Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Apres Play Focus

The school play was sensational, and I know that the children will be weary today due to the fact that they gave the performance their full attention and energy. Also the evening performance meant late nights for all.

Today students will return to their rotations routine of moving from class to class as they work on the biography project and focus on end-of-year math program requirements.

Students will work online using a math learning menu to complete a number of expectations. Tomorrow and Friday, they'll complete the end-of-year systemwide assessments, and then most math will become part of our STEAM study.

Biography Project
Students will work on this effort in a large variety of ways in the days ahead.

Human Body Systems: Changing Bodies
In fifth grade, students learn about puberty and changing bodies as well as an age-appropriate introduction to the reproduction system. We share the information with parents ahead of the unit so that parents can provide students with a preview, ask question, and if desired, opt out of the school-based program for their children.

STEAM: Naturalist Thread
Our STEAM projects will connect with the fifth grade play, Cap Runamuck, and take on a naturalist thread as students investigate and design for safe living and exploring in the outdoors. That thread will culminate with an outdoor adventure.

Queen of Katwe
Throughout the year the students watch films that help to broaden their world view, understanding, and perspectives. When there's an opportune time, we watch sections of each film. Right now we are watching The Queen of Katwe at the recommendation of a student. This film, like the others we have watched is broadening students world view in important ways. I want to remember to use Close Captioning with films as it truly helps students' reading and understanding.

More Celebrations
Students are readying for their instrumental performance that will occur soon, Field Day, field trips, and other important end-of-year events.