4/5 Week 11 News

I am so thankful for my wonderful students, the amazing teachers I get to work with, and our incomparable SWS community.  I could not feel more fortunate to be a part of all of this! I hope you all have fantastic Thanksgiving holiday celebrating with your loved ones.

Maddie sharing her experience during her family’s trip to Mexico, and the wonderful benefits and blessing of her bilingual skills❤️

During our community circle on Monday, Maddie shared her family’s trip to Mexico, and the wonderful benefits and blessing of having a bilingual education❤️

Literatura

The focus in literacy this week was writing letters. We identified different purposes for letter writing and compared and contrasted informal v/s formal letter formats. This included tone, word choice and elements and format of letters. Students did a fantastic job going through the writing process to write letters to our school principal, Sarah Segall. Students maintained a professional, educated and polite tone, and used elevated vocabulary and word choice. I would not be surprised if maestra Sarah considers some of our students’ requests as legitimate options to be implemented at our school! Great job writers!

Continuing  with literacy, we read Circulos, cuadrados y dagas: Como miraban el cielo los nativos americanos. It was incredibly meaningful to read this story this week, not only because we are really enjoying our science studies, but because we feel very passionate about the wisdom and history of native peoples. Some of the listening/reading comprehension strategies and skills were: Making Connections, Asking Questions, Summarizing, Identifying  Fact and Opinion and Comparing and Contrasting information from text. It is beautiful to see students naturally apply these skills and, most importantly, see them reflect on their own individual and collective learning experience. As part of our word-work studies, we went through the vocabulary and structures. We also discussed the genre and revisited characteristics of an expository piece.

As we read the story, we were reminded that:

  • the purpose of expository text is share information with the reader.
  • in expository text, information is presented in straightforward way.
  • diagrams, photograph, maps, or other illustrations may be included to help the reader understand the subject.
  • the factual information can often be checked by referring to other sources.
  • the need, as an author, to remain objective in the information presented.
Christian sharing with the class the cool app he has on his IPad to see the planets, stars and constellations!

Christian sharing with the class the cool app he has on his IPad to see the planets, stars and constellations!

In science we had a lot of fun finalizing the details of our solar system and constellations studies. Please make sure you stop by our wonderful bulletin board created entirely by our students! We learned interesting facts reading a story and watching some videos that are part of our FOSS resources.

All in all, we can say we had a very productive and full week of fun!

Just a few reminders…

  • As homework, students were assigned to stop by the post office to drop off the letters we wrote in class. Please make sure your child has a chance to do this sometime during the week. Everybody in our class will be expecting to receive a letter! 
  • As part of their reading in Spanish homework  students took home a biography of Albert Einstein.
  • Students took home a new spelling list of homofonos. They were reminded to do the sentences at some point next week  and turn them in the Monday after the break.

 

History & Geography

img_1220.jpgThis week we had a short week, we were able to finish our Reformation unit and take our unit test though! Our objectives were:

  • Explain why religious leaders did not accept the ideas of Copernicus and Galileo
  • Describe the theories of Nicholas Copernicus and Galileo
  • Describe the causes and effects of the Catholic Church’s attempt to reform itself
  • explain how Ignatius of Loyola and the Jesuits, the Council of Trent, and the Index of Forbidden Books contributed to the Counter-Reformation\
  • Complete the unit test as a class

When we come back from break we will go back and finish the 4th grade chapters we missed out on last year!

Mathematics

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  • demonstrate mastery of fractions and mixed numbers on the Unit 3 test
  • complete test corrections for any incorrect or partially incorrect problems on the Unit 3 test
  • Complete a Division Room Escape

We had a blast on Friday with our Thanksgiving themed Division Room Escape! We will definitely being doing more of them in the future! Over Thanksgiving break kiddos should be working on their Book Report and Khan.

English Word Work

This week we finished our rotation. We tested on our words using the Blind Sort method on Thursday. There is no spelling over Thanksgiving Break!

Specialists

The Giving Tree: Our annual giving tree is now available in the hallway outside the K/1 room. Please feel free to grab a tag (or more) to help a family in need celebrate during this holiday season.

4/5 Week 10 News

Literatura  y Ciencias

Juliette shared a book she found at the library written by the same author we read in class!

Juliette shared a book she found at the library written by the same author we read in class!

