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Rachel's Update 6-8-2020

posted Jun 8, 2020, 10:41 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello Room 3 families and welcome to our last few days together for the 2019/2020 school year.  We made it!  You guys were great.  Thank you for being there on the other side of this distance learning platform.  I relied on your help at times, and you came through.  Whew!

 

The last few days are a time of slowing down and saying goodbye.  I will miss each and every one of you.  I couldn’t have asked for a better group of kids and parents!

 

Important!

Monday:  Monday, June 8th, is move-up day for Ridgeline.  We will not have our normally scheduled class zoom meeting.  Jacob and I will be meeting with the newest members of our classroom community.  However, at 12:00 we will have a lunchtime zoom.  Please join us!

 

Tuesday:  It seems like forever since we have seen each other in person!  Come say goodbye with a drive/roll by wave!  Jacob and I will be at Ridgeline on Tuesday, June 9th from 4:30 – 5:00 pm to see anybody who wishes to come say hi!  We will be standing in front of the school ready to wave and greet.  This is a social distancing wave so please stay in your cars or on your bikes.  I hope to see you there!  Yay!

 

Wednesday:  This is our last classroom zoom meeting for the school year.  It is our chance to say goodbye to our classroom community for now and say hello to summer!  I hope that everyone can make this very special meeting.  Wear your Ridgeline shirt if you have one!

 

Monday and Tuesday:  As this is our last week together before Summer, Jacob and I will host lunchtime zoom meetings.  This is a sweet opportunity for your kids to get connected and socialize.  Come with food, without food, it doesn’t matter.  We just love to see their faces!

Rachel's Update 6-1-2020

posted Jun 1, 2020, 4:06 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello Room 3 families and welcome to week 10 of distance learning!  As many of you know, this is the last full week of instruction for the 2019/2020 school year!

 

This week we are focusing in on the amazing spider.  We share this world with so many other forms of life.  The spider is one that can be found almost everywhere on our planet.  It is also symbolic of creepy, scary, shadowy things!  I hope to shed some light on the beauty and power of the amazing spider.

 

Wednesday:  We are encouraging students to present their projects, story writing, or other activities that they are really proud of during our Wednesday sharing time.  This is a great opportunity to work on presentation skills, reading, and public speaking.  Yay!

This Wednesday will be: wear a rainbow of colors day.  See you there!

 

Thursday:  This Thursday we will have three very special guests in our classroom zoom meeting.  Meridy, Adam, and Jasper will be joining us to field questions from our 3rd grade students about their classrooms, curriculum, and class culture.  This is an important meeting for all students to attend, especially if they are a 3rd grader.  At the end of this meeting we will reveal the next year class placements.  Afterwards, students can join us for our lunch zoom to talk to their friends if they would like.

 

Learning about class placement is an emotional time for 3rd graders.  Ridgeline considers many factors when making decisions on placement.  We believe that your student will do well in their new classroom.  Let’s welcome them!  Monday, June 8th,  is move-up day.  Students will spend time with their new teachers in a meaningful way and get to know all of their peers moving up with them.  Watch for communication from Upper Elementary teachers at the end of the week for details.

 

Video Project:  Jacob is busy this week putting together our end-of-year video.  A big thank you to Jacob for taking on this project!  If you have not yet submitted a video, please do so through the Seesaw activity.  If you are a 3rd grader, please make sure that you submit a goodbye video or a photo for us to use as well.  Pictures of cards made for the classroom are also welcome and greatly appreciated!


Important Dates

 

Thursday, 6/4, Special Guest Zoom meeting with Upper Elementary teachers.

 

Monday, 6/8, Move-up Day.

 

Wednesday, 6/10, is the last day of school.

Rachel's Update 5-26-2020

posted May 26, 2020, 3:30 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello Room 3 families and welcome to week 9 of distance learning!  Yes, I did say week 9!  Whew!  You guys are doing an amazing job.  I am so grateful for all you do to keep our classroom a community of learners.  We have a thriving, vibrant Seesaw classroom and our zoom meetings are full of beautiful faces ready to zoom once again each morning.  During this time of distance learning Jacob and I have seen another side of your children that we don’t normally get to see.  It has been a joyful and humbling experience.  Thank you for flexing with us.

 

This week we will expand our view from butterflies to the wide world of insects.  A number of students requested this specific topic and I am happy to oblige!  Last week we took a closer look at butterflies, their life cycle, and transformation process.  Some students chose to research different types of butterflies.  I love to see all their researching skills going to good use in this distance learning environment!

