Sarah's Weekly Update 9-14-11

posted Sep 15, 2011, 1:46 PM by Cynthia Friedman
Before I begin, I just wanted to mention that this year looks like it’s going to be fantastic. The class is full of independent learners who are eager to work, and I have to say I’m impressed by what they are coming up with. I am so excited to see these kids already challenging themselves and organizing some great learning activities. This year is going to rock!

Academics
The class is getting off to a wonderful start this week. Today we had a lesson on ways to integrate a research project into a number of different subjects. Students are already getting excited about their research topics, and many are off and running. Next week I will be sharing my expectations for research projects with the class, and will be sure parents get a copy as well.

This week I’ve begun teaching math lessons. For some, this is a review of basic operations with numbers up into the thousands. Others are seeing this for the first time. Many students are enjoying writing their own problems and using the materials to complete them.

I am also completing reading and writing assessments this week. Those will enable me to place students in literature groups and writing workshops, which will be starting up in the next couple of weeks.

Friday Market
This Friday will be Room 10’s first Friday Market of the year. Friday Market is a time when members of the class are able to bring in crafts that they have been putting together and sell them to the rest of the class. We are using a class money called Mud Bucks designed and voted on by members of the class. I see it as a fun way to sneak a little economics instruction into the curriculum once a month.

Donations
Our classroom is in need of some basic supplies for science experiments. The students have some great ideas and if you are able to donate any of the following to the class, we’d greatly appreciate it:
- Flour
- Salt
- sugar
- Baking soda
- Vinegar
- Food coloring
- Honey
- Oil
- Rubbing alcohol
- Magnets
- Measuring cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Funnel
- Glass jars of all sizes with lids
Field Trip Questionnaire
Earlier this week, a questionnaire was sent home to investigate opinions about this year’s End Of The Year trip. If you could return those by Tuesday September 20, that would help us gauge where we’re starting from and where to go from here. Thank you.

Volunteers
For those of you who couldn’t make it to the class meeting last week, we have a number of volunteer opportunities coming up for the classroom. First, we need people to volunteer to head up electives on Friday mornings. If you have a skill or craft that you’d like to share, I’d be happy to see if there is interest in the class for learning that skill. This could be a one-time deal, or an on-going project, whatever you’re comfortable with. If this is something that interests you, please give me a call or an e-mail and let me know your area of expertise as well as your availability.

Also, we have a number of students researching topics with limited classroom resources. If anyone would be able to drive a small group of students to the library on Friday mornings (or chaperone them on a bus trip) that would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for everything,
Sarah, Emily, and Room 10


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