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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

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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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Rachel's Update 4-1-2020

posted Apr 1, 2020, 9:18 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Lower El Ridgeline Distance Learning

Week 1

 

Welcome!

Welcome back!  This week is all about getting reconnected, troubleshooting technology and establishing new routines.  We will be starting off nice and slow and gradually building our program as we all adjust to our new situation.

 

Online Activities

 

Getting Ready to Zoom

Our class will be having an online morning meeting weekday mornings at 10:00 am, starting Wednesday.  At this time, due to privacy issues, we will not be recording these meetings.  

 

To get us all started, Jacob and I will be hosting a zoom meeting on Tuesday at 7:00-8:00 pm.  This is an office-hour style, drop in meeting - join and leave at any time.  This will be your chance to familiarize yourself with how to join a zoom meeting and learn about the features your child will be using.  Once you’re in, say hello, ask questions, and reconnect!  If you have difficulty accessing the meetings, email Jacob at jacob.searl@ridgeline.org.   Include your phone number in your email, and Jacob or I will give you a call to walk you through it.

 

Zoom invitations go out over email.  I will send out an email invitation to our meetings each morning.  Click on the link in the email at the designated time to join the meeting.  You do not have to create a zoom account in order to join, and you can join through your browser.  Downloading the free zoom app can make the experience go more smoothly but it’s not required.

 

Offline Activities

 

First Week Work

For simplicity’s sake, we are starting out with a work plan that has been filled in with a few assignments.  In Montessori style, more customization and choice will be phased in over time.  We’ve also included a suggested work plan, but please feel free to adjust it to meet your family’s needs.  The work plan format should be pretty familiar to your child.  In the classroom, Jacob and I checked off finished works on the work plan - this method might work for you, too.

 

Please don’t feel that academics need to fill your child’s day.  One to two hours is a reasonable goal to start out with, and if you’re not there yet, that’s fine too.  We have plenty of time to find a routine and a set of expectations that will work for your child and your circumstances.

 

I am not collecting, evaluating or grading assignments.  That said, I do love seeing any and all work that your child wants to share, and I’m happy to provide encouragement and appreciation.  Work can be sent to jacob.searl@ridgeline.com or rachel.quinn@ridgeline.com for review and sharing.

 

Starting Wednesday, Jacob and I will have a daily office hour from 11:00 to 12:00.  During this hour we will be available via zoom, phone, or email to answer questions (from kids or families), give feedback, and help in any way.  I will also be checking my email periodically to help as needed, with the goal of offering prompt help within the workday. 

 

Preparing the Environment (workspace)

The first activity in our daily schedule is preparing the environment.  Help your child carve out a space to work that is quiet and organized while they are working.  Your child should turn off all distractions and choose a space where they can be comfortable and access all the materials they need.  I recommend using just one or two notebooks or binders for written work.  A single notebook can be filled from the front for language and flipped over and filled from the back for math.  If you don’t have a notebook lying around, just improvise and do your best. 

 

Writing Levels

Here are some types of writing that I encounter in a mixed age classroom.  Make a best guess approximation of where your child might fall, and keep in mind that the levels for assignments do not necessarily correspond to grade level.  If in doubt, let your child choose what feels doable right now, and we can build from there. 

 

Level 1: Kids at this level can write several sentences.  Children at this stage might add a labeled illustration or write a list.  The focus is on capital letters and periods.  There’s no need to insist on perfect spelling.

 

Level 2: Kids at this stage can write a paragraph. Paragraphs have three parts:

      Topic sentence (I am going to tell you about… Have you ever wondered about…)

      At least 3 sentences with facts, details, definitions or examples

      Conclusion sentence (Now you know about…  That is why… )

 

Level 3: These are experienced paragraph writers.  They can write or type a few paragraphs. Their writing should include detailed information, definitions, and examples. Students at this level may eventually develop their pieces to include a stand-alone introductory paragraph and a short conclusion or concluding sentence. 


Rachel Quinn

Lower Elementary Teacher

Ridgeline Public Charter Montessori



Ridgeline Lower El Room 3 Week 1

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Prepare the environment (workspace)

Prepare the environment (workspace)

Prepare the environment (workspace)

10:00 Zoom intro – 3rd Grade students by invitation

9:30 Zoom intro – 2nd Grade students by invitation

10:30 Zoom intro – 1st Grade students by invitation

10:00 am zoom meeting with everyone!

