Newsletter 31 – 5/14/17

Voice of 5/6

This is your Voice of 5/6 update.  A small group of students met during lunch on Friday to comment on the events of the week and share highlights with families. The contributors for this week are Quenten, Sabrah, Lucy, Alden, Silas and Logan.

We started working on the MAW this week.  We signed up for committees.  There will be a steering committee along with committees for HONK, fantasy writing, zines, ABC books, design math, news and the election, legal literacy, science, and others.  Our class is really excited to work together to make the MAW happen.

This week in Writers Workshop we have been working to finish our “zine” projects.  We have all been getting a lot of work done and we are focused and enjoying it.  We have been reluctant to stop working.

In Readers Workshop we are working on political cartoons.  We have been planning political cartoons.  We made our cartoons on the subjects we have been researching in the news.  The cartoons have been about criminal justice, the gender pay gap, climate change, the President and other topics.  We feel great about the work but this has been a fun challenge.

In visual arts we have been making ABC books, optical illusions and mazes.  In the optical illusions she has taught us the circle in the optical illusion should be shaded to be a light source.  The ABC books are using unusual things that connect to the letter of the alphabet.  This has been a long and challenging project.

Anne Corrigan from WFIU came and spoke to the class about local food.  She creates the program/podcast Earth Eats.  She answered our questions about food, migrant workers, bees and food labels.  She shared a podcast she made about persimmons as a local source of food.



You can see the finished versions of zine pages, political cartoons, and ABC Books/Mazes on Fresh Grade. Kids are uploading them as they are getting done!

Reminder! We have an upcoming  trip to the Indy Children’s Museum on May 23rd to launch and link to the MAW. We are going to put kiddos on the task of exploring the museum and finding elements they hope to incorporate into their fabulous exhibits come June 13th. We’re hoping to collect $6 from each family (or more if you want to donate) to help with the cost of the trip. No child will be prevented from going on this trip due to an inability to pay. If you are interested in attending as a chaperone, please let Kalei know ASAP! We need about 6-8 parents to go with us. Chaperones will go through the museum with a small group (6-8 kids) to look for museum elements.

The Bobo book permission forms will be due by the end of the week. Bobo Books is a partnership we did with a local poetry professor. She’ll be compiling collaborative poems from 5/6, 4/5/6, and 7/8 into a book that will sell on amazon. The profit will come to the school to support our diversifying our libraries. We have about half the permission forms we need, if you need another copy, they are attached – Contributor Form.

In two weeks – we’ll be at the Children’s Museum AND Field Day. Please let us know if your child needs a sack lunch for either of these trips! We’ll need to know this by 5/16.

Conference letters have gone out – please schedule with Kalei or Jim as soon as you can!

We are traveling to the Ivy Tech John Waldron Center for a rehearsal of the 7/8 show on Tuesday morning.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home:

  • What pieces of work did you complete this week? What do you feel proud of and why?
  • How is your political cartoon a reflection of what you’ve read in the news?
  • You worked on giving advice to classmates this week about struggles that have been popping up at recess. What did you think about this process? What issues have come up that you’ve seen/been a part of?
  • How are you feeling about the upcoming field trips?

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