I wanted to thank everyone ahead of time for your help in making the field trip to the salmon hatchery a success! This experience is to allow the class to tour the facility, learn about one of the most amazing resources in our great state, and collected enough eggs to study the first chapter in the salmon’s story throughout the coming school year. What fun!
The next field trip is in a month and is to our Performing Arts Center (PAC) downtown. This walking field trip is Thursday, November 3, and is to watch a live production of the Lightning Thief, an adaptation of the young adult novel of the same name based on Greek Mythology. Experiences at the Performing Arts Center like these allow our students an opportunity to see an age appropriate stage drama on our city’s premier stage! As the casts are professional actresses and actors at the PAC, there is an $8 fee per student and per chaperone. This fee can be paid online or sent in with the permission slip (please indicate your method). As always, donations are asked for to provide scholarships for families unable to cover the costs.
As winter is coming perhaps quicker than you may desire, it is a good time to remind everyone that indoor shoes are necessary for our classroom and PE. These shoes need to be different then the shoes worn outside. This is especially important on snow days, to avoid tracking snow around the carpet that we sit upon and lay out our Montessori materials. Children that do not have shoes to change into when entering the classroom will be asked to borrow a pair from PE (in case of evacuation drills and for hygienic purposes, footwear must be worn at all times).
In class this week we will hopefully finish up our read aloud book based on the industrial revolution, A Bandit’s Tale, and begin reading passages from the newly published book, Made of Salmon: Alaska Stories from the Salmon Project, edited by Nancy Lord. Our ASD science kit on circuits and pathways will be pushed down the line to allow for a few weeks of close examination of salmon as we begin growing baby salmon in our fish tank. Thus, salmon will be integrated into language and other parts of our coursework in addition to science. I love salmon!
This Thursday we will also have a master gardener, Cindy Helmericks, as a guest speaker to discuss plant hardiness in colder climates as well as go over specific care for the growing plant collection in our room that students are tasked with keeping alive and strong.
This week in math we will continue our studies in what are now grade level math groups. Sixth graders will be focusing on 2-digit divisors, prime factors, LCM and GCF as well as surface area in geometry. Fifth graders are exploring 2-digit multipliers, place values, and algebraic properties as well as plots and graphing in geometry. Fourth graders will continue working with place values, multi-digit addition and subtraction, and properties of 2-dimential figures in geometry.
I am excited to have math going full steam but as you can see, there is a lot to do. It is vital that each child make full use of their work session to maximize their potential. Families can help support this dedication by discussing different assignments completed each day, viewing and discussing the “Assignment Tracker” each student is required to maintain, and helping children stay accountable to their progress.
Thank you all for you commitment and encouragement!