Posts Categorized: Elementary II
During the months of January and February, the Elementary II students learned about and honored a variety of civil rights events and activists. They expressed their own thoughts and feelings about this pivotal time in our nation’s history and had the opportunity to visit with Mr. Sonny Hereford (one of the first children to integrate in the Huntsville City School System). Below are some of the thoughts and quotes from the children and their journal entries:
“I would help Martin Luther King, Jr. I would walk and not ride the bus. I would join the bus boycott. They were a huge help for Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement.” H.P., 3rd grade
“I would be in the marches during the civil rights movement. In the marches you walk to the city holding signs. There might be some signs that say ‘freedom’ or ‘This is not fair.’ That is why I want to be in the marches.” E.M., 3rd grade
“Prior to 1954, segregation in schools was acceptable in the United States. In 1954, Brown v. the Board of Education ruled out segregation. It was illegal to segregate schools.
On November 14, 1960, Ruby Bridges went to William Frantz Elementary. She did not know how the day would be. An angry mob met her. They shouted cruel and horrid things to Ruby as she arrived…” N.R., 5th grade
Our studies in class sparked individual interest in several of the children. They have been checking out books about Rosa Parks, The March on Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The children’s inquisitiveness has sparked many great classroom discussions. Educating future generations about peace, positivity, and proactiveness is the best way to extinguish adversity in the future.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Have cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
It’s hard to believe that we’re already wrapping up another school year! I’ve enjoyed working with and getting to know all of the children, and I look forward to seeing many of them again next year. In math, we are busy tying up our study of fractions (and some geometry). The children have enjoyed using the Montessori Fraction Circles, fraction bars, and the Geometry Box (aka “the box of sticks”). We have found the new fraction command cards from the Houston Montessori Center to be extremely valuable!
Sci-Quest has continued to be a favorite activity every-other Wednesday. During their most recent visit the children had the opportunity to be engineers and build their own catapults. The final visit from Sci-Quest promises to be awesome, too. We will be dissecting a shark! In the classroom, we’ve been watching our ladybugs grow and recording our observations. It has been wonderful for the children to witness complete metamorphosis first-hand, while learning about the differences between complete and incomplete metamorphosis.
We have a few more notable dates coming up this month:
*May 12th – 16th the 3rd and 4th graders will be taking the SAT. More information about testing details for the 3rd-4th graders will be coming soon.
*May 12th the 2nd graders will be participating in the strawberry picking field trip to Brown’s Farm.
*The Elementary Bridging Ceremony will be May 20th at 2:00 p.m. The 3rd graders will be bridging from Lower Elementary to Upper Elementary, and all of the children will be performing a song. Everyone is invited to come enjoy the performance and a small reception.
*Field Day is scheduled for Wednesday, May 21st. Be on the look out for more information as the date approaches!
*Finally, the last day of school and our picnic at McGucken Park is May 23rd.
Thank you so much to all of the parents who have helped out this year by volunteering in the classroom, chaperoning, donating materials, etc… This year would not have been as successful without you!
This week we enjoyed our second visit from Sci-Quest! The children learned about how rainbows are made, explored the refraction of light, and optical illusions. They used colored water to dye gardening crystals and “capture” the colors of rainbow in test tubes.
April is National Poetry Month, so we’re incorporating poetry into our study of adjectives and adverbs. So far, the children have composed their own Haikus and Cinquains. Soon, we’ll be writing Quatrains and free-verse poetry.
Our study of fractions is in full-force. Cooking with your child is a wonderful way to reinforce fractions at home, while at the same time incorporating measurement. The children have worked with equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, and some of them are moving onto simplifying fractions.
Finally, we have two field trips planned for this month. On Thursday, April 10th, we will be visiting Burritt on the Mountain. Permission slips for this field trip went home on Tuesday. On Friday, April 25th, we will be participating in Panoply School Days. I will be sending home permission slips for Panoply next week.
This month will definitely be busy, so be sure to check your child’s yellow folder regularly!
I can’t believe that Spring Break is almost upon us! We’re still very busy preparing for the Multicultural Festival. If you have anything from or about Europe that you would like to share with the class, that would be great!
Our science/geography studies have also expanded to include biomes. We’ve been discussing the interdependent relationships in biomes and the different types of biomes found all over the world. Also, a teacher from Sci-Quest is now coming twice a month to conduct science experiments with the children. Yesterday was the first class, and I’m sure that all of the children came home talking about dry ice!
Last, but not least, we have two field trips planned for April. On the 10th we will be visiting Burritt on the Mountain. We will be learning about life in Alabama during the 1800s, and the settlers who moved here from Georgia as they searched for gold. At the end of April (date to be announced) will are planning to attend Panoply School Days. So, be on the look out for more information and permission slips!
It’s hard to believe that this is the last week of January – this month has flown by! The children have re-adjusted to the routine well and have enjoyed reuniting with each other. We are so excited about the new additions to our classroom – a new fourth grade student and Ms. Dola. It is wonderful to have an extra pair of hands to help everyone learn.
We are currently preparing for our exploration of Europe (for the Multicultural Festival) by studying maps and the globe. So far, our studies have included a review of the continents and major oceans, and the lines of latitude and longitude. We’ve also used our outdoor classroom to learn about coniferous and deciduous trees. Everyone is working at their own pace in language arts and math, but some of the topics being covered are: types of graphs, word problem clue words, estimation, possessive nouns, and pronouns.
We have a few parent work hours available right now. There are 3 of our classroom chairs that are in need of simple repairs. (The chairs could most likely be repaired with wood glue.) Please let me know if you are willing to help out.
- Keep reading with your child for at least 20 minutes each night and help him/her record it in the reading log in his/her yellow folder. This is very important to help build a sense of responsibility, plus it’s the only regular “homework” that they have.
- It is also important for the children to build responsibility by bringing their yellow folders to school each day. I check their reading logs regularly, and use their yellow folders as a key source of communication.
- Scholastic Book Orders are due Friday, January 31st. The children are already looking forward to getting their books! Plus, every book you order gives our class bonus points that help build our classroom library.
Thank you for everything you do. It is a joy to work with your children and watch them grow every day!