Recently, M5 spent some time measuring using non-standard units. How many shoes tall do you think you are? Ask your child about Rolf Myller’s How Big is a Foot? the book we used to move on to standard English linear measurement.
Throughout the course of the last several weeks of school, M5 engaged in a series of investigations about balance. We began on Grandparents’ Day with the challenge of balancing a tagboard crayfish on our fingers, and ended the unit by creating mobiles. Along the way, the students discovered many key concepts of balance such as balance point, counterweight and stability. Most importantly, they learned by interacting with the materials and observing each other. Often they became frustrated (I heard, “This is impossible” many times), but they learned to persevere and with that, came great satisfaction.
Monday 11/4 Intro to the Café Menu (reading strategies-comprehension, accuracy, fluency, expand vocabulary)
Monday 11/11 What is a way you could help your country Veterans’ Day
Monday 11/18 When writing, sometimes it is important to think small. For example, when writing about a birthday party, what are some moments you could describe?
Monday 11/25 Painting a picture with words (a 6-Traits lesson on word choice)
Last week M5 and M6 had the pleasure of welcoming Chinese guest teacher Hannah to our building for several activities. On Monday, Hannah introduced us to her life and culture with a slideshow. Later, we learned a song about spring and ended the day with a lesson about Chinese symbols, which included a paper folding activity. The following day, we spent some time comparing a typical day in the life of her 8 year old son Harrison with a typical day in the life of a MAG student and practiced our song. Friday morning, all of MAG video chatted with Harrison and asked some questions to try to get to know him better. We said goodbye to him by singing the song about spring.
Mapping on PhotoPeach
In our ongoing quest to explore what “here” and “there” are, M5 and M6 have been doing quite a bit of work with maps. Following our exploration of the classrooms, we zoomed out to the Foote campus, New Haven (from the top of East Rock) and finally to Connecticut (through Google Earth). Be ready for what comes next….
Monday 10/21 What is something you might see from the top of East Rock?
Monday 10/28 Contractions are words that are made up of two or more words, with some letters removed and replaced by an apostrophe. Start thinking of some examples.
Last week, M5 had the great privilege of spending the afternoon in the JMST building making SLIME with Middle School teacher Kim. We had a blast measuring, pouring, mixing, exploring and cleaning up while being exposed to the concept of Polymer Chemistry.