Monday, September 10, 2012

Weekly Preview: 9/10-9/14, 2012

Hope everyone had a great weekend.  Here we go, just burning through September.

GOAL:  Each GOAL class will be getting their class wikis set up this week for the read-aloud book their class is hearing.  By the end of this week, the links on the right hand margin of this blog will be active.  Students should respond to the discussion as often as they can.  Parents and guardians, feel free to check out the pages.  You'll be able to observe, but you will not be able to contribute.  For safety reasons, the wikis are only open to the students for editing, and they will be only use their school usernames, not full first and last names.

Specifically, here's the scoop for each individual class for this week:

6th GOAL:  This week, students are exploring the differences between conceptual and physical models.  We'll observe a contraption called the Humdinger, and students will try to create physical models of how they think the Humdinger works.

7th GOAL:  We'll be finishing up writing and sharing pantoums this week as an end to our poetry unit. From there, we'll be starting our Big Science: For the Sake of the Nation activity.  This involves debating big ideas in science and trying to brainstorm what the next big government-backed science project should be.

8th GOAL:  Students will be writing and performing their skits using their Mandarin Chinese vocabulary.  They will also be studying their flashcards and taking their Mandarin Chinese vocabulary quiz.

8th Critical Concepts:  Students will continue to work on keyboarding skills with the Type To Learn program.  They are improving every day and doing their best to not just survive Keyboarding Bootcamp, but to come out on the other end as champion typists!

On a different note, Book Club AND Drama Club start this week.  Leave a comment if you have any questions about how to get involved or how to get your child involved!

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