· Preschool students have been focusing on rhyming words and listening to many stories and poems with rhymes. They also have been learning about clues as they search inside and outside for leprechauns.
· Kindergarten students are researching African animals using a co-teaching model with Ms. Spear in kindergarten and Ms. Darrin in the library. Not only are they learning interesting facts about their animal, they are learning important text features that appear in non-fiction texts.
· First graders have been studying Japan and comparing and contrasting the two cultures. This included a “Japan Day” simulating school in Japan and a trip to the Denver Art Museum where the students took part in a Tea Ceremony and learned about calligraphy.
· Outside the second grade classrooms you will see the students’ research on various features of China along with a QR Code (bar code) on each project. Using chrome books and the computer lab, students wrote scripts and recorded them using a program called Wixie.
· Third graders are putting up their projects on Colorado Animals in the library for display. Each student also completed a research report and learned about some important parts of a report – good note taking skills and a bibliography.
· Fourth grade students have been studying biographies and have published a biography of an important person in Colorado’s history or an important historical figure of their choice. They have also created a replica of this person.
· Fifth graders are engrossed in their Civil War simulation. Each student takes on the identity of a person in the Civil War – this could be General Grant or a foot soldier in the Confederate army. They learn about this person and create diary of this person’s experiences as reflected in letters written to loved ones.
As we look forward to Spring Break, from March 24th through March 28th, I hope that each family has the opportunity to slow down a little bit and spend some time together. We need to be rested and ready for the important and busy final two months of school.