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Enjoying a game of Jeopardy!
MATHHere are the math units we will be covering in the upcoming months. We are completing a unit on multiplication of fractions and will be moving on to comparing and ordering decimals, a study of Geometry and customary units of measurements will complete our year's study. We continue to enjoy playing Game 24 in math class. Whenever we have a visitor we encourage them to try to find a solution on the latest game card. Hope you enjoyed and were able to solve last month's problems. Here are a few new problems for you to try.Using the following numbers ...only once...add, subtract, multiply, or divide each to equal the number 24.
Problem one: 22,23,5,5Problem two: 6,3,4,7
READINGWe are enjoying our Literature Circle activities for the books on Benjamin Franklin's biography. The next book we will read will be George Washington's Socks.
SCIENCEWe have been learning and doing experiments with six simple machines: lever, wedge, inclined plane, screw, pulley, wheel and axle. Each student will design a simple machine and do a presentation for the class. We will do a study of inventors and our next science report will be a research paper on inventors.
We have completed our experiments on mold. We collected data, drew pictures, took pictures and are ready to start work on our Power Point. Which was more fun - watching our experiments grow molds, designing a moldy tee shirt, or writing a parody for a mold song? In May we will don our moldy tee shirts, and gather with several other students from surrounding Friends schools at West Chester Friends for our annual Environmental Symposium. Prior to our visit to West Chester Friends School parents will be invited to our class to see our power point presentations, hear our mold song, and get to eat moldy foods, like bleu cheese and mushrooms.
Our next unit will be on nutrition. We will talk about the nutrients we need every day and carefully study nutrient labels. Our goal after our study on nutrition is to be more conscientious about reading food labels and being mindful of the nutrients that are in the foods we choose to eat. Hopefully after our study of this unit we will be better informed to make good choices about the foods we eat.
SOCIAL STUDIESWe are learning about the American Revolution. Two culminating activities for this study will be a visit to the Brandywine Battlefield Park and another trip to the Chester County Historical Society. At Brandywine we will tour Washington's Headquarters, learn about a soldier's life and medical procedures of the 1700's. At the CCHS we will learn about Chester County's involvement in the American Revolution.
We will be learning about the Constitution and The Bill of Rights. In preparation for our trip to Harrisburg we will learn about local and state government. We will discuss how a bill becomes a law and other interesting facts about our home state. On our trip to Harrisburg we will visit the governor's home, tour the State Capitol, the State Museum and see a Planetarium show.
Fourth and fifth graders have completed their Independent studies. The presentations were in early January. Incorporating the learning pathway and individual strength/s of each child, the children presented their information in a variety of ways. There were power points, live demonstrations, artistic models and renditions, a Jeopardy game, and a live falcon exhibit. Here are the topics of interest that the fourth graders picked for their Independent Study: Andy -Flamenco Dance, Jack - Mining in The United States, Terrell - Elephants, Grace - Roller Coasters in the United States, Molly - Falcons, and Pete - Cryptids. BRAVO 4th and 5th graders. The Independent Study sparked a great interest and enthusiasm with the fourth grades. They have already begun to think about what they would like to research for next year's Independent Study.
Community Service activities are scheduled once a month. So far this year, we planted fall crops in our raised beds. The food grown in these beds will be given to the Chester County Food Bank. Our school had a class trip to the Food Bank where we learned about services provided by the Chester County Food Bank, toured the new facility, now located in Exton, and decorated boxed that will later be filled with food and distributed. Throughout the year we will be collecting items for the Food Bank. Collection bins are located outside our classrooms, and donations of dried pasta, rice, cereal bars, dried fruit, granola bars, and non perishable milk, are always welcomed. Be on the lookout on Friday mornings during car line drop off for the food bank boxes we will have out for easy drop off of food items.
In December the fourth and fifth grade students visited and toured the Kanner center to deliver the Goshen Giving gifts. Over the winter we will be making bird feeders for our feathery campus neighbors.We continue our intergenerational connection with Bellingham, a senior resident, assistant living, and nursing facility. The students in the Kids Care Program visit Bellingham once a month to do a joint project or play games. Dressed in Halloween costumes the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders visited Bellingham's assistant and nursing facilities to show their costumes to the residents. In November, the students used the fall foliage, to make placemats for the residents' dining tables. In January we did a day of service spending time with the residents making cards, packing snack bags for the food bank and had fun eating cookies while we had a sing along. Another MLK day of service, some students visited the Parkesburg Food Bank.
Important Dates:April - 28, 29, 30 May 1 - International Week - various presenters and demonstrations on Nigeria, Israel, and Canada.May 1 - One World Café 5:30May 7 - Trip to West Chester Friends – Environmental SymposiumMay 12 - Grandfriends DayMay 13 Grandfriends Day and at 2:30 Clothesline Art ShowMay 15 trip to Chester County Historical SocietyMay 20 Trip to Harrisburg with students from West Chester Friends School and Friends School Haverford.8:00 to 6:30May 22 Spring ConcertMay 29 Game Day
In friendship,Tr. Elaine
We recognize that there is "that of God" in everyone.