We had a great first week of October! We have officially wrapped up our case study on volcanoes (see some illustrations below), and Ms. Courtney kicked of earthquakes with the students on Thursday (while I was in meeting that morning). They learned about the science behind earthquakes-what causes them and the chain of events before, during, and after them. Today, students explored different websites in groups and answered questions about various earthquake-related topics. Monday, students will teach their peers about these different topics.
Along with earthquakes, this week students have been continuing their work with their greek and latin spelling words. These words are definitely tricky, but if they do their packets and practice these words just a little every night, they do very well at the end-of-the-week assessments. Students also continue to meet with their book clubs every Wednesday to discuss the reading they've been doing and to set new goals for the next week. These book clubs are not based off of reading levels or abilities. I formed these groups based on interests alone (as this is not the only book that most students are currently reading). Therefore, some students may be reading these books at a slower rate than they're used to, or they might be doing a little more than usual. If you have any concerns about these, don't hesitate to contact me.
We've also been doing more with Lexia on days that we have computers. Lexia is computer program students have been using to help them improve their literacy. Students are able to do this at home, too. They should know their logins and passwords, and I have sent this information home with some. If you'd like to know this information, just let me know! This program has shown to be fun for students, especially for those that may be struggling readers.
Next Friday, our expert Dr. Alexis Ault will be visiting our classrooms to further our learning of earthquakes. We will take a hike with her the following Tuesday afternoon at the Wasatch Fault in Willard. Speaking of which...we are still looking for a couple more drivers for this fieldwork. We currently only have 20 seats for students right now. I can take three in my vehicle, so we will need at least 5 more spots. We also only have 10 total spots so far for our fieldwork at USU at the end of the month (10/31). If you are able to help out, please let me know!
On the same day that our expert is coming, we will also be having our scholar dollar store at the end of the day. Students will be able to buy and sell homemade "goods" (that aren't food). They can also provide services such as bringing games to play, hand painting, or hair braiding. If you or your student have a question about what they can bring, shoot me an email or have them talk to me at school.
Lastly, I've been trying to encourage students to get caught up any missing or late work they may have in their classes. Winter intensives are going to sneak up on us so fast! If they would like to participate in these, they cannot have any missing work. If your student needs help getting caught up outside of class, let me know. I am more than happy to stay after school or come in early to help them get stuff done.
Have a great weekend!