Friday, 4/15 Parent Input Forms Due (see below for details)
Friday, 4/15 Read-a-thon Packets Sent Home
Wednesday, 4/20 All School Panoramic Photo
Thursday, 4/21 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm
Monday, 4/25 Site Council 6-7:30pm
Tuesday, 4/26 Project Fair 3:15-4:15pm and 6-7pm
Friday, 4/29 Read-a-thon All School Assembly
Friday, 4/29 Supply Fees Due ($75 per student)
We appreciate our volunteers! We have a group of parents who come into our room frequently to read with students and provide support in a variety of ways. Reading to another person helps with inflection, fluency speed, and vocabulary. We thank these dedicated parents who make a difference in the education of all our students.
We have been preparing our classroom for the past several days to feel a bit like a rainforest. We continue our study of arguably the single most important forest in the world, the Amazon Jungle and the surrounding basin. We could spend an entire year in only this one area and still not cover it adequately, but there are also the political boundaries and ancient civilizations to discover as well. As we approach the dates of Project Fair and presentations (April 22-26) we will continue to decorate our classroom in the style of the Amazon Basin and look at historically significant time periods of South America. If you happen to have any jungle-like decorations that you feel comfortable loaning to the classroom to hang on the vines, etc. in our room please let me know.
As promised we looked at the incredible and mysterious culture of the Maya. They were gifted engineers and architects. They made aqueducts that were unrivaled in their day, even compared to Egyptians. They even made miles-long raised roads that never varied a degree! Modern archeologists are still unclear about how they did that. There are several important characteristics about ancient South American cultures however, that are best left undiscovered by the students until a later date.
In other studies we looked closer at plant parts and functions as well as our atmosphere and related functions. We learned why the poles are cold and the equator is hot and it’s probably not for the reason you think.
Next week and beyond…
Panoramic school photo is on the 20th. Just letting you know in case your student likes to dress up for these events.
Please remember that in a week we have our next presentations on South America. I am hoping to use these presentations to dress up our classroom for the Project Fair that is coming up April 26 (3:15-4:15pm and 6-7pm). This is a chance for students to show off science or other projects they have been working on. 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. We will be making the classroom look like a forest/jungle soon so all those presentations will fit with the theme.
Eric and Emily