Burrr! I hope you are all staying warm with each other! These cold times make us feel special and unique because of the extremity of the place we call home! The weather makes it imperative to make sure all students are arriving to school with proper winter gear, equipped to stay safe and comfortable in the Last Frontier!
Being that we’re in the second semester of our school, it is a good time to start talking to your sixth graders about your family’s plans for middle school (if you’re not already). We will be having representatives from different middle schools such as Central and Stellar in the coming months to present some information to prospective pupils. I will be checking in with students as to what your plans are.
The start of another semester is also a chance to rekindle our commitment to our community. Our classroom and school have plenty of volunteer possibilities to fulfill service hours. We will be having field trips in the coming months where we will need chaperones, parent presenters are always welcome, and there is always a project or more that your student’s teacher could use help with J . The school has PTSA meetings, typically on Thursday evenings, where parents can be connected to various other schoolwide volunteer opportunities. Thank you for all that you do!
Here in the classroom, our students will continue our look into the causes and effects of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Students are using matching materials in this unit, constructing a collaborative color poster, reading a biography of Dr. King, and analyzing his famous speech, I Have a Dream. This is in addition to our weekly “Map of the Week”.
This week in math we are going to be spending more time the normal studying everybody’s favorite part of math: word problems. They are hard for everybody but so important in making practical connections between calculations and real life. Fourth graders are working with multi-digit multiplication, fifth graders are exploring decimals, and sixth graders are studying rational numbers. This is in addition to individual studies and RTI (MathWhizz).
In language we’ll be looking at the surprisingly numerous ways commas can be used with our “skyscrapers” materials. We’ll also start on our extended unit on verbs. In reading we’ll continue our weekly practice of comprehension, keeping track of reading in the newly minted “Reading Log”.
Last week we started our look at innovations and coding, including the Morse Code. This week we’ll move our STEM unit into binary coding…computer talk! The class was pretty engaged with the Morse code activity so I am excited to get into the language of electrical
I hope you all have a great week! As always, call/text/email/stop by with any questions, concerns, or causes for celebration!