our objectives were:

  • divide a 1-digit or a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number with or without a remainder
  • Use different strategies to identify odd and even numbers
  • Use base-ten blocks and place value to divide 2-digit numbers without regrouping or remainders
  • Use base-10 blocks and place value to divide 2-digit numbers by a 1-digit number with regrouping, with or without remainders

History & Geography

Social studies with Ms. Marci20180111_131315_resized
This week we were finishing our Roman contribution opinion paragraphs .  The finished papers and projects are due on Tuesday January 16th.  Projects should be either a model or a poster board illustrating the student’s chosen contribution from Ancient Rome.  We will be presenting these to parents on Thursday the 18th at 2:30.   Students who finished early this week had the option of typing their papers and working on an interactive BBC site on Ancient Rome.  We also practiced our Roman play which we will be performing on the 18th as well.

IMG_2926Social Studies with Ms. Laura We learned about some of the many gods and goddesses worshiped by the Ancient Greeks and talked about the difference between fact and myth.  We made a family tree for the major Greek Gods.  We located Troy on the map and read a myth about the ten year long Trojan War.  We learned about the trick of the Trojan horse and drew our own large Trojan horse, complete with a trap door

Science

This week we continued with our Light and Sound science domain.  We began reading our next section on Sound.  The class had fun doing a sound vibration experiment on Friday and they continue to enjoy singing our “Light and Sound” song.

20180112_142317_resizedOur objections were to:
• we call the sense of hearing and the corresponding sensory organ
• identify sound as a form of energy that travels and waves
• describe how sound waves travel in different mediums
• identify sources of sound
• compare and contrast light and sound
• describe how the intensity and frequency of vibrations affects the qualities of sound20180112_144237_resized

English Word Work

Everyone got there new sorts this week and worked on them in class. We had our spelling test on Friday.  In grammar we worked on verb tenses and comma’s in lists.  In our journals we used the word jovial in one entry and also wrote about the Martin Luther King Jr. after reading a story about his life.  The class then had the opportunity to share their entries with the class.

2/3 News Week 16

Literatura

img_0048.jpg

Hard at work on our book reports!

This week we finished writing for our book report. Our objectives were:

  • Introduce their book, characters, and setting in the writing piece
  • Develop the topic by stating the conflict and at least two events from the story
  • Use linking words and phrases
  • Provide a concluding statement by providing their opinion

Some students will finish typing their story next week. Next Friday we will have a book report fair during the first 15 minuets of school so parents can come by and see everyone’s hard work!

Matemáticas

img_0049.jpg

Working on Khan!

This week we began our new unit, Division! Our objectives were:

  • Use related multiplication facts to divide
  • Use patterns to divide multiples of 10 and 100

Remember to keep practicing those multiplication facts at home, this will help so much while we work on division and as we continue throughout the year!

History & Geography

Social studies with Ms. Marci
This week we worked on our Roman contribution paragraphs .  Most of the class has finished revising their rough drafts and are working on editing.  Students should be planning to work on either a model or a poster board to illustrate their chosen contribution at home.  Reports and models/posters are due on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

IMG_2920Social Studies with Ms. Laura We began our unit about by locating ancient Greece on the map.  We notice that ancient Greece is much larger than present day Greece, with some city-states in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) and Italy and Africa.  We talked about important geographical features, surrounding countries and bodies of water.  We learned about city-states and the Greek alphabet, which we practiced writing and singing!  We read one of Aesop’s fables.

Science

This week we continued with our Light and Sound science domain.  We finished our Light section and did some exploration with color .  We had fun using prisms to create rainbows.  We took a pausing point to to summarize and review what we have learned in this domain up to this point. The class did riddles for core content, brainstormed key vocabulary, and chose a vocabulary word to illustrate and define.20180105_135149_resized_1

20180105_135539_resizedOur objections were to:
• recall the five senses and there corresponding sensory Oregon
• identify the sun as Earth’s main source of light and name other light sources
• identify light as a form of energy that travels in waves
• describe how light waves travel in different mediums
• explain that color is determined  by how light is absorbed and reflected.
• explain what causes a rainbow to occur

English Word Work

This week in grammar we worked on exclamation and command sentences.  In our journals we wrote about our New Years resolutions and used the word of the week, “shrieked”.  We will have spelling sort lists next week, due to the short week we did not have spelling.

Specialists

Music with Ms. Erin
 
In January the 2nd and 3rd grade class will be learning how to write notation on the music staff with these elements:
– Treble clef
– 4/4, 3/4, and 2/4 time signatures
– Bar lines, double bar lines, and repeat signs
– Notes in the key of C Major
With these skills we will be able to begin writing melodies and songs that we will then sing and play together.

2/3 Week 14 News

img_1297.jpg img_1298.jpgLiteratura

This week we read Dos días de mayo. Our objectives were:

  • understand the use of question marks and exclamation points as punctuation for interrogative and exclamatory sentences
  • recognize the difference in spellings and meanings between homophone pairs
  • recognize digraphs in our spelling list
  • review topic sentences and practice identifying them within a paragraph
  • use the comprehension strategies such as Asking Questions, Making Connections, and summarizing to construct meaning from the story
  • review cause and effect and use it as we read the story the second time

Matemáticas

This week we finished our multiplication unit. Our objectives were:

  • Multiply ones, tens and hundreds with regrouping
  • prepare for the chapter test by working on “Mi librito de multiplos”,historias de multiplicacion, the chapter review sheet, and our Multiplication charts
  • prepare for the chapter test by playing Multiplication Concentration
  • students will demonstrate mental multiplication to multiply on the chapter test
  • students will demonstrate multiplication of 3 digits by 1 digit with and without regrouping on the chapter test

Kids did a great job on the multiplication test! Keep working on those multiplication facts at home!

