Newsletter 17 – 1/23/17

Voices of 5/6

Here is your Voices 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 Allie, James, Matthew F., Noah, Parker and Nora.

  • This week we did a walk on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. day.  We saw special places in Bloomington that were important to African American history.  We saw the the May House.  It was a place for African American students to live and get meals before they were allowed in the dorms.  We also saw the site of the Black Market.  It was a store that sold books and clothes and items related to African Americans.  The store was firebombed in 1968.The site is now People’s Park on Kirkwood.
  • In performing arts we learned the choreography for HONK.  We have been working on our lines.  The deadline for memorizing lines is February 1.  In visual arts we have been working hard to get the sets done.  All the groups are getting closer to their vision for the sets.
  • We have been working on our argument essays.  We got feedback and now we are working on revising them to make them the best they can be.  
  • We had new Passions choices.  A lot a people got their first or second choice.  One of the new choices was stop motion animation.
  • We started new book clubs.  We made our own schedules for meetings and deadlines.
  • In science we put yeast into bags with water.  Some bags had cookies too.  The bags bags with the cookies expanded because the yeast was metabolizing the cookie.
  • We are still working with Ms. Steph on Fridays on yoga.

To add onto these points, we are working on Book Clubs in Readers Workshop. Students have met and determined their own deadlines and meeting schedules. They are independently deciding on topics of study in their book clubs, coming up with discussion questions/elements, and soon will be creating a self-assessment rubric for their participation. This agency and independence has  been awesome.

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In writers workshop, kids revised their original published argument essay in light of feedback that Jim and I gave them. Most kids completed this process in the workshop times we set aside last week (about 2.5 hours). Some have not finished, and that will be a part of their homework this week.

In Performing arts, as you may have seen above – we’ve set a deadline of February 1 for all lines (and song lyrics) to be memorized. This is the homework for the week as well as revising the essays and completing any book club reading.

We are running low on pencils, tissues, paper towels, and ziplock bags. If you are able to and willing to, we welcome donations of these supplies!

Optional Winter Conference: We so enjoy sharing your child’s progress and goals, while also learning more about your perspectives, hopes, and dreams related to your child. We have completed the round of fall conferences and look forward to the ones that we will have later in the spring (April/May). We do offer an optional winter conference as well. If we feel that there is a need for a winter conference, we will be in touch to schedule by February 10. If you would like to request a winterconference, please contact your child’s main teacher before February 10 to let them know that you would like to  schedule a winter conference.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • What book club are you in? What do you think about being in charge/responsible for your book club schedule/discussions?
  • Tell me about yeast in relationship to the science work you’ve been doing.
  • What was it like to receive feedback on your writing pieces? How did you handle the feedback?
  • Last week, the theme of CPR/Morning Meeting was play & fun. What did you discuss? What games did you do?

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Newsletter 16 – 1/14/16

Voices of 5/6

This week we are starting a new feature for our weekly newsletter called “Voice of ⅚”. Each week we will invite a small group of students to meet at lunch and contribute their ideas to be included in the newsletter.  This week’s contributors are Elora, Matthew S. Nick, Surya and Zach.

  • In P3 we are doing work with food.  We did an experiment to find the amount of grease/fat in different foods.  We we took one gram of different foods and placed them on brown paper.  Then we measured how big the grease stain was.
  • In read aloud we are reading a novel called First LightThe two main characters, Peter and Thea, are going on adventures.  The class is making predictions about what is going to happen next.  This book connects to our CGTQ on Perspectives and to our book clubs
  • Right now in reader’s workshop we are choosing a few books for our book club unit.  We are going to be working on the theme of “Perspectives”.  All the book choices have multiple characters and the books switch point of view between characters.
  • In writer’s workshop we are working on finishing our argument essays about a topic that each person picked.
  • In music we are practicing our music with other classes.  We are working hard to learn all of our lines. Next week we will start working on staging for the play HONK.
  • In Visual Arts we are making the set design for our production of HONK.  We are working in groups to make pieces for the set.
  • HONK will be Thursday, February 23 at the Waldron.  HOPES will go on at 6:00 and DREAMS will go on at 7:30.

