Emily's Weekly Update 10-11-13

posted Oct 14, 2013, 10:31 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Stone Tools and Native American Technology
On Monday afternoon we will welcome anthropologist Ian Edwards (Marshall's dad) to give a presentation on stone tools. An accomplished flint knapper, Ian will demonstrate some steps in the process of tool making. Sheryl Krueger (Violette's mom) will also share some Native American artifacts from several different tribes.

Dancing the Universe
The Lion Class dancers will perform for Clint's upper elementary class on Thursday morning. With dance volunteer Rachael Carnes, we've been choreographing a dance about the beginnings of the universe. We will dream, explode, grow, orbit and really go for it in our beautiful and informative performance.

Native American Reports
We are all working hard on our Native American reports. First graders are collecting information with the help of adult volunteers. Second and third graders have learned about paragraphs in writer's workshop. They are working on putting their research information into paragraphs with a topic sentence and several other sentences supporting details. Next week we'll talk about how to put it all together into a beautifully presented poster or a 3 dimensional report box.

Every Wednesday afternoon we have sharing time. Students may sign up to share an artifact or report. During sharing, they do a practiced presentation of some of their “best work” writing. We ask that their sharing teaches their classmates something about the artifact or topic that they have chosen. Many items are appropriate for sharing: rocks, musical instruments, feathers, vacation pictures, x-rays... but please, no toys.

Book Club Reminder
Book Club is underway! Second and third graders took home books and assignments on Friday. Please have them returned in time for Thursday's book club.

Scholastic Update
Scholastic books should be coming in by the end of next week. Thank you to everyone who ordered and to Roscoe's family for organizing the catalogs. Our class got 10 free books and I was able to order two full sets of nonfiction books for our young readers. Thank you!