It’s been a fabulously FUN FALL! I always enjoy sitting down with students and their families to talk about learning successes and goals during conferences. Since that time, I’ve seen strong evidence that students are feeling pride in their accomplishments and focusing on areas of growth.
Celebrating Dia de los Muertos was a powerful way to honor family and friends who have passed away. Student’s presentations were heartfelt…sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always touching. Thanks to all those who sent in food for the fabulous feast.
It was a pleasure meeting so many grandparents and special friends yesterday. The students were so proud to show their guests our school and couldn’t have been more exited about the cookies at lunch. It was sweet hearing that a couple of the kids got teary eyed singing “You Are My Sunshine.” I have to admit I was misting up, too.
Another fun fall highlight was the STEM project students engineered on Halloween. They worked in teams to create a pumpkin elevator out of cardboard, string and a few other odds and ends. I leave you with some photos from the day…
Social Studies – Students are finishing the rough draft of their Explorer Reports. Next week we will revise, edit, and put all the pieces together. On Thursday and Friday, students will share what they learned with the class.
Religion – We are putting our faith into action in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. We will learn more about how we are called to service; be it through food drives, candy donations, supporting our local homeless population, or praying for veterans.
Math – Next week we will begin a unit on decimals. Students will be adding, subtracting, dividing and multiplying numbers with place values to the thousandths.
Reading – This week we will be comparing and contrasting two characters from our two recently read novels: Morning Girl and Pedro. We will examine their perspectives on four different situations and will analyze how Native and European world views influenced the history of the Americas.
Writing – This week we will spend time talking about how to revise and edit work. Students will analyze their own explorer essays for organizational structure, cohesive ideas, and clarity of expression and will make revisions as they go. In addition, we will edit for punctuation, spelling and grammar.
Genius Hour – Last week we began working on a “genius hour” project to enrich our thinking. Mrs. Ocampo joined our class and led us through the process of thinking deeply about complex ideas such as prayer, God, love, and hope. In the coming week, students will work in teams to design a project to show their thinking. I showed the students a short segment of author Elizabeth Gilbert’s Ted Talk on “Your elusive creative genius” and highly recommend it if you would like to learn more: https://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.