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Monday, November 4, 2013

Family Expedition: Case Study 2 ~ Families in China

We are well into our second case study about families in China. We are comparing the lives of families in China to the lives of our families (our first case study). We began the case study by looking at artifacts from China in our silent gallery walk. Then we did a little map work to compare China's location in the world with our location. Next we read a book called A Child's Day in a Chinese City to give us all some common background information for our study and created a chart with the things we noticed and were wondering about. Our latest activity had us reading articles in small groups. We became experts about the information in that article, created a poster and shared our learning with the whole crew. We took our jobs seriously because every child did not read every article. We had to teach the crew the information in our article. Below are some pictures of that process as it played out last week.

Creating Our Posters

Presenting Our Learning

Our Learning on Display

When we debriefed our learning experience many students mentioned that they were nervous when doing their presentation. David summed it up best by saying, "I was nervous but I knew that I had to teach the crew what I learned so I just did it for them."

Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 3.8 Frames and Arrows Diagrams and Home Link 3.9 Find the Rule
Included in tonight's homework is a parent letter that you will want to take a look at. Thanks.

Important Dates
11/6 Information Night for GT/Discovery Program 6:30 pm in library

11/6 and 11/7 Student-Led Conferences - be sure to sign up if you haven't already
Student-Led Conferences Sign Up

11/18 - 11/22 Climbing in PE for our crew - sign up to help belay - we really need some volunteers
Fall Climbing 2013

Gifted and Talented Info

The DCSD Elementary Discovery program will have a parent information night here at Renaissance on Wednesday, November 6th at 6:30pm in the Library.  If you are interested in having your student join the GT (Gifted and Talented) program for the 2014-2015 school year, please attend the meeting.

If you are not able to attend this meeting and would like more information on the program, several other meetings will be held around the District.  See the Discovery Program Flyer for dates, locations and general registration information.

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