I hope you had a great Spring Break and found some rejuvenation in the Alaskan sunshine or by traveling outside! I found some extra peace (and cold) skiing out to Portage Glacier and tent camping. Though the days saw hundreds of visitors, by night the glacier hosted only my companion and me!
Now that school is back in session I am excited to get going on our final quarter! Report cards will be going home this week to reflect on the progress each student has made over the previous quarter while being used to set goals for the fourth quarter. If you have any questions, concerns, or celebrations, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Before spring break the class addressed a distraction that was disrupting the peace: mechanical pencils. In a secret vote the class overwhelmingly decided that they would no longer allow mechanical pencils in their community in an effort to better foster the peace. Therefore, we will exclusively be writing with the dozens of wooden pencils that families so graciously contributed at the beginning of the year.
What will we be writing with our conflict-free pencils? This quarter we’ll be looking into all the fun forms of figurative language (alliteration, idioms, onomatopoeia, poetry, etc.). We’ll also analyze different sentence structures, finish our skyscrapers, and continue reading comprehension exercises. Yes, reading…we’re going to take on a novel study this quarter as well.
In math and science this quarter we’ll continue on our trajectory of progress. In science we’ll complete our unit on interconnectedness and adaptations with different lab experiments including observing a live sea otter necropsy performed by one of our parents, Verena Gill, and a salmon sorting math simulation hosted by retired fish biologist Doug Molyneaux. Additionally, fourth graders and I will be preparing for the state’s standardized science test for fourth graders.
Our math for 4th and 5th graders will continue to explore fractions for a while and continue to pop into geometry. For 6th graders we will finish up percents and move through units of measure and into algebraic expressions while practicing geometry. This will all be done while keeping an eye on the clock (I’ve covered up the digital clock in the classroom, forcing students to use the analog clocks…they need the practice!)
In cultural studies, although we have concluded our unit on the different types and levels of government, we will host Senator Murkowski in April as she had to reschedule last quarter. Our new unit will explore the Bill of Rights, Civil Rights, and the movement towards equality in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Finally, this Thursday, the Denali Student Council is hosting a community dance for all Denali family members. Every student must have an adult family member accompany them while in the school. Please contact the office with any questions.
I hope you all had a great spring break! As always, call/text/email/stop by with any questions, concerns, or causes for celebration!