This past week we researched the different periods of the timeline for the Coming of Humans. Each child chose their period and are learning more about transportation, food, shelter, and other basic human needs during that time. They will be putting their work out in the hallway on our bulletin board. Be sure to check it out the next time you're at school!
For those students doing book reports, the reports along with the project are due next Friday. The kids are doing the bulk of the work in class but they are welcome to work on the project and presentation piece at home with you if you like. They have been expected to be self-managing in class and responsible for this work for the past two weeks. We will be starting over with another book the following week. I'm looking forward to seeing their growth in this process in the areas of management, responsibility, and public speaking.
Starting at the beginning of third quarter we have been doing morning board work. The kids have 15-20 minutes each morning to work out the problems on the board. They include 6 math problems (a mix of addition, subtraction and multiplication), a story problem, and one sentence in which they need to identify the mistakes. I have been blown away at the progress of this activity. The first week the kids were so overwhelmed and thought they weren't going to be able to do it and now we are flying through the problems and they are catching even my trickiest problems and equations. I am so proud of them for pushing through challenging work!! It has been so fun to see their eyes light up when they make the connections. I have also seen huge gains in their math fact assessments. So many good things are happening in the classroom. I just love it!
If you have not signed up for a conference yet, please make sure to mark it in your calendar to do so. The online scheduler opens on February 6th. Conferences will be a maximum of 30 minutes. I wanted to allow a little more time for chatting this time and to show off some of your child's work. Please let me know if you need an alternate time outside of the hours I have set well in advance.
Our first parent meeting for the Alaska Sea Life Center field trip will be at the end of the month. It is scheduled for February 28th at 4pm. It will be held in Ms.Goodman's room, across the hallway. This meeting will inform you of our agenda and give you a chance to ask any questions you may have about the field trip. We will also give you the field trip permission form during this meeting. Payment for the trip is due in March. It is $60 per person, including chaperones.
Thank you, have a great day!