Thursday, November 16, 2017

Veteran's Day Rehearsal


We will be having a 
Veteran's Day rehearsal
in the gym for 
all music students (1st-6th) 
Thursday afternoon 
at 3:30 and also 
Friday morning at 7:30.

The performance will be in the gym Friday at 10:00.

STEM Rec / November 20 -21

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Due to the short week, STEM Rec will not be offering challenges. We will be having a few days of crafts and games instead. Students will also be able to purchase some Christmas items with their fox dots at our "Pre-Christmas" sale.  

The STEM Rec team wishes everyone the happiness of good friends, the joy of a happy family, and the wonder of the happy season.  Have a memorable Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Angel Tree

The Angel Tree is now up! In addition to helping local families, the tree also includes tags for donating to refugees in Bangladesh.

Participating is easy. Just take a tag from the tree- angel tags ask that you fill out the bottom portion and return it to me- and read the information on the back. Then go shopping! Bring unwrapped gifts and donations back to the school by Dec. 15.

Donations of wrapping materials (paper, bows, ribbon, etc) are also welcome.

Applications for the tree are still available!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

STEM Rec Challenges / November 13 -17

STEM Rec Challenges
November 13 - 17

Science
This week’s topic is the largest magnet on earth - the planet earth! The earth’s molten iron core produces a magnetic field around the planet. Students will learn about how compasses are affected by earth’s magnetic field, the difference between magnetic north and geographic north, and then will build their own compass.

Standard: Students will understand that magnetism can be observed when there is an interaction between the magnetic fields of magnets or between a magnet and materials made of iron.

Literacy
Do you love reading? Do you love relaxing? What about reading and relaxing at the same time? And pillows? If you love all of those things and more, then you'll definitely want to check out literacy this week! We're focusing entirely on reading by doing fun read alouds and having a nice, quiet and relaxing Pillow Party that we think everybody will enjoy!

Art
We are going to be learning about the Aztecs in art this week. It'll be a lot of fun we will be talking about the importance of the sun. We will be making our own Aztec sun. We will be learning about patterns, shapes, and symmetry.

Technology
We are taking the design process a little further with user-centered design. This will be a fun game looking at the design process and thinking about needs of an Extraordinaire. You could get a cooking utensil for a knight.  It's game time in engineering.

Social Studies
This week in Social Studies, it's time to travel to America during the Revolutionary War! Would you have been a Loyalist or a Patriot? Find out for yourself what caused the war and pick a side.

Math

In math, we will be looking at area and perimeter in our surroundings. Using rulers and other instruments,, students will be  measuring everyday items.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Music Concerts and More

 Our music classes are excited to present a Veteran’s Day Program on Nov. 17th at 10 a.m.



These same classes get to present a Christmas Musical, the last week of school in December.

Also, we’ve been asked to perform in the concert called Hope Of America this spring.  An extended block will be offered for this exciting opportunity. 

The following is a description of the courses offered this block in music:

Music Discoveries (1st and 2nd grade)  - Students will be engaged in a variety of singing activities that nurture the natural development of the singing voice. In this class, students will experience tempo through listening to and moving to slow and fast beats. Students will also explore dynamics through many different classroom activities.  This class will have the opportunity to sing in the school’s Veteran’s Day Program.   

Group Piano, Level 1 (4th-6th) – This class will sing in the school’s Veteran’s Day Program.    Additionally, students will learn how to read and play music on the piano. This class will incorporate the middle C position method along with intervallic reading. Individual practice time is a part of group piano that will require headphones.  I have headphones available that will be sanitized after each use, but if you’d like to have your own headsets please label them and they will be placed in the student practice folders.  The Dollar Tree has headsets available for $1.00 and they have $1.00 binders that also will be used in this class. 

Group Piano Level 2 (4-6th)– This is an extension of the first group piano class. Students will continue learning to play the piano through the intervallic and middle C approach. This class will also sing in the school’s Veteran’s Day Program. Individual practice time is a part of group piano that will require headphones.  I have headphones available that will be sanitized after each use, but if you’d like to have your own headsets please label them and they will be placed in the student practice folders.  The Dollar Tree has headsets available for $1.00 and they have $1.00 binders that also will be used in this class. 