 

Wednesday:  We are encouraging students to present their projects, story writing, or other activities that they are really proud of during our Wednesday sharing time.  This is a great opportunity to work on presentation skills, reading, and public speaking.  Yay!

This Wednesday will be: bring your pet or stuffie to zoom day.  See you there!

 

Video Project:  Thank you to all the families who have already submitted their videos and photos of their student to Jacob for our special end-of-year video project.  They look great!  I can’t wait to see the finished video.  J  If you haven’t submitted your material yet please do so by Friday so that we have time to put it all together.  Thank you for your help with this.  It is going to be very special.

Important Dates

 

Monday, 5/25, is Memorial Day.  There is no school and no new assignments will be posted to Seesaw.

 

Wednesday, 6/10, is the last day of school.


--Rachel and Jacob

Rachel's Update 5-18-2020

posted May 18, 2020, 12:53 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Greetings Room 3 families and welcome to week 8 of distance learning!  The butterflies are emerging and it has me thinking about metamorphosis.  Things are changing and we can feel it!  This week we are looking at the lifecycle of butterflies.  Some of you may be watching first-hand as your caterpillars morph and change.  Insect Lore is a website that sells caterpillar kits if your family is interested. 

 

Cultural ActivitiesLast week’s experiment seemed to work well so we will continue to assign the entire week’s cultural activities on Monday in Seesaw.  My intention is that each day your child can choose a cultural activity that they are interested in.  Montessori style!

 

3rd graders: Many 3rd graders are in the final stages of their compare/contrast essay.  Good job guys! If your student has not started their writing project yet or is needing some extra assistance please help them get started or reach out to Jacob or I to set up a zoom meeting.

 

Morning Class Meetings:

Thank you for continuing to participate in our class meetings.  These meeting are an important component of our classroom culture and connection with the students.  It is so important to see each and every one of you as often as possible.  Thank you parents for all the effort you put in to getting your child ready in the morning!

Wednesday - This week’s sharing day will also be wear a disguise day for our class!  I wonder who will show up??!  Wednesday will start with music with Amelia followed by sharing.  We are encouraging students who have completed research, writing, or the essay project to participate in Author’s Chair on Wednesday. Read below for other sharing options.

What about sharing on other days?  There will be plenty of opportunities for students to interact during our meetings but we ask that students plan to share on Wednesdays so that we have more time for instruction.  Another option for sharing is on our Seesaw classroom blog.  This is a centralized location for student sharing and allows students to comment and communicate with each other.  Check it out if you haven’t already!

 

Social Zoom:

Many of you have asked for an opportunity for students to socialize and connect via zoom.  This week we will have two opportunities for students to share lunch together in zoom!  Yay!  Log on, eat lunch, and say hi to your friends!

 

Work Plans

Please encourage your kids to use the work plan in Seesaw to document their daily learning activities.  This is our way of knowing what each child is working on during this time of distance learning.

 

As always, take care of yourself and your families.  Please do what makes sense for your family, substitute when needed, and reach out to Jacob or myself if you need any help or support.

 

Rachel and Jacob

Rachel's Update 5-11-2020

posted May 11, 2020, 10:55 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Greetings Room 3 families and welcome to week 7 of distance learning!  This week we will continue to learn about all things bird.  Back by popular demand I have included a bird research project.  These kids love their research!


Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers out there!  Parents, you are the glue that is holding our classroom together.  Thank you so much for doing what you do each and every day.  It's not an easy road to be on, but we are on it together and that makes me feel pretty good.  :)

 

Cultural ActivitiesThis week I am trying something a bit different.  On Monday each student will find the entire week’s cultural activities assigned in Seesaw.  My intention is that each day your child can choose a cultural activity that they are interested in.

 

3rd graders: We are now on week 2 of our compare/contrast essay project.  Last week students filled out a venn diagram and started writing their rough draft.  This week is a big week!  Students are asked to complete their rough draft and go through the editing process.  Once complete and teachers have approved the rough draft, students are ready to create their masterpiece.  A final draft ready for sharing!

 

Morning Class Meetings

Thank you for continuing to participate in our class meetings.  The changes we made to our meeting structure was a huge success last week!  I used some time to review activities in Seesaw as well as give mini-lessons on our cultural topic.  As a reminder, please keep the video on during meetings if possible so that we can interact with and see each student.

Wednesday - This week’s sharing day will also be wear a hat day for our class!  Wednesday will start with music with Amelia followed by sharing.  Read below for other sharing options.

What about sharing on other days?  There will be plenty of opportunities for students to interact during our meetings but we ask that students plan to share on Wednesdays so that we have more time for instruction.  Another option for sharing is on our Seesaw classroom blog.  This is a centralized location for student sharing and allows students to comment and communicate with each other.  Check it out if you haven’t already!

