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This week we learned about Martin Luther King Jr. and all the sacrifices he made for this country. Last week we all picked a place in the world to research and study throughout the year. In Writers Workshop we are working on fantasy writing which I think is very fun. Also happy birthday to Miss...
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We transitioned back to the classroom on Monday with a history lesson on Homo habilis. Mr. Dave started showing us a movie, and about a minute into the video he snuck out to the closet and returned as “Harry the Habiline.” He presented in the 1st person before taking questions from the students. It was...
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This week in Upper Elementary we’ve been busy completing several projects. First, our literary essays are complete. These are 5-paragraph essays which include a claim and 3 main reasons to support the claim. They follow a typical 5-paragraph essay structure with an introduction, 3-paragraph body, and a conclusion. You should see a copy of the final...
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This week at Montessori we learned about early humans and the traits they passed on. One of the traits was the use of fire, which made chewing meat easier. This helped us get smaller canine teeth and a shorter muzzle. In geography we learned about different types of maps, and how much a struggle it...
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We’ve had a wonderful first week back from break here in Upper West. For math, we’ve been continuing with multi-digit multiplication and prime factorization with many of the fourth-year students. A second math group has focused on fractions and binomials (multiplying a 2-digit number by a 2-digit number using terms). We’ve also been working with multi-bases...
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In Upper West, one of our class pets is the Madagascar hissing cockroaches. Like all animals, they reproduce. When Mr. Dave ordered them, he put a little note on the bottom of the paper that they should all be one gender. But they gave him one male and three females. So, of course, they reproduced....
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In upper west, for collaborative science, we have been working with stream tables, which is when you use models filled with earth materials. This week we studied a mountain model of Mt. Shasta to study topographic maps. We have been learning a lot of things. Also, in writers workshop, we started writing a literary essay,...
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This week in Upper West we started literature circles. Each of us chose the novel we wanted to read for the next 5 weeks. Then we determined how many pages to read each week. We chose a role to focus on, such as “Discussion Director,” “Character Captain,” and “Savvy Summarizer.” The book choices were Tales...
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Today is Wednesday, the twenty-first of October. Next week we will be having Camp Willson and parent conferences.  This month in Art we are studying Geometric shapes and Organic shapes. In P.E. we are practicing foot skills with soccer. Lastly, in music we are working on high and low sounds, fast and slow tempos, and...
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     This week we looked at the impact of flooding on our Science: Stream Tables. Our Spanish has been on a zoom call, but will be back face-to-face next week. We are split into two groups for Spanish.      We also have been practicing technology in the classroom.  Technology is when we practice...
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