Happy Easter to all of you!
What a beautiful, warm day! I hope you and your children had a wonderful weekend, a blessed Easter and a relaxing day.
Last week at school was extremely eventful and this coming week will be no exception.
Tomorrow we will begin our study of time in math. While we’ve already begun to learn the parts of the clock, the hour and minute hand, and how to tell time to the hour and half hour, I’m anxious to push your children a little further with our studies this week. Our time unit is coming after the conclusion of geometry last week. The children were all assessed on the required geometry standards at the end of the week and did a wonderful job. They all really enjoyed this unit and we were able to do a great deal of manipulative work and center activity with it. Our time unit will be no exception to that! I can’t wait.
Last week in science we studied the water cycle and had a great deal of fun with this. Did you know that every drop of water on earth is billions of years old? That is one of the many things we learned last week through a variety of movie clips, books, and hands on experimenting. We discussed evaporation, condensation, vapor, and rain. To demonstrate how the cycle works, we did two experiments. For the first one, we filled a clear jar half way up with water and then the top half of the jar with shaving cream. Then, we put food coloring on top of the shaving cream. This demonstrated to the children how when a cloud gets heavy from water vapor, it then begins to rain and this is when the food coloring broke through our cloud (the shaving cream). For our second experiment we drew the water cycle on a clear ziplock bag and put water in the bottom of the bag and then hung it in the window. Over the course of the week, the children were able to observe the water evaporating and raising up the sides of the bag only to again fall back down as rain. We had a lot of fun! This week we are excited to jump into our nutrition and healthy body unit in science!!!
Last Monday, we had visiting author, Aaron Reynolds, visit us. I wrote about this earlier in the week. It’s always a lot of fun to hear an author read their own works and explain where their ideas came from. Mr. Reynolds also shared with the children that he had over 300 rejection letters from publishers before someone finally liked his work. We talked about how someone else’s opinion should never discourage us from following our passions or our goals!!!
This week for specials we have the following:
Friday: No School (spring break)
Thursday we will be traveling to the Interactive Academy for our third field trip of the year. I’ll be sending letters home to chaperones tomorrow with more information. To everyone else, please be sure your child wears active wear on Thursday and tennis shoes. We are very excited for this trip. This will be the first time we’ve traveled to Interactive as a grade level, as we’ve replaced our annual trip to NIFS with this trip. We will be leaving school at 11:40 and returning at 2:00.
Friday I sent home yellow folders with your child’s animal study project in it. Please put this in a safe place and let me know if you have anything I can help you with. Hopefully the information provided is enough to get you started. Truly, while it looks like a lot, it’s not too bad. I’ve provided login information to PebbleGo and that sight will likely provide you with most if not all of what your child needs to complete the writing portion of the report. I did want to mention that on the left inside of the folder, I stapled a “notes” section. This is for the children to take notes and will serve as their rough draft. The final copy papers were on the inside right pocket. Here is the exciting part…. I will be sending the entire homework packet home each week for anyone who so wishes to continue with our regular homework routine or wants the added practice for his child. But please know, the packets are no longer due and I will ONLY be grading the spelling tests on Mondays and Fridays. Hopefully this will allow your child more time to really focus on his/her animal project and not cause you immense stress. 🙂
I wanted to mention now that Old Man Winter has seemed to move out of here, we will be going out to recess every day unless it is raining. As you well know, our Indiana weather is extremely unpredictable and the temperature can change in an instant. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE continue to send a coat, jacket, or sweatshirt each day so your child is prepared for whatever weather may hit us! The unpredictability of temperatures is no exception even in our classroom this time of year. We never know if it’s going to be hot or cold so layers may be the best option going forward.
Aside from the field trip Thursday, our schedule for the week is normal. Please remind your children that spring break doesn’t start until Friday. Last week they were fully amped up so I’m anticipating this week to be just the same. Who can blame them this time of year?!?! I know some of you are leaving for an early spring break so if I don’t talk with you, have a safe enjoyable break!!!!
Please let me know if you need anything this week and take care,
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