 

Work Plans

Please encourage your kids to use the work plan in Seesaw to document their daily learning activities.  This is our way of knowing what each child is working on during this time of distance learning.

 

As always, take care of yourself and your families.  Please do what makes sense for your family, substitute when needed, and reach out to Jacob or myself if you need any help or support.

 

Rachel and Jacob


Rachel's Update 5-4-2020

posted May 4, 2020, 1:07 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Greetings Room 3 families and welcome to week 6 of distance learning!  This week we will be exploring feathers and over the next two weeks we will be diving into all things bird.  It’s springtime and the birds know it!  There is birdsong in the air and aerial acrobatics seem to be everywhere!  I have seen nests and a multitude of feathers out and about to explore.

 

Safety: On that note, when learning about animals it is important to first talk about safety.  Please read the following article about how to safely handle bird feathers and use your best judgement at home when exploring feathers with your kids.

 

Side Note:  As part of a Native American tribe I have permission to own eagle feathers.  I requested and have received eagle feathers from my tribe that I will show students in our zoom meetings.  I will also discuss the legality and reasons behind why most people are not allowed to keep these types of feathers.  If you have any questions please email me at rachel.quinn@ridgeline.org.

 

3rd graders: Before school closed we were starting a writing project that involved comparing and contrasting.  This project was to expand student writing in preparation for the state testing requirement of multi-paragraph writing.  Students completed one other project like this in the classroom, so it is not completely new.  This week we will step through this process once again.  The activities involve: learning about birds and mammals by watching two videos, taking notes, and filling in a venn diagram.  Next, students will fill in a scaffolded rough draft essay.  Then they will go through the editing process.  Last, they will write a final draft.  Students can use the Seesaw writing tools or write on paper and take a picture of their work.  This will be a week-long writing process.  Please feel free to take longer if needed.

 

Morning Class Meetings

Thank you for continuing to participate in our class meetings.  It is the time where we get to connect with your children, see their faces, hear their voices, and give direction to the whole class.  Please keep the video on during meetings if possible so that we can interact with and see each student.

Wednesday - This week will see a few changes.  Students love to share!  Starting this week Wednesday will be our designated “sharing” meeting.  Wednesday will start with music with Amelia followed by sharing.  It will also be a themed day!  This Wednesday is bring a stuffie or blankie to school day for our class!  Bring both if you like.  J

What about sharing on other days?  There will be plenty of opportunities for students to interact during our meetings but we ask that students plan to share on Wednesdays so that we have more time for instruction.  Another option for sharing is on our Seesaw classroom blog.  This is a centralized location for student sharing and allows students to comment and communicate with each other.  Check it out if you haven’t already!

 

Slippers

For those of you who would like to pick up your student’s slippers, Jacob will be at school on Tuesday, May 7th, from 5 – 6 pm ready to hand them out.  Stop by, say hi to the wonderful Jacob, and reclaim your slippers if you like.  J

 

Work Plans

Please encourage your kids to use the work plan in Seesaw to document their daily learning activities.  This is our way of knowing what each child is working on during this time of distance learning.

 

As always, take care of yourself and your families.  Please do what makes sense for your family, substitute when needed, and reach out to Jacob or myself if you need any help or support.


Happy May!


Rachel and Jacob


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Rachel's Update 4-27-2020

posted Apr 27, 2020, 1:02 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Welcome to Week Five of home learning.  April 27-May 1       (No Zoom Meetings on Fridays)

 

Hello Room 3 families! To begin with we’d like to pass along information shared at our staff meeting last Friday. Some students and families have expressed concern that they may be ‘held back’ and not allowed to progress to the next grade. Ridgeline Administration reassured us that students will advance (move-up) to the next grade at the end of this school year. If skills from the current grade level are lacking, that material will be covered by next year’s teacher.

 

Thank you for all that you’re doing to help your children choose and complete home learning activities. We have completed week 1 of fully integrated Seesaw learning.  Congratulations to all the parents and students who are making the best of this time!  Although I would like students to complete math, language arts, and cultural activities each day, please feel free to modify and/or substitute other activities that better work for your individual family.  Some parents have asked to do math practice and/or reading practice without the use of an electronic device.  I understand that with school moving online your children are having an increase in screen time.  If you prefer, it is ok for your child to find other ways to practice math facts and reading.  At the end of each day have your child document their learning activities on their work plan in Seesaw.  Please email me at rachel.quinn@ridgeline.org if you have any questions.