Language Arts:

 

Read for at least 20 minutes

 

Think of something you know a lot about.  Write all about it to teach someone what you know. 

Language Arts:

 

Read for at least 20 minutes

 

What are you grateful for?  Make a list.  Then, write about a few of the things you are most grateful for.

 

Language Arts:

 

Read for at least 20 minutes

 

Make a drawing of a strange invention.  Write about what it does.  If you want, you can share your drawing at our next zoom meeting!

Math:

You are looking out the window and you see 15 legs.  Draw a picture of what you see. 

 

Math:

Level 1:  Make an estimation contest for your family.  Fill a glass or jar (smaller = easier) with dried beans or another countable item.  Have your family record their estimates.  Now count the beans in the jar and announce the winner!

 

Level 2:

Calculate the difference between each family member’s estimate and the real number.

Math:

Level 1: Go on a shape hunt in your house and make a list of the cubes you find. 

 

Level 2: Choose something rectangular in your house and measure its length and width.  What is its perimeter (the distance around)?  Bonus: Can you calculate its perimeter by measuring only two sides?

Cultural:

Your choice of activity

OR

Go outside!  Make a list of all plants, animals and nonliving things you see.  How many things can you name?

 

Cultural:

Your choice of activity

OR

Create an image from outdoor objects (grass, leaves, rocks, sticks…).

Cultural:

Your choice of activity

OR

Put on a weather report as if you are a meteorologist.  You can report the real weather or make up your own report.

Clean up your workspace

Clean up your workspace

Clean up your workspace


Rachel's Update 2-28-2020

posted Feb 28, 2020, 1:06 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello Room 3 families and welcome to the end of February.  How time flies, especially in a busy classroom!  We have been studying the timeline of humans, focusing on the fundamental needs of all humans regardless of time or culture.  Tying into that, students have also been learning about black history and the qualities of a peacekeeper.  In March we will be diving into Asia and botany studies.  Everywhere we look flowers are bursting forth.  It is already time for all of life to wake up!  Students explore these cycles of nature in a microcosm, leading to the grand understanding that everything is cyclical in nature.  Everything is connected.  This is the fundamental seed of the Montessori Peace curriculum.  Interconnectivity.  Spring is great for exploring these deeper concepts.

 

Thank you for all the families who volunteer their time to bring something special to the classroom.  I appreciate all that you do for us.

 

Volunteer opportunities:

 

1.     We need 30 wipeable placemats (not hard plastic) that can be rolled up into a tube for use during snack and lunch time.  Approximate size: 12 in X 14 in.

2.     30 starter pots and potting soil for planting.

3.     Flower bulbs

4.     Recess equipment: jump ropes, balls, frisbee, etc.

5.     Classroom fidgets (not spinners) for busy hands in the classroom.

 

Stripes & Polka Dots on Monday - We will be celebrating "Read Across America" focusing on books students can see themselves reflected in, as well as books that allow readers to see a world or a character that might be different than them. On March 2nd, Ridgeline will be wearing stripes and polka dots to kick off this day of literacy, and Principal Michelle will visit some classrooms to read short stories.

Ridgeline Calendar

Mon. 3/2   Read Across America Day - wear stripes & polka dots

Thurs. 3/5 Kindergarten Curriculum Sharing 3:05-4:05 & 6-7 p.m.

Fri. 3/6     Site Council Parent Rep. Pop-up on the South Playground 1:05 p.m.

until 3/20 Direct Donation Drive! Donate today (or tomorrow, or the next day)

 

Thanks!

 

Rachel Quinn

Lower Elementary Teacher

Ridgeline Public Charter Montessori

Rachel's Update 1-20-2020

posted Jan 21, 2020, 10:03 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello Room 3 families.  Welcome to the new year!  I hope you all had a wonderful winter break.  In class we began studying the timeline of life and volcanoes.  Students are exploring how life began on Earth and developed over time.  Volcanoes and the rock cycle are very exciting topics!  Some students are completing research on volcanic eruptions and others are exploring igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks and how they were created.

