Hi Again Winners!
We’ve had a busy week yet again! It certainly doesn’t feel like we missed Monday. The students are excited that we’ve started cursive. We’ve learned the first four letters of the alphabet. Students love cursive, but it’s important for students to remember to trace the letters first so they can feel how the letters are formed. This is one of those times that speed is not our friend, but the kiddos sure think it is!
On Tuesday, we had the pleasure of attending the fifth grade music performance. It was a fantastic show and it got us so excited for our own music performance! The students continue to learn the recorders with Mrs. D. They’re making progress, but continuing to struggle with learning the notes. Many of them took home the sheet music. If they have recorders at home, it would be great if they could practice.
We had another visit with Mrs. V this week. The students continued to work on their portraits. This time, the added shading to their pieces. They look beautiful! I was hoping to hang them in class, but Mrs. V decided she wanted to keep some in preparation for the art show that will be held during Open House.
It rained twice this week. Both days that it rained were our days with the Y coaches. So, we played a lot of indoor games. The parachute was so much fun this afternoon! Luckily, we were able to get outside for running program. The kiddos sure are earning those charms!
All of our extras (music, art, PE, and much more) are funded through LEEF. As we’re sure you’ve heard, LEEF continues to struggle with getting the donations to keep these activities going. If you haven’t donated yet, now is a great time! We have a matching grant taking place. For every dollar donated to LEEF, an additional dollar will be donated up to $10,000!
In math the students have been working hard on a challenge problem. Mrs. Winn has been so impressed with the critical thinking the students have shown. It was amazing to see the kiddos work through the struggle and critique their own thinking. Some of our students that are usually timid in math were the first to arrive at answers! Another group of boys got all the way to developing an equation C=(n/2)*(n+1)! Wow! That’s truly amazing!
On Thursday, a few teachers had asked if they could come observe the class working with technology. Mrs. Winn created a QR code scavenger hunt to help us practice our division. Although Mrs. Winn made a mistake that disrupted the flow of the hunt, the students handled it so well! They rolled with it and had a great time solving math problems to progress in their hunt.
The biggest talk around school is the crayfish! We have, sadly, had an entire tub of crayfish die. The other tub survived so we have four crayfish left. Now that we’re studied the structures of the crayfish, we’ll be using next week to examine their behaviors.These are the most timid crayfish I have ever seen, so we might not have an accurate reflection of typical crayfish behavior, but we’ll try!
The students are progressing on their Genius Hour projects. I have asked them to focus on just how much they have left to do. Next week we will determine as a class a reasonable end date for our projects. In a class meeting this week, the students had many ideas for what our next round of Genius Hour may look like. We’re deciding how to make that time valuable as well as passion centered.
Next week we have library, another group of teachers coming to observe, and Environmental Volunteers coming to teach us about the Ohlones. It promises to be another busy (and winning) week!