 

🏃🏻🏃️We  suggest students take a break for physical activity after 20 minutes of focused, quiet work. 🏃🏃🏻

 

Outdoor activities done with family are the best! We encourage parents/students to use their imagination/creativity to integrate Language Arts, Math and Cultural (science/social science /arts) learning while enjoying time together.

 

“The Great Slipper Confusion” of 2020 – As many of you know, last week Jacob helped pass out our classroom student belongings to families at Ridgeline.  One item that we were unable to return was your child’s slippers.  Unfortunately, I did not have a system in place that labeled the slippers.  We didn’t know who they belonged to!  Well, I have learned my lesson and will do things differently next year.  However, we still have a slipper shelf full of slippers.  If you would like to get your child’s slippers back before next school year, please email Jacob or I.  We will do our best to reunite you with your slippers.  If not, we will get them back to you in the new year.

 

Zoom Meetings – It’s so wonderful to see the children each morning in our classroom zoom meetings!  Some eating their breakfast.  Some wrapped up in a blanket.  Others cuddling their dog or cat.  We love it!  Thank you for making it happen.  I know it can be hard to get going in the morning!  Starting this week, we will no longer have Friday zoom meetings.  We will continue to meet on Monday – Thursday at 9:30 am.

 

Seesaw – Most of you seem to be getting the hang of our new online school platform.  However, some families have encountered issues with the software and functionality.  If you are experiencing problems with Seesaw, please email Jacob or I so that we can help support you.

 

Rachel: rachel.quinn@ridgeline.org

Jacob: jacob.searl@ridgeline.org

 

Rachel and Jacob

 

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Rachel's Update 4-20-2020

posted Apr 20, 2020, 11:58 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Congratulations, everyone!

 

            Thanks to all of our lovely families we are up and running!  Our Seesaw community is starting to bloom with activities, pictures of amazing student creations, and supportive comments from our classroom community.  It is so nice to have a singular place to come together and celebrate learning, sharing, and expression!  Our little online classroom will be our home for the rest of the school year.  Let’s join together to make it a warm, supportive, fun, and exciting place for our kids to explore!

 

            We have all been hit with challenges by the seemingly instant shift in our world, our country, our state, and even our own city.  Sometimes the news is filled with so much negativity that it can be hard to see the good around us.  I see the good, the love that you share with your kids.  How we handle change is probably the biggest lesson our kids are learning right now.  You are their most important teacher.  Good job guys!  I hope that you are all taking care of yourselves as well.  If there is any way that Jacob or I can help please reach out.

 

            Thank you for sending your kids to our zoom class meeting every morning at 9:30 am.  Keep sending them in their robes, with their bowl of cereal or still cozy in their blankets - we love seeing every face!  Jacob and I are deeply grateful to all of you for helping them maintain their connections to school and to each other.

 

New Features

            Next week, we are introducing three new learning platforms: Raz-Kids, Prodigy, and Xtra Math.  They are online learning programs with some gamelike features to appeal to kids.  Underneath the bells and whistles, each one offers strong educational content and gives parents and teachers a way to track progress.  My intent is for kids to use these programs to continue practicing reading and math skills, at their own pace, as we also work through activities on Seesaw. 

 

If your child has a favorite program or enjoys working through another activity at home (like a workbook or a creative project), please feel free to substitute activities and generally make distance learning work for your family.  If you are experiencing power struggles, dips in motivation or tech glitches, please reach out to me and Jacob and we’ll respond ASAP.  

 

Virtual Work Plans

Another new feature this week is a Seesaw-based work plan.  Kids can keep track of their progress throughout the week by highlighting work on their plan.  Each day they can save their plan as a draft before turning it in on Friday.  I’ve attached a sample work plan to this email that you can print out or refer back to as needed.

Our intent is to help students document their activities throughout the day.  We do not expect every item to be completed.  Please choose what works for your family as you find a healthy work flow.  We are here for you if you need any help!

 

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Getting Started with Online Resources

 

Prodigy Math

            Prodigy is a fun (and yes, somewhat addictive) math game that automatically adjusts to your child, providing more practice where needed and letting kids advance at their own speed.  It’s completely free, but it also offers a paid version (where the child can get more stars and bonus items).  The educational content of the free version is the same as the premium version, so please don’t feel you need to upgrade. You can also set up a free parent account and use it to view your child’s progress.

 

Raz-Kids for Reading

            Raz-Kids is a reading program that offers online books and articles for kids at every level.  It’s free and a great way to give kids access to new content as they run out of books at home.  I’ve guesstimated student reading levels and will be adjusting them up or down over the next week as kids complete assessments in the program. 

