I hope you all stayed warm this weekend! My wife and I skied out to a public Nancy Lake cabin to practice patience while heating a cold cabin! Of course once a cabin has become heated, it needs to be cooled down!
All of our community experiences have been so rewarding! I hope your children have been sharing their stories with you and your family! If you were not able to chaperone but would still like to “see” our experiences with guest speakers and field trips, check out some pictures on our class website at http://mrbrentsclass.weebly.com (be careful to type that address exactly). This week we’re off to our final field trip for a while to the Governor’s office in the Atwood Building!
Inside the classroom this week we will be telling time and making sure we can still read analog clocks and calculate elapsed time (a train leaves Denver at 9am and another train leaves Chicago at 11am, etc. etc.). Sixth graders will finish up working with unit rates and will likely move on to percents, while fourth and fifth graders will continue work in long division and begin a look into fractions.
Language study continues analyzing verbs this week, this time looking at transitive and intransitive verbs. This week’s homework features a worksheet practicing our ability to tell the two types apart.
In our cultural studies we have placed a hold on our Map of the Week so we can make maps of our own. Our maps will feature a list of 25 different features and will correspond with our understanding of our STEM unit analyzing the hydrosphere (all the water on our nice planet). We’ll also transition from exploring our local government to our state government (hence the trip to the Governor’s office).
Top Secret Extra Credit: On your student’s homework page this week, draw a star in the lower right corner, to give me an idea of how many families are reading newsletters J
Please note that the Science share project is an extracurricular activity that is not required but is only offered as a choice for students to do science for the joy of doing science. It’s a great way to really analyze the scientific method in a personally relevant and inspired way (generally speaking, the scientific method begins when the student asks a question, then creates a hypothesis, designs an experiment, conducts 3+ trials, accepts or rejects hypothesis).
For information on parent teacher conferences next week, you can go online to http://www.asdk12.org/parents/conferences/ . To locate a good time for you, make sure you select “mix” for grade of student. I have made my schedule available Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, as well as Thursday morning. If you feel that you cannot make it for these times, please contact me so we can try to arrange something that will work for both of us. Students are invited and encouraged to be part of this meeting, though it is not necessary depending on your own personal preferences and availabilities.
I hope you all have a great week! As always, call/text/email/stop by with any questions, concerns, or causes for celebration!