Weekly Highlights

Just to add to what kids mentioned above, we are starting the beginning of a science unit. Here is some information about it – Our class is beginning a new science unit using the FOSS Food and Nutrition Module. We will be investigating what food is, what it is made of, and how several nutrient groups contribute to good healthful nutrition. Children will learn about fats, sugars, proteins, and vitamins and ways of testing for some of these nutrients in food. Your child will be conducting experiments that use common foods. We are assembling a collection of empty food containers of all kinds – especially those that list the ingredients and nutritional information on the package. Please save a few containers if you can and send them in.

We may also need small samples of foods you may have in your homes. After completing our investigation on fats in foods, we asked kids what they’d most like to test next. Most items were either directly related to school (school lunch, snack foods) and items from home.

Though we are studying the science of food right now, we’re going to be studying food, nutrition, and many topics surrounding in P3 for much of the rest of our year. If you have ideas, questions, comments, concerns, etc. – I’d love to hear from you!

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • How did you test for fats in food?
  • What is a fat?
  • Did you meet the deadline for writing? How did you work toward it successfully? Is there anything you’d change for next time?
  • What are some of the books you’re excited about in the next reading unit?
  • What was something you were glad to get back to after winter break?


Optional Winter Conference: We so enjoy sharing your child’s progress and goals, while also learning more about your perspectives, hopes, and dreams related to your child. We have completed the round of fall conferences and look forward to the ones that we will have later in the spring (April/May). We do offer an optional winter conference as well. If we feel that there is a need for a winter conference, we will be in touch to schedule by February 10. If you would like to request a winter conference, please contact your child’s main teacher before February 10 to let them know that you would like to  schedule a winter conference. 

We need some materials for upcoming science investigations. If you are able to – please send in 2 liter soda bottles, baker’s dry yeast, thermos/coffee pot/electric tea kettles – ways to maintain/store warm water, breakfast cereals (a baggie full of any you have in your home would be great!), and other foods that contain sugar that may be interesting for us to test. Please let Kalei know if you can send these in – or just send them in – thank you!!!

Newsletter 28 – 4/18/16

Weekly Highlights

Thanks to all who were able to join us for our celebration of Rwanda books. We appreciated seeing so many of you!

This past week, we worked a lot on writers workshop. We had several days of long writing sessions, re-wrote our leads, and began integrating revision work into online drafts (if applicable). On Fresh Grade, some kids reflected on the most challenging work and the most helpful work in this unit.

In P3 this week, we did a full-on medieval simulation. It was oh, so much fun. We had two kings (Kalei & Jim) and they were able to collect, rent, taxes, issue proclamations, etc. The villagers (kids) chose to either build or farm, and earned coins (pennies) by doing so. Kids were so excited about this work – except for when the pneumonic plague hit the villages and wiped out more than half our class. There was also a battle simulation outside to show the differences in preparedness of knights (who got dodgeballs) and villagers (who got paper balls).

In CPR this week, we have been talking about dependence, agency, and continue to do work with social-issue-problem-solving.

In readers workshop, we are continuing to read The Giver. We’ve been discussing symbolism, metaphor, along with whether we believe the setting (the “community”) is a utopia. Very interesting perspectives have come out in discussion & in Giver Book Clubs.

Up & coming is ISTEP this week and next week. We have sessions almost every day – all testing will be online. If you’re able to contribute gum and mints, we would appreciate it!

We will eventually have a publishing party for the pieces kids have been working on in writers, but it is delayed during testing. We thought it would be this week – but now it looks more like next week. We will keep you updated!

