First and foremost, we want to extend loving arms to Madeline and Mr. Jeffrey. This is a time of coming together as a classroom and school community to reach out and comfort those we care about. Our kids had discussions and wrote cards expressing feelings they have for our dear classmate and librarian. You continue to be in our thoughts...
We have been fortunate to have Ms. Heike take on her student teaching role and we have been team-teaching the past few weeks. It has been so nice to meet with small groups daily and have two teachers supporting student growth. If only this is how it were all the time! We have launched our social studies unit "The Parade" and have big plans ahead. This week your child decided on a cultural heritage and created a character around that culture. In the upcoming weeks, each student will research more about this culture and create a float for the parade and provide a food dish to share at our celebration on February 20th. Please mark this day on your calendars as we would love for you to join us and help by bringing a food dish to this event.
In other areas:
Reading: Characters go on Journeys-we are doing a whole-class book study on Shiloh, by Phillis Reynolds Naylor.
Writing: Persuasive writing-watch out parents, some kids are writing with you in mind! Some current writing topics: Why I should play more Mindcraft (Tate), Why dogs are better pets than cats (Zoe), Why kids shouldn't have to go to school (Julius), Why Magic is Real (Kostya), Why sushi is the best food to eat (Asa), and it goes on...
Math: Measurement-centimeters & meters (for now)
Black History: Guided Reading groups have been reading books about Ruby Bridges, Martin Luther King Jr., and Thurgood Marshall. We will continue our studies into February.
Class Meeting: Win/Win situations
Technology: Establishing iPad agreements, responding to prompts on KidBlog. You can access and blog using Kidblog from home.
Ask your child to enlighten you:
- What does segregation mean?
- Play the continent game: Give your child a country and see if they know what continent it's in.
- Ask them, How does a double-stuffed OREO help you with your opinion/persuasion writing?
- Tell me about Kangaroo jumps!
- How big is a millimeter, centimeter, meter, kilometer?
AND, what all the hype has been about... The QAE/Perseverance video lead by Ms. Stone. What a fun and collective production this turned out to be!
As a HUGE Seahawks fan, I am thrilled by all this buzz. Shortly after it was released, Pete Carroll retweeted it and posted it on his Facebook page. Then Fox Sports and CBS picked it up. It was on Good Morning America on Thursday and Ms. Stone and some QAE students will be interviewed on King 5 News this Saturday morning in the 8:00-9:00 hour. Our very own Sage and Josiah will be among those interviewed so be on the look out this Saturday! Even the Arizona Iced Tea company called the school wanting to send us cases of iced tea (they must be appreciative for the free advertising!). Only three more sleeps until Super Bowl, but who can really sleep anyway?