The first quarter has flown by and the students have been so eager to learn throughout all subjects. They have developed in such a short amount of time I cannot wait to see what else they will be able to accomplish this school year.
They have loved learning about Early Humans and how life was during the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic Eras. They continue to be curious about how Early humans lived during those times. They have learned about Homo Habilis, Homo Erectus, Neanderthal, and Cro-Magnon. They were able to do a simulation about a difficult Math problem where they had tools that helped make solving the problem easier and easier through time to signify how Early Humans’ knowledge continued to make lives easier throughout the different early human groups. They also used their knowledge in answering a BINGO game about all the vocabulary and facts they have learned.
Students have been working on their multiplication skills throughout the last two months. They have continued to improve their multiplication knowledge by using various ways to show their understanding like arrays, groups, number line, and repeated addition. They have been doing speed tests to practice their fast facts and have been using different interactive and fun worksheets to help make multiplication more interesting for them.
Students are always excited about Science as they get to practice the scientific method through the different experiments they have conducted. They have learned about Forces, Motion, Friction, Magnets, and Static Electricity. They’ve tested static electricity through balloons, the strength of different magnets and what materials they are attracted to, how to create strong bridges, and how to make the fastest slide with the least amount of friction. Through the experiments they learn to predict, follow a procedure, observe, write down data, and have a result for the experiment. It has also been a great opportunity for them to work together with classmates and realize that trial and error is necessary in different experiments.
Students have been working on their reading stamina, fluency, and comprehension throughout the different stories we have read and discussed from our “Journey’s” Text book. They also learn daily proofreading, grammar, and writing responses for different questions to help them become better writers. They have been working on their personal narratives through the writing process such as brainstorming ideas, drafting their ideas into writing, revising their written work, editing what can be improved in their writing, and finally publishing their work. They have been practicing how to make their narratives stronger by adding more details.
Lastly we ended the month with a bang through the assembly where they were able to show how to be a caring person towards themselves, parents, classmates, and the environment. They reflected about what it means to be a caring person and made promises of how they can continue to be a caring person throughout the school year. It was a great way to end the first two months as they showcased all their hard work and perseverance.