On Friday we discussed what it means to be a peacekeeper.  Students shared different qualities as it pertained to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and listened to a section of his famous speech.  In class we are working on how to be patient and tolerant of others.  Treating each other as we would like to be treated is something that children of this age can understand and are highly sensitive to any perceived unfairness.  One skill we are working on as a class is how to look away when someone does something that annoys them.  Seems simple, right?  We all know how challenging that can be!  I hope your children are starting conversations at home with you about peace and kindness.  Ask them about it!

On a different note, this week EasyCBM testing begins.  Students will have a chance to show their math, reading, and phonics skills through several tests, both electronic and in person.

Exciting News

Jacob Searl is officially our new Room 3 Assistant!  As a long-term sub for our classroom he has already put in the time to get to know students and to learn how our classroom flows.  Jacob himself was a student at Ridgeline Montessori and brings with him a deep love of the school and our Montessori way of teaching.  Please help us in welcoming Jacob to our classroom!

Upcoming Events

Talent Show:  Friday 1-24 at 6-8 PM

Volunteer Opportunities

Room 3 is in need of a family who can take home the classroom cups on Fridays, wash them, and return them on Monday.

I have a large laminating and cutting project.  Anyone interested in laminating and cutting please contact me at: rachel.quinn@ridgeline.org

Special Thanks

A big thank you to Sean and Andrea (Tomas) for building two planter boxes for our classroom.  They are beautiful!

Thank you to Hannah (Orion) for starting our new year off with some exciting art projects.  We appreciate it!

Thank you for all the other assistance we receive.  Help with classroom laundry, water filling, and reading with students makes such a big difference.  We are grateful for all of your time and assistance.

Rachel Quinn
Lower Elementary Teacher
Ridgeline Public Charter Montessori

Rachel's Update 11-26-19

posted Nov 26, 2019, 2:28 PM by Cynthia Friedman   [ updated Nov 26, 2019, 2:41 PM ]


A Fly on the Wall

We are currently learning about the different biomes and the plant and animal life native to these different habitats.  Students are also learning about the layers of the Earth.  We will be moving into plate tectonics and the rock cycle soon!  Throughout their exploration, students are learning how to choose a topic, conduct research, and put together a graphical representation of all their collected data.  It is so exciting to see all of the work happening in the classroom!

 

Stone Soup Activities

Last week our class watched a video of the story of stone soup.  This week our class will discuss ingredients that make up a delicious soup and student will sign up to bring a vegetable, pasta, or a grain.  If the ingredient your child signed up for is not convenient, please feel free to substitute.  On Tuesday, November 26, students will have a chance to wash, peel, and slice our classroom’s vegetable contributions.  Please send your contribution in on Tuesday AM.  On Wednesday our entire school will enjoy soup and bread.  Please send an unbreakable bowl and spoon with your child on Wednesday.  The “big idea” or moral of this activity is the joy of contributing and working together to create something special for all to enjoy!

 

Upcoming Events

November 26, 2019 – contributions (vegetables, pasta, or grains) due for Stone Soup

November 27, 2019 – Stone Soup Celebration!  Don’t forget to bring a bowl and spoon.

November 28, 2019 – NO SCHOOL

November 29, 2019 – NO SCHOOL

 

We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday.

 

Many thanks,

 

Rachel and Emily

Rachel's Update 10-21-19

posted Oct 22, 2019, 10:53 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello Room 3 families!  Tomorrow is our classroom field trip to Detering Orchards.  Yay!  The children have been learning about plants and are now exploring different types of pumpkins and squash in the classroom.  We are very excited to bring our learning outside of the school for the first time this year.  For those of you who have not turned in permission slips, please return them tomorrow with your child.  If we do not receive the permission slip your child will not be able to join us on our outing.

Please plan for weather!  We are going rain or shine.  Appropriate clothes are important for the comfort and safety of your child.  As a reminder, please pack a separate snack in the reusable bag to be used for carrying a pumpkin.  Please do not use a paper bag as they may get wet.

Busses will be leaving at 9 and returning to the school at 1:15.

If you are a parent volunteering for the field trip, please accompany your child into the classroom at drop off so that we can connect before getting on the bus.

