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This week we started our Science unit on Simple Machines. Yesterday the students learned the concepts of force, work, distance, and lift by experimenting with various household objects–including a wall! We lifted books, pushed chairs, and did other work with simple machine knowledge. We’re also working on integers, cubing binomials, forming decimals, and squaring. Students...
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  This week we celebrated Pi Day! As many of you know, the number is infinite and non-repeating, so we had plenty and plenty of activities to do. Each activity represented a part of our normal curriculum (Language, math, geometry etc.). Students constructed Pi number lines by measuring the circumference of various circular objects. Students...
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  This week students have studied Colonial Government, exceptional weather, binomials, square roots, carbonic acid, collective and proper nouns, types of prepositions, and so much more!¬† We have also had some impressive homework presentations this week that demonstrate new learning,¬†initiative, creativity, determination, and interests. I appreciate the time and energy you put into the project...
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We started this week with a focus on Biomes in science. First, the students researched a selected Biome through information cards that they then matched up. Afterward, they answer five questions, in complete paragraph form, for a short essay on the topic. Finally, they created a wooden diorama of their biome with an insert of...
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It’s been a busy week this week! In our History simulation, students have set sail for the New World. Colonists’ fate was determined by randomly drawing “fate” cards. A few ships were lost at sea with valuable resources, a few colonists ran out of food and had to eat animals, and a few colonies experienced...
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This has been a short week as we prepared for our student-led conferences. Students practiced for hours at a time with peers and teachers, getting ready to present to families. They presented cubing successive squares and squaring trinomials as examples of their work. In addition, they discussed their history packet; for example we have been...
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  Our students walked to the local Library, where they were given a full tour, library card applications, and help finding research books for their writing project. Students were respectful and excited during the tour, where they found many great books! The librarians shared that they were impressed with our students. Afterward, we went to...
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In math, students are working on fractions. They are working on everything from the subtraction of unlike denominators to the multiplication of decimals. In spelling, students are working on homophones. In writing, students are working on research. In history, students have been working on flag symbolism. In science, we are conducting weather experiments. We have...
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  We have started History this week with a focus on colonies and creating their own countries. The fourth years are working on Decanomials, which is a tangible creation of multiplication tables 1-10. We’re excited about science in which we’re learning about atmosphere and pressure, and we have many fun experiments to do for it!...
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  Welcome back, families! We’ve started our shortened week strong with hard work on Spelling, Language/Grammar lessons, and Math Work. This includes activities such as spelling words using Scrabble pieces, organizing the words according to syllable counts, and writing a letter with the words. For Language, we’re working on appositives, review of sentence analysis (identifying...
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