 

Readworks

            Readworks is a program that students are familiar with.  We have been using this reading program in the classroom for much of the school year.  Readworks has a vast library of reading materials for students to choose from.

 

Xtra Math

            Xtra Math is a tool for practicing math facts.  Memorizing math facts becomes more and more important as your child progresses in math.  Our upper elementary classrooms require students to have their math facts memorized, so if your child is in 3rd grade this tool can be very useful in helping your child prepare for 4th grade math.

 

Getting Started with XtraMath

            You should have received an email that explains how to create your student’s XtraMath account. If you’re having difficulty signing up or logging in, please contact Rachel or Jacob and we’ll be able to guide you through the process.

 

One Click Access 

We are making it easier for you and your child to manage Zoom meetings and logins to our extra online resources.  This means less emails!  In Seesaw, click the Inbox tab at the right.  Then look under messages.  We’ve posted a message that includes our Zoom meeting link.  This is a recurring meeting link so the same link can be used for all our 9:30 class meetings.  We also posted a message with links to our new online learning platforms/resources: Xtra Math, Readworks, Raz-Kids, and Prodigy.

 

Music next Thursday

Next Thursday, April 23rd, music teacher Amelia will host the first Ridgeline music Zoom meeting.  Students will be making egg shakers and rain sticks. We’ll also sing some fun songs together.  Here is a list of supplies if you want to build your egg shaker and rain sticks along with Amelia:

 

Empty plastic Easter eggs or small glass or plastic jars (with lids)

Dried rice

Dried beans

Masking tape or duct tape

Paper (printer paper or construction paper is fine)

Scissors

Tube from inside of wrapping paper roll, or a paper towel roll

Wooden dowels or plastic straws, cut into piece that are as long as the diameter of the roll

 

As always, there are tons of extra music listening activities and worksheets at ameliamau.com. Music will be up and running on Seesaw within the next two weeks. Please email Amelia at amelia.mau@rigeline.org if you have any questions.

Rachel's Update 4-13-2020

posted Apr 13, 2020, 12:39 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Good morning families!  

Welcome to week 3 of supplemental learning/online school.  We will be moving to the Seesaw online school program/platform soon.  However, we are rolling out one class at a time to make this a smoother transition for all involved.  Please be patient as we work on streamlining this process.  I am excited to make use of this new way to come together as a classroom and interact more fluidly with students and families.

Please reach out if you have any questions or are in need of help.  I will do what I can to be of assistance during this challenging time.  My office hour is 11 - 12.  I also check emails throughout the day.  The following weekly schedule is a suggested daily plan.  Please feel free to alter it as needed.  Remember that time spent with family is so valuable.  You are all doing an amazing job!

**Please see the attached .pdf for a complete list of resources for this week's activities.

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Ridgeline Public Charter Montessori – Lower El

 

Week 3 Distance Learning Schedule

 

Rachel and Jacob’s Classroom

 

This week we are diving into Japan studies!  Our Language Arts and Cultural curriculum are combined this week to reflect the nature of the activities presented.  Learning about how other people live helps us to see the beauty in differences.  When you look deep enough, you can see yourself reflected back at you.  Earlier this year we studied the fundamental needs of humans.  They are: food, shelter, clothing, protection/defense, transportation, and spiritual (religion, art, self-expression).  In this study we learned that every culture has certain needs that they find a way to meet.  What do you remember about the fundamental needs?  What similarities and differences can you find between Japanese culture and the culture that you are a part of?  What does that tell you about people?  What does that tell you about yourself?

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9:30 Zoom meeting

Prepare your workspace

9:30 Zoom meeting

Prepare your workspace

9:30 Zoom meeting

Prepare your workspace

9:30 Zoom meeting

Prepare your workspace

9:30 Zoom meeting

Prepare your workspace

Language Arts/Cultural:

 

Read for at least 20 minutes

 

Choose one activity from the unit on Japan: Life in Japan, Haiku, Japanese Games, Origami, Music, and Geography.

Language Arts/Cultural:

 

Read for at least 20 minutes

 

Choose one activity from the unit on Japan: Life in Japan, Haiku, Japanese Games, Origami, Music, and Geography.

Language Arts/Cultural:

 

Read for at least 20 minutes

 

Choose one activity from the unit on Japan: Life in Japan, Haiku, Japanese Games, Origami, Music, and Geography.

Language Arts/Cultural:

 

Read for at least 20 minutes

 

Choose one activity from the unit on Japan: Life in Japan, Haiku, Japanese Games, Origami, Music, and Geography.

