We kicked off our Genius Hour / Passion Projects two weeks ago and they are now in full swing. I love these projects because it totally allows your child to learn and explore a topic that he or she is interested in. Some of the things that my students are learning about are volcanoes, dinosaurs, ocean life, the tropical rain forest, Egyptian pyramids, and the Titanic. We have partnered with Mrs. Waddell's first grade class for our projects. We work on our projects on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:35-1:00 for four weeks total. When we finish our projects, Mrs. Smith's and Mrs. Lopez's classes will also have the same opportunities. Students are divided into very small groups and work with Mrs. Waddell, Mrs. McGuire, Mrs. Hillenburg, Mrs. Coffey, Mrs. Peper, Ms. Mathers, and myself. This allows each group to have 4-6 students, which allows for lots of hands on exploration time! Be sure to ask your student about their project!
Below are a few picture from my Titanic group (learning about the effect of salt water on Titanic artifacts) and Mrs. Hillenburg's dinosaur group.
Our next math test will be on Friday. I made another study guide that will come home next week. I accidentally put that the test is on Thursday at the top of the study guide but it will actually be on FRIDAY. The study guide is once again not required but it is extremely close to the actual test, so it should be very helpful.
This test will cover subtraction strategies.
The student will be working with clay on Tuesday during art. Ms. Mathers has requested that students wear short sleeves if possible. If your student happens to forget, we will roll up his or her sleeves.
STEM PROJECT NEED
Thank you to the families that have donated Playdough for our STEM project with Mrs. Lines 2nd grade class. We are still needing a couple more containers.
FIELD DAY SHIRT ORDERS
Field Day shirt orders and money are due by April 12. Field Day is scheduled for May 11th. More details will be sent home closer to the event.