A Different BeatThis class will sing in the school’s Veteran’s Day Program.    Students will experience a variety of songs and singing games, chosen to develop the voice in a healthy manner. In this class, students will be playing recorders, xylophones, ukuleles, piano, and boomwhackers.  Students will also gain an appreciation for music through movement, listening, and an in depth look at worldwide musical cultures. 


Music Moves Me - Students will learn to create their own musical style through improvising and practicing a wide variety of instruments and song literature. Students will also develop skill in balancing vocal and instrumental timbre in a group performance.  Many instruments will be played in this class including the ukulele, piano, recorders, and percussion instruments. This class will sing in the school’s Veteran’s Day Program and the Christmas Musical.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

STEM Rec Challenges / November 6 -10

STEM Rec Challenges
November 6 - 10

Science
Electromagnet Focus Challenge.  Continuing with our theme on magnets we'll discuss the connection between electricity and magnetism. Students will then experiment with different types electromagnets to see which work best.

Standard: Students will understand that magnetism can be observed when there is an interaction between the magnetic fields of magnets or between a magnet and materials made of iron.

Literacy
Sneaky Story Makers.  We are going to be learning how to be story makers by playing a game outside where we have to sneak up on the "publisher" before he catches you!

Art
This week on our art journey around the world, we’re doing a molas lesson. Molas are fabric appliqué folk art from Panama. The Kuna people on the San Blas Islands cut and sew these bright and colorful panels and stitch them to the front and back of their clothes. We will be using paper to create similar patterns. So be thinking about an animal you can use in your molas pattern.

Technology
We will be using the design process to create a marble maze. We will also discuss the first ever recorded maze, the “Egyptian Labyrinth”.

Social Studies
Now that you've learned about mummies, come learn all about where these mummies are laid to rest: the pyramids! How were they built? Why were they built? Join the Adventurer's Guild to see if you can find the treasure hidden deep in the pyramid tombs!

Math
We will be playing a math game where the students will team up. Each team will take turn drawing a card from a category ranging from arithmetic to logic puzzles. The first team to answer the question gets to keep the card which equals one point.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

STEM Rec Challenges / October 30 - November 3

STEM Rec Challenges
October 30 - November 3

Science
Iron Cereal Challenge. Iron is a common metal that's used to make magnets, tools, buildings, and more. Iron is also an essential nutrient for our bodies and is added to many of the foods we eat to ensure we have enough. Students will use magnets to determine which breakfast cereal has been fortified with iron and which has not.

Standard: Students will understand that magnetism can be observed when there is an interaction between the magnetic fields of magnets or between a magnet and materials made of iron.

Literacy
Have you ever wanted to interview a vampire? What about getting to know an alien? Or chatting for a little bit with The Cat in the Hat? Well this week in literacy, you can!! Students will have a chance to dress up and dive into one of 8 carefully chosen children's book characters. Using a companion book and their own creativity, students will get into character and play an interview game. Partners will then practice their summarization and comprehensive skills by introducing each other.

Art
Our journey around the world continues as we travel to Mexico to explore a traditional Mexican holiday - Dia de los Muertos - honoring loved ones who have passed on,. Students will be making a fun, artsy version of sugar skulls. Glitter is involved so you know fun will be had by all!

Additionally, the Art Station is making a “gratitude tree” that will be placed on the wall by the library.  Students are encouraged to write what they are grateful for on leaves and display them on the tree. Parents, feel free to stop by STEM and grab a leaf for yourself to let us know what you are thankful for.

Technology
We will be producing our stop motion animation movies this week.  Some students have asked permission to bring stuffed animals, lego people, and other things for props for their movie and that is fine with Miss Anita as long as they have permission from home.

Social Studies
This week in Social Studies, we'll be traveling to Ancient Egypt to learn about mummies! Come find out what it meant to the Ancient Egyptians to be mummified and then make your own mummy!


Math

Students will be playing a game called “Split Second”.  This is an outdoor challenge to see how fast students can run 10 meters and 20 meters.  Students will then use their time to estimate how fast they can run distances ranging from 100 meters to 1600 meters.