Language Arts/Cultural:

 

Read for at least 20 minutes

 

Choose one activity from the unit on Japan: Life in Japan, Haiku, Japanese Games, Origami, Music, and Geography.

Math:

 

Level 1:  Find a bag of food with a nutrition label.  How many calories are in each serving?  Compare that to the nutrition label on another bag of food.  Which one has the most calories?

Bonus: Graph 5 different foods by calories per serving.

 

Level 2: Find a bag of food with a nutrition label.  How many calories are in each serving?  How many servings are in the bag?  Multiply the calories by how many servings to find the total calories for the entire bag.

Bonus: Compare 5 different nutrition labels.  Create a bar graph showing the calories per serving or the total calories.  Which food has the most calories?  Which food has the least calories?

Math:

 

Level 1:  The answer to an addition or subtraction problem is 32.  List as many solutions as you can.  Bonus: Create a word problem with the answer 32.

 

Level 2: The answer to a multiplication problem is 18.  List as many solutions as you can.


Bonus: Create a multiplication word problem with the answer 18.  Now try this challenge with a new number.

 

Math:

 

Create a menu based on food that you have at your house.  Include prices.

Bonus: Plan a meal based on the food you have available.  With a parent, cook and serve your meal to your family!

 

Math:

 

Create a poll (see a sample poll and tally chart below).  Write down several questions with yes/no answers.  Ask your family your questions and document their answers on a tally chart.
Bonus: For each question answer the following: What fraction represents no answers?  What fraction represents yes answers?

 

Math:

 

How many jumping jacks can you do in a minute?  How many sit ups?  Take those two numbers and create and illustrate a word problem.  Share your word problem with your family!

Bonus:  Family challenge!  How many jumping jacks and sit ups can your family do?  Document their results on a graph.

 

 

Clean up your workspace

Clean up your workspace

Clean up your workspace

Clean up your workspace

Clean up your workspace

 


 

My Poll:

 

1.         Do you like to eat carrots?  YES   NO

 

2.         Do you like to eat peas?  YES   NO

 

3.         Do you like to eat apples?  YES   NO

 

4.         Do you like to eat marshmallows?  YES   NO

 

5.         Do you like to eat tomatoes?  YES   NO

 

Tally Chart

Question

Tally of Yes Answers

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Life in Japan

If you lived in Japan, how would life be different for you? Here are some resources to help you begin to understand what life is like for those who live in Japan. Choose a video from this list and write a report on the video you watched.

 

Assignment:

Write about what is similar to your life here in America, and write about what things are different. What did you think strange or new about what you saw? What do you think you would like or dislike about living in Japan?

 

Elementary School Life in Japan - The School Day

 

The next three videos were taken from the youtube channel “Life Where I’m from”. This channel has many other videos that talk about life in Japan, as well as some other related topics. If you’d like, several of the other videos on the channel could be used for this activity as well.

What Japanese Breakfast is Like

The Homework of a Japanese Student in Third Grade

Elementary School Rules in Japan (Subtitles Available)

 

Haiku

Haiku (俳句) is a type of short poem that has been practiced for hundreds of years. When we write haiku in English, we count the syllables of each word that we use to make sure that our haiku is the right length. If you aren’t sure how many syllables are in a word, this video might help you.

 

Syllables

 

To write a Haiku

Use three lines with syllables

write five, seven, five

 

The first and last lines of a haiku have five total syllables. The second line is the longest, and has seven total syllables. I think you will find that writing haiku is not too difficult. Here are two templates to help get you started.

 

Assignment:

Try writing your own haiku poem and read it to your family.

 

Haiku Starter

Haiku Pattern Template

Once you feel ready, take a look at this translation of a famous haiku written by Natsume Souseki.

 

Over the wintry

Forest, winds howl in rage

With no leaves to blow.

 

In Japan, haiku is always written using words that tell the reader about the season, These words are called “kigo” (季語). Haiku are usually written about nature, and kigo help the writer express the feelings that come with the season that they describe. The kigo used in Natsume’s haiku are “wintry forest”. 

 

Bonus:

Try writing your own traditional haiku about something in nature. Make sure to use words that help the reader know what season your haiku is set in.

 

Japanese Games

Shiritori

Shiritori is a word game that is especially popular with children and high schoolers in Japan. In order to play, you need to find at least 1 other person to play with. The first person will take a turn and say a word out loud. The next person will have to say a word that begins with the last letter of the word that the previous person said. For example:

 

Player 1 says: “Friend” 

 

Player 2 says: “Drive

 

Player 3 says: “Evil” 

 

The game ends when someone says a word that has already been used, or takes too long to think of a word. You can make it more challenging by choosing a category like “animals” that every word has to be a part of.