This week we started our new literacy unit, Nuestro rincon del universo (Our Corner of the Universe). We have been studying this topic in science so it has been a smooth transition. After activating prior knowledge and going through relevant vocabulary we proceeded to read our first selection, El universo by Seymour Simon. The Objectives for this week in literacy were to:

  • review the concepts seen about expository texts.
  • apply comprehension  skills such as Making Connections, Stopping to Clarify for Understanding, Visualizing, Identifying Main Ideas and Details on the Texts.
  • classify and categorize information gathered from the text.
  • understand the use of homophones and spell them and using them in context correctly.

Just a few reminders…

Students took their new spelling list on Thursday and are expected to turn in their homework sentences on Monday. This is part of our regular spelling routine in Spanish. Also, please remember that, as homework, students are expected to read 15 minutes in English and  15 minutes in Spanish (30 min. total) on a daily basis.  Parents have to validate this reading with a signature. Please make sure you work with your child establishing reading/working habits so you don’t forget to sign their planners AT HOME. We are all working towards meeting our reading goal!

Please approach maestra Paola if your child needs Spanish reading material. I was able to set up a couple of our students’ personal I-pads this week and download a science E-book that your children would benefit greatly from having easy access to. Please do not hesitate in contacting me with regards to any school work, should you have any questions. I am available everyday before and after school. 

Fun little Science Assessment: Phases of the Moon.

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History & Geography

This week we began our next unit The Reformation. Our objectives were:

  • describe the issues that alienated Martin Luther from the Catholic Church
  • Summarize Martin Luther’s ideas, and explain how these ideas led to the Protestant Reformation
  • explain the importance of movable type and the printing press to the spread of information
  • describe how Gutenberg improved movable type and how his printing press worked

Students will have Maestra Paola all day Monday and Tuesday of next week. To keep on track for history students took home a small homework packet that is due November 16.

Mathematics

This week we finished our chapter on Fractions and Mixed Numbers. Our objectives were:

  • solve real-world problems involving fractions and mixed numbers
  • Review the concepts from chapter 7 in order to prepare for the unit test on Thursday

Students will receive their test back on Monday! We will then work on test corrections in class next week.

English Word Work

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Writing, writing, writing!

This week continued our rotation. Our rotation days were:

  • Vocabulary day: Students dug through all of our Renaissance writings to find words to add to our word wall. The words we found were errant and betwixt.
  • Spelling City: Students had a chance to work on computer skills as well as spelling on spellingcity.com
    • If your kiddo would like to work on spelling city at home they can follow this link www.spellingcity.com/users/34SpellingSWS
  • Writer’s Workshop:  Students were given the choice to write about Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, or their own writing prompt.

Our spelling test will be on Thursday November 16.

Specialists

Art with Ms. Kelly: 

IMG_2137The students in all grades have been learning about Pablo Picasso this month in Art. We read a short book about this famous artist, and also looked at several examples of his artwork. Some of the art vocabulary words the students are learning about and/or reviewing this month are Cubism, Realistic, Abstract, and Collage.

We’ve been focusing on Picasso’s use of the guitar and violin as a theme in his artwork. He created a variety of drawings, paintings, collages and sculptures depicting these stringed instruments, some of which are recognizable and some are not. The students then made their own version of a cubistic guitar using the collage technique. The kindergarten and first graders worked really hard on this challenging project!

The students learned how to draw a simple guitar shape by observing a real guitar, and using basic shapes. The following week they cut the guitar drawing into shapes and rearranged it on a background of a variety of papers. It was fun to look at the wonderful compositions (arrangement of shapes) when we displayed the artwork on the whiteboard! The 2nd and 3rd Grade class artwork is on the bulletin board at school. I think Picasso would have loved seeing all the students’ creative, abstract art!

It was great having Miss Erin teach the students about guitar music while we were working on guitar art! We’ll be doing one more Picasso art project at the end of the month.

4/5 Week 9 News

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Maddie and Sophie testing one of our spelling games.

Literatura

Objectives in Literacy this:

  • Summarize, compare and contrast multiple texts.
  • Discuss the importance and apply the concept of using multiple sources when doing research on a topic.
  • Analyze culture and media to express an opinion.
  • Establish a parallel between narrative and expository writing that talk about the same subject/theme.
  • Produce a Halloween piece of their choice (expository or fiction).
  • Understand and apply the concepts of grammar, usage and mechanics in context providing examples in both orally and written form.

