We had a wonderful day today. One highlight was learning about the chemical changes that occur everyday, all around us. The class discussed the fact that when we eat, chemical reactions in our bodies help break down the food so it can be used for energy, and that enzymes start the process in our mouth. We also read some other interesting information about chemical changes. Edward said "I never knew that there was heat-loving bacteria!". Brian said he learned that sulfur dioxide helps make acid rain. Our science test on chemical changes will be on Monday, and we really have learned so much.
5th grade music is learning the G7 chord on the ukulele. We are ready to play songs that use three chords and have started up our Ukulele Club at recess on Tuesdays!
We had great discussions this week in Room 116 regarding the debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Although not excited to be assigned to watch part of the debate at first, many of the students shared that they learned how some of our taxes are spent, and that there are different social classes. I was very proud of the students and the reflective conversations we had after the debate.
This past month we learned about map skills. As a culminating project, students worked together to create a classroom map of our classroom which included a map key and a compass rose with the intermediate directions. These students got really creative in deciding what their symbols were going to be to represent different objects in the classroom.
Today all codes and directions for online textbook resources were handed out. Make sure you ask your child about this and keep this in a safe spot. Your child will now have access to his or her math and reading textbooks online, in addition to games, tutorials, and enrichment opportunities. Take a look!
Happy October 1st! Today we had many changes. We started out the day changing where our seats are in the classroom, which is always exciting. Then we continued with a schedule change. We will now have math in the afternoon, with reading and writing moved to the morning. It has only been one day, but I'd say the change has been great! We worked very hard today and were able to fit in some fun classroom games, like "Teacher Says" and "Silent Ball" as well.
Saturday was a beautiful day for walking! I so enjoyed participating in the Fund 69 Walk-a-Thon this year. As soon as I arrived, I was greeted with a big hug from a former student (how is he already in 5th grade?). As I walked with a teacher friend I had the opportunity to catch up with some lovely parents of former students who I rarely see/talk to, now that their children have moved on to higher grades. My son was able to play on the Madison playground with the children of my colleagues who have quietly grown at home without my realizing how much time has passed. Our time at work is so important and urgent, that we often don’t take the time to catch up on our personal lives. We no longer have time to eat lunch in the teacher’s lounge, instead spending the hour alone, planning and gobbling sandwiches in front of our computers. Emails and conferences after school with current parents reduce the time we have to maintain contact with parents of former students, even though we really enjoyed knowing and working with them in years past. The Walk-a-Thon was a great opportunity to casually catch up with all the people we know and care about in our school community. Thanks to Fund69 for a wonderful excuse to exercise with, and enjoy each other on a beautiful fall day!
XtraMath: This is a very interactive website that was found to help students achieve mastery on their math facts. There was a letter sent home explaining how to set up your child's account. I strongly encourage your child to practice this at least once a day to allow for maximum success. Click on the link XtraMath to get started today! ~Please don't hesitate to call or email me with any questions.
Help! A wonderful program, called Adventures in Art, was put together for our students. It exposes them to a variety of art through videos, pictures, and activities. All of the material has been designed for you already. All you would need to do is come in and review it once prior to presenting it to the class. I will copy any materials needed. Anyone willing to give up an hour or two a month for this amazing opportunity?? Please e-mail, call, or send a note with your child if you are able to help out.
Lincoln Junior High