Friday, March 18, 2016

That's a Wrap!

  • We have a field trip on April 7th. Please send in permission slip and money by Wednesday, March 23rd. 
  • If you are interested in chaperoning our field trip to Cedardale on June 14th, please send in the chaperone form by Thursday, March 24th.
  • Are you on Twitter? Follow me to see what's happening at Memorial! @MKConceison 
  • Congratulations to this week's Wall of Fame winners!  
  • Mr. Musselman and Ms. Pavlicek came to do a presentation Our Trash, Our Choices. They collected ALL of the waste from lunch on Monday. Some very brave volunteers had the smelly job of going through the trash and separating it. I think this will help improve recycling! 
  • Send all baby pictures and kindergarten pictures to Remember that it does not have to be the school K picture-- any picture around that age.   
Here's a  glimpse into our week...

An important lesson about online communication at the bullying assembly.

How do our choices affect our community? 

Look at all of that trash! 

Brave volunteers! 

Math: We are currently adding and subtracting mixed numbers. It's tricky stuff-- especially when you need to rename the mixed number to subtract. I am very proud of the kids for demonstrating a growth mindset and working through those tough problems! Talking tidbits: What has been easier for you- adding mixed numbers or subtracting them? 

Social Studies: The Redcoats are coming! The Redcoats are coming! We started our unit on the American Revolution. The students needed to take on the role of one of the key players in the Revolution to debate on the fairness of The Stamp Act. Talking tidbits: What was the colonists' view of all the taxes imposed by Britain? 

Exit ticket: Slide and talk! Tell your partner one thing you learned....then slide and tell someone else. 

Researching roles for our Stamp Act debate.

"Paul Revere" explaining to "King George" why the Stamp Act should be repealed. 

Science: We did a quick review unit on plants. I started the unit by asking the kids to think of any plant that comes to mind. They wrote each on a post it. Then, they needed to classify them based on similar characteristics. Students then had to walk around and cross of the ones that they did not think were plants. We also did an experiment to demonstrate the way that transport tubes help plants. Talking tidbits: Why are transport tubes needed for photosynthesis? 

Classifying plants
A tomato isn't a plant, but a tomato plant is! 
What will happen when the celery sits in the colored water? 

Observing our results

Looks like the transport tubes did their job!

Reading: We are toward the end of Bud, Not Buddy and Bud's adventures continue! We are working on determiniStudents have also been writing down their favorite quotes from this book and others to add to our Say What?! board. 

Maddie added "A person's a person no matter how small." from Horton Hears a Who

Writing: We added surprise to non-fiction writing to engage the audience. I modeled the example of a Dasypeltis snake. The kids then chose an animal that is not-so well known. 

Adding surprising facts can engage the reader. 

Hope you find some extra time this weekend to snooze like my niece Olivia!

-Ms. Conceison- 

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