Newsletter 24 – 3/4/16

Growth & Development Patterns

This week, I (Ms. Kalei), revisited an old friend – the book Yardsticks by Chip Wood. It often becomes a great reference for me around this point in the school year because it reminds me that sooo much of what we see in our classroom is totally and completely normal. Below I’ve included a few pictures that talk about common characteristics of 10, 11, and 12 year olds. Yardsticks is a book that goes farther in depth with explanation, and one of the key points is that kids have a “developmental age,” in addition to their “chronological age.” I hope that you find this information helpful and if you want more of it – I’d be happy to share my copy of the book, or even copy a section for you and send it home with your child.


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Weekly Highlights

LYLS was this week. Students were amazing and had great activities. During LYLS we learned a lot of interesting things like, power poses, how to tie a tie, dirt bikes, Dr. Who. Kids experienced several “how-tos.”

We are working on a new unit in P3. We watched a movie about the Middle Ages. Mr. Jim dressed up as serf. A serf is someone that works for the lord of the manor – we are studying hierarchies and power. We also worked with some nonfiction texts to compare elements from the past to the present. Soon, we’ll be focusing our study on just a few elements that emerge from student interests.

ISTEP testing has happened this week. The big group did ELA and Math. Most kids (if not absent or in small groups) have just one more test next week. Kids were incredibly positive and supportive of one another during all of the hard work.

When not testing, we read some really good books.

Some passions updates from kids…

  • In Harry Potter passions we received handcrafted wands by a local wood-smith, got sorted into houses, earned house points and did potions.
  • In TASK, we built civilizations with a sheriff, a jail, and several other elements
  • In dance passions, we got to do the Whip and Nae-Nae
  • In chemistry passions we worked with batteries and water – there was potential for fire – yikes! 🙂
  • In model making passions we have been learning things about making models, someone in our passions is creating the Wright Brothers’ plane out of toothpicks
  • In playground passions, we played football
  • In reading, writing, and drawing, we’ve been creating a board game

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • How did your LYLS presentation go?
  • How do you feel about taking the ISTEP?
  • What are you doing in new units (art, P3)?
  • What are you excited about for next week?



Newsletter 4 – 9/4/15

Committees have started! The blog committee met for the first time on Friday, and we are starting the student/teacher collaboration out right. Italicized text is written by Ms. Kalei, and everything else is student voice.


This week students went to Field Day at Ms. Sara’s farm! We had a treacherous hike, a session of fort building, and a fabulous game of instincts. Kids certainly enjoyed this 11th field day at Yard Dog Farm. 

We also spent time this week talking about independence and agency. We are working to build the skills of asking peers before adults when the question is quick/logistical, trying to solve problems for ourselves, and thinking of alternatives to a situation on our own. 

We finished our read aloud of El Deafo this week. We had a lot of empathy for main character Cece, as she dealt with the pressures of being 11 on top of having hearing loss. 

Next week we will travel to Bradford Woods. Students will be at TPS on Tuesday for “normal” school, but the rest of our week looks very different. If you have any last minute Bradford Woods questions, please email us over the weekend.

Do you know about our homework page? It exists.  We will be updating it regularly so you can find assignments here for writing.


In CPR this week we talked about hurricane Katrina and listened to interviews of people who witnessed it. We listened to StoryCorps and This American Life and talked with people who were affected by the Hurricane. Students shared their wows and wonders. 

Readers Workshop

What we did this week we are working on our reading path books that we chose three weeks ago. This is what we have been doing for the past week and most people (notice I say most!) are on their 2nd or 3rd book on their path. So this is the idea for this unit of reading. The whole idea is to finish books and then find new ones to read. This week we started work with “signposts and text tools” for fiction reading. We talked about memory moments and used a short story from the anthology 13 to practice finding these moments. 