 

Here is a video that describes how to play the game using writing materials.

ESL Games For Reading & Phonics | Shiritori Explanation | Easy ESL Games

 

Assignment:

Play a game of shiritori with someone you know. You could even do this online over text or zoom if the person you want to play with isn’t nearby.



Karuta

Karuta – A Japanese Card Game

 

Karuta can be a simple or complex game depending on how you choose to play it. In order to play you need a set of reader cards and a set of player cards. A player card (left) and its corresponding reader card (right) might look like this:

 

O

Outside my window

The birds sing through the morning

Warm sunlight returns

Two players sit across from each other with the player cards spread face up across the floor between them. A third person holds the reader deck, and reads through them in order after shuffling. In my example, once the reader says “Outside”, the players know which card they are supposed to find. Whoever can find and grab it from the ground first claims that card. Both players keep playing until all of the cards are picked up and then count how many they were able to pick up during the game. Whoever ends up with the most cards wins.

 

Here is a resource that supplies cards that can be printed out if you are interested.

Rules for Karuta

 

Assignment:

Summarize how to play the game Karuta in your own words.

 

Bonus:  

Print or create your own set of cards and play Karuta with your family!

 

Origami

In Japan, origami (折り紙) is the art of paper folding. The practice of folding paper into art has been a part of many cultures throughout history. In Edo period Japan, origami could be found attached to gifts and functioned like greeting cards. The activity quickly became a popular form of entertainment, and is now enjoyed around the world. 

 

When doing origami, it is best to start with a square sheet of paper of any size. Once you have chosen your paper, you should not cut into it with scissors or use tape or glue to hold it in shape.

 

Here are 42 simple instruction sets to help you get started.

Easy Origami Instructions and Diagrams

 

Assignment:

Try a few! Practice makes perfect.

 

Once you feel like you’re ready to move on, here is a video that talks about the cultural significance and philosophy behind origami in Japan. 

One Thousand Cranes

 

In Japan, cranes are a symbol of good luck and long life. Some people believe that if you fold 1000 paper cranes, you may be granted a wish. Sometimes strings of 1000 paper cranes called senbazuru (千羽鶴) will be given to friends or family who are sick to show them that they are loved and cared for. 

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Bonus:

Follow these directions to learn how to make a paper crane. You can make more than one if you want to!

How To Make a Paper Crane: Origami Step by Step-Easy

 

Music

I have tried to include a variety of styles of music in this list. Try listening to a few and think about how they make you feel. Although you won’t be able to understand the words, you may find that music can still be enjoyed even if you don’t know the language.

 

Assignment:

After you are done listening, write about your thoughts. What did you think was interesting or surprising? What kind of situation do you think this music would be good for? Did you enjoy what you heard?

 

Kousuke Atari - Sorezoreni

Yamabushi (Noh music set to Shugendo imagery)

Kodo - "O-Daiko" - HD (japanese drummers - Taiko - tambours géants Japon)

さくら(Sakura) 25絃箏 (25 strings koto)

Shamisen Girls Ki&Ki - Tsugaru Jongara Bushi

Official髭男dism - PretenderOfficial Video

SUPER BEAVER「らしさ」MV

あいみょん - マリーゴールド【OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

愛にできることはまだあるかい RADWIMPS MV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjTbu05sIrY

おさかな天国〈振り付き〉

Hatsune Miku World is Mine / ryosupercell)【初音ミク】

Joe Hisaishi - One Summer's Day

 

Geography

Here is a blank map of Japan. 

 

Blank Map of Japan

 

Option 1:

1. Print out the blank map of Japan.  Find and label as many of these locations as you can: Sea of Japan, East China Sea, Pacific Ocean, Hokkaido Island, Honshu Island, Shikoku Island, Kyushu Island, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Hiroshima, Kumamoto, Sapporo, Sendai.

 

2. Color the map however you like.

 

Option 2:

1. Choose a topic related to Japan that you are interested in. Put together a research project using drawings and facts that you learn about your topic. If you aren’t sure what you want to research, try choosing one of the locations listed in option 1.

Rachel's Update 4-6-2020

posted Apr 6, 2020, 11:18 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello Room 3 families and welcome to Week 2 of our supplementary learning experience!  One important notification is that our daily morning zoom meeting has been rescheduled from 10 to 9:30 am.  This was to ensure that all classroom meeting times do not overlap.  I have attached a file named "Week_2_Resources.pdf" that contains guidance and supplemental information on the assignments for this week.  The work plan below is a suggested guide to your student's weekly learning.  Please pick and choose or create your own activities based on what works for your family.  We had a great first week and are now up and rolling.  Thank you for all the hard work you are putting in.  I know this is not easy!