 

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Students using different tools and sources to do research on a topic.

 

Ciencias

This week in science we discussed some fundamental concepts of physics. In connection to our ongoing  solar system investigation, we talked about Isaac Newton, who helped develop some of the fundamentals of modern physics. We talk out the laws of motion and key vocabulary such as motion, force, mass, velocity, speed, gravity, orbit.

History & Geography

img_1169.jpg img_1171.jpg img_1168.jpgThis week we finished up our Renaissance unit. Our unit test will be on Monday! Our objectives were:

  • Students will look critically at art from the Renaissance and discuss the differences from Italian Renaissance Art
  • students will review Renaissance artists by taking the Renaissance Art Challenge
  • students will discover and listen to music from the Renaissance
  • students will critically read and discuss The Adventure of Don Quixote
  • students will learn about William Shakespeare and act out a portion of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Mathematics

This week we continued working on adding and subtracting fractions. Our objectives were:

  • express fractions, division expressions, and mixed numbers as decimals
  • add and subtract mixed numbers with or without renaming
  • estimate sums and differences of mixed numbers

We also played a fun an adding and subtracting mixed numbers scavenger hunt on Halloween!

English Word Work

This week finished our rotation and began a new one. Our rotation days were:

  • Writer’s Workshop: Students completed a writing piece where they were tasked to sell a Haunted House
  • Blind Sort Test: Students tested each other on their spelling using the Blind Sort method.
  • Word Search: Students received a word search with their new spelling words. They were tasked with finding and sorting their new words.
  • Teacher Meeting: I met with each student to discuss and clarify their new sort.

Make sure to take a look at the awesome Haunted House writing pieces on the bulletin board!

4/5 Week 8 News

Empanadas deliciosas. Un símbolo de cocina de Sudamérica.

Empanadas deliciosas. Un símbolo de cocina de Sudamérica.

Lenguaje

We are so proud of our talented 4th/5th graders as they turned in their books reports and shared the beautiful  art pieces!

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Students sharing their marvelous “Con carino, Amalia” art pieces.

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There is no better way to culminate a literature circle than eating the most delicious “flan de coco”

Sophie sharing her sewing project showing our book theme.

Sophie sharing her sewing project showing our book theme.

 

This week we were so fortunate to have some stellar guest speakers come into our 4th/5th grade class to talk about their cultural heritage. We were able to listen to their wonderful stories, learn so much about their culture and the way they continue to celebrate their traditions, here in the United States. AS we start wrapping up our unit, Cultural Heritage, we thank these community member for allowing us to have a meaningful and authentic connection to the theme.

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Jorge sharing family’s traditions and stories from Colombia.

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Analia and Carla telling us the significance of drinking “mate ” in Argentina. We all want to travel to Argentina some day!

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Denice sharing the wonderful traditions of her beloved country of origin, Dominican Republic. We learned a “chin” of the interesting dialect they speak in the island! Muy bacano!

 

Ciencias

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We continue to study the phases of the moon. Please have your child look for the moon this weekend and see the changes.

We continue to study the phases of the moon. Please have your child look for the moon this weekend and see the changes.

History & Geography

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Creating our own versions of the Vitruvian Man

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Painting like Michelangelo!

This week we continued studying the Renaissance. Our objectives were:

  • identify Leonardo da Vinci, recognize the major achievements of his career and his importance to the European Renaissance
  • Identify Michelangelo Buonarroti, describe the greatest achievements of his career, and his importance to the European Renaissance
  • Identify Baldassare Castiglione and recognize the importance of The Courtier
  • Identify Niccolo Machiavelli and understand the importance of The Prince
  • Understand the impact of the Italian Renaissance  on the rest of Western Europe, how ideas of the Italian Renaissance reached other European countries
  • Identify important figures of the Renaissance in France, England, Germany, and Spain and identify their works

Next week we will have Renaissance day on Friday! Students can dress up and we will do some fun activities!

Mathematics

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Discovering how fractions are related to division problems.