Volunteer Needs:

* A parent who is willing to plan and take the lead on a weekly or bi-weekly art project connecting to current classroom curriculum.
* Parents interested in listening to readers.
* 2 Amaryllis bulbs
* Paperwhite Lily bulbs
* Clay for art

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, October 23, 2019: Picture Retakes
Thursday, October 24, 2019: Curriculum Sharing 3:05 - 4:05; 6:00 - 7:00
Monday, November 3, 2019: Daylight Saving ends (fall back)
Thursday/Friday, November 7-8, 2019: Family Conferences (no school)
Monday, November 11, 2019: Veteran's Day (no school)
Friday, November 15, 2019: Barnes and Noble Book Fair 6:00 - 8:00
Tuesday, November 26, 2019: Bring Veggies for Stone Soup
Wednesday, November 27, 2019: All School Celebration: Stone Soup
Thursday/Friday, November 28-29, 2019: Thanksgiving (no school)

Rachel and Emily
For more information about Ridgeline events visit the website http://www.ridgeline.org/calendar

Attendance message:
Thank you for being a part of Ridgeline's community.  Here are a few ways you can help keep your child's attendance regular.

* Make appointments with the doctor or dentist in the late afternoon so your child misses as little school as possible.

* Call the school as soon as you know your child will be absent and tell the school staff why your child will be out and for how long.

* Be prepared to get a doctor's note when requested by school personnel.

* Schedule trips exclusively during school breaks.

* Reach out to staff, RCO, or the class parents if you don't feel connected.  Connection matters!


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Rachel's Update 9-26-19

posted Oct 22, 2019, 10:46 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Upcoming Events:
Friday, Sept. 27: JOGATHON
Wednesday, October 2: BIKE AND WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

Sharing: “Sharing” in the classroom is a valuable opportunity to practice public speaking as well as fielding questions gracefully. Starting in October students are invited to bring to school an item with educational value on Mondays. Please talk with your student about their sharing and prepare them to speak on three interesting facts about the object. No toys please!

UNIVERSE STUDIES: Our classroom started out with a big bang, learned about the different types of galaxies, and studied the lifecycle of a large star. We are now ready to enter the realm of our very own solar system! Coming up in October students will be learning in depth about the planets in our solar system and the inner workings of a star. Once we study the solar system we will focus in on Earth, our home, delving into the different biomes and biodiversity found on our lovely planet.

FALL FIELD TRIP

In October we plan to visit an apple orchard and pumpkin patch at Detering Farms. Watch for details in the next update.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


We are in need of cut out pictures from magazines to be used as writing prompts for the students. Any appropriate pictures are appreciated. Thanks!

If you are interested in volunteering for the field trip to Detering Farms and have your green volunteer badge please email me at rachel.quinn@ridgeline.org. The more the merrier!

If you are interested and available to volunteer during P.E. class on Tuesday/Thursday at 1:35 – 2:25 please email me at rachel.quinn@ridgeline.org.

Rachel & Emily

*For more information about Ridgeline events, visit website: www.ridgeline.org

 

Rachel's Update 9-11-19

posted Sep 11, 2019, 10:27 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Beginning with a bang!

 

This Thursday will begin with a bang… a big one!  The first great story, the story of how the universe began and the beginnings of an Earth that can support life is a time-honored Montessori classroom tradition that paints a rough picture of the beginning of the known universe, enticing children to dive deeper into the great mysteries of life.  Be prepared for big questions and equally big enthusiasm!

 

As for the beginning of the school year, our class is already off to a great start.  Children are excited to begin working in the classroom and are quickly making new friends.  Kindness is blooming and we are blasting off together!

 

On the horizon

 

Stay tuned for news of our upcoming events.  A planetary fashion show? A field trip? As plans are solidified and dates selected we will send a follow-up email.

 

Reminders

 

Please check your child’s backpack regularly.  Packets are sent home with important information regarding school events.  Picture day forms, T-shirt order forms, and student info forms should be returned to school promptly.

 

As the weather turns wet and cold, please remember to bring appropriate outdoor clothing.  We are having an outdoor recess unless the weather is extreme. Writing your child’s name in items of clothing will help ensure that items are not lost.

