From the depths of the ocean with Jacques Cousteau to the outer reaches of space with Clyde Tombaugh, the students began exploring explorers this week in our unit of inquiry: Where we are in place and time. Where will our junior explorers be next week? Their inquiring minds will delve into the life of a famous explorer of their choosing as they learn research strategies and reasons humans have an urge to explore the world around them. The students’ MacBooks will play an increasingly large role in their research this year, and this unit of inquiry will be their jumping off point.
Place and time, firsts and lasts, people and feelings are all the starting points for Writing Workshop, and next week we dive deeper into our writing skills by noticing details and replaying important moments in our lives in our minds as movies so we can improve our writing by showing, not telling, our audience our stories.
Visits to the UAS library have been valuable as the children take charge of their reading life in Reading Workshop. They reflected upon themselves as readers and set reading goals this week so that next week, as they begin writing about reading more and more, they can effectively record their thoughts about what they are reading.
Is 249 a prime number? Is it divisible by 3? What is the value of the 4? These are just some of the questions students are answering in mathematics. While they have grown up in the digital age, the clocks in our classrooms are analog, so we are also investigating how to tell time “the old way” as one student put it! Math facts are critical to future success as we move beyond factors and divisibility rules and into fractions and decimals, so when you’re waiting at that traffic light, ask your child multiplication and division facts like 7 x 8, 549, and 6 x 8! Look for a unit review next Thursday with a final unit assessment on 9 or 10 October.
Look for a field trip permission slip on Sunday, 1 October. We will bravely travel the mighty E11 in search of facts about the famous explorer Ibn Battuta at the Ibn Battuta Mall on 5 October. Would you like to volunteer to take a group exploring on the trip? Please submit your information on this form. Parents will chaperone a group of 5-10 children as they complete a scavenger hunt and enjoy lunch. Details to follow next week, but we expect to depart UAS at about 9:45 and return by about 13:30.
Please CHARGE the MacBooks! We do have power outlets in the classrooms, but it is so much easier to manage the computers when the batteries are fully charged for a day’s use. Additionally, please be sure that your child’s computer is labeled with his or her name and your contact information. Finally, students need to bring HEADPHONES (or earbuds) to school whenever they bring their computers.
Important Upcoming Dates
Sunday, 1 October: Ibn Battuta permission slip to be sent home
Sunday, 1 October: After School Activities begin
Monday, 2 October: Back to School Night
Tuesday, 3 October: Return Ibn Battuta permission slip
Tuesday, 3 October: Early Release–Students depart at 14:00
Thursday, 5 October: Ibn Battuta field trip
Thursday, 5 October: Elementary swim team tryouts