Rachel and Jacob

Room 3


Ridgeline Lower El Week 2

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9:30 Zoom meeting

Prepare your workspace

9:30 Zoom meeting

Prepare your workspace

9:30 Zoom meeting

Prepare your workspace

9:30 Zoom meeting

Prepare your workspace

9:30 Zoom meeting

Prepare your workspace

Language Arts:

 

Read for at least 20 minutes

 

Write about your book:

 

Tell why you chose the book you are reading.  Does it remind you of other books you’ve liked? Did you like the cover? 

 

 

Language Arts:

 

Read for at least 20 minutes

 

Write about your book:

 

Make a table that includes characters in your book.  Include a column to describe each character.

Language Arts:

 

Read for at least 20 minutes

 

Write about your book:

 

Write a travel brochure for the setting of the book you are reading.  Your brochure can include illustrations, maps and descriptions of the places in your book.  Use your imagination!

Language Arts:

 

Read for at least 20 minutes

 

Write about your book:

 

Write a journal entry from the perspective of one of the characters in your book.

OR

Write the script of an interview with a character.  You could even have two characters interview each other!

Language Arts:

 

Read for at least 20 minutes

 

Write about your book:

 

Create a summary of your book.  In a paragraph or two, tell what happens in your book.

Math:

 

All:

Draw a map of your house that is as accurate as possible.  Add distance to your map using footsteps as a unit of measure.

 

Challenge: Choose a wall and measure the length and height of it.  What is the perimeter of the wall?  What is the area of the wall?

 

 

Math:

 

Level 1:

In a garden half of the flowers are blue and half of the flowers are yellow.  Draw a picture to illustrate what that might look like.  How many different half-and-half gardens can you draw?

 

Level 2:

Challenge:

Design a garden.  Using graph paper if possible design your garden.  Label each garden bed with the length and width in feet (12 inches) or other measurement.  What will you plant in your garden?  How many of each plant?  Draw a picture of your finished garden in bloom!

 

Math:

 

All:

Choose an item to use as a measuring tool.  This can be anything easily held and moved.  One example is your shoe.  Measure 10 objects around your house using your measurement tool.  For example, how many shoes tall is your door?  Record your measurements including units used.

 

Challenge:

Create a bar graph to display your results.

 

Math:

 

Level 1:

I spent $1.25 at the grocery store using only coins.  What coins might I have used?  List as many coin combinations as you can.

 

Level 2:

I went to the store and purchased an item using 1 piece of paper money and 5 coins.  List as many combinations and totals as you can.

Bonus: What is the smallest combination possible?

 

 

Math:

 

Level 1:

Use dice for this problem.  Roll a die and write down the number.  Keep rolling the die, adding the number to the previous sum.  Keep doing this until you reach 100.  How many times did you have to roll the die?

 

Level 2:

Use dice for this problem.  Roll one die 20 times and record the results.  Create a bar graph displaying the results.  Which number did you roll the most?  Which number did you roll the least?

Bonus: Write fractions to represent how many times each number was rolled. Represent as a fraction of 20 how many times you rolled a 6 or a 1.

Cultural:

Flowers!  Explore flowers growing around your home.  Draw a picture of each flower type found in your journal.

 

Challenge:

Classify your flowers.  Choose a characteristic (like color), then sort your flowers into a table.

 

Cultural:

Using the parts of a flower image below draw and create your own parts of a flower diagram in your journal.

 

Challenge:

Pick a flower and dissect it.  Try to find all of the flower parts that you labeled in your diagram.  If you have a magnifying glass examine the flower up close.

Cultural:

Design your own flower and draw a picture of it.  What kind of pollinator would be attracted to it?  Why?

 

Cultural:

If the weather allows: Sit outside with your journal.  Document which pollinators you see and how many during 15 minutes.

Extra: What flowers are they attracted to?

 

Challenge:

Create a pollinator graph to show what kind of pollinators you observed outside your home.

Cultural:

Choose a seed and plant it in a pot where it will get plenty of water and sunlight.  Create a daily observation sheet to write observations about the growth patterns.  This could last a few weeks.

·      See attached plant observation sheet.  Print or create your own sheet.

 

Clean up your workspace

Clean up your workspace

Clean up your workspace

Clean up your workspace

Clean up your workspace

 

Notes:

We will be writing about our reading this week!  Please choose a fiction or nonfiction narrative.  Remember, a narrative is a story with characters, a setting, and a beginning, middle and end.

 

Reading Comprehension:

 

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