This week we worked with fractions. Our objectives were:

  • Add and subtract two unlike fractions where one denominator is not a multiple of the other
  • estimate sums and differences of fractions
  • understand and apply the relationships between fractions, mixed numbers, and division expressions

English Word Work

This week we began a new spelling rotation. Our rotation days were:

  • Word Search: Students received a word search with their new spelling words. They were tasked with finding and sorting their new words.
  • Teacher Meeting: I met with each student to discuss and clarify their new sort.
  • Vocabulary: Students dug through an excerpt from The Courtier to find words to add to our word wall. The words we found were tunable ness and comeliness
  • Spelling City: Students had a chance to work on computer skills as well as spelling on spellingcity.com

We will have our next spelling test on Tuesday, Halloween!

Specialists

ART:

IMG_1928The 4th and 5th graders finished their felt fabric Molas earlier this month, and I am keeping these and all their artwork at school for now. We will decorate a portfolio to hold all their beautiful artwork soon!

We also did several autumn leaf projects: Leaf rubbings with a single large leaf, leaf rubbings with overlapped shape designs, and leaf printing with white tempera and sponge painting.

Owen brought in a book about Aboriginal dot painting which we used as inspiration for leaf dot paintings similar to the ones made by 2nd and 3rd grade. The students used warm and cool colors to create some beautiful leaf designs.

We also looked at several examples of Renaissance Art – Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo – to go along with Maestra Ivary’s lessons on the Renaissance. We discussed the difference between a Medieval and a Renaissance painting of Madonna and Child, where the students could see the obvious differences in the 2 styles.

The students reviewed Value (light and dark, or shading) as an Art Element, and they used different values of orange to create some very beautiful oil pastel drawings of pumpkins that are on the bulletin board at school.

used oil pastel to create “sfumato” (smokey) effect in a pumpkin drawing.

Next month – Picasso art projects!

Music with Ms. Erin
What we did in October:
– Practiced singing melody and harmony
– Sang Beauty and the Beast in unison, and sang melody and harmony with Edelweiss from ‘The Sound of Music’
– Learned Eighth, Sixteenth, and Dotted Eighth with Sixteenth note rhythms
– Sang Canons (rounds) with ‘I Love the Mountains’ and ‘ Dona Nobis Pacem’
– Learned the time signature 6/8, and how to clap rhythms in 6/8 time
– Learned and sang the song Greensleeves, The Addams Family, Git Along Little Dogies, and Monster Mash
– Watched violin and piano duet performances of pieces by famous composers Saint-Saens and John Williams
– Drummed rhythm pattern “1 – 2 & – 3 – 4”
Plans for November include:
– Sing along well-known songs with acoustic guitar accompaniment
– Learn more about Ludwig Van Beethoven, and listen to his Symphony No. 5, Moonlight Sonata, and other impactful works
– Learn about Sharps and Flats, and how they alter notes and key signatures
– Improve harmonization skills in singing
– Learn rhythmic syncopation, and how to emphasize syncopated beats (using song Jericho for example and practice)
Character Education with Ms. Jennie
In November, our theme for character ed will be Compassion and Generosity and we’ll be setting up our 3rd Annual Giving Tree for Share. Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again! Look for the tree and the gift tags in the hallway but the second week of November. Information about the specifics of the Giving Tree will also be posted in the hallway, and we’ll send out more details in an upcoming newsletter as well. Our quote of the month is: “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” – Booker T. Washington and our featured poem is another seasonal one called “The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven” by Jack Prelutsky. Now that we’ve learned all the literature circle “jobs”, we will also be breaking into groups to discuss our book The Next Seat, with each student have a different job every week.

4/5 Week 7 News

Literatura

3972E768-098F-4765-94C3-080659F9D109The highlight of this week was our 5th annual Pumpkin Run! Students went through he writing process to produce an expository piece, to inform our SWS audience about this much anticipated fundraising event. Be sure to read our published pieces next week on our Spanish bulletin board. In literacy this week, we also continued working on our book club, Con carino, Amalia. Students have done a great job during literature circle in class, as well as keeping up with their home assignments. We look forward to  completing our first book club successfully next week. Other literacy objective this week were to:

  • Apply listening comprehension strategies when listening to a narrative piece (En dos mundos: una familia esquimal Yup’ik)
  • Understand the purpose and characteristics of an informative piece.
  • Write a magazine article.
  • Enunciation and  intonation in Spanish. Read with fluency applying rhythm patterns.
  • Grammar, usage and mechanics: Suffixes.

