General Studies Update for week of March 6, 2017

Good afternoon! It was great to see so many families at the Purim Carnival this morning. Here are a few things coming up, and some photos of the students.

Math – On Friday we began learning about probability and the words likely, unlikely, certain, and impossible. This week we will continue that and at the end of the week we will start learning about measurement.  A few photos show students working together to create bar graphs.

Literacy – I am using some wonderful books to build social / emotional skills. I’ve read Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters and Pinduli to the students. They have been comparing main characters using a Venn Diagram, and making connections to their lives and to other stories.  Mrs. Hallett kindly ordered some additional books to go with this content, which is related to the Responsive Classroom Program.

Students are working on persuasive writing and learning how to back up their opinions with examples, how to write paragraphs that are about mostly one thing, and how to consider the audience as readers. Of course, punctuation and spelling are emphasized in this framework as well.

Students are learning about light and circuits in science and have spent some time in the science lab with Mrs. Jaffa. The photos show students using a flashlight and working together to make observations about shadows.  They noted the differences in the shadows when the light source was at various distances from their hand.  We have our field trip to MOSH and students will participate in a program called Energize Me!

Passion projects are going strong and I am very excited for you to see all the students present their research on Wednesday, March 22 at 8:30 am in the library. Invitations will be on the way shortly.

Wishing you a terrific week! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Lisa

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