Newsletter 15 – 12/12/14


We have worked very hard on our Music, Visual art and Writing identity projects. On Thursday we had our WAM (writing, art, music) celebration, where our parents and 2/3/4 friends came to listen, read and look at with us. In case you don’t know, in our identity project we made a GarageBand Soundtrack Of Me, in music we made an art piece inspired by artist River Hunt, and in writers we made an essay that tried to sum up our identity. If you didn’t make it, you will get to see the work of your child at the MAW (at the end of the year.)

On Thursday next week we are going to see Shrek, and on Wednesday, we will have the annual TPS Variety Show.

Morning Meeting

Hello we are doing some new games that all relate  to each other. We didc harades and we had to work  together  and try to figure out what the person is doing and when they figure it out it they get a new card and new people can act it out.  The new greeting that we learned   the snail greeting and Ms. Kalei and Mr. Jim are having a battle for what is the best snail greeting.

Book Buddies

In book buddies we are still helping them sound out words. That is something that we will be working on all year. This time we did not have anything to talk about. Our book buddies have just right books that, our book buddies that cannot read very well yet, can read! It is very exciting and makes us proud to see them read all by them self!

Math Workshop

This week in Ms. Kalei’s math group we have been working on our new unit, geometry. For geometry, we have been working with angles, like acute angles, straight angles, zero angles, right angles, and obtuse angles.We have also been working on parallelograms and comparing them to each other like a square, a rectangle, and a rhombus are all parallelograms. This week we connected three mathematical ideas 1) The area of a parallelogram is base x height. 2) Any triangle is half of a parallelogram. 3) The area of a triangle is 1/2 base x height. Students have a homework assignment that asks them to calculate area and perimeter in different figures. 

This week in Mr. Jim’s math group we did some meteor math bingo. We also are working on our GIANT 8 PAGE PACKET. Good news more people are finishing their 1 through 10 multiplication facts. We did a long division sheet also a clock and ruler fractions.

In Ms. Pam’s math group, we have been doing more work with decimals, fractions, and percentages. Also lots of fix and finish, and project work. Many of us are close to finishing them! We are also enjoying the time Ms. Caitlin has been spending with us.

This week in Ms. Kandi’s group we began by generating a list of things that come in groups of 12 and students were introduced to the 12-egg carton as a model for representing fractions as parts of a whole and parts of a set.  Then students used the egg cartons to model different unit fractions (e.g., 1/2, 1/3, etc.) and reviewed the terms numerator and denominator.  Next, students determined the fractions of a dozen represented by different numbers of eggs.  For example, when asked to fill in their carton with 3 tiles they had to use their string to make partitions to help them determine what fraction of a dozen the tiles represented.  In doing so, they explored the concept of equivalent fractions (e.g. 3/12 = 1/4).  At the end of the week students used egg carton models to explore adding fractions.

P3 Workshop

This week in P3 we read some of the book “History of Us”. The person who wrote the book believes that learning about history is learning about you! Ms.Kalei has been reading it to us. The author teaches history in a whole new way! We also wrote paragraph about what we think about history. As we move into as study about Native people, we are reading A History of Us by Joy Hakim. This is an eleven volume series, but we will just read sections of The First Americans. The series relies heavily on primary documents and telling the stories of those we don’t often hear from/about. This text will be used as foundation for later work we do. 


Readers Workshop

In Readers workshop this week we studied inferences we can make about a character based on how they handle a problem. Students worked on a graphic organizer that compared a character’s literal response to a problem and what that says about their character. Students also used The Arrival by Shaun Tan as a mentor text in discovering or thinking about how/why we know a character is experiencing empathy. In book clubs, we did an activity where we chose a quote in our book where one character had empathy for another. Then other people would write their comments about why they thought this was empathy. This week when we read Joey Pigza we found that scissors are very dangerous. Joey was running with scissors and by accident he cut off, with the scissors,the tip of one of his classmates nose!YUCK

Writers Workshop

This week in writers  we interviewed Justin the owner of the Chocolate Moose about economics. We also did  simulation of the buy local process and if you buy at a big box store nothing goes into the community but if you buy local you can give money to the community. We had Allison (owner of AZ Vintage and member of Local First – Bloomington) come in and talk with us. Students are generating arguments for whether or not it is important to buy local. As we write these first persuasive essays, we are thinking about how to form body paragraphs, introductory paragraphs, etc. 

Performing Arts

In performing arts, we have been working very hard on “Going West” so you might have heard your child humming the songs from the play. We also have wrapped up our identity project. It was stressful at times but it all worked out in the end. Everyone is wondering what we will do next for our Performing Arts classtimes!

Visual Arts

This week in visual arts we have finished our identity projects! Also we are probably going to start our set design.

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