Ciencias

Students grappled with the size and distance relationships among Earth, the Moon, and the Sun. They  worked together to build a model of the Earth/Moon/Sun system. To work on this project, students had to integrate mathematical concepts such a multiplication, division, proportions , measurement and vocabulary such as circumference, radius and diameter. Students concluded: The Moon is much smaller than the Earth and orbits at a distance equal to about 30 earth diameters. The sun is 12,000 Earth diameters away from the Earth and is more than 100 times larger than Earth. 

Next week we will start working on the next part of our investigation 2: The Solar System!

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History & Geography

This week we continued to learn about the Renaissance. Our objectives were:

  • Explore and gain better understanding of  Brunelleschi’s dome of the Florence Cathedral
  • Explore and gain better understanding of Michelangelo’s Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Understand the early history of Venice
  • Describe Venetian society in 1500
  • Recognize Venice’s contributions to the art and ideas of the Renaissance

Next week we will be doing a messy art project on Monday, please have your student come to class wearing clothes that can get dirty!

Mathematics

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Solving some Halloween word problems!

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We created our own word problems then used them to prepare for the test!

This week we finished our unit on Whole Number Division and Multiplication. Our objectives were:

  • use effective strategies to solve multi-step problems involving multiplication and division
  • express and interpret the product or quotient appropriately
  • Review real-world multiplication and division problems
  • Review using patterns to help multiply and divide numbers
  • Review simplifying numerical expressions using the order of operations
  • Review using multiplication and division to solve real-world problems

Students did a great job on the unit test! This test was very tricky and most of the questions involved multiple steps. Next week we will begin Fractions and Mixed Numbers

English Word Work

This week we completed our rotation. Our rotations days were:

  • Vocabulary Day: We dug through our math text books for words to add to our word wall. The words we found were variable and reciprocal.
  • Spelling City: Students had a chance to get on the computers and practice their computer skills and spelling
  • Writer’s Workshop: Students were able to edit/revise a writing piece they had already been working on and begin a new Halloween writing piece
  • Blind Sort Test: Students tested each other on their spelling using the Blind Sort method.

Our next spelling test will be on Oct. 31, Halloween!

4/5 Week 6 News

Lenguaje

This week we continued with literary circle and book study, Con carino Amalia. Student have done a great job staying on track with their reading and reading log as well as digging deep in the analysis during our daily debriefs. This activity has provided us with great opportunities for discussions around the topic Cultural Heritage. It has also been a great context to put into practice our reading comprehension and thinking skills. Some included: making inferences, making connections, asking questions to clarify understanding. According to our calendar, we should have read until chapter 12,(Cuando no es possible deshacer lo hecho). Please make sure that your child comes to school prepared for our discussion on Monday.

Ciencias

This week went by so quickly. We spent most of our class time working on literacy projects. We did have a chance to start our investigation 2 part 2, and will continue working on this next week. The focus questions were: How would you describe the size of and distance between Earth, the Moon, and the Sun? How Big and How Far? Students grappled with the size and distance relationships among Earth, the Moon, and the Sun. Next week, they will work together to build a model of the Earth/Moon/Sun system. To work on this project, students will have to integrate mathematical concepts such a multiplication, division, proportions , measurement and vocabulary such as circumference, radius and diameter.

History & Geography

This week we continued studying the renaissance. Our objectives were:

  • Review the definitions for vocabulary from the last 3 chapters
  • Recognize the role various popes played as patrons of the arts during the Renaissance.
  • Describe the building of St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Understand Florentine society of the 1400s.
  • Identify the contributions to the Renaissance of Florentine artists.
  • Understand the roles of members of the Medici family in Florence’s history.
  • Explore and gain better understanding of  Brunelleschi’s dome of the Florence Cathedral and of Michelangelo’s Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica

Mathematics

This week we continued working with dividing by 2-digit numbers, as well as order of operations and real world problems. Our objectives were:

  • use efficient strategies to solve multi-step problems involving multiplication and division
  • express and interpret the product or quotient appropriately
  • Use order of operations to simplify a numeric expression
  • divide a 2-, 3-, or 4-digit number by a 2-digit number

English Word Work

This week finished our rotation and began a new one. Our rotation days were:

  • Writer’s Workshop: Students were able to begin a new writing piece or continue one they had already been working on
  • Blind Sort Test:Students tested each other on their spelling using the Blind Sort method.
  • Word Search/Teacher Meeting: Students worked on their word searches and met with me to discuss and understand their new sort

Our spelling test will be on Friday!

