Spelling Workshop

Spelling is a tool for writing.  The purpose of learning to spell is so that writing may become easier, more fluent, more expressive, and more easily read and understood by others.

Our spelling workshop is underway. Students work in small groups on Monday mornings for spelling. They begin with a focus lesson to learn spelling strategies. They get their new spelling words for the week (these were sent home today). After they finish with all of their work, they can make a choice to use our learning opportunities. This week they can work with the word families; -ake and -ight, use the iPads, play hangman, and find definitions to new vocabulary. Please continue to practice their spelling words each night.

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Castles

Our entire class is hard at work constructing castles. The younger students wrote out what materials they would need and a plan for their visual. The older students had to write out a list of materials as well and draw a blueprint before they could start building. We are using recycled materials and lots of other supplies. Thank you to all of our families who brought cardboard and other materials!

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Adding the towers
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Using the plan to add the towers and keep

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Reminders to follow our castle plan

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Drawing a blueprint

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Gluing down a drawbridge

College Student Math

Three of our Education students in their Junior year have begun teaching math to our elementary students. They plan three lessons each week for four weeks. The elementary students enjoy learning with their new teachers.

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Ms. Christina is working with our youngest students. They are working with fractions.
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Ms. Sara has a group of our 3rd graders. They are continuing with the unit study of Geometry.
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Ms. Maile is also working with fractions.

Bye, Bye Butterfly!

This morning our preschool students watched the release of one of our classroom butterflies. We have been learning about the stages of life for a butterfly and we were so excited to see the final stage of one of our butterfly friends! Thank you to Ava’s mom and grandma for providing this experience for our students.

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Writing Celebrations and Destination Imagination

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Tavish is sharing his new story about a portal and an orange crayon.

This morning the Elementary gathered in small groups for Writing Celebrations. This is a time when we share pieces of writing that are in the drafting process and/or completed published pieces. We give each other feedback and suggestions on how to revise our writing and we celebrate our final drafts!

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Maggie and Taye’Sean listen to Finley’s story.

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Beatrice is reading with excitement!

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After Writing Celebrations, we continued our morning with Destination Imagination. This is an exciting time on Friday mornings where we practice working in a group, thinking creatively and strengthen our classroom community. This morning’s activity was a performance. Each group had a few minutes to plan a skit. The skit should be about what it would be like on the inside and the outside of an aquarium. After brainstorming their ideas they acted out their plan. IMG_1968.JPG

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A friend plays with a dolphin through the glass!
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More fish in the aquarium
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Sea animals are silly in the water.
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A starfish sprawls out next to a seahorse

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