Writers Workshop 

In writers this week we learned more about elaborations. We talked about how to add in extra information in our writing by putting details in between existing sentences. We are also working on paragraphing and making sure we transition into the next paragraph at times that engage and help the reader.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • What did you do for Morning Work this week?
  • What social risks did you take at Field Day?
  • What stories did you hear in CPR about Katrina?
  • Where are you in your reading path?

Newsletter 33 – 5/22/15


Field Day is coming up next Friday! Everyone is super excited for it. Field Day is a day where the whole school takes a trip out to our beloved Ms. Sara’s farm. We play CTF and football, play in the horse troughs, Mr. Chris runs the Slip n’ Slide, and we generally have an awesome time. Make sure to pack your child appropriately with a water bottle, close toe shoes, towel, bathing suit, extra change of clothes, and a filling lunch.

Morning Meeting

This week we played a new activity. We did freeze dance. A greeting that we did – we told someone about if any of our family has served in the military. We’ve done a better job sitting and getting to know our classmates. We have been using cards in meeting. The cards have your name on them, and the teachers pass them out, mix them up, and sit next to new people every day.

Capstone Project

This week in capstone, we decided what our visual piece would be. Some of us finished our questions and some of us are still working on them. Parents are always helpful in working on capstone pieces at home!

Book Buddies

We were focusing on having our book buddies retell the story and give us examples of characters, plot and setting.

Ms. Kalei’s Math Group

We just finished a long end of the year assessment. We played games. Students are excited to continue our work on dreambox next week!

Mr. Jim’s Math Group

We did a long end of year assessment.

Ms. Caitlin’s Math Group

This week in Ms. Caitlin’s math group we have been working on re-arranging random triangles into rectangles and finding the area of them, which is harder than it sounds. We also did a review of all the math we have done for Ms. Caitlin to give to our future math teachers -sob- next year.

We have also been working on a group math project on Scratch, following the adventures of the blue-and-yellow George and his trusty striped cane.

Ms. Kandi’s Math Group

We are doing decimals – adding and subtracting them. When we are done adding or subtracting we always have to do the reverse operation to check our work.

Readers Workshop

We are reading independently every day. We are reading books of choice.

P3 Workshop

In P3 this week, we talked about immigration, child labor in factories, and the laws that were passed about alcohol. We talked about the KKK and their beliefs in white supremacy.

Writers Workshop

We finished our first drafts. We are working on our second drafts. Some people are working on computers. We shared our drafts with writing partners and partners looked  for:

  • Verb tense
  • Five senses
  • Climax – slow building tension
  • Paragraphing – Dialogue
  • Plot

Visual Arts

We have had free days this week. We have had things from dragons to mini sized clothes. Other then that we haven’t done much more. But a free day in arts is always magical. We have also been drawing something we have never drawn before and are creatively drawing pop art inspired patterns around it.


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Newsletter 30 – 5/3/15


We have had a wonderful week of ISTEP! Positive attitudes abound. Next week we will continue our work. Remember to have early bedtimes, healthy brain food and of course BE SUPPORTIVE!

Foods we recommend:

  • Fruit
  • Protein (yogurt, lentils, seeds, fish, lean meat, eggs, peanut butter)
  • Healthy Carbs– maybe toast with peanut butter and orange juice for breakfast (DON’T TEST ON AN EMPTY STOMACH!)
  • Fish
  • Dark fruits and veggies (kale, people, its not that bad, and this is a kid talking)
  • Eggs
  • A protein smoothie with healthy ingredients is great.

This isn’t food, but seriously, get lots of sleep. Also not food, but comfy clothing!

Readers Workshop

This week in readers workshop we are bringing our unit to an end!We are making slides about one of the books we read.We are making one slide for the title, setting(s) , the characters, the theme(s) , the author’s porpuse/ and the plot. This week we continued to read The Watson’s Go To Birmingham. The Watsons continued their trip to Birmingham and when they finally got there Byron became very respectful and polite to Grandma Sands started to act all southern.