4/5 Week 5 News

Literatura

imageThis week we started our anticipated Reading Club, Con carino, Amalia. Students were given a rubric stating the expectations for this project and a reading calendar that will help them stay on track with the reading requirements. Most of the work will be done in class, however students are expected to take the book and the reading log home, so they can re-read parts to clarify understanding and elaborate on their notes and observations. (Students are more than welcome to include this reading in their nightly 15 minutes of Spanish) The reading logs will serve as a foundation for their final assignment. Please make sure you sit down with your child to understand and help facilitate this project. As a culminating activity, students are ask to create an art piece that represents the theme of the book. This part has to be done at home and brought to school as a surprise on our last day, October 27th. We gave some suggestions in class, but they are encouraged to get as creative as they want, through any art medium.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate in contacting me.

 

 

Other objectives for this week:

  • Explain the characteristics of a realistic fiction piece.
  • Write a summary of a story incorporating main idea and supporting details.
  • Compare and contrast two realistic fiction pieces.
  • Make inferences and ask questions to check for comprehension.
  • Understand the structure of simple sentences and identify subject and object (sujeto y predicado)
  • Spell palabras esdrujulas and use them in sentences accurately.
  • Identify common prefixes in Spanish.
  • State an opinion about a subject(orally).

 

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This week we were very excited to start Investigation 2, Planetary Systems. The focus question for the first part of this investigation was: How can you explain why we see some natural objects only in the night sky, some only in the day sky, and some at both times? We began our Night-Sky Observations. Students took a mini–field trip to the schoolyard to look for the Moon. We could not find it and constructed explanations for this phenomenon. Sometimes we can see the moon during the day and sometimes we can’t.  After learning vocabulary related to this part (moon phases) and recording the Moon’s appearance, the class started a Moon calendar, on which they will record the Moon’s appearance every day for a month (let’s hope the sky is clear!). Students were assigned to observe the night sky for 4 days at home. We will share our observations on Monday! Some of the science practices included:

  • Planning and carrying out investigations.
  • Analyzing and interpreting data.
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

History & Geography

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  • Familiarize students with European Geography and geography from Renaissance Italy
  • Identify the Renaissance and when and where it occurred.
  • Recognize the connection between the Renaissance and ancient times
  • Recognize Italy’s importance to the Renaissancance
  • Understand Florentine society of the 1400s.
  • Understand and paint a perspective piece

Mathematics

This week we worked with Dividing by tens, hundreds, and thousands. We also divided by 2-digit numbers. Our objectives were:

  • Divide numbers up to 4 digits by multiples of 10, 100, or 1,000
  • Use Rounding and related multiplication facts to estimate quotients
  •  divide a by a 2-digit number

English Word Work

img_0906.jpgThis week began our new rotation. Our rotation days were:

  • Word search: students received a word search with their new words and were tasks with finding then sorting them
  • Teacher Meeting: I met with each student to check if they understood their new sort
  • Vocabulary: We dug through our reading books for words to add to our word wall. The words we found were disconsolate and cygnets
  • Spelling City: Students had a chance to get on the computers and practice their computer skills and spelling

Our spelling test will be on Tuesday!

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ART The 4th and 5th grade students finished their felt fabric Mola designs this week in art. These are designs based on the Kuna Indian fabric art of Panama. Here is a photo of the students with their artwork, but you really have to see these designs in person to appreciate how much time and creativity went into these! (Jack was absent but we’ll get a photo of him next week). I will see if there’s a safe spot to display this beautiful art in their classroom. Thank you to Tamra’s mom Barbara for helping everyone with this project!

4/5 Week 4 News

Literatura

We read another moving story this week during literature studies. Nuestra cancion is a realistic fiction piece that narrates the story of a girl, her great great grandma and their cultural heritage. After previewing vocabulary and idiomatic expressions, we enjoyed listening to the story, making connections, inferences and  stopping at different times to check for understanding. Finally, students were asked to summarize the piece and share their thoughts about the theme. Other literacy objectives for this week included:

  • Understand the characteristics of realistic fiction.
  • Apply the following comprehension and thinking strategies when reading a piece, predicting, clarifying, asking questions.
  • Understand common and proper nouns.
  • Explain what a sentence is. Write sentences with appropriate structure and spelling.

