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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Spelling

As we continue to work on spelling more words correctly, I wanted to share a few ideas with you that you can do at home to help your child work on spelling.

Commercial Board Games
Have a family game night and play a board game with word play like Scrabble, Scrabble Jr., Boggle, Boggle Jr, Upwords, Bananagrams, Zingo, Word Yahtzee, and many more.


Other Word Play Games
You can also do word searches, crossword puzzles, hangman (or our version called, Melting Snowman ) or other games that just need a paper and pencil. You can buy books of this type of puzzle or you can go online and print some off. Also, many of these games have online versions that are fun to try, too.

You can also just write a long word on a piece of paper and see how many shorter words you can make using just the letters in that word.

Games to Play in the Car
You can have a spelling bee in the car and give each person a word to spell that is at their level.

You can say a word like "hat" and say what would that word be if I changed the "h" to a "c", to an "f" and so on. Experiment with changing beginning sounds, ending sounds and middle sounds.

Play a game based on word families. Name a word family like the "ate" family. Go around the car and have each person say another word in that family: late, skate, fate, date, gate, and so on.

Online Games
Search for word games on your computer, iPad or smart phone for your child to play. There are many, many variations out there.

Be Creative
Make up your own games. Anything that makes kids think about words and how they are spelled will help.

Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Practice basic addition and subtraction facts by playing a game either online or offline. Try clicking here, here or here for ideas or suggestions.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Shrek

Today we got to see, Shrek, our school musical. It was fantastic! We all really enjoyed it. You are invited to come and watch it this weekend. I am sure that our crew would all love a chance to see it again. It is free!



Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Practice basic addition and subtraction facts by playing a game either online or offline. Try clicking here, here or here for ideas or suggestions.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bees

We are continuing to learn more about bees and how they help the garden system. They do above the ground work while the worms are hard at work underground. We recently drew detailed pictures of a honey bee and labelled the important body parts. We worked hard to draw this accurately so others could learn from our drawings. Check out a few samples below.

We also watched a video about life in a beehive and then today, we used a dried bee to demonstrate how bees gather the pollen from flowers. The pollen sticks to the little hairs on bees and bees also put pollen into pockets or baskets on their hind legs to carry back to the hive. Who knew that bees could be so fascinating?  

Our Bee Diagrams




Bees That Kyson Brought in to Share from his Beehive


Testing How Bees Gather Pollen







Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Practice basic addition and subtraction facts by playing a game either online or offline. Try clicking here, here or here for ideas or suggestions.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Acting Out in the Library

Last Thursday in the library, Ms. Diana wanted to provide us with some background knowledge about the story of Robin Hood. The Page to Stage players will be coming to our school in a couple of weeks to perform a show about Robin Hood and she wanted the students to be a little more familiar with the basic story so that they would enjoy the show more. Below are some photos of Ms. Diana and Ms. Peg acting out some scenes from the story with some members of our crew.










Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Practice basic addition and subtraction facts by playing a game either online or offline. Try clicking here, here or here for ideas or suggestions.

Important Dates
5/13 3rd Grade Portfolio Showcase (I highly recommend that you volunteer to be on the panels for these - or the 6th grade showcase. It is a wonderful experience. Click here for more information.)
5/27 6th Grade Portfolio Showcase
5/25 No School - Memorial Day
6/3 Last Day of School

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Climbing in Castlewood Canyon

We had a wonderful day hiking and climbing in Castlewood Canyon today. I am sure that you are hearing all about it this evening. Enjoy the photos below of our day. Thanks to the parents who drove us and helped us enjoy our day. We wouldn't have been able to go without you.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wonder and Explore Stations

We added two new stations to our rotation recently one is the Snap Circuit Electricity set that I mentioned in an earlier post and the other was a large bucket of uncooked beans. We had used the beans for a lesson on volume/capacity and the crew really wanted more time with those beans so we added them to a station. Both stations have been big hits and inspire lots of creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking. (Thanks to Ms. Michelle for a donation of AA batteries to keep the circuit station up and running!)










Below is a short, 10 second video of Russell and Brianna sending the fan up into the air using the circuit set (yes, that was supposed to happen). If you get this post by email, you will need to go directly to the blog to view the video.



Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Pack your daypack for tomorrow's Voyage including a sack lunch, a water bottle, 2 snacks, light jacket and other small, lightweight personal items if desired like chapstick, tissues, sunglasses, hat.

Be sure your child brings his or her carseat or booster seat tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Worm Presentations

While I was away, the crew worked in small groups to learn more about worms and how they help gardens. On my first day back they were ready to share their presentations with me. It was so much fun to see how all of their hard work turned into great presentations complete with costumes, skits and posters.




















Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 9.9 Unit 10: Family Letter ~ End-of-Year Review

Library
We have library tomorrow. Please help your child remember to bring his or her books.