This week, students dove deep into their inquiry learning with a transdisciplinary activity that had them reading about four different people who inspired others based on their values, community, and culture. Students took part in a Jigsaw activity in which they read short biographies about Helen Keller, Jackie Robinson, Cesar Chavez, and Martin Luther King Jr. Students then wrote about what it was that they read, and shared their learning with a small group of peers, thus fitting all the pieces of their jigsaw together.
This week, students began their very first Engage New York math unit which focuses on Place Value. Students also participated in their very first round of MATH rotations. Every day, students will MEET with the teach on the carpet and go over the days concept, they will also be assigned a problem set worksheet AT their desk. Every other day, students will participate in a TECHNOLOGY activity such as Dreambox or Prodigy, or they will do a HANDS on activity with their math partner. This week, students got to play place value Yahtzee during their hands on activity.
This week, students continued working on our PYP unit of inquiry: Who We Are. Our main area of focus this week was on community and culture. Students watched a few short videos to get inspired and learn more about the concepts like Christian, a student who created the buddy bench for his schools playground, and William, a young boy who built a windmill for his small town in Africa. Students also learned the metaphor that culture is an iceberg, and they took part in a sorting activity in which they looked at many different concepts of culture. Students also did some self reflection when they brainstormed all the different communities that they were apart of.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this years West TV Fun Run! Students had a great time being active and achieving their running goals, and it was nice to see a few parent volunteers in the crowd. If you made a pledge, please be sure to get those donations in as soon as possible, so students may begin collecting their incentives and we can reach our school goal of $20,000.
Our next Continent Club check day will be held on Thursday, October 18th. The area students will be studying is SE Asia. Continent Club is a fun and interactive way for students to learn about the world around them, but this activity does not take place during core teaching time, and is instead an event put on by parent volunteers. That being said, if your child would like to study and prepare for this months check, all study materials can be accessed here.
- Tuesday, October 2nd- Reading Logs Due/ Vocabulary Test
- Wednesday, October 3rd- Early Release 1:35pm
- Wednesday, October 10th- Walk to School Day
- Friday, October 12th- Family Movie Night 6:30pm
- Tuesday, October 16th- Picture Day
- Thursday, October 18th- Continent Club Check
- Thursday, October 18th- Friday, October 26th- Book Fair
- Wednesday, October 24th- Friday, October 26th- Fall Conferences: NO STUDENTS
- Tuesday, October 30th- Halloween Parties