Sarah's Weekly Update 5-7-15

posted May 11, 2015, 9:36 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Academics

This week students brainstormed about what makes a good speech good, and what makes a bad speech bad. They decided that eye contact, knowing your material, and using emotion really help a speech. Meanwhile, using pause words and mumbling, and reading the whole thing off a paper hurt a speech.

 

We talked about the settings of a quest story, and how they can be integral to the plot sometimes. Setting can often be part of the challenge that b=needs to be overcome. Students then had an opportunity to start looking at the settings of their stories, and planning how they might cause problems for the characters.

 

In science we started putting elements on the periodic table. Next week we’ll continue and see students notice why rows and columns of the periodic table are set up the way they are.

 

Students also spent an afternoon trying to give me directions on how to make a paper airplane. This was an opportunity for them to see if they could give precise directions, and will lead towards writing a how-to paper next week.

 

This week we began the Smarter Balanced math test. We will continue with the second part of the math test next week.

 

Conferences

May conference sign-ups are now available in the foyer for the upcoming conferences on Thursday, May 21st and Friday, May 22nd. This time has been set aside especially for teachers to meet with families. Please take the time to come in and sign-up for a conference.

 

Jog-a-thon

The Jog-A-Thon is in one week! It is a great opportunity to reach out to your larger network of friends and family to help support our children's education. We are only $7,000 away from reaching our $40,000 goal to ensure our kids have P.E., music and counseling services. Thanks to everyone who has already helped by participating in all the fundraising events. The Jog-A-Thon is our last push. Let's make every lap count by getting as many pledges as you can to help the school! 

 

Thanks,

Sarah, Adriene, and Room 7

 

 

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