Super Readers! 

Our fourth/fifth grade class is looking for super readers in Spanish! Students were presented with a reading challenge were they are encouraged to read 11 different books in Spanish. They got to choose their books from “Our Favorite Books in Spanish Basket”. Students estimated how long it will take them to read a book. We set up a date to conference and to report back to maestra Paola. Students may then be ready to choose the next title, or get a book extension. I am looking forward to seeing their reading progress in the coming month.

Reading at Home Reminder

Students are doing a great job reading a minimum of 15 minutes in English and 15 minutes in Spanish every day. This week we were able to accumulate 965 reading minutes in Spanish only! We still have a few students that need to remember to log their minutes on their planners. The minutes only count if they have a parent signature. Maestra Paola checks planners and signatures daily.

 

Ciencias

Sun Tracking
Groups of students constructed Sun trackers. After using a compass to orient the Sun tracker north-south, students made hourly records of the position of the tip of the shadow cast by a golf tee. Back in the classroom, students used flashlights to reproduce the movement of the Sun throughout the day. This activity also provided us with opportunities to collect and interpret data. At the end of the week students accessed our online resources to read a piece related to this activity. Student have user names and passwords to access these resources from home. This is extra material in Spanish that your child is welcome to use at home.

History & Geography

This week we finished our unit on the Maya, Aztec, and Incas. Our objectives were:

  • Identify the Inca and describe where they lived.
  • Describe the Sapa Inca and how he maintained absolute rule.
  • Explain how the Inca organized their empire and met the needs of the people.
  • Compare and contrast the Inca and Aztec civilizations.
  • Explain how Inca engineers overcame challenges presented by the geography of the land.
  • Describe how the Inca kept their empire together without a written language.
  • Understand how the Sapa Inca united his empire.
  • Describe the Aztec and Inca reactions to the Spanish conquistadors’ arrival in Mexico and South America.
  • Identify Hernán Cortés and Francisco Pizarro as Spanish conquistadors who led invasions in Mexico and South America.
  • Explain why the Spanish were rapidly able to conquer the Aztec and Inca Empires.

Students took their unit test on Friday and will receive their scores on Monday!

Mathematics

This week we worked with multiplying numbers by 10s, 100s, and 1,000s. We also worked with multiplying by 2-digit numbers and began dividing by 10s, 100s, and 1,000s. Our objectives were:

  • Use rounding to estimate products
  • Multiply a 2-, 3-, or 4- digit number by a 2-digit number
  • Divide numbers by 10, 100, or 1,000 using patterns

English Word Work

This week we finished our rotation. Our rotation days were:

  • Vocabulary: Students dug through our atlases to find words to add to our word wall. The words we found were
  • Spelling City: Students had a chance to work on computer skills as well as spelling on spellingcity.com
  • Writing Workshop: Students were able to share the writing they have done the last few weeks with the class.
  • Blind Sort Test: Students tested each other on their spelling using the Blind Sort method.

Specialists

Character Education: Since the “favorite thing” activity took a bit more time than anticipated, we have barely begun our book The Next Seat. We have started assembling our Literature Circle folders, where students will have different jobs each week as we read the book together as a class. There are some new jobs this year such as Psychologist (where they have to give advice to a character) and Journalist (where they have to write from a character’s perspective). We will continue to have the traditional jobs of Discussion Director (coming up with discussion provoking questions for the group), Passage Picker (picking out passages that caught your attention), Creative Connector (connecting the book to life, movies, self, other books, etc) and much more! We will also be reading the poem Something Called the Wild Geese by Rachel Lyman Field.