 

Volunteer opportunities

 

Several volunteer opportunities are available.  Email me if you would like to:

 

·      Wash our classroom cups (take home on Friday)

·      Wash our classroom laundry (take home on Friday)

·      Bring fresh flowers for the classroom each week

 

Other volunteer opportunities will become available as the school year continues.

 

Mark your Calendar:

 

Sept 12: 6:00 – 7:00 Rachel’s Class Meeting

 

Sept 13: 6:00 RCO Movie Night – The Muppet Movie

 

Oct. 11: No school – inservice day

 

An important school-wide announcement:

 

The year is just beginning and it is a great time to build great habits!  Being in school, on time, every day is important. Good attendance is strongly linked to academic, social, and emotional success.

 

We believe that students and families that feel they are included in the school community are more likely to show up consistently.

 

We believe that good attendance will allow your child to fully contribute to and fully benefit from the classroom community. 

 

We believe good attendance will not only build strong academics, but also build strong socially and emotionally capable humans.

 

Thank you for learning and growing with us!

Eric's Update 6-13-19

posted Jun 13, 2019, 11:36 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Wed Field Day
Thu Classroom cleaning
Fri Pancake/Movie Day
The last week

Greetings,

This is my last Bear Brief! You haven’t seen a lot of them this year, but I want to use this one to thank everyone for the past year, the volunteers who have helped with classroom activities, the kindnesses and generosity you have shown, and just your general support.

Please know that our building is not very effective at resisting heat, as our roofline is completely exposed to the afternoon sun. This means that by 10:30 or 11:00 we are feeling the effects of the warming weather on a hot day. I will do all I can to limit the effects of our expected weather and will encourage students to stay hydrated.

Be aware that on the last day of school I will be providing a pancake breakfast for the students. This is a 16-year tradition in the class and the students usually stuff themselves to their gills! It’s one of my favorite activities of the year because I get to feed them something yummy and watch them laugh, discuss their plans for the summer, and generally have a sticky good time. If your child prefers to pass that is fine, too. If there are special dietary needs just send in your alternative mix and I will cook up the pancakes they are used to eating. I will provide syrup, jam, peanut butter, whipped cream, and butter. Classroom volunteers are invited to join us, as the students are used to seeing you.

Normally on the last day of the year, we walk to the park and play for an hour or so. Tugman Park is our usual choice, but it’s under construction and the smaller park nearby will be in use by another class and it will still be very hot. We have opted for a G-rated movie and will enjoy it with some popcorn.



Finally, look for a summer work packet to come home in the days ahead. This is a combination of DML and writing work. This is intended to maintain or slightly build on existing skills so they are ready to go in the new school year.



Eric and Emily

Eric's Update 4-22-19

posted Apr 22, 2019, 11:51 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Calendar                      

Monday, 4/22-24            Amazon Presentations

Tuesday 4/23                Project Fair                      

 

Past weeks…


These past weeks we learned that life in the Amazon jungle can be pretty interesting and if one is clever, can find everything necessary for survival.  Naturally, there are some things trying to survive off of you as well (like lots and lots of flying bugs).  In Central America, we looked closely at the Olmec and tried to discover some of their well-hidden secrets like how to move a 20 ton block of stone over soft ground and then carve a head in it without using metal tools.  This lesson was followed by turning our attention to Mayan culture, architecture, and art.   


We also learned about the layers of the ocean, solar energy, and the biotic sequence. In Botany we looked at different kinds of roots and discussed the functions and advantages of the different kinds.  In Functional Geography we discovered that oblique and perpendicular rays from the sun create the warm and cold regions of the earth. 


Next coming week and beyond…

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday students will share round 2 of their Amazon Basin research.  I have been enjoying the clever ways each student has shown their respective animals to the class this year. 

By Tuesday I expect the room will be a regular South American animal preserve with both our current and most recent past presentations lining our walls and hanging from the vines draped throughout!

This is just in time for our Project Fair that is coming up Tuesday April 23 (3:05-4:05pm and 6-7pm).  In our class we tend to show off the presentations we have worked on and offer that information to those who wander through the classroom.  Each classroom has projects to show.  Some are science based and others are history based.  Each room will have a flavor all its own so feel free to come in and look around.

 

Eric and Emily

 

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