November 13, 2009

The students took a week 2 spelling test this week. Overall I’ve been really pleased with how seriously the students are approaching their work in vocabulary. The other day Halley observed students using some new vocabulary words during lunch (in the context of wresting Halloween candy away from each other).

One of the things I’ve noticed is kids beginning to use the words they’ve encountered in 1100 Words in their daily oral language, as well as pointing out words they come across in literature. Students must complete their independent reading books by Friday, Nov. 20, and we will begin focusing on elements of stories.

Gutterball: Finals were today. This has been a highly engaging process where students just did a phenomenal job of working collaboratively to come up with a design for their Gutterball track. Tracks were judged based on four categories: Fastest, slowest through the course, best tricks, most number of spirals.

Take-apart Center: We are initiating the Take Apart Center and need your donations! We will accept any unit that we can take a part (without putting it back together or repairing…). For example: typewriters, old computers, sewing machines, vcr’s,…. The idea here is to have students learn to use hand tools and to understand better how things work!

Math: Work has mainly focused on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing positive and negative integers and fractions.

Last week was our first Continental Math League competition. Be on the lookout for the results in the Friday Folder.

Technology class wasn’t held this week due to the Veteran’s Day holiday.

Music: Students have been working on some theory but mostly practicing for the November 17th performance in their small groups and whole group.

French: Students have continued their work on numbers, irregular verbs and conversational skills.

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