Courage Assembly – Week 23

Welcome to the weekend! Before we begin another busy week, let me update you on all we did this past week in Class 4A

 

In ELA, students spent time developing pre-writing for an informational report on a topic of their expertise. This report allows them practice building a cohesive, non-fiction piece. We’re looking at it as a stepping stone to a more complex, research-based report on a topic of their choice beginning next week. We’re also working on proofreading for and preventing fragment and run-on sentences. With this, students have also had some practice working with conjunctions.

In Math, students completed, reviewed, and tested on Unit 5: Big Numbers and Estimation. Students also began working with multi-digit multiplication in this unit, and it’s clear that we have a lot more work to do in that skill area.

In Social Studies, our class finished up a timeline project that had been set aside for a while, and they also practiced for our monthly assembly on the ESLR of “Courage”. Two groups in our class were chosen by popular vote to perform their skit for a video recording that was then shown at our assembly on Friday morning. I’ve attached the Youtube links below. Please be assured that the videos are unlisted and will not come up in a public search.  The students were thrilled to watch their classmates on the big screen with the whole school as their audience. We’re very proud of their hard work and creativity!

Ryan, Mads, Jeremy, and Adrian’s Video – Click Here

Marry, Jenny, Haylie, and Linh’s Video – Click Here

 

Also announced at our February Assembly on Courage was our Student of the Month for 4A, Jenny Vuong. Jenny joined us in September of 2016 after returning to Vietnam from studying in the USA. Jenny has proven herself to be a model student for effort and behavior, but she also shows courage by sharing her ideas, even when she’s not sure. She also demonstrated courage by refusing to take part in a bullying incident at school. CONGRATULATIONS, JENNY!

 

Finally, in Science, students are plugging away at their Science Fair projects. The TAS Science Fair will be held on Friday, March 10th. An official invitation will be sent to parents before the event, but save the date for that morning if you’d like to see the results of the hard work our students have put into their experiments. Also, please be aware that students may be asking parents about obtaining materials from home. I apologize if any of this is confusing or raises questions. If you’re not sure about any aspect of these science projects, please contact me.

Until next week….. Ms. Corie

 

Science Fair Request

Good afternoon, parents! I’m happy to announce that TAS will be holding its annual science fair on March 10th. In our classroom, I’ve asked students to pair up and come up with a scientific question and experiment that they can accomplish here in the classroom. I mentioned that they might also find it advantageous to work together after hours in my classroom or at their partners’ houses if they need to do extra work. Therefore, do not be surprised if your child asks you for permission to go to their partner’s house.  In the end, however, we should have sufficient time to complete the tasks for each project if each group uses its time wisely.

The goal of the science fair is to encourage students to come up with a scientific question or problem about our current unit topic (energy) that they can then test using the scientific method.

Last night, I asked students to research experiments that they might try and be ready to share their ideas with their teammates today in class. However, only two students forwarded me the links to their projects. I told them that they can write down the name of the experiment or the URL, but none of them did.

The homework for tomorrow is to come with a proposal for an experiment and to have formulated a question for that experiment that will be the title and goal of their science fair project.

If your child is still confused with what to do, I’m hoping you can help them with this.

They should know which form of energy their team has chosen (thermal, sound, light, electrical, or potential/kinetic) and that their experiment must ask some question dealing with one of those types of energy.

For example, the one group that did this successfully in class asked, “Can you run a fan without batteries?”

 

These links could be helpful:

https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/categories/experiments/energy/

http://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/Free+experiments/electricity.html

 

Thank you for any help you might offer to your child!

UPDATE!!

Holy canoli! It’s been a long time since I’ve updated our class blog. Far too long. The holidays certainly muddied up the works, but that’s not to say that we didn’t get up to a lot of exciting and interesting things over the two weeks of class between Christmas and Tet New Year.

During that period, we continued working as usual in math with Unit 5 dealing with larger number estimation and multiplication. Students are learning different strategies for multiplying larger numbers. However, because the ability to do this is built upon a strong ability with basic facts, it’s important that students continue to drill and practice these using IXL or other online tools.

January 21st was our Annual International Day, and our students spent most of our science and social studies blocks working on researching information and learning about Denmark. Students chose 4 cultural aspects of Denmark to research, including: daily life, language, history, and art. They then worked in groups to find information, design a display, and create it for the school-wide event.

Mads and Jeremy work on constructing a model of a Viking ship made from recycled materials.

The Daily Life group prepare their display board. The teamwork was exceptional.

One representative from each group stayed to man the presentation for 30 minute increments. The rest of the time was theirs to fill their passports with stamps from all the other classes’ countries.

 

We’ve now just completed our first week back after the long holiday season, and we’ve definitely jumped right back in to a serious study routine. This week, we continued with Math Unit 5, and also began our next unit in ELA where students will be reading and writing non-fiction informational texts based on their research.

Starting next week, we will begin planning for our Science Fair scheduled for March 10th. Students in 4A will be assigned the task of evaluating or designing a device or machine that transfers energy.

We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us this second term, so stay tuned for more (and more frequent) updates on the tasks at hand and daily activities in the classroom!

Signing off,

Ms. Corie