Apple Classroom News
Hi Apple Families,
I trust that you all had an amazing holiday break and enjoyed some quality time with loved ones. It was great to hear about the memories students created over their holiday break.
The month of December went by so quickly! All Apple students are participating in book club 1-2 times per week. Students seem to really enjoy this time and intermixing with students from other environments. Book clubs will continue through the end of the year.
In language, students are continuing their grammar practice with the parts of speech in a variety of ways (grammar boxes, labeling the farm or environment, etc.) and some have begun analyzing sentences to find the action (verb) and who did the action (noun). Some other works students have been practicing are alphabetical order, prefixes, rhyming words, syllabication, to name a few.
In math, students continue to work across all operations. Materials of interest are the tens board, fraction insets, bead chain for squaring numbers, money work, constructive triangles, and graphing. Some first years have been introduced to pictographs and created their own graph by taking a poll of favorite pets, holidays, ice cream flavors, etc. This has reignited student interest in graphing as well! Another point of interest has been the geometry cabinet. Where students label a variety of geometric shapes and create a book or chart.
In writing, students were introduced to the voice trait and what it means to give your character a voice through the use of sparkling word choice. They practiced this skill through creative story writing. Students also practiced writing a friendly letter to Santa Claus. Students used a graphic organizer to organize their thoughts, went through the editing process, and then wrote their final draft. Students have utilizing their Handwriting Without Tears workbooks and we have seen some improvements with penmanship with some students!
In culture we have explored the clock of (geologic) eras, a year and its parts, months of the year, land and water forms, and cloud types. Grade level research projects were a big hit! First year students conducted research on a continent of their choice and will create a poster to display their findings. Second years researched a country of choice, write a research report, and were asked to make or bring an artifact to share with the group. Third year students chose a period from the Timeline of Life to research, write a research report, and make a 3D model to present to the group. All projects are due Monday, January 9th.
In art, students tried their hand at mirror imaging, creating 2 identical shapes in different colors and pasting them onto a black background. Students had an opportunity to make Christmas cards for a friend or family member. We conducted our annual craft workshop where students had the choice of making either a Christmas tree using fabric squares, dowels, and thread spool, or cutting and sewing a gingerbread man, or creating a stain glass like piece of art by using contact paper and colored tissue paper.
In lieu of swimming this year, w
e will be doing creative movement. This is a full body and brain warm-up activity done through dance.
We will start this week and
will attend twice a week for 6 weeks. For more information you can go to www.creativedance.org/about/braindance.
A special thank you to Anneke Wegman and Michelle Mork for volunteering to listen to emergent readers. Kallie Craker and Julie Yoffy for guiding book clubs!
Thank you to the Orth family for their donation of water color paints and colored pencils.
Thank you Brooke Johncox and Kallie Craker for volunteering in the Apple classroom.
Thank you to the Geraci family for the rubber bands.
Thank you for the special Christmas treats!
Sorry if I have forgotten anyone...
DATES TO REMEMBER:
January 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30, and February 2, 6, 9 13, 16 (makeup 20 & 23)- Creative Movement K-3
January 10- Ad Hoc Committee 6-8 p.m.
January 13, 20, 27 (makeup Feb. 10) - Native American Experience El
February 3 - Students have a half day, teacher in-service
Needle Crafting Plastic Canvases
Animalium Book by Katie Scott
Roman Numeral Hundreds Board (Allison's Montessori)
Happy New Year,