This week, students were broken up into small groups to begin their final book club of the school year. On Monday, students were given multiple story selections, and asked to collaborate with their new group members to choose a book that everyone agreed upon. After that, students created a detailed calendar outlining the number of pages they would read each day, and began reading their stories independently, or aloud with their peers. Throughout the week, students created some class agreements where they shared what a book club might look, and sound like, as well as went over what types of questions may be asked during a group discussion.
This week, students had a introduction to Geometry! We started the week by learning about symmetry, and parallel and perpendicular lines, and then quickly moved on to identifying lines and angles, as well as classifying shapes by measuring with the use of a protractor. Students spent some time working with different triangles, and can now tell you the difference between acute, obtuse, and right angles, as well as isosceles, scalene, and equilateral lines.
This week, students spent all their time planning, practicing, filming, and finally celebrating their Public Service Announcements. Each group was in charge of creating a two minute video, in which they described the warning signs of their Natural Disaster, as well as shared some examples of the past, and ways in which we can prepare in case of future events. Students chose backgrounds for green screen filming, and brought in props that intensified each clip. We ended the week by watching all 16 PSA's, and now truly feel like we have a better idea of how we use scientific knowledge to respond to our changing earth.
On Monday, May 14th we will kick off a two week Read-A-Thon. Students will focus on reading and commit to completing 10 reading sessions, at school or home, ranging from 10-30 minutes for 10 days. Students can choose any book or class assignments to read. All proceeds will go toward our paved path. Students are already beginning to sign up. Look for an informational flyer that is coming home today with your child. The flier is specific to each child. We also have some great incentives that will get your child excited about reading...The Top $ student per class =whip cream pie Mrs. McNamee, The Top $ class in the school = pizza party and pajama day, and The Top $ student in the school = principal with me for a day.
Do some spring cleaning in the next few weeks and save your "Goodwill" items for our very first Rummage Sale! We will begin to collect donations in June and the sale date is set for Saturday, June 9. Donate gently used goods to help raise money to pave the path. Rummage Sale Flyer
West TV Carnival
On May 18th, we will be having our annual West TV Carnival! This year our students will have the opportunity to participate in a water balloon toss with Mrs. McNamee or other staff members! Each balloon is a $1 each and all proceeds will go toward our paved path! Come out All Star's and drench your teacher! It will be fun!
- Tuesday, May 1st-31st- Walk/Ride Your Bike to School Month
- Monday, May 14th- Friday, May 25th-Read-A-Thon
- Tuesday, May 15th- Reading Logs due/Vocabulary Test
- Wednesday, May 16th- Friday, May 18th- Math SBAC Testing
- Thursday, May 17th- Art Lit: Louis Comfort Tiffany
- Friday, May 18th- West TV Carnival
- Thursday, May 31st- Friday June 1st- PYP Authorization Visit