October Music with Ms. Erin
In September the Fourth and Fifth Grade class learned about and practiced melody and harmony through songs and singing exercises, learned notes C and D on the recorder (and reviewed notes G, A, and B), learned the Fermata symbol, talked about the periods of classical music and composers who belong to each period, learned about the piano and how to play the C Major Scale (and those who play shared songs with the class), wrote out and clapped rhythms, and worked on the following songs:
 – Do, Re, Mi
 – Edelweiss
 – Blow the Man Down
 – The Marine’s Hymn
For October we will be focusing on:
 – Continuing work on harmony with both voice and recorders
 – Reviewing eighth notes and learning sixteenth notes
 – Learn time signature 6/8, practice with clapping and drumming
 – Learn to sing a Canon with the song Dona Nobis Pacem
IMG_1732Art: In addition to their beautiful sunflower paintings that have been on the bulletin board at school, the 4th and 5th graders have been working on a Felt Mola Design during September. The students learned that the Kuna Indians on the San Blas Islands of Panama are known for their fabric Mola designs. These designs originated many years ago from body paint patterns that the Kuna culture used. Today Molas are made by a reverse appliqué technique where layers of fabric are cut into intricate designs. The students started their project with a colored marker drawing of an animal or plant, and then used felt fabric to cut out the shapes. We are also using the leftover negative shapes to create a second design.These are turning out quite beautiful. Great job everyone!

4/5 Week 3 News

Literatura

This week we dove into our first literacy unit, Cultural Heritage. Some of the guiding questions included: What does heritage mean? How can someone know about their heritage? What are some ways heritage can be transmitted and maintained?  Students constructed insightful explanations and made meaningful connections according to their own personal experiences. Please take some time this week to tell your child stories about your family’s heritage. I was very happy to share a little about my own heritage and  cultural traditions  as we celebrated Chilean Independence Day on September 18th. After that, we read our first story, La tierra que perdi, aventuras de un nino en Vietnam. Please ask your child to tell you about this wonderful autobiography. After reading the story, we discussed the theme. We also analyzed the author’s point of view and the characteristic of an autobiography. Lastly, we had the oportunity to talk about language as cultural heritage and looked at the roots of words and their meaning.  All in all, it was a wonderful way to start our unit!

Other objectives in Literacy this week included:

  • Reflect on strengths and areas to work on. Identify and establish individual goals
  • Understand and explain the concept of heritage
  • Explain the characteristics of an autobiography
  • Identify the author’s point of view and provide some examples
  • Apply the comprehension strategies when reading the selection
On Friday we had our first spelling quiz. Students received their new spelling list and are required to turn in 10 sentences on Monday, using these words in context and applying the language structures discussed in class.

Ciencias

IMG_5573Guiding question: What causes day and night?

During the part 3 of our first investigation we did a little simulation. Students imagined themselves as observers on Earth and positioned themselves around a lamp to observe day and night. They discussed that rotation of Earth results in day and night and, in the process, figured out which direction Earth rotates on its axis. Students have a solid understanding of objectives for this part of the investigation:

  • Day is the half Earth surface being illuminated by sunlight; night is the half of Earth’s surface in its own shadow.
  • The cyclical change between day and night is the result of Earth’s rotating on its own axis in associations with the stationary sun.
Students encountered a fun challenging question too: If a planet did not rotate, would it have day and night? What do you think? Share your thought with your child.
It was very interesting to explore some science tools. This week we talked about the compass. Also, Mr. Wegner was very generous to let us borrow his telescope. We will be exploring this amazing resource next week!

History & Geography

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This week we began our unit on The Maya, Aztec, and Inca. Our objectives were:
Discussing the Incas!

  • Review geography of the Americas, The Maya, The Aztec, and The Inca civilization
  • Identify the Maya as one of the earliest civilizations in the Americas, located in parts of Mexico and Central America.
  • Explain how religious beliefs led to the Maya’s scientific achievements.
  • Explain how the Aztec built and controlled a powerful empire.
  • Describe Aztec religious beliefs and how they were linked to the traditions of the society.
  • Identify Moctezuma II and describe features of his reign.
  • Identify the Inca and describe where they lived.
  • Describe the Sapa Inca and how he maintained absolute rule.

Mathematics

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This week we took our unit test on Whole Numbers. We also began our new unit Whole Number Multiplication and Division. Our objectives were:
Learning how to use our calculators!

  • Use a calculator to add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers
  • Multiply numbers by 10, 100, or 1,000 using patterns

English Word Work

img_0096.jpg img_0097.jpgThis week finished our rotation and started again from the beginning. Our rotation days were:

  • Writing workshop: Students were able to review the writing they had done up until this point. They revised and edited their writing individually and with a partner.
  • Blind Sort Test: Students tested each other on spelling using the Blind Sort method.
  • Word Search: Students received a word search with their new spelling words. They were tasked with finding and sorting their new words.
  • Teacher Meeting: I met with each student to discuss and clarify their new sort.

Our spelling test will be on Friday!