History & Geography20171214_144006_resized

Social Studies with Ms. Marci

This week we read about the Western and Eastern Empires and began reading about Romes lasting contributions . We also had fun doing a reader’s theater about Romulus and Remus. The class continued to work on their Roman Contribution opinion papers.
Our objectives were to:
•  Identify some of the contributions of the ancient Roman civilization, and describe how they have influenced the present
• identify and locate on a map the following areas : Turkey and Istanbul
• explain that Rome had favorable and unfavorable emporers, and give a few examples20171214_143255_resized
• identify a few factors that led to the decline of the Roman Empire
• explain why the Roman Empire split into two parts: the Western and Eastern Empires
• describe the development of Christianity during the Roman Empire, including the persecution of Christians
• describe the rise of the Byzantine Empire
• identify Constantine the Great as the first Roman Emperor to make laws to end the persecution of Christians, and describe 20171214_143412_resizedhis other contributions

 

IMG_2914History & Geography with Ms. Laura: We studied Japanese cultural traditions:  flower arranging, wearing a kimono, growing bonsai plants and doing origami.  We enjoyed a special visitor, Ms Mitsue, to help us learn more about Japanese culture and traditions.  She showed us some authentic Japanese items and taught us how about origami. We finished this short unit, Japan Today, with a review and assessment, another Japanese folktale, The Crane Wife by Odds Bodkin, and some tasty Japanese style treats.

Science

This week we continued with our Light and Sound science domain.  The class had fun exploring tools that use lenses.
We began to read about what color is.  We also learned a new song about sound and light waves.20171211_143458_resized (1)

Our objections were to:
• identify light as a form of energy the travels and waves
• describe how light waves travel in different mediums
• explain that color is determined by how light is absorbed and reflected
• explain what causes a rainbow to occur
20171211_143246_resized• identify the spectrum of colors that make up white light

English Word Work

We had our spelling test on Friday.  The Gorillas did particularly well this week. In grammar this week we worked on homophones, question sentences and explanation sentences.   In our journals we used the word “murmur” in a personal or seasonal story.

Specialists

Art with Ms. Kelly: 

IMG_2398Holiday Pictures

Both the 2nd/3rd and 4th/5th graders learned how to use watercolors to paint holiday ornaments and how to use oil pastels to draw tree branches. The students combined these 2 media to make beautiful holiday pictures, some of which have been on the bulletin board at school. We talked about reflections, and using light and dark colors to make the ornaments look three-dimensional. The students layered different colors of oil pastels to create the texture of tree branches. All the students did a wonderful job on this project.

We also had time to create some holiday cards from extra watercolors, and the students learned how to use an art technique called Quilling to create a paper snowflake. Quilling originated in the 1600’s when nuns used feather quills to make paper coils which were combined to create designs. The students rolled paper strips (1” x 12”) around pencils or crayons and then glued the pieces together. Their snowflakes can stand alone or be used as an ornament. These would be fun to try at home!

Have a wonderful holiday!!

 

IMG_5757Character Education with Ms. Jennie: A huge thank you to all the SWS community for making our 3rd Annual Giving Tree for Share a BIG success. Our van was stuffed full of holiday goodness! Thank you for your kindness and generosity to help those less fortunate!

2/3 Week 13 News

Literatura

This week we read Perchas urbanas: donde anidan las aves. Our objectives were:

  • learn to apply the context surrounding a word to help discover the concept of words related to a specific topic
  • understand the capitalization of names of places
  • use comprehension strategies such as asking questions, and summarizing to construct meaning from the story
  • review Cause and Effect and use the comprehension skill as we read the story the second time

Students also received their new spelling words on Thursday!

Matemáticas

This week we began working with multiplying multiple digits by one digit. Our objectives were:

  • Multiply ones, tens, and hundreds mentally
  • Multiply ones, tens, and hundreds without regrouping
  • Multiply ones, tens, and hundreds with regrouping

History & Geography

Social studies with Ms. Marci.
This week we read about the downfall of the Roman Empire. The class began to work on their research for their Roman Contribution opinion papers.20171204_141536_resized
Our objectives were to:
•  locate on a map the following locations: the Mediterranean Sea, Europe, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, North Africa, and Cartridge.
• describe the evolution of government in ancient Rome: monarchy to Republic to empire
• identify some of the contributions of the ancient Roman civilization,  and describe how they have influenced the present
• explain that Rome had favorable and unfavorable emperors, and give a few examples
• identify a few factors that led to the decline of the Roman Empire

IMG_2904Social Studies with Ms. Laura: We located Japan and identified it as a country made up of four main islands.  We recognized the Japanese flag and learned of its symbolism.  We discussed the main geographical features and staple foods of Japan.  We learned about haiku and try writing, and illustrating, our own haiku.  We recognized Japan as a modern industrial nation, with the large city of Tokyo as its capital.   We discussed the many Japanese inventions we use in our lives.  We read the Japanese folktale The Greatest of All by Eric Kimmel.  It ends with a Haiku!

Science

This week we continued with our Light and Sound science domain.  The class learned more about light, how it bends, and how 20171204_150034_resizedsome familiar tools and instruments and bend light in interesting and useful ways.

Our objections were to:
• identify light as a form of energy the travels and waves
• describe how light waves travel in different mediums
• explain how light is absorbed, reflected, or transmitted
• describe the three types of mirrors: plane, concave, and convex
• compare and contrast the terms concave and convex
• compare and contrast transparent, translucent, and opaque objects
• describe how mirrors and lenses are used in variety of instruments20171204_145637_resized
• explain how life is refracted

English Word Work

We had our spelling test on Thursday.  In grammar this week we reviewed past tense verbs. In journals the class used the word “taunt” and wrote about a time when they either taunted someone or felt taunted.