P3 Workshop

This week in P3 we started learning about Indiana from 1600-1800. We wrote down the information we learned on our time lines. We went back in time because we’re Time Lords. Time Lords can travel back in time (Time Lords are from Doctor Who). We traveled back in time and  learned about Native Americans that lived in the 1600-1800 in Indiana. We also talked about Indiana’s two constitutions.

Writers Workshop

This week in writer’s workshop we wrote and finished our plan and started writing stories about our characters.

Performing Arts

In Performing Arts, we have been working on our recorder skills. Both lines did some outside practice to take advantage of the beautiful week. The Dreams line did some skits of fairy tales and myths. We played all together and got to show each other where we were in our music, which was really fun!


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Next week is….. ISTEP TIME! We will be starting the multiple-choice part of ISTEP on Monday.

Also, a new installment on our moving wall, we have two paper TARDISes! (tardi?) Ms. Kalei and Mr. John used them in their demonstration of the effects of time traveling in P3.

Math Workshop

This week in Ms. Kalei’s math group we have been working on the order of operations, graphing, percents, and multiple choice questions. We are learning this, and many mor e(like the mean, median, mode, and range) for preparation for ISTEP next week.

This week in Mr. Jim’s group, we got new homework that was elapsed time. We also started a new unit on decimals and changing fractions to decimals. We checked our homework and almost every one turned in their homework!

In Ms. Caitlin’s group, we are starting a whole group project! As you know every Friday we work on projects (usually on the computer) and w are starting a big Scratch program that everyone will work on. Stay tuned for more details!

In Ms. Kandi’s group, students worked in pairs to complete a variety of problems in which they are asked to compare decimal numbers and fractions.  Students expressed their conclusions in the form of inequalities.  Mid-week, students played More or Less, a game played with decimal numbers to the hundredths place.  Before they started the game, drew and compared pairs of decimal numbers.  At the end of the week students represented the value of the dollar and each coin in the U.S. currency system in decimal and fractional notation.  In doing so, they continued to make connections between decimals, money, and fractions.

Readers Workshop

This week we continued to work on author’s purpose so our fiction books may be running out of pages. We have all enjoyed the books that we have read. Through out the week we have done multiple work sheets for example. Today we  did a sheet where we had to choose an event, setting, or character in our books and wrote the character’s emotion  when the scene was taking place.This week we haven’t continued to read The Watsons Go To Birmingham. Instead we read part of Harris Burdick story called Just Desert. A boy who was out biking and somehow found himself   in a neighborhood  that seemed like it was dead.There was no leaves on the ground, there was the same amount of junk mail sticking out of the mailboxes, and nobody was there.

Writers Workshop

In writers workshop we learned about plot. Using our new plot chart, we began to plan out stories that involve our fictional character. We worked to identify what the problem would be for our characters.


P3 Workshop 

This week in P3 we watched Doctor Who because we are studying Indiana history and we are thinking about what it would be like to go back in time and change things that happened from the 1600s to present time. We are working with partners on timelines to help sort events from the past to present. We are talking about #boycottindiana and the new law that was passed. There is a picture of a Tardis and christmas lights hung so we can travel back in time.

Morning Meeting

Visual Arts

This week in visual arts we have been doing our styrofoam disc patterns. We put a in- printed animal on a disc that we cut off, then we take washable markers and color each part of a disc a different color. After that we cut out a piece of paper in a circle only slightly bigger than the disc, we put the paper circle in water, then when it’s all wet we take it and put it on the disc, we press down until the paper is colored enough. Then the best part… We take it off then now you have you newly colored piece of marker art work.

Performing Arts

This week in performing arts we got to go outside! We brought our recorders, our dance moves and ourselves! We split our group and one group danced to Bransle De Champagne while another played the song! We successfully did not break any of the recorders! We did a really fun improv the whole time and everyone got to act out these really fun scenarios!

Book Buddies

This week in book buddies we did something special! Today we made a fiction story based of mystery picture that has no story to it. Our ⅘ brains combined with k/1 brains make a great story!


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Newsletter 28 – 4/16/15


We are trying out a new HUGE circle for morning meeting. Finally everyone is on the same level, instead of having 4 layers of people!

The librarians had an awesome (but painful – those books were heavy) trip to the library. Ms. Kalei checked out 146 books, along with all of the books us librarians checked out on our own cards.

Also, we are having the Esteemed Spring Conferences! If you have not already, please contact Ms. Kalei or Mr. Jim to set up a conference. They are led by students and will show the parents lots of the things their child has been learning, their strengths and goals, and much more. Friday is a day off to accommodate for the 50-something conferences that need to happen!

Math Workshop

This week in Ms. Kalei’s math group we have been working on/ finishing up our unit in fractions, decimals, and percents. This week, similar to last week, we have been working on multiplying and dividing fractions. Sadly, we have no friday for school, so we could have a no-school conference day. In math we have been doing our work for filling out a reflection for our spring conference, and we have been finishing up a seven page assesment.

This week in Mr. Jim’s math group we  got our assessments back and saw our score. We also got a lot of new papers we also turned in 1 big packet and then we turned in a 1 page sheet. Spring conferences are coming so we reflected on our mathematician skills.

This week in Ms. Caitlin’s math group we had a very riddley homework: as in, a question about number analogies, guess my number, and a riddle like the perplexors things we are doing. (Ask your kid.)

This week in Ms. Kandi’s group, students used several different units of area measure to determine the area of different regions on the geoboard.  In doing so, they encountered equivalent fractions  and mixed numbers, as well as informal addition, subtraction, and division of fractions.  We also spent time considering the next two base ten pieces to the right of the unit: 0.1 and 0.01.  Students used base ten pieces to represent decimal numbers and identify the value of those numbers as decimals and fractions.

Readers Workshop

This week in reader’s workshop we made short drawings of either the main characters, or the main setting. We came up with a theme that went through the beginning, middle, and end. We also wrote how the drawings we drew connected to our themes.We are working really hard on unwrapping the clues the authors gave us. This week we read a picture book to help us understand the teaching point for this week. The book was called Pop’s Bridge. In Pop’s Bridge a boy admires the bridge his dad is working on. He thinks it’s his fathers bridge but when some of the workers fall into the river he realizes that the bridge is made with teamwork so it’s everyones bridge. So to symbolize the teamwork he cuts a puzzle piece from the puzzle of a bridge so that everyone would have a equal share in the puzzle bridge.

Writers Workshop

In writers this week we wrote scenarios for our fictional characters. It tested what our characters would do in a situation. Like they are stuck in a elevator going lower and lower- what would they do? WE are learning what are characters minds are like. We conferred with many other writers in the class to get their ideas about our writing. We also made some choices for future writing partners. 

Visual Arts

This week in visual arts we have been working on our plates again. Not much to say about that, but we cut out a styrofoam circle out of a styrofoam plate, whoop whoop! Then draw a picture on a piece of paper, after that trace the outline of the drawing onto the circle, then take the picture off of the newly imprinted animal, then we did then add detail. After we do that, the next step is to come…he he moohaha.

Performing Arts

In performing arts this week we have worked on our recorders and learned a song called “Bransle De Champagne” and then we practiced all to together. It was so much fun to play together that one specific song. One line [Dreams] worked on dancing but the other line [Hopes] didn’t get to because they are a little bit behind because of the day on Friday is the day we have off.

Morning Meeting

We did the barking greeting and it is where you get to bark like your favorite dog!

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • How are you feeling about your spring conference?
  • What can you tell me about your character?
    • What would your character be doing if they were with us right now?
  • What themes are you noticing in your book?

Newsletter 27 – 4/10/15


Spring conferences will be starting up soon. Kids are doing spring reflections in preparation. We are working on filling out sheets for the teachers to use as we have these conferences. The conferences are student-led. We sent a note about this home on 4/9.

Math Workshop

In Ms. Caitlin’s Math Group we have been working on projects! 2 members of the group completed their 3rd and 4th projects. Also, Thursday was the Great Ms. Caitlin’s birthday! She has turned the amazing age of 28. Not much new news other than that.

In Mr. Jim’s group we got some new homework about fractions and we revised it on Friday. It was challenging at just the right level. In math practice we work on these really fun multiplication flash cards that take a lot hard work but are entertaining.

This week in Ms. Kalei’s math group we have been working on fractions. In fraction  work we have been doing division with fractions, multiplication with fractions, addition with fractions, and subtraction. We have been learning visual strategies, and the algorithm with dividing fractions. We have also started a new system, including new fix and finish, and math practice.

In Ms. Kandi’s group we began the week by completing a unit assessment to see how we have grown in our understanding of theoretical and experimental probability, as well as our skills at collecting, organizing, and interpreting data.  Mid week we began a new unit on fractions and decimals.  Students created a geoboard figure with an area of 2 square units when each of the small squares had an area of 1 square unit.  We then thought of the entire geoboard as 1 square unit, so that each small square had an area of 1/16.  Students explored the fractional values of various regions on the geoboard and used them as the basis for observations about fractional relationships.


Readers Workshop

This week in readers workshop we continued to focus on the author’s purpose. We learned that authors have an agendas(theme). Mr.Jim is teaching us about author’s purpose. We have used picture books to do so examples: Lorax. We read The Lorax and used that as an example to talk about the main idea and possible agenda. Many students generated an idea for author’s purpose around environment or how nature matters. We have done a lot of work with the chapter books we picked at the beginning of the unit.

This week we continued to read the book The Watsons Go To Birmingham. In The Watsons Go To Birmingham they continued to drive to Birmingham so By can stay with Grandma Sands as a punishment. And if he’s good then he could come back to Flint to finish school. But if he’s bad which chances are he will be then he will stay to finish school.

Writers Workshop

In writers this week we read the world.What that means is you think of a specific day and time in some place that you remember the people.Then you write a little story about the characters. When you’re finished with that you pick one character and write a story about them. Students are developing significance in different characters. They’ve spent time writing a handful of short stories. 

P3 Workshop

This week in P3 we started a new unit on Indiana. We matched pictures and words for the state rock, beverage, bird, tree, flower and more. If we matched all of the cards we played a memory game. We did a  trivia where we had to say what the match was.

 Performing Arts

We learned a Shakespearean dance that was probably made in the 1600 or the 1500 hundreds. We brought Mr. Jim and Ms. Kalei to watch us dance! We also learned the song we danced to on recorders but the dancing was more successful. A few days before that we sang a song (on behalf of Earth Day!) called “Our Earth, Our Home”. It was really fun to sing about the earth with all of our friends.

Visual Arts

This week in visual arts we have been working on our animal styrofoam prints. Most people are almost ready to make the dents in the styrofoam. What you do is you draw a number of drafts on paper of your animal, then you pick your favorite picture and tape it to the back of a styrofoam disc and trace it lightly. After that you go back in and add detail to your animal, when you’re done you have a animal imprinted in your styrofoam disc.

Morning Meeting

This week we did Entourage. It is where you play rock papers scissors and you start of with you and one more person and then you play then you play if you lost then you cheer for that person that you lost to you you go behind them and cheer for them then they play and if they lose then they cheer for the person they lost to and cheer to that person.

Capstone Project

This week in capstone library committee members interviewed their assigned capstone students.The students that aren’t a librarians got to work on their capstone project.

Book Buddies

This week in book buddies our partners gave us book recommendations for books. It was amazing to see how good their writing skills are. Their letters were very thoughtful and cute. we are all very exciting to read there recommended books.