Newsletter 24 – 3/6/15

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ISTEP! ISTEP! ISTEP!

This week all the focus was on ISTEP. On Monday we spent time doing “acceptance speeches” to build up positive energy and pep for a week of testing. We watched the Ted Talk on power poses to discuss how our bodies can change our minds and our minds can change our bodies.  We have (mostly) finished the ELA sessions and math, and next week 4th graders will do the science test. Thank you to many of our families who brought in extra snacks throughout the week.  

P3 Workshop

This week in P3 we talked about animal adaptations. We learned about behavioral adaptation and structural adaptation. Behavioral adaptations are what animals do to adapt. Structural adaptations are parts of their bodies to help them adapt. We watched a Blue Planet video about the deep sea. We took notes on the animals structural and behavioral adaptations as we watched the video.

Issues

This week in issues we did a computer based investigation on race. Students went into google images and tallied the amount of people that fit into a racial category when searching for professions. We discussed their results as a class. Up & coming will be discussions on the words race, prejudice, stereotypes, racism, and anti-racism.

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Capstone

This week in Capstone we did more computer work.Ms. Kalei taught the students that didn’t know about sharing documents how to share a document.

Book Buddies

This week in book buddies we got to just read. Are book buddies just made non-fiction books. Some of them read their books to us. They were very interesting and made us very proud. They are also making huge progress on their reading.

CARES Update

Cooperation- the classroom cooperates by put up the computers when told

Responsibility-  ⅘ is responsible by cleaning up at room rescue

Self-Control- we had to be silent in line which is unusual.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • How do animals adapt to their environment?
  • How are you feeling about ISTEP?

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