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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Crew News September 1, 2011

Today we launched our first Expedition. It is our Social Studies Expedition and we will be spending a little under half of the school year on it. We started today by having a Silent Gallery Walk. A Silent Gallery Walk is where students walk around and look at items that are related to what we will be studying similar to how a social scientist might act. They think about what they are seeing and try to determine what we might be studying. They will be thinking about this overnight. We will let them in on the topic tomorrow. Having them look at items related to our topic and mull ideas over in their minds overnight increases their engagement and interest in the topic. They can't wait to find out what the "big secret" is - so if you know, please don't tell. Let them experience the whole process of discovering it on their own. You can peek at the Expedition page of our crew blog for a hint but I do keep the details there limited to so that I can keep the students wondering and very engaged.

Pete the Cat
You may have heard about one of the pattern books we read at school today. It was called Pete the Cat and there is a short video of the book and song. We LOVED singing the song and dancing along with the video. Check it out below.

Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 2.2 Counting Up and Back

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