We have been busy, busy in room 306! We are well into our SOS unit and after this week, we will be ready to dive into the clues and investigations of where the families are stranded. Stay tuned for an update as to when the students will be presenting their findings. I'm hoping that I'll be able to reserve a space in the library so that you will be able to attend to see what a great job they have done.
We will finish up with patterns this week and the unit test is going to be on Friday. As our culminating STREAM project, the students will be creating a tessellation. This will carry us through next week.
We are now in Phase II of the SOS research project. This week we have done two experiments. On Monday, we studied how currents form between cold water and warm water. The students took two jars filled with the different waters and put them together using a note card to keep the water inside the one that was inverted. After the mouths of the jars were flush, they slowly removed the note card and wacthed as the two colors mixed. It was a big mess, but they were able to make a connection about temperature and density. Today, we did some experiments with different samples of water that all had different salinities. The students used a pipette to take a sample from the jar and drip it into the test tube. Then they rinsed out the pipette and took a sample from a different jar to drip on top of the first. It was very cool to see how the different solutions stacked up on top of each other. From the experiments, the students were able to see that the salinity of the water also plays a part in ocean density. If you look closely at the picture on the page, you can see that the yellow solution is on the bottom and the blue solution is floating on top. For more pictures of today's experiments, you can go to the gallery and they will be there.
In writing, Ms. Jamieson came in today to introduce our next big project. We are going to do Fairy Tales on Trial. If anyone is a lawyer and would like to come in and talk to our students about the legal system, please let me know asap. We would love to have you come in and talk to the class! Throughout the unit, the students will be taking on the roles of prosecutors, defense attorney, judge, witnesses, bailiff, grand jury, and jury as they read through a fairy tale and decide what, if any, crime was committed. They will have to write opening statements, witness statements, and closing remarks, that they will then present to the jury. The jury will then have to take notes as the trial progresses and decide what verdict they will hand down.
Mrs. Miller, our P.E. teacher has asked us to add the following information to our blogs:Our Spirit Cup P.E. Fundraiser is underway. These orders will be delivered before students leave for winter break. The last day to order is December 2. All sets are $18.00. If you have multiple orders, please try to write one check for all orders if possible. Make checks payable to Short Pump Elementary. Thanks for your support!
Tomorrow will be picture retake day. If you were not satisfied with your child's pictures, return them tomorrow and they will go down for a retake between 8:15 and 10:15.
The first grade report of the second nine weeks will be coming home on Friday.
As you know Thanksgiving is next week. Due to it being such a short week, I will not be doing another blog post until after we return to school. I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Thanks
Yesterday we had our first Young Scientist Program. I hope your child told you all about it. I was very impressed with all of the activities that the teacher did with the class.
We are finishing up our unit of Challenge Math and will be going into patterns next. Tomorrow there will be a grade taken that will cover everything that we have worked on the last week and a half.
In Science, we are in Phase 1 of our SOS unit. Right now, the students are learning about the different types of currents and how they form. They will be applying that knowledge soon when they begin getting clues as to where their family is stranded.
In writing, we are finishing up our Thankful prompt. We have reviewed "big" openings and solid conclusions, so I am excited to read what they are thankful for.
Report cards will be coming home next Monday. By now, you have also received your child's last progress report of the nine weeks. The grades that were on that, are the final averages that you can expect to see on the report card.
Tomorrow the students will be having their annual